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    What to Expect

    You will take the Whistler Gondola to the top and get geared up by the guide at the mountain top office. From there you will hike out to the base of the glacier where the guide will go over the basic techniques of ascending the glacier. The group will make their way up at a moderate pace and enjoy the views of the mountains and valleys all around. Depending on the date of the tour, you may slide down the snow or hike back down the glacier. Either way you will get an authentic mountaineering type adventure high above Whistler.
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    Important Information
    Departure Point
    Morning tours meet at the Escape Route Alpine Demo Centre - 4433 Sundial Place down in the village. 
    Afternoon tours meet at our Whistler mountaintop office.
    3h 30m
    • Local, professional guide
    • All climbing and glacier equipment
    • Hiking boots (if needed)
    • A Peak 2 Peak lift ticket for Whistler Mountain is required for this tour. You can buy tickets online, at Mountain Skills Academy village office, or at any Whistler Blackcomb ticket window. You must buy them prior to the day of your tour to avoid line-ups and missing your tour start time.
    • Snacks and water
    • Guide gratuity (suggested)
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    Additional Info
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • What to bring: Hiking shoes, gloves, small backpack, rain jacket, water, and snacks.
    • Suitable for beginners (no experience is needed)
    • Includes all equipment required
    • Fitness: Moderate
    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • Service animals allowed
    • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
    • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
    Cancellation Policy
    For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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    I had a great time with our guide April, who's so knowledgeable and entertaining. I took some tours in the past in Alaska, but it was the best for me and I totally recommend this tour to everyone including beginners. We could start from the very basic step on the glacier and
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    Response from Mountain_Skills, Manager at Whistler Glacier Ascent Hike
    Responded 3 Oct 2019
    Hi! Thank you for the lovely review, we're so glad you had such a great time with April on the Glacier Ascent. We look forward to seeing you again!
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    This was such a fantastic tour. Although it was a cloudy day on the mountain, it did not spoil this adventure. Jeremy, my guide, was great. He explained things really well and made it a very enjoyable experience. This was my first ever glacier ascent and first time wearing
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    Response from Mountain_Skills, Owner at Whistler Glacier Ascent Hike
    Responded 11 Sep 2019
    Hi! Thank you for leaving a review, we really appreciate any and all feedback. I will pass it on to Jeremy as well!
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    This was the first time I had done a hike! My husband and I chose to do the glacier ascent! Jake was very nice and kept motivating me to keep going and made it to the top! It was such an awesome experience!! Definitely recommend!!!
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    Response from Mtn_Skills_Academy, Manager at Whistler Glacier Ascent Hike
    Responded 25 Jul 2019
    Thanks so much for taking time to review your tour, we'll pass on your kind words to Jake!
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    My husband and I went on this morning’s glacier ascent and it was fabulous! Mike, our guide was great, teaching us about mountaineering and explaining carabiners, different mountaineering terms, and belaying. We also enjoyed finding out about Mike’s adventures around Whistler
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    Response from Mtn_Skills_Academy, Manager at Whistler Glacier Ascent Hike
    Responded 4 Sep 2018
    Hi Kate, thanks so much. We're glad that Mike made your tour so good. We'll be sure to let him know.
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    We (family of 5) booked a private hike at 15:00 to give us time to do Sasquatch zip line in the morning and still get up to the top of Whistler Mountain, do a peak-to-peak to Blackcomb and get some lunch before heading up the glacier. We met at 14:40ish and met Maya and Tim who
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    Response from Mtn_Skills_Academy, Manager at Whistler Glacier Ascent Hike
    Responded 28 Aug 2018
    Sounds like you made the most of your day! We're happy to have been a part of it. Thanks for the review!
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    About the operator
    By: Mountain Skills Academy & Adventures
    377 reviews
    Certificate of Excellence
    Gibsons, Canada
    Not many Eagles on the day of the tour but some - not the guides fault. Excellent guide. Knowledgeable and
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    Ice climbing
    The best course to learn to ice climb, the guides are friendly, attentive, they know the routes perfectly, they
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    Myles O
    Squamish rock climbing
    Great ½ day rock climbing 1 adult and 2x kids in Squamish with Marcus W. He was attentive and keen to teach, very
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    Kyoto, Japan
    The best Glacier Tour ever
    I had a great time with our guide April, who's so knowledgeable and entertaining. I took some tours in the past in
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    Banco, Switzerland
    Very nice experience!
    Me and my girlfriend did the morning tour and we were just the two of us with our guide named Marcus. It was the
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    Snowy Via Ferrata Adventure
    My husband and I did the Via Ferrata tour today. It just snowed on the mountains a few days ago so it added a
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    Lindsey A
    Chicago, Illinois
    What an amazing opportunity!
    My husband and I did the Via Ferrata Tour in the middle of September. Although we didn't sign up for a private, no
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    Kirsten M
    Seattle, Washington
    Great day of instruction and fun!
    My husband and I booked a trip with MSAA with the goal of learning how to transition from lead climbing in the gym
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    Stockholm, Sweden
    5 awesome tours with MSAA!
    We have spent 2,5 weeks in Whistler and have done five tours with the MSAA, Mountain Skills Academy Adventures.
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    Expert guide, carefree hiking
    Our guide April knew the trail and its hazards, she was the only one who had phone service if we needed it and she
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    Jacqui P
    An experience too good to miss
    This was such a fantastic tour. Although it was a cloudy day on the mountain, it did not spoil this adventure.
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    vicki c
    Fun experience
    I had an awesome time on this trip. My guide Maya was great. Even tho it was a cloudy day it was a great
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    An awesome cloudy Via Ferrata tour
    My friends are from Vancouver and booked a Via Ferrata tour with MSAA. The experience was an adrenaline rush and
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    David L
    Vancouver, Canada
    Awesome experience!
    My son and I had a great time. The views going up were breathtaking. Our guide Jeremy was super nice and
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    Whistler, Canada
    So much fun, although wouldn't recommend to someone scared of heights
    Took my friend for her birthday and we had such an awesome time. Our guide Jeremy was really friendly and
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