Mountain Skills Academy & Adventures

Mountain Skills Academy & Adventures

Mountain Skills Academy & Adventures
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Climbing ToursHiking & Camping ToursPrivate ToursNature & Wildlife ToursDay Trips
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
About
Come on an adventure with us! In the winter, we do guided backcountry ski and snowboard tours, snowshoeing, and ice climbing. 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. 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.
Whistler, British Columbia, Canada

Awards
Travellers' Choice
2023

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(67 reviews)

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AdamandMarjorie
Surrey, Canada1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023
We had a great time! We went in December and we were the only people there which was nice. Glen was our guide and he was nice and patient with us! It lasted about 1 hour and 30 minutes as advertised. The climbing was quite easy. If you can climb ladders, then you can do this. I'm not too fond of heights, but I found this easily do-able. It can be a little scary if you look down at some parts while you climb, but it's not really that scary if you're worried about heights! Take what I say with a grain of salt though! We enjoyed it!! The gondola ride up was nice too! That only took about 10-15 minutes though.

You can store your backpack after meeting the guide before you head out (well we could because there was only two of us), so don't be afraid to bring a bag to the top. You're not going to be going very far. It takes about an hour and a half because you'll be going at a leisurely pace. Overall, it was a nice experience! And shoutout to our guide, Glen!! Thanks for being patient with us!
Written December 17, 2023
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Clare L
Vancouver3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Family
From the moment we contacted Mountain Skills Academy it was easy and professional. We booked our first half day and had Maya as our guide. We took our 5 and 8 year olds and they were hooked! The first day Maya made it so fantastic that we booked to have another half day with her on our same trip. She is experienced, knowledgeable, so patient and helpful. I cannot say enough great things about her, and she has a wonderful sense of humour!
Written October 1, 2023
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Thanks for your review! We are so glad you had a great time with the family on this climbing course!
Written October 8, 2023
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HaleyFoelsch
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023
We booked this adventure as a group of 4 for one of our 30th birthdays! Victor was our guide on the Sea to Sky Via Ferrata and was fantastic and made the adventure so much fun! We were experienced in rock climbing so doing a via ferrata in rain, hail, and wind added an extra element of fun! Definitely would recommend and will be back!
Written September 25, 2023
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Thanks for the review! We are stoked you had a great time climbing for your birthday!
Written October 8, 2023
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Appsholly
Hastings, UK1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Friends
Today a group us did the Via Ferrata in Whistler. I had no idea what to expect and it was so much fun!
As someone who is pretty scared of heights I had great time and am so pleased I gave in and did it. Our guide Maya was the absolute best. So supportive, kind, encouraging and took me under her wing. Thank you Maya!
The whole group really enjoyed the day, the views were beautiful and it was challenging but not as strenuous as I thought it would be. Phew! I felt very safe. Again, thanks to Maya for all her help.
Written September 24, 2023
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Thanks for the review! We are glad you had a great time on the Via Ferrata!
Written October 8, 2023
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Escape08348189557
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Family
My daughter is an experienced climber. She was excited to give us (her parents) the opportunity to have the thrill of mountain climbing, without the risk and extensive training generally required to participate in this sport. Our guide, Tache, was exceptional! He helped us feel safe and capable. His personality, knowledge and enthusiasm added to our adventure.
There was never a dull moment ... Tache kept us moving upward and onward while sharing lots of information about the area, history of Via Ferratas and outdoor adventures.
The views from above are even more stellar when you are up close. My husband and myself are both seniors (69 and 72) and had no trouble keeping up. You CAN do it! And who doesn't want to say they've climbed the face of a mountain? This is definitely an activity not to be missed - absolutely wonderful!!!
Written September 23, 2023
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Thanks for the review! We are stoked you were able to try something new today! Amazing job!
Written October 8, 2023
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Marcela C
1 contribution
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Friends
Cashless disappointment 😞 push towards a cashless society 😑
🌄 views were amazing 👏 guide was superb
Written September 12, 2023
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TravelingFamily718
New York City236 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Solo
When I called Mountain Skills to learn about the difference between their two via ferrata courses at Whistler and Squamish, I was told that the Whistler course is more adventurous and much longer, lasting 4 hours versus only 2 hours at Squamish, which justified the significantly higher price. I asked about any differences between the morning and afternoon tours, and I was told that they are identical. Based on this information, I signed up for the 4-hour afternoon Whistler via ferrata.

When I showed up at the designated meeting place, I was told that so many people had signed up for this tour that we were being split into different groups. As a solo traveler, I was told that a large group would head out first, while I had to wait for a tour guide whose morning tour ran late and wasn’t ready yet. Once he finally showed up, he said that a member of our group was stuck in traffic and hadn’t yet arrived. So instead of starting at 1:30 PM as scheduled, we didn’t actually begin until 2:15.

Normally, I wouldn’t mind the delay, except that our guide then informed us that the ski lift that would bring us down after we finished stops running at 4:15, and if we didn’t rush through what was advertised as a 4-hour course in under 2 hours, we would be stuck at the top and have to do a lengthy hike to get down. As a result, we were extremely rushed and pressed for time during the entire experience, and instead of having time to take breaks and enjoy the experience, we went virtually non-stop the entire time.

I don't blame our guide for this, as he did the best he could under the circumstances. And we did in fact get to the top just before 4:15, but I was extremely exhausted, dehydrated, and disappointed that what I hoped would be a highlight of my visit to Whistler was nothing like what was advertised and promised.
Written September 7, 2023
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R&M
Vancouver, Canada191 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Family
We did this as a private tour with our 11-year-old nephew and it was an AMAZING experience. The adrenalin rush, the conquering of fears, the feeling of accomplishment, the views.

We want to give a HUGE shout-out to our guide, Rob: he was phenomenal! He was very patient with this old auntie ;) and a great teacher.
Written September 3, 2023
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Thank you for your review! We are glad you had a great time on your tour with Rob on the via ferrata. What a fun family adventure!
Written September 8, 2023
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robert m
Honolulu, HI3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Couples
My partner wanted to do something outdoors, something challenging, and something that would provide great views of the surrounding area. We’ve tried a via ferrata route in Colorado before so we figured we would give the Whistler Via Ferrata tour a try. The weather was iffy but after speaking with Jonas and our guide, Jeremy, we decided to give it a go. It was definitely a good decision, the gondola ride up was cool, the hike to the start was a nice warm up and Jeremy shared a lot of interesting info on the area. After going over the safety information we headed up the mountain. It was challenging, beautiful and the weather turned out great! We felt safe and Jeremy did a great job guiding us.
Written September 1, 2023
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Dale S
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Friends
A really enjoyable afternoon! Our guide was great and very informative. The glacier is small, but the views spectacular.
Written September 1, 2023
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We are glad you enjoyed your tour of the ancient glacier! There is so much beauty up there, we are happy to have shared it with you.
Written September 8, 2023
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