Whistler Via Ferrata Tour - Mountain Skills Academy & Adventures
Whistler / Squamish

Whistler Via Ferrata Tour

Whistler Via Ferrata


  • Adult: $139
  • Youth (12-18 years): $119
  • Private Package (up to 6 participants): $799

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

Via Ferrata” is Italian for “Iron Way” and is an engineered vertical pathway. Using a special lanyard system you will secure yourself to steel cables while you climb to the top of Whistler Peak!

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Adventure Information

One of the first Via Ferrata’s in Canada, it provides exhilarating views and a vertical perspective you may not have thought possible!

Climbing a Via Ferrata does not require any special skills or prior experience. This thrilling sky-high activity is not reserved for seasoned mountain climbers – any reasonably fit hiker can do it! As with all activities in the beautiful Canadian Alpine each day is subject to varying mountain conditions – ask our staff what the mountain has in store for you and your visit!

Daily tours departing at 9:00am & 1:00pm.
A lift ticket for Whistler Mountain is required for this tour. Peak 2 Peak lift tickets are available for purchase through our office, or from Whistler Blackcomb Guest Services.
Included: All required climbing equipment
Difficulty: Moderate
Location: Top of Whistler Mountain
Duration: 3.5 to 4.0 hours (Round trip from Whistler Roundhouse)
Departure: 9:00am, 1:00pm daily.
Please check in at our mountain top office 15 minutes prior to your scheduled tour time.
*Please note that the Whistler Gondola does get very busy and to plan accordingly.

Departure times are at 9:00am, 1:00pm daily.

Program Check In:

Guests will meet at the Whistler Alpine Guides mountaintop office 15 minutes before tour departure. The ride on the Whistler Gondola from the village takes approximately 30 minutes. The 9:00am tour guests will meet their guide at the base of the Gondola at 8:45am at the picnic tables.

To get to our mountaintop office please take the Whistler Gondola all the way to the top (the second stop). Our mountaintop office is located at the top of the Gondola about 100m straight down the path as you unload. It is in the last cabin on the right with signage for Whistler Alpine Guides Bureau.

At the office you will meet your guide, sign a waiver, and be outfitted with your climbing gear.

Next is a walk across either a snow slope or a boulder field (depending on the time of year and mountain conditions) as you approach the start of the climb.

At the base of the climb you will look up 260m to the summit of the Whistler peak.

There will be a short break at Lunch Ledge with excellent photo opportunities, and then onward and upward to the 2160m summit.

At the summit there will be world-class photo opportunities, and a short descent will lead back to the mountaintop office concluding the tour.

*This climb takes roughly 4 hours depending on conditions, number of climbers, and climbing efficiency.

*Please notify the office if your tour needs to end at a specific time so that we can make special arrangements.

All climbing and glacier equipment is included and 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
  • Harness and helmet – these are included but please feel free to bring your own if you have them

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.

A Peak 2 Peak lift ticket for Whistler Mountain is required for this tour. If you have not already purchased a lift ticket(s), these are available at our village office or at any Whistler Blackcomb ticket window.

*The ticket windows can get very busy – please plan to purchase your ticket(s) prior to the tour date.

Location: Whistler Mountain

Departure: 9:00am, 1:00pm tours daily.

*Please check in to our mountain top office 15 minutes prior to your scheduled tour time.

Duration: This climb takes roughly 4 hours depending on the mountain conditions, number of climbers, and climbing efficiency.

Completion: The tour will finish back at the mountaintop office where all loaned gear will be collected and the guide will give a trip debrief.

All climbing equipment is included and the gear is located at our mountain top office.

You are responsible for your own food and water.

Standard groups are run at a ratio of up to 6 guests to one guide with an exception of up to 8 guests.

Private tours are available for groups of all sizes.

Groups with children and/or youth are recommended to book a private tour.

The tour will cover roughly 4km of mountain terrain and 260m of Via Ferrata climbing.

The guide will establish a slow and steady pace throughout the tour; nevertheless a moderate level of fitness is recommended.

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Important Information

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.

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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 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

  • Within 24 hours: Cancellation notice will result in a 100% forfeit of tuition, no reschedule.
  • Outside of 24 hours: $25 rescheduling fee per booking or full refund.
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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