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.
Peak 2 Peak gondola tickets are not included in the price.
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!
Departure times are at 9:00am, 1:00pm daily.
9:00 am tours meet their guide at 8:45 am at the Escape Route Alpine Demo Centre down in the village. Don’t be late!
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.
All climbing equipment is included.
Here is a list of gear that is nice to have:
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.
A Peak 2 Peak 360 ticket for Whistler Blackcomb is required for this tour. You can buy them online, from our village office, or at any Whistler Blackcomb ticket window. Please purchase tickets before the day of your tour to avoid being late for the tour start.
Location: Whistler Mountain
Departures: 9:00 am, 1:00 pm tours daily
*Please arrive at the meeting location 15 minutes prior to your scheduled tour time. Late arrivals forfeit the full tour price.
You are responsible to provide and carry your own food and water.
The guide will establish a pace suitable for the tour participants. A moderate level of fitness is recommended to complete the tour within the set amount of time. We cannot allow any participant to turn back in mid-tour for safety reasons. Our guides are experienced and very patient with guests who may need some encouragement or help along the way.
Tours are run at a ratio of up to 6 guests per guide.
Groups with children younger than 12 years should book a private tour.
Private tours can be arranged for larger groups or special events.
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.
Learn about training courses at the academy:
Our recommended insurance provider is Tugo.Com who can be reached via the following:
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. We also accept bank e-transfers 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 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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