Whistler Glacier Ascent


Mountain Skills Academy & Adventures

On the Glacier Ascent your guide will lead you across glacial snow and ice into the Whistler Bowl. You will be led on a short-roped mountaineering ascent of the alpine bowl – like how all of the world’s great peaks were traditionally climbed! Learn about glaciology and how to travel on and climb a glacier while recognizing and avoiding crevasses. At the top enjoy the stunning alpine vistas and world-class photo opportunities before descending.

What you can expect

The tour will begin at the mountaintop office, located on Whistler Mountain. At the office, you will meet your guide, sign a waiver, and be outfitted with your glacier travel gear. Next is a walk across either a beautiful alpine snow slope or a breathtaking glacial moraine and wildflower meadow (depending on the time of year and mountain conditions) as you approach the Whistler bowl and glacier. As you look up at the bowl you will see the 2160m Whistler Peak. Along the walk, you can take advantage of the world-class photo opportunities of the pacific coast mountain ranges. The tour will conclude with a walk back to the mountaintop office.


4 Hours


  • 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

Weather requirements

  • Weather conditions along the Coast Mountain Range are constantly changing. Plan ahead, look into weather trends, and prepare for all weather conditions


  • A thrilling activity suitable for guests of all abilities
  • The tour will cover roughly 4km of mountain terrain and up to 200m of glacier hiking and climbing
  • World class photo opportunities
  • No experience is necessary - moderate fitness and agility is required
  • The guide will establish a slow and steady pace throughout the tour
  • All technical equipment is included


  • 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 the village office
  • Groups with children and/or youth are recommended to book a private tour
  • This climb takes roughly 4 hours depending on conditions, number of climbers, and climbing efficiency
  • All glacier and climbing equipment is included and the gear is located at the mountain top office
  • Multiple DAILY tours

Meet location

Tours will meet at the Mountain Skills Academy & Adventures mountaintop office 15 minutes prior to departure. The ride on the Whistler Gondola from the village takes approximately 30 minutes. To get to the mountaintop office, please take the Whistler Gondola all the way to the top (the second stop). The mountaintop office is located at the top of the Gondola about 100m straight down the path as you unload. It is the last cabin on the right with signage for Mountain Skills Academy & Adventures



  • All guests must sign a release of liability waiver prior to participating in any activity. Guests who are 19 years and older sign their own waiver. Guests under the age of 19 must have a parent or legal guardian sign the waiver on their behalf
  • It is strongly recommended that you purchase Trip Cancellation Insurance upon booking and Emergency Evacuation insurance. A recommended insurance provider is Tugo.Com or call 1800 663 0399 if required.

Cancellation / Refund

  • Within 24 hour cancellation notice will result in a 100% forfeit
  • Outside of 24 hours - $25 penalty to reschedule
  • If conditions force Mountain Skills Academy and Adventures to cancel a course or trip they will do all they can to accommodate you at another date. If this isn’t possible you will receive a full refund. They reserve the right to decline rescheduling dates based on availability

When can I book this activity?

Available dates

Available days and times

You can book this activity at the following times:


Number of guests allowed

No limit on guests number

Minimum time to book before

24 hour


  • Price includes guide and all required equipment
  • All prices quoted are based on current 2017 rates and may be subject to change for the 2018 season

Regular rate

Adult (aged 19 – 85) $139.00 CAD
Youth (aged 12 – 18) $119.00 CAD

Private Package Rate

up to 6 participants. Families with young children must book Private Group Rate to receive additional guides and attention, along with extended tour length to accommodate a relaxed pace.

Price for entire reservation $799.00 CAD

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