Glacier Discovery Walking Tour in Whistler, BC
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Whistler / Squamish

Glacier Discovery

Glacier Walk Western Canada

Summary

 Summer
  • Everyone: $99
  • Private: $529

Location: Whistler Mountain   Duration: 2.0 Hours   Fitness: Average   Ability: Beginner   Prerequisites: None  

This summer discover the glacial snow and ice of the Whistler Glacier! Don’t miss this unique opportunity to observe a 10,000 – 12,000 year old glacier on our 2 hour interpretive walking tour. 

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Adventure Information

Walk across a beautiful alpine snow slope or a breathtaking glacial moraine and wildflower meadow (depending on the time of year and mountain conditions) as you approach the Whistler bowl and glacier.

As you look up at the bowl you will see the 2160m Whistler Peak.

Along the way you will hear from your guide about how the last ice age interacted with the terrain to form the beautiful coast mountain ranges.

This popular tour is great for people of all ages and abilities, and is especially fun for families with children 8 years and up.

For families with older children the Glacier Ascent is recommended.

As with all activities in the beautiful Canadian Alpine each day is subject to varying mountain conditions – ask our staff what the mountain has in store for you and your visit!

Dates:
June – September 21 2017. Weekend tours offered up to October 8 2017.

A lift ticket for Whistler Mountain is required for this tour. Peak 2 Peak lift tickets are available for purchase through our office at the following rates:
$54.95 – Adult  (ages 19 – 64)
$45.95 – Youth or Senior (ages 13 – 18 or 65+)

Group rates available – please call us at 604 938 9242 for details

Location:
Top of Whistler Mountain
Duration:
2  hours
Departure:
9:00am, 1:00pm departure and 2:00pm is available Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Please check in at our mountain top office 15 minutes prior to your scheduled tour time.

*Please note that the Whistler Gondola does get very busy and plan accordingly.

 

Departure times are at 9:00am and 1:00pm. 2:00pm on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays.

Program Check In

Guests will meet at the Mountain Skills Academy & Adventures mountaintop office 15 minutes before tour departure. The ride on the Whistler Gondola from the village takes approximately 30 minutes. The 10:30am tour departure will take into account the first public load at 10:00am and the 9:00am tour guests will meet their guide at the base of the Gondola at 8:45am at the picnic tables.

To get to our mountaintop office please take the Whistler Gondola all the way to the top (the second stop). Our mountaintop office is located at the top of the Gondola about 100m straight down the path as you unload. It is in the last cabin on the right with signage for Mountain Skills Academy & Adventures.

At the office you will meet your guide, sign a waiver, and be outfitted with your glacier travel gear.

Next is a walk across either a beautiful alpine snow slope or a breathtaking glacial moraine and wildflower meadow (depending on the time of year and mountain conditions) as you approach the Whistler bowl and glacier.

As you look up at the bowl you will see the 2160m Whistler Peak.

Along the walk you can take advantage of the world-class photo opportunities of the pacific coast mountain ranges.

The tour will conclude with a walk back to the mountaintop office.

All glacier travel equipment is included and here is a list of gear that is nice to have:

Recommended Gear:

  • Weatherproof shell jacket and pants. Shorts are acceptable depending on conditions
  • Warm layer(s)
  • 2 pairs of socks, preferably synthetic or wool hiking socks
  • Light gloves
  • Hiking boots
  • Sunglasses
  • Sunscreen
  • Water
  • Snacks
  • Camera
  • Small Backpack
  • Personal items you require for a day in the outdoors
  • Harness and helmet – these are included but please feel free to bring your own if you have them

At the top of the Gondola you step out into the great Canadian alpine where weather and conditions can change fast – it is good to be prepared.

A Peak 2 Peak lift ticket for Whistler Mountain is required for this tour. If you have not already purchased a lift ticket(s), these are available at our village office or at any Whistler Blackcomb ticket window.

*The ticket windows can get very busy – please plan to purchase your ticket(s) prior to the tour date.

Location: Whistler Mountain

Departure: 9:00am, 1:00pm tours daily. 2:00pm departure is available Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays.

*Please check in to our mountain top office 15 minutes prior to your scheduled tour time.

Duration: This tour takes roughly 2.5 hours.

Completion: The tour will finish back at the mountaintop office where all loaned gear will be collected and the guide will give a trip debrief.

All glacier travel equipment is included and the gear is located at our mountain top office.

You are responsible for your own food and water.

Standard groups are run at a ratio of up to 6 guests to one guide with an exception of up to 8 guests.

Private tours are available for groups of all sizes.

The tour will cover roughly 3km of mountain terrain.

The guide will establish a slow and steady pace throughout the tour.

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Important Information

We strongly recommend you purchase Trip Cancellation Insurance upon booking and Emergency Evacuation insurance.

Emergency Evacuation and Medical

This coverage provides you with emergency air rescue if required and full medical. Parks Canada provides free evacuation within the Parks and if you are a Canadian resident your medical will be covered by National Health.

We strongly recommend international visitors purchase this insurance. Emergency evacuation insurance is also compulsory for all our hut trips, as these typically take place outside of Parks Canada’s jurisdiction.

Trip Cancellation Insurance

To prepare for unforeseen circumstances we strongly recommend purchasing Trip Cancellation Insurance at the time of booking your trip. Trip Cancellation insurance covers many scenarios to reimburse you for cancelled trips outside of your control.

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All course prices are quoted in Canadian Dollars and are exclusive of a 5% Federal GST. Prices are subject to change.

Full payment is required at time of registration. Our preferred method of payment is by Mastercard or VISA through our online payment portal. We also accept Credit Card payment over the phone, bank transfer and cash.

Mountain Skills Academy takes mountain safety very seriously, however there is no way to completely mitigate risk in alpine environments. Prior to undertaking any of our courses or trips we require you to sign a waiver.

Mountain conditions are extremely unpredictable and can change at short notice. Our guides endeavor to undertake the routes and/or peaks that our clients desire, however our decisions will be impacted by conditions. Unfortunately we are not able to offer refunds if conditions are not suitable to undertake a particular route on the day you have booked. We will however make every effort to take you out for the best day possible given the conditions.

Applicable to all tours and courses*: If conditions force us to cancel a course or trip we will do all we can to accommodate you at another date. If this isn’t possible we will offer a full refund. We reserve the right to decline rescheduling dates based on availability. *Does not apply to First Aid and WFR courses.

Adventures Cancellation Policy

Half Day and Full Day Programs

  • Within 24 hours: Cancellation notice will result in a 100% forfeit of tuition, no reschedule.
  • Outside of 24 hours: $25 rescheduling fee per booking or full refund.
Multi Day Programs
  • 2 Day Programs: Within 10 days cancellation notice will result in a 100% forfeit of tuition, Outside of 10 days: $25 penalty to reschedule per booking or full refund.
  • 3+ Day Programs: 30 days cancellation notice will result in a 100% forfeit of tuition, Outside of 30 days: $75 penalty to reschedule or full refund.
  • Customized Trips: 30 days cancellation notice will result in a 100% forfeit of tuition, Outside of 30 days: $75penalty to reschedule per booking or full refund.

**On all multi day trips pre arranged add-ons are non-refundable (food, accommodation, etc).

Courses Cancellation Policy

1-2 Day Courses

  • Within 10 days: Cancellation notice will result in a 100% forfeit of tuition
  • Outside of 10 days: $75 penalty to reschedule per booking or full refund.

3+ Day Courses

  • Within 30 days: Cancellation notice will result in a 100% forfeit of tuition
  • Outside of 30 days: $75 penalty to reschedule per booking or full refund.

**If you are able to find someone else to take your place on a course, please let us know as we are more than happy to transfer bookings.

Minors (under the age of 18 for our courses based in Alberta and 19 for those based in BC) and custodial groups (youths affiliated with an institution where the parents/legal guardian are not present on the trip) may register for certain trips and courses with a letter of consent from parents or legal guardian as well as must sign a waiver and have their parents or legal guardian sign a waiver. Further, we abide by the Parks Canada Custodial Group winter backcountry policy as outlined here.


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