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Mountain Skills Academy & Adventures

344 reviews
Whistler, Canada
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About Mountain Skills Academy & Adventures
Come on an adventure with us! In the summer, the Via Ferrata is our most popular and exciting tour! Or try a glacier tour, rock climbing, hiking, camping, or a mountaineering trip. In the winter, we do guided backcountry ski and snowboard tours, snowshoeing, and ice climbing. Our highly trained, friendly guides will show you the best of our beautiful mountains in and around Whistler. Public and private tours are available daily.
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39 reviews
Enjoy a thrilling rock climbing experience at Whistler on this ‘Via Ferrata’ tour. With safety cables and metal rungs to help you climb, it’s an activity suitable even for first-time climbers. Challenge yourself to climb the entire route and feel a rush of adrenaline as you reach the 7,087 foot (2160-meter) mountain summit.
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$138.96 per adult
6 reviews
Take a walk on the wild side with this glacial snow and ice excursion on the Horstman Glacier in Whistler, British Columbia. Observe the 10,000-year-old glacier in retreat with an early summer walk that provides the opportunity to slide or glissade down the snow. The sun is shining and the lakes are warm — but the snow remains, a perfect time to experience the Horseman Glacier. All the necessary equipment — boots, crampons, and an ice axe — is included.
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$97.85 per adult
10 reviews
Spend a winter day hiking through the snowy Whistler area during this hike. Follow a guide who knows the best ways around the snow to stay safe and have a great time. Snap pictures of the beautiful alpine surroundings as you go, and learn about the history of glacier climbing.
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$114.29 per adult
8 reviews
Take on a daring but safe climbing experience — the Sea to Sky Corridor’s Via Ferrata in Squamish. Italian for ‘Iron Way,’ this engineered vertical adventure consists of metal rungs and a specialized cable system. Once you get used to how high up you are in the mountains, look around for fantastic views of Howe Sound and nearby peaks. With a secured route throughout, this fully guided tour is a fun outing for adventurers of all ages (8 and up.)
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$89.63 per adult
5 reviews
The Whistler Sky Walk is a guided interpretive hike with amazing views at the top of Whistler Mountain. Follow your guide on a hike and clip your harness into a cable so you can walk safely along the cliff edge and across the bridges and features high above Whistler. This 2 hour tour is fairly easy and is great for ages 8 and up to get a local’s view of the mountain in the summer away from the crowds. You will see the gorgeous mountain peaks surrounding Whistler, the valleys and lakes all around, and if you are lucky you might even see Whistler's namesake, the marmot.
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$97.85 per adult
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Reviewed yesterday

My family loved this climb! There are a total of 6 of us, and our guide (Nolan, he was awesome!) was patient with our varying levels of climbing experience. The views are spectacular, and the destination is stunning! It was a difficult enough climb to...More

Date of experience: July 2019
Thank Abigail W
Reviewed 2 days ago

Just got off Whistler after a fun morning climbing the Via Ferrata. Mike was a terrific guide - very patient, providing encouragement and knowledge. Would highly recommend the Via Ferrata for a fun, different adventure in Whistler.

Date of experience: July 2019
Thank WilliamM2576
Mountain_Skills, Manager at Mountain Skills Academy & Adventures, responded to this reviewResponded yesterday

Thanks for the review! The Via Ferrata is our favourite tour too. Glad you enjoyed it!

Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

We had a great time today and our guide Andrew was excellent! He was very knowledgeable about the trails and surrounding areas, challenged us while keeping us nice and safe and also took photos of us climbing. Would highly recommend and definitely do it again!

Date of experience: July 2019
Thank Jackostravels
Mountain_Skills, Manager at Mountain Skills Academy & Adventures, responded to this reviewResponded yesterday

Yay! So great to hear that Andrew took good care of you. Thanks for letting us know.

Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

It was a great activity. Going up the mountain was great with my guide Maya. She knows her stuff and had a lovely way of speaking with me, funny and interested in all mountainsports. One of the best days of my holidays. Thank you!

Date of experience: July 2019
Thank Timv2739
Mountain_Skills, Manager at Mountain Skills Academy & Adventures, responded to this reviewResponded 5 days ago

Thank you. Maya will love hearing this!

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Mike was not a bad tour guide. He was a little rude at the beginning and said if you are at all scared don’t go as it is very hard. After we started, he admitted that it is not that hard and he just doesn’t...More

Date of experience: July 2019
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Mountain_Skills, Manager at Mountain Skills Academy & Adventures, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

I'm sorry you had this experience with this guide. This is definitely not a normal interaction and not how we train our guides to interact with our guests. We would like the chance to give you a different and more positive experience with us. Please...More

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

What an amazing experience! Totally thrilling, exhilarating and challenging! Andrew was a fantastic guide and especially good with kids. He was very good at explaining the challenges and ways to get through each area and was so upbeat...even though it rained the whole time! This...More

Thank Jean M
Mountain_Skills, Manager at Mountain Skills Academy & Adventures, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Yay!! We love it when people are so psyched! Thanks for the awesome comments.

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We had such a great day doing the Via Ferrata in Whistler. Our guide Nolan was the best! We’d highly recommend this for families looking for a great day on the mountains!

Date of experience: July 2019
Thank Stacy M
Mountain_Skills, Manager at Mountain Skills Academy & Adventures, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thanks so much! We'll let Nolan know that you had a great time. Appreciate the kind words!

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Had the most fun learning to rock climb in Whistler. Me and my cousin were the only ones on the tour and we were lucky to get a private experience! Our guide was very patient and taught us newbies rock climbing techniques, belay skills and...More

Date of experience: July 2019
Thank NYHK_12
Mountain_Skills, Manager at Mountain Skills Academy & Adventures, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Awesome! That's so great to hear. We'd love to have you back again in the future for more climbing! Thank you.

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Fun and interesting tour up and quickly down the glacier! Mike Vert was knowledgeable and safety conscious as we did our tour. The mini snow storm was a great treat in June. Fun time sliding down on my butt. I can now do this at...More

Date of experience: June 2019
Thank Dani N
Mountain_Skills, Manager at Mountain Skills Academy & Adventures, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thanks for review. Snow in June is always a fun surprise! We'll send your message to your guide, Mike.

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

My son and I feel so lucky to have stumbled upon this Sky Walk hike. Our excellent guide was Mike Vert. He was very knowledgeable, patient and encouraging. We were lucky enough to be the only two on the hike, which allowed for us to...More

Date of experience: June 2019
Thank Stephanie B
Mountain_Skills, Manager at Mountain Skills Academy & Adventures, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Super! It's such a treat when you can get a private tour. Nice work on the Sky Walk!

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