A fun and memorable experience set in the spectacular Coast Mountain terrain, enjoyed by everyone! On the Squamish Via Ferrata adventure, participants easily ascend ladder like rungs, cross exhilarating suspension bridges, and take in the scenic beauty of ocean fjords and gleaming white peaks. An experience like no other!
Adventures departing daily at 10am, 12pm, and 3pm!
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Tour times: 10:00 | 12:00 | 15:00.
No experience or particular ability necessary. Appropriate for youth, adults and seniors alike. Just about anyone can enjoy this thrilling adventure due to its unique design. Participants are clipped into a safety cable and use ladder like rungs that make the ascent as easy as climbing a ladder. The genuine Coast Mountain Experience rated as number one by Explore Magazine! With awe-inspiring views of Howe Sound and the nearby peaks, this is sure to be an adventure you won’t soon forget!
Your journey begins at the harnessing deck, where you will be fitted with climbing equipment. Hike a short way down the Sea to Summit Trail amongst beautiful old growth forest to a lovely viewpoint of Howe Sound. The Via Ferrata starts at the “Flight Deck”, where the guide will clip you into the safety cable and your adventure begins! Along your trip, you’ll traverse a catwalk, cross bridges, and ascend up glacier-worn granite aided by the steel rungs and the fixed cable system. Amongst stunning surroundings, you will bear witness to Howe Sound below, and the snow-capped peaks of Sky Pilot above. The route completes with a spectacular finish below the sun deck of the Sea to Sky Summit Lodge, where you can wind down with a cold beverage and watch other groups top out from below.
Approximately 1.5 hours duration for each group.
What to bring: Dress for winter:
MSAA will provide climbing gear when you meet your guide.
Meeting: 15 minutes before the tour start time at the Harnessing Deck. The harnessing deck is located at the top of the Sea to Sky Gondola, a moments walk left along the trail.
Exception: For the 10:00am tour, please meet at Basecamp Cafe before loading on the gondola at 9:45am.
The Sea to Sky Gondola is located 2km 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.
Please note – Sea to Sky Gondola lift tickets are required to ride the Sea to Sky Gondola. These can be purchased at the gondola ticket window. Please have your tickets purchased prior to the suggested departure time or if you have pre-purchased then these are available for pick up at Guest Services.
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.
Our recommended insurance provider is Tugo.Com who can be reached via the following:
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
**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 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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