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VIA FERRATA

Get Vertical at the most exhilarating Via Ferrata in Western Canada!

Experienced and apprentice climbers alike will tackle Terminator Peak’s north face, choosing from routes of 3 varying lengths and degrees of exposure. Combine this with access to a stunning trip up the gondola and an informative and unforgettable visit with Boo at the Grizzly Bear Refuge, and you will have experienced real mountain adventure unlike anywhere else.


Step out of your comfort zone and experience first-hand exposure in a safe environment, while soaking in the majestic views of the Rockies and Kicking Horse Mountain Resort. Our experienced and friendly guides will cater to your level ensuring a high level of professionalism, whether you are a lead climber or a never-ever in search of an adrenaline fix.

WHAT IS VIA FERRATA?

Italian for "iron road", a Via Ferrata is a protected climbing route with a steel cable running along the route that is fixed to the rock. Using a Via Ferrata Harness, climbers can secure themselves to the cable, creating a completely safe climbing environment. The cable can also be used as aid to climbing, and additional climbing aids, such as iron rungs (stemples), pegs, carved steps, ladders and bridges.

Bolted on the rock face of Terminator 1, highly visible from the Gondola Eagle Express, these iconic climbing routes are available all summer long. Your Via Ferrata Adventure is all inclusive and will grant you access to our award-winning Eagle’s Eye Restaurant, perched at 7,700 feet.

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HOW IT WORKS

Start your climbing career off on the right tacks - No experience needed! Our Via Ferrata is designed to give access to Rock Climbing to anyone in a safe environment.

  1. Iron Rungs: Climbing a Via Ferrata is like climbing a series of ladders, which consist in Iron Rungs drilled into the rock.
  2. Slide-through Caribiner System (See Sidebar for more information)
  3. Safety Helmet
  4. Harness
  5. Cable Pathway
  6. Appropriate footwear

A UNIQUE CARABINER SYSTEM

Our Via Ferrata is equipped with the new "Aeroline" carabiner system. This allows you to stay securely connected to the steel cable at all time! The Climber only has to slide the Carabiner through the plates located at each anchor points, while never have to worry about clipping-unclipping carabiners like a traditional via ferrata system.

THE ROUTES

 

For those who aren’t quite sure about this whole “Via Ferrata” thing, this is a quick introduction where under the guidance of a guide you will cross the Hanging Glory suspension bridge and move through the easiest first section of the mountain. Watch out, you’ll probably want to keep going.

  • Average time: 1 hour
  • Ratio 8 people:1 Guide
  • Includes Adventure Pass
  • Includes Orientation & Guide
  • Equipment Supplied

Pioneer Route runs daily from June 23rd - September 3rd, 2018
Departs: 12:00pm & 3:00pm 

 

Take the next step on the Via Ferrata with the Discovery Route! Gas pedals, rungs, exposure, suspension bridge and short technical sections… the DISCOVERY ROUTE has been designed to provide a little bit of everything, preparing you for your next ascent.

  • Average time: 2 hours
  • Ratio 8 people:1 Guide
  • Includes Adventure Pass
  • Includes Orientation & Guide
  • Equipment Supplied

Discovery Route runs daily from June 23rd - September 3rd, 2018
Departs: 11:00am & 2:00pm 


 

 

465 meters of pure bliss! Starting off the ridge-line dividing the Rocky Mountain trench from the Purcell range, and exiting at the top of Terminator Peak, the ASCENSION Route is a truly unique beast. From the climbers’ mouth, this course is one of the most technical & scenic in North America. Discover our signature “Guts Bridge” and stand on top of the world, feeling that you summited a giant!

  • Average time: 3 hours
  • Ratio 8 people:1 Guide
  • Includes Adventure Pass
  • Includes Orientation & Guide
  • Equipment Supplied

Ascension Route runs daily from June 23rd - September 3rd, 2018
Departs: 10:00am, 1:00pm


 

Online bookings need to be done 24 hours prior to departure time.

To book a tour within a 24 hour period, please call us at 1.250.439.5554 or toll free 1.866.SKI.KICK

2018 RATES

Included the Pioneer Tour, Discovery Route and Ascension Route prices is an Adventure Pass for the day! Adventure Passes provide access to the sightseeing gondola, alpine hiking trails, as well as a stop at the Grizzly Bear Refuge for a tour!

Adult (18+) Youth (13-17) Family* Private**
Pioneer Route $85 $75 $285 $510
Discovery Route $135 $125 $419 $734
Ascension Route $175 $165 $570 $935

*Maximum of 4 (2 adults and 2 youth)
**Maximum of 6 people

DID YOU KNOW?

Via Ferratas originated in Europe in the 1800s and were implemented during the world war to provide troops with safe passage through the Alps. There a more than 1,000 recreational via ferratas around the world, most notably in Italy and Austria.

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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Via Ferrata is a trail (route) making method used in the mountains to make passage easier and more secure. It is done by installing steel steps, handles, ladder rungs, and a steel cable in the places where the trail steepens. Travellers are secured to the rock by wearing a harness that is always attached to the steel cable. Difficulty ratings: French F-PD German K1-K2 UIAA II-III

KHMR’s Via Ferrata is located on the north face of Terminator Peak, accessible via the Golden Eagle Express.
2 Hour tour: 330m
4 Hour tour: 465m
Trail: 370m
Base elevation: 2290m | Top elevation: 2396m
Vertical: 106m

No. For safety reasons, you must use a guide.

Weatherproof shell pant or soft shell pant
Warm layer(s)
Sunglasses
Bug spray
Light gloves
Sunscreen
Water
Snack
Camera (leash strongly recommended)
Small Backpack
Hiking boots or trail shoes

Harnesses, helmets and via ferrata leashes.

Provided they can collapse and be carried in your pack when you are on the Via Ferrata.

The average times are 2 hrs (DISCOVERY) and 3 hrs (ASCENSION) from the Gondola top - meeting point is in front of Eagle's Eye Restaurant.

Try the 2 hour route to get your feet wet! Itineraries can be shortened in unusual circumstances.

TERMS AND CONDITIONS

Minimum age: 12 years, minimum of 3 guests per public tour, maximum weight is 100 kg (220 lbs). Reservations are highly recommended, full payment is required upon booking to make your reservations please contact us at 1.866.SKI.KICK (754-5425). Cancellation Policy: full refund offered if cancellation occurs at least 48 hours in advance. Cancellations with less than 48 hours notice will be subject to a 30% cancellation fee. Tours within less than 48 hours are not available online.

Weather – The Via Ferrata will operate in most weather; although KHMR may suspend, delay, alter or cancel operations due to conditions deemed to be a safety concern, such as thunder/lightning, ice, snow or wind. Rates are quoted in Canadian funds and DO NOT include GST. All pricing and dates are subject to change without notice.

For all other inquiries please call 1.866.SKI.KICK

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