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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Duration: 4 hours
Are you a large group? Book a private tour and have a guide to yourself!
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.
**The price of the tour does not include a gondola ticket. Gondola tickets are available for purchase through our office.**
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.
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.
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.
• 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 www.WhistlerBlackcomb.com
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.
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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