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    What to Expect
    This summer, explore the glacial snow and ice of the Horstman Glacier in Whistler, British Columbia. Slide or glissade down the snow of this 10,000-year-old glacier in retreat with an experienced, local guide.

    Choose from a morning or afternoon departure time from the mountaintop office at Mountain Skills Academy. Please arrive 15 minutes prior to departure. Meet the guide, sign a waiver, and get outfitted with glacier travel gear, including boots, crampons, and ice axe. Then take the Whistler Gondola for a 30-minute ride to the glacier.

    Walk across a beautiful alpine snow slope or a breathtaking glacial morraine and wildflower meadow (depending on the time of year and the corresponding mountain conditions) while approaching the Whistler bowl and glacier. Look up to see the 2,160-meter Whistler Peak. Along the way, learn how the last ice age interacted with the terrain to form the beautiful coastal mountain ranges.

    This popular tour is great for people of all ages and abilities, and especially fun for families with children eight years of age and older.

    As is the case with all activities in the Canadian Alpine, each day is subject to rapidly changing mountain conditions. Check with the staff beforehand to see what the forecast is for any particular day.
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    Important Information
    Departure Point
    Morning tours meet at Escape Route Alpine Demo Centre - 4433 Sundial Place.
    Afternoon tours meet at our Whistler mountaintop office.
    • Local, professional guide
    • Interpretive talk in English
    • A 'Peak 2 Peak' lift ticket for Whistler Mountain is required for this tour. Tickets can be bought online or at the village office or at any Whistler Blackcomb ticket window. You must purchase your ticket before the date of your tour to avoid lineups and possibly 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, water, snacks, rain jacket
    • Suitable for beginners
    • Fitness level: average
    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • Service animals allowed
    • Most travelers can participate
    Cancellation Policy
    For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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    Reviewed July 28, 2019

    This company clearly communicates once reservations are made. Reminders and additional information are emailed. When things don’t go exactly as planned (because an Iron Man triathlon takes over the area), they’re understanding and helpful. Our guide, Jake, was hilarious, informative, and a great guide. He...More

    Date of experience: July 2019
    1  Thank pishyah
    Mtn_Skills_Academy, Manager at Mountain Skills Academy & Adventures, responded to this reviewResponded July 29, 2019

    Hi, Thanks for the review! We're glad you had a great time with Jake!! And we would love to welcome you again for another tour.

    Reviewed March 1, 2019

    I brought my family to BC this winter to do some skiing and get my 10 year old twins some alpine experience. Eric and I set up a day on Whistler mountain proper to practice back country skiing, then we set a helicopter visit to...More

    Date of experience: February 2019
    Thank harris512018
    Mountain_Skills, Manager at Mountain Skills Academy & Adventures, responded to this reviewResponded March 5, 2019

    Your awesome review was wonderful to read. Thanks so much for taking the time to write. We're thrilled that you had such a good time. See you next time!

    Reviewed August 26, 2018

    the tour was very good. Maya, our guide, was very knowledgeable and interesting. She was very patient with our group, giving us time to climb and helping us along the way. The glacier itself was beautiful.

    Date of experience: August 2018
    Thank lindsay m
    Mtn_Skills_Academy, Manager at Mountain Skills Academy & Adventures, responded to this reviewResponded August 29, 2018

    Thank you for taking the time to review the Glacier Discovery tour. We'll let Maya know you liked her guiding.

    Reviewed August 23, 2018

    This was a very informative and educational tour. Our guide was great and patient with our small group giving us time to climb and explore. I believe his name was Matt (we toured on 8/10/18). You not only see the glacier but find out how...More

    Date of experience: August 2018
    Thank donhD7532PW
    Mtn_Skills_Academy, Manager at Mountain Skills Academy & Adventures, responded to this reviewResponded August 29, 2018

    Thanks! Matt will love to hear your comments. We're glad you enjoyed it.

    Reviewed August 1, 2018

    My children and I had the best experience on the Glacier Discovery Tour with our guide Annie! The views were amazing, the tour was not difficult, and our guide was very informative and so patient with my son. We all enjoyed it immensely. I would...More

    Date of experience: August 2018
    Thank Beth Ann D
    whistlerguides, Manager at Mountain Skills Academy & Adventures, responded to this reviewResponded August 7, 2018

    Thanks for the awesome write-up. We really appreciate your comments and we've let Annie know too. Our guides really like to hear guests' thoughts.

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