Insider’s First Look: The Whistler Peak Suspension Bridge
Updated February 2020 to reflect new access details.
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 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 from the bridge on the West Ridge Lookout.
If you’re travelling with kids, note that the height requirement is 40 inches (3.3 feet / one metre) to ride the Peak Chair and that you can’t ride the chair with a child in any form of carrier. To experience the bridge with your little one you will have to hike there and back versus taking the Peak Chair.
How to Get to Cloudraker Skybridge
From the valley you can either upload from Skier’s Plaza via the Whistler Village Gondola or you can use the Blackcomb Gondola in the Upper Village. If you opt for the Blackcomb Gondola, you will then need to head across the PEAK 2 PEAK as the bridge is on Whistler Mountain (fun trip though).
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-metres. 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. Bring a reusable water bottle and use the free, refilling stations at the Roundhouse to make sure you stay hydrated.
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 Raven’s Eye open in the summer (there’s currently no winter access). 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.
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.