Snowshoeing (Self-Guided & Tours)
A wonderful introduction to winter, snowshoeing is a refreshing, low-impact activity that harnesses the skill of walking – so everybody from toddler to senior can do it!
Whistler Olympic Park provides access to more than 30 kilometres of marked trails (over 15 kilometres of which are dog-friendly). Tread upon the winter snowpack, weaving between beautiful views of the surrounding mountains and Olympic monuments.
Book a Guided Snowshoe Tour (more information below) and let our guides take you through the park, or pick up a map and go on a self-guided walk!
Rentals are available for all sizes from child to adult, including overboots and poles.
Always check conditions before your visit for available trails and services!
Guided Snowshoe Tours
Join our knowledgeable snowshoe guides for a 2-hour group tour through old-growth forests and up to picturesque viewpoints. Learn about the Park’s sports, legacy and natural history, and enjoy numerous photo opportunities of Olympic monuments and scenery. Tour terrain is easy to moderate and is set according to the skill level of the participants (maximum 10 participants).
Snowshoe Tours must be pre-booked. Snowshoe rentals are available for only an additional $10/per person when you book a tour.
GENERAL PROGRAM INFO
|skill level||All abilities|
Ages 8 and up (under 19 with accompanying adult)
Weekends & Holidays
December 18, 2021 to April 3, 2022 (subject to conditions)
|tour group size||2 to 10 participants|
*Trail ticket and rentals not included; snowshoe rentals can be added for $10/per person
* Listed prices do not include tax. With more than 4 days notice a full refund is available with cancellation. Within 4 days of the tour booking either; a 25% admin fee will be charged and the rest of the cost refunded, or full credit of the booking will be offered for use another time with tour product. With 1 day's notice, no refund is provided and a 25% fee charged for re-booking.
No gear - no problem! Visit our rental shop to rent a pair of snowshoes and let your sense of adventure guide your way. We offer the latest snowshoe models suitable for everyone from young children to adult size, poles and overboots for wetter days.
Whistler Olympic Park has the biggest off-leash area in the Sea to Sky Corridor! Bring your whole family, including your dog, for an adventure in the snow. Almost 20 kilometres of the snowshoe trail network is dog-friendly (on- and off-leash)!
Know Before You Go
What to wear & bring: Dress for the elements!
- Choose insulated, waterproof footwear that matches your snowshoeing style. These can be waterproof hiking boots, casual winter boots or even waterproof trail-running shoes, in case you plan to go for a jog. Shoes should not have a big heel.
- Bring or rent overboots from us if you plan to snowshoe in deep snow to keep your feet dry.
Clothing / Accessories:
- Dress in layers that can be taken off easily, wear a zippered top to regulate body heat.
- Snowshoeing is physical exercise. Choose technical wear or wool instead of cotton to keep your body climate comfortable.
- Wear long base layer tops & pants
- Wool socks or wool/silk combination socks are ideal, cotton socks are not recommended.
- Waterproof jacket (with breathable waterproof fabrics) will keep you dry and protect you from cold winds.
- Bring gloves, a hat/toque, sunglasses, sunblock, some snacks/water and a camera!
Getting on the trails
- Check-in at our Guest Services desk or Rental Shop in the Day Lodge for advice on trails matching your anticipations and physical ability. It is important to check the time required for the trail you want to use as this may vary due to weather and snow conditions (daily trail conditions updates are available during the season).
- Take a printed trail map with you (available at Guest Services and in the Rental Shop). You can look at them online/download them here, but remember that cell phone batteries may deplete in the cold, so a hard copy is helpful!
- Stick to the marked trails! Some of them are shared with cross country skiers, so follow trail etiquette and stay off the ski tracks.
- Do not snowshoe alone!
Safety and Risk Awareness
Cross country skiing, snowshoeing and other activities that take place at Whistler Olympic Park involve the risk of injury. Please take the time to familiarize yourself with the Safety and Risk Awareness information here.
Whistler Olympic Park
1500 Callaghan Valley Rd
Whistler BC V0N 1B8