Insider’s First Look: The Whistler Peak Suspension Bridge
Updated August 2018: Note that the Cloudraker Skybridge is now closed for the winter season, reopening in the spring of 2019. Visit Whistler.com for up-to-date mountain operation hours.
Whistler Peak has always been home to some of the most breathtaking views in town. I wouldn’t have thought it possible, but Whistler Blackcomb found a way to make your visit to the Peak even more unforgettable – the new Cloudraker Skybridge and Raven’s Eye Cliff Walk are now open and ready for you to explore.
Whether you’re an alpine hiking regular, or you’re coming for your first visit, you’re going to want to add a trip to the suspension bridge to your summer bucket list.
Where is Cloudraker Skybridge?
The suspension bridge is located right beside the top station of Peak Chair on Whistler Mountain. Access is included in the PEAK 2 PEAK 360 Summer Experience ticket, so you can make this trip part of a full day of adventure. You can also access the Raven’s Eye Cliff Walk from the bridge on the West Ridge Lookout.
How to Get to Cloudraker Skybridge
From the valley you can either upload from Skier’s Plaza via the Whistler Village Gondola, or from Creekside via the Creekside Gondola and Big Red Express. Both options will have you end up at the Roundhouse on Whistler Mountain.
If possible I recommend uploading from Creekside. You’ll not only get to enjoy free parking, but the lines will also be smaller, and you will be treated to an open-air chairlift ride. (Creekside access for hikers is new this year, introduced while the new lifts are being constructed).
Good to Know – Hiking to and From the Roundhouse
It takes approximately 10 – 20 minutes to hike the Peak Express Traverse from the Roundhouse down to the base of the Peak Chair.
There are two options for your return, and they both require some hiking. You can either take one of the alpine hiking trails for additional views, or download via the Peak Chair. If you choose to download the Peak Chair, it is important to note you will still have to walk back up the Peak Express Traverse from the base of the Peak Chair to the Roundhouse to get home.
At 0.6 km it is not a great distance, but it is uphill all the way with an elevation gain of 63 m. Depending on the fitness levels and age of people in your group, this may be challenging after a day of adventuring. Make sure to take water and snacks, leave plenty of time and energy to walk back, and take lots of breaks on your way out.
Take time to review the Whistler Mountain hiking maps before you go so you can plan your day.
What to Wear
When planning for you day you should plan an outfit not only for style, but also comfort. The alpine is typically a few degrees colder than in Whistler Village (see the village vs alpine weather forecast here), so make sure to pack layers, and remember to wear good shoes suitable for hiking. For full advice on what to wear check out this article on hiking gear.
What it’s Like to Walk the Bridge
I really like this bridge because of its easy access and stunning views. The design of the bridge feels very secure with fully closed in sides, and small holes on the bottom grating. I will note that it does sway a bit when walking – not enough to be scary, but good to know before you get on.
If you’re not big on heights you can still check out the bridge from solid ground and enjoy the endless views from the Peak.
When to Go
The Cloudraker Skybridge and the new Raven’s Eye Cliff Walk are now open for the summer. I recommend starting your day early for the best experience. There will be less people up top and the light will be better for photos. Remember to check the hours of operation before planning your day, get your PEAK to PEAK 360 Experience tickets ahead of time and check out our guide to alpine sightseeing for more handy tips and FAQ.
What’s Open and What’s Next
The bridge is open for visitors to walk on and enjoy and construction on the Raven’s Eye Cliff Walk, the cantilevered observation deck accessed via the bridge, is now complete.
More to Explore
The suspension bridge is only one of many incredible experiences on the mountain. Here are a few other activities you’ll love:
- Take a photo with the Peak Inukshuk
- Enjoy an alpine hike
- Soar between mountains on the PEAK 2 PEAK Gondola
- Take in a show in the Samsung Alpine Theatre
- And even more summer alpine activities, from glacier glissading to the Via Ferrata.