Get away from the crowds and stomped out snow to experience the pristine natural beauty and fresh snow at our favourite hidden gems. You will explore through soft powdery snow while taking in the striking natural views.
Enjoy an interpretive tour led by our professional guides. Book your half day Whistler Snowshoe Tour and make the best of your time in Whistler.
Feeling more adventurous? Why not book a Full Day Snowshoe Tour.
Duration: 3-4 hours
Departures: 8:30am / 1:30pm / Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday & Sunday
Group: Book a private group and book any day of the week!
(December 14th 2019 - March 22nd 2020)
Transportation: Please note that transportation is not included, but can be provided for an additional cost.
Step into a winter wonderland on amazing trails of old-growth forests with ancient cedars in geologically interesting landscapes. Let us take you on a rejuvenating excursion to our favourite areas and experience a unique atmosphere of natural beauty at a relaxing and enjoyable pace.
We offer several different tours, each destination wonderful with a focus on aesthetics and special viewpoints of interest. A snowshoe hike with a professional guide allows you to explore the wilderness with the reassurance of a safe and memorable outing.
Below are some of our favourite areas. To ensure the best experience, final trip destinations are subject to change based on weather, snow level and overall conditions.
Lost Lake 9km, 44m gain (2.5-3 hours). (5-10 mins, walk from village centre)
Lost Lake hosts an incredible trail network for snowshoes in the winter making it explorable year-round. The Lost Lake trails are extremely convenient for anyone without transportation as it’s a quick walk or bus ride from Whistler Village.
Train Wreck 5-7km (2 – 3 hours). (35-40 mins bus journey, one-way)
The trail to Whistler Train Wreck is an easy, yet varied route through deep forest, across a great suspension bridge over Cheakamus River, to a stunning array of wrecked train cars. The trail from your car to the wrecks only takes about 15 minutes, however once you reach one wreck, you see another, then another. There are seven wrecks in total that are spread over an area about 400 metres long. Catch the number 20 or 20x bus from the Village Gate then get off at Legacy Way.
Brandywine Falls Lava Lake Loop, 9km, 44m gain (2.5-3 hours). (40-50 mins drive, roundtrip)
Venture on a pleasant trail past beautiful Douglas firs, on to a pine forest with small frosty ponds. Continue traversing a hemlock forest and varied viewpoints to make a pleasant loop. Conclude the adventure with a view of one of the most peculiar geological attractions near Whistler. A massive waterfall jutting cleanly over the lip of an ancient lava flow.
Loggers Lake and Ridge Loop Trail, 5.1km, 230m gain (2.5-4 hours). (35-40 mins bus journey, one-way)
The loop trail to Logger’s Lake and back by way of Ridge Trail offers a variety of terrain and exercise opportunities with some short upwards and downward grades and some fantastic views. It is easily accessible by bus from Whistler Village and generally needs little trail-breaking, since it is a favourite of both locals and visitors. Catch the number 20 or 20x bus from the Village Gate then get off at Cheakamus at Bayly Park.
Things to bring:
• Snowshoes and Poles (Snowshoes can be rented through MSAA for an additional $15.00, apply when booking)
• Warm clothing (wool/synthetic recommended)
• Warm socks (wool/synthetic recommended)
• Winter boots/ warm and waterproof footwear
• Insulating jacket (down or similar)
• Shell jacket (Gore-tex or similar)
• Shell trousers (Gore-tex or similar)
• Warm gloves and shell gloves
• Warm hat
• Water (approx. 1-2L)
• Hot tea, coffee or hot chocolate in a thermos (optional)
8:30am / 1:30pm / Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday & Sunday
All food and beverage is the responsibility of the guest
No experience necessary; average fitness is required.
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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