Whistler Glacier Discovery

Walking Tours

Mountain Skills Academy & Adventures

This summer, discover the glacial snow and ice of the Whistler Glacier! Don’t miss this unique opportunity to observe a 10,000 – 12,000 year old glacier on this 2 hour interpretive walking tour. Explore 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.

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.


2.5 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

  • 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


  • Outfitted with boots, crampons and an ice axe you will learn how to walk using glacier equipment
  • Great for adventurers of all ages and abilities
  • Surround yourself with beautiful mountain scenery


  • 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
  • This climb takes roughly 2.5 hours depending on conditions, number of climbers, and climbing efficiency
  • The tour will cover roughly 3km of mountain terrain
  • All glacier and climbing equipment is included

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

At least 3 guests

Minimum time to book before

24 hour


  • Prices do not include tax or cost of lift ticket
  • Regular Rate is per person, based on a minimum of 3 people
  • All prices quoted are based on current 2017 rates and may be subject to change for the 2018 season

Regular rate

Adult (aged 19 – 90) $99.00 CAD
Youth (aged 8 – 18) $99.00 CAD

Private Tour

For up to 6 people. 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 $529.00 CAD

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