Summit Vistas Hikes | Sea to Sky Gondola Squamish - Mountain Skills Academy & Adventures
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Whistler / Squamish

Summit Vistas Hikes | Sea to Sky Gondola Squamish

Squamish hiking

Summary

  • Adult/Youth Half Day (age 12+): $129
  • Child Half Day: $99
  • Private (up to 6 people) Half Day: $549

Location: Sea to Sky Gondola Summit   Duration: 3 hours or 6 hours   Fitness: Average   Ability: Beginner   Prerequisites: None  

Immerse yourself in spectacular alpine landscapes with our guided interpretive Summit Vistas hiking tours.
Sea to Sky Gondola tickets are not included in the price.

Adventure Information

With the Sea to Sky Gondola providing easy and convenient access to the alpine, our interpretive Summit Vistas Hiking tours begin from the gondola’s summit station. From there, our professional hiking guides will bring you onto wondrous trails off the beaten path. Trek along with our expert guides, sightseeing and learning about this elevated biosphere, its flora, fauna, history and unique geology.

Tour highlights include hiking along gentle, bare granite ridges that are like sidewalks in the sky. These lead to huge granite domes that offer truly spectacular summit vistas.

Along the way are many wonders to behold. Witness rare natural bonsai trees, alpine flowers, mosses that grow in unique and beautiful patterns. Often raptors patrol the sky looking for prey. Part of the trip goes through a hidden stand of big old growth rainforest trees. Emerging back onto the ridge, attain again that eagle’s eye perspective with astounding views of towering granite cliffs, waterfalls, babbling brooks, rugged snow-capped peaks, glaciers and more. All the while your knowledgeable guide will relate the “story of this land” in an interpretive storytelling format that will connect you to this amazing mountain world in a way that is profound and meaningful.

There are several hiking route options of different lengths and levels allowing your guide to customizing your trip according to personal preference. There are also excellent overnight backpacking opportunities for those who wish to venture further afield.

Dates: Offered daily May – October

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

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.

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Important Information

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.

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 Wilderness 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 Programs

  • Within 48 hours of start time:  Cancellation will result in a 100% forfeit of tour price, no rescheduling.
  • More than 48 hours:  $25 rescheduling & refunding fee (per booking).
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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