Discover the glacial snow and ice of the Whistler Glacier on a Glacier Discovery Tour! Don’t miss this unique opportunity to observe a 10,000+ year old glacier on our 2 hour interpretive walking tour.
Peak 2 Peak gondola tickets are not included in the price.
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 Whistler Peak. Along the way your guide will tell you 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.
For families with older active children the Glacier Ascent tour 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!
A lift ticket for Whistler Mountain is required for this tour. Peak 2 Peak lift tickets are available for purchase through our office.
Large groups are welcome! Please contact our office for more information.
Dates: Offered daily from late May – October.
Location: Top of Whistler Mountain
Duration: 2 hours (Round trip from Whistler Roundhouse)
Departures: 9:00am & 2:00pm daily. *Please check in at the meeting location 15 minutes prior to your scheduled tour time.
*For afternoon tours only: Whistler Gondola lines can get very busy in the summer and the ride up takes about 30 minutes, so please plan to arrive at the top in plenty of time for your tour start.
Program Check In
Departure times are at 9:00am and 2:00pm daily.
For 9 am tours, guests will meet their guide at Escape Route Alpine Demo Centre in Whistler Village 15 minutes before tour departure.
For 2 pm tours, guests will meet their guide at the mountaintop-top office 15 minutes before tour departure. Please take into account that the ride on the Whistler Gondola from the village takes approximately 30 minutes and you may encounter line-ups to get on the gondola so plan to arrive at the top with plenty of time to spare.
To get to our mountaintop office please take the Whistler Village Gondola all the way to the top (the second stop). Our mountaintop office is located at the top of the gondola about 100 m/yd straight down the gravel path as you unload. It is in the wood 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 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.
Along the walk you can take advantage of the stunning photo opportunities of the mountain ranges.
The tour concludes with a walk back to the mountaintop office.
All glacier equipment is included and here is a list of gear that is nice to have:
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 for cooler conditions.
A Peak 2 Peak lift ticket for Whistler Mountain is required for this tour. If you have not already purchased a lift ticket, these are available from our office or on www.WhistlerBlackcomb.com.
*The ticket windows get very busy – purchase your tickets prior to the tour date.
Location: Whistler Mountain
Duration: This tour takes roughly 2 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 equipment is included and the gear is located at our mountain top office.
You are responsible for your own snacks and water.
Private tours are available for groups of all sizes.
The tour will cover roughly 3km (2 miles) of mountain terrain.
The guide will establish a slow and steady pace throughout the tour.
We strongly recommend you purchase insurance for Trip Cancellation, Emergency Evacuation and Adventure Sports Coverage (some backcountry adventures are excluded from coverage).
Emergency Evacuation and Medical Insurance
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 your provincial health plan (except ambulance/air ambulance transport). We strongly recommend international visitors purchase this insurance.
Emergency evacuation insurance is 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 prices are quoted in Canadian dollars and are exclusive of a 5% tax (GST). Prices are subject to change. Guide gratuities are not included in fees.
Our preferred method of payment is by Mastercard or VISA. We also accept bank e-transfers and cash.
• For 1-2 day adventures/courses booking must be paid in full.
• For longer adventures/courses a deposit of 50% is required at the time of booking.
• The remaining balance is due 30 days before the start date.
• Bookings made less than 30 days before adventure/course must be paid in full.
Next day bookings are taken up until 5pm the day before any tour or course. *Subject to guide availability
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 courses.
Late Arrival Policy
Guests arriving more than 15 minutes late for an activity forfeit 100% of the tour price. Tours leave promptly; it is recommended to arrive 15 minutes early to sort out gear and sign waivers.
Adventures Cancellation Policy
Half Day and Full Day Tours
**On all multi day trips pre-arranged add-ons are non-refundable (food, accommodation, etc).
1-2 Day Courses
3+ Day Courses
**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 19) and custodial groups (youths affiliated with an institution where a parent or legal guardian is not present on the trip) may register for certain trips and courses with a letter of consent from parents or legal guardian as well, they must sign a waiver and have a parent 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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