On this 1-1.5 hour Squamish Via Ferrata adventure, you easily grab and step on ladder-like rungs, cross exhilarating suspension bridges, and take in the scenic beauty of ocean fjords and snowy peaks all while safely attached to the rock with fixed cables. This is a fun and memorable experience suitable for ages 8 and up (younger children may join on private tours only). Sea to Sky Gondola tickets are not included in the price.
Summer 2020 dates now available!
Duration: 1.5 Hours
Departures: 10am & 1pm *depending on schedule (see book now)
(April 2020 - October 2020)
Book a Private Tour and book any day of the week!
Transportation: Please note that transportation is not included, but can be provided for an additional cost.
Just about anyone can enjoy the Squamish Via Ferrata. It’s a thrilling adventure and no experience is needed. You are clipped into a safety cable and use rungs that make it as easy as climbing a ladder. Rated as #1 by Explore Magazine! Enjoy the awe-inspiring views of the ocean and the mountain peaks. This is an adventure you will talk about for years to come! It is one of the best activities to do in Squamish.
Your journey begins at the Summit Shelter at the top of the Sea to Sky Gondola, where you will be fitted with a climbing harness and helmet. Your guide leads you on a short hike down amongst beautiful old growth forest to a lovely viewpoint of Howe Sound. The Via Ferrata route starts where the guide clips you into the safety cable and your adventure begins! You’ll traverse a catwalk, cross suspended bridges, and ascend glacier-worn granite slabs using the steel rungs and the fixed cable system. Finally, the route completes with a spectacular finish near the viewing deck of the Summit Lodge.
Approximately 1-hour duration.
What to bring: Dress for variable weather:
A climbing harness and helmet is provided when you meet your guide.
Meeting: 15 minutes before the tour start time you will meet your guide at the Summit Shelter. The shelter is located at the top of the Sea to Sky Gondola, you will see the shelter when you exit the gondola; it is just past the playground. Please take into account that the gondola ride up is about 10 minutes and there may be a line-up to get on the gondola, especially on weekends.
The Sea to Sky Gondola is located 2 km south of Squamish on the northbound side of the highway. From Whistler, turn around at the Shannon Falls Provincial Park turn off. From Vancouver, the gondola is located directly after the Shannon Falls Provincial Park traffic lights.
Lift tickets are required to ride the Sea to Sky Gondola and are not included in the tour price. They can be purchased online or at the gondola ticket window. Please have your tickets purchased prior to the suggested departure time. Tickets bought online are available for pick up at Guest Services at the bottom of the gondola.
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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