“Thousands of tired, nerve-shaken, over-civilized people are beginning to find out that going to the mountains is going home; that wildness is a necessity”
― John Muir,
There’s a certain calm and serenity that comes from moving silently through the tall mountain trees, their limbs hanging heavily with the weight of the snow. The ancient moss that drips from their branches catches the breeze and you breathe in the crisp, fresh mountain air. Your now entering mountain time, where the world slows down and a certain calmness surrounds you. This is the side of the mountains you can only experience through accessing these areas by human powered transport, and snowshoeing is one of the best, most easily accessible ways to do this.
There are 2 companies that run snowshoeing in the Whistler area:
The Adventure Group offer two tours running on Whistler Mountain. Starting with a ride up the village gondola, the tour takes you through Whistlers most pristine old growth forest. With both a beginner and intermediate tour, this is a fantastic opportunity for those who want a different perspective of Whistler mountain, or for those who still want to experience what Whistler Mountain has to offer without having to ski.
Canadian Wilderness Adventures also offer snowshoeing tours out of the Callaghan valley, a 20min bus ride south towards Squamish. Being slightly out of Whistler offers a great opportunity to explore this beautiful area of the Sea to Sky corridor.
Guided Snowshoe Tours
The best way to get out snowshoeing is with a guide. Not only do they provide everything you need (snowshoes, transport etc) but the guides will be your own interpretive guidebook to the local area and its rich history. The beauty of snowshoeing is its very accessible for all ages, if you can walk, you can snowshoe.
3 tips for Snowshoeing:
1- Dress warm
Often you are outside for 1-2hrs walking around in the snow. Dress as if you are going skiing, wearing gloves, a hat and lots of layers
2- Bring your sense of adventure and let our your inner child
Snowshoeing is such a wonderful way to get into the mountains and allows you to experience nature at its pace. The guides will often bring you to places where you can slide down small sections of snow on your bottom so embrace it and slide away!
3- Bring a camera
Photo opportunities are everywhere in this snow filled wonderland. Keep the camera close to your body and somewhere dry, this way the battery will last longer and your camera will be safe.