Via Ferrata Tour - Whistler, BC - Mountain Skills Academy & Adventures

Whistler Via Ferrata Tour

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  • Adult: $169
  • Youth (12-16 Years): $149
  • Private (up to 6 people): $849

Location: Top of Whistler Gondola   Duration: 4 Hours   Fitness: Good   Ability: Beginner   Prerequisites: None  

Via Ferrata is a combination of hiking and climbing on Whistler Mountain. Feel the exhilaration of climbing to the top of Whistler Peak with the safety of a professional guide and specialized climbing equipment. Enjoy this unique half day adventure ascending a gorgeous route high above Whistler. No climbing experience is needed.

Don’t forget to also try our Via Ferrata in Squamish!

*Peak 2 Peak gondola tickets are not included in the price.

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Summer 2020 dates now available!

Early Booking Offer: Book by May 31st for arrivals between May 1st – September 30th and receive 15% off your booking!

Use Code: "SUMMER2020" when booking

Duration: 4 hours

Are you a large group? Book a private tour and have a guide to yourself!

Book online or contact our office to ask any questions: 1-604-938-9242 or

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Adventure Information

Whistler’s Via Ferrata provides exhilarating views you have to experience! This thrilling sky-high activity is great for any reasonably fit hiker. You can do it!

This tour combines glacier hiking with mountain climbing. Your guide will give you detailed instructions on the use of equipment and technique for ascending. Hike past the bottom of the Whistler glacier to the base of the Via Ferrata route.

Using a special lanyard system you will clip yourself onto the cable and climb the rock headwall using a series of ladder rungs that lead you to the summit of Whistler Peak. Climbing a Via Ferrata does not require any special skills or prior experience. This thrilling activity is suitable for guests of all abilities.

Other Mountaintop Tours: Glacier Ascent / Sky Walk / Whistler Peak Challenge

**The price of the tour does not include a gondola ticket. Gondola tickets are available for purchase through our office.**

Departure times are at 9:00am, 1:00pm.
Tour Check In:

9:00am tours meet their guide at 8:45 am at the Escape Route Alpine Demo Centre down in the village.

1:00 pm tours meet at our Mountaintop Office at 12:45 pm. To get to the mountaintop office, take the Whistler Gondola all the way to the top (the second stop). The office is located about 100 meters/yards straight ahead down the gravel path as you walk out of the gondola station. It is in the wood building on the right with signage for Mountain Skills Academy & Adventures.

*The Whistler Village Gondola takes 30 minutes from bottom to top and line-ups can get quite busy, so plan to get to the top with plenty of time before the start of your tour.

Via Ferrata

At the mountaintop office, the guide will have you sign a waiver and be outfitted with your climbing gear. You can also borrow hiking boots here.

The tour begins with a 30-40 minute hike across either a snow slope or a boulder field (conditions and timing depends on the time of year and trail conditions).

At the base of the climb you start with a series of fixed ladders and proceed up the rungs towards the peak of Whistler Mountain.

There will be a short break for water and snacks  at “Lunch Ledge”  with excellent photo opportunities. You then continue onward and upward to the summit at 2,160 metres (7,085 feet).

At the summit you will want to savour your achievement with world-class photos and then ride down the Peak chairlift (in early and late season the Peak chairlift is closed so we take the scenic walk down) and walk back to the mountaintop office to return your gear.

This tour takes roughly 4 hours depending on conditions, number of participants, and their fitness levels. The route covers roughly 4 km (2.5 miles) of mountain terrain and 260 meters (850 feet) of elevation gain.

*Please notify the office if your tour needs to end at a specific time so that we can try to accommodate you.

All climbing equipment is included.

Recommended Clothing

  • Weatherproof shell jacket and pants. Shorts are acceptable depending on conditions
  • Warm layers
  • 2nd pair of socks (in case your feet get damp from snow on the route)
  • Light gloves
  • Hiking boots (can be borrowed)
  • Sunglasses
  • Sunscreen
  • Water
  • Snacks
  • Camera
  • Small backpack
  • Any personal or medical items you require

At the top of the gondola you will be in an alpine mountain environment where weather and conditions can change fast – it is best to be prepared with extra clothing layers.

How To Book:

• Choose a date thats best for you:

Please check the calendar via the Book Now button to check which days we run this tour.

• Gear up! If you already have the gear that’s great…if not we supply everything for you free of charge!

• Book yourself onto a tour using our online booking system!

*Tour subject to a minimum number of participants. 48 hour notice will be given if minimum number has not been reached


Dates: Offered from Late May – October.

Included: All safety equipment, hiking boots and Instruction.

Not Included: Transportation, Food.

Lift Tickets: 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

Duration: 4 Hours.

Departures: Tour departs at 9am & 1pm.

Location: Whistler Mountain Top.

Age Restrictions: Minimum age of 12.

Transportation: Transportation is not included on this tour. You may add transportation for this course for an additional fee.

Food: Food is not included on this tour. Please make sure to pack a good lunch with plenty of high energy food and liquids including snacks.

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