HEADER PHOTO BY JOHN ENTWISTLE / WHISTLER BLACKCOMB

Updated May 2022. This post was originally written in 2018, but has been updated to reflect new operations for 2022.

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 Cloudraker Skybridge and Raven’s Eye, which will open this summer after a two-year hiatus (check our Hours of Operation page for exact dates of opening).

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. In this blog, we guide you through what you can expect, but we’ve also added a video at the bottom too!

Whistler Peak Suspension Bridge and Lookout (Under Construction)
A new view on a familiar spot. PHOTO MEGAN WILSON

Where is the 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 (a fun trip in itself). Always check the Hours of Operation page before planning your visit as the gondolas and lifts do close for maintenance throughout the year.

Whistler Blackcomb Suspension Bridge
When your journey is just as scenic as the destination. PHOTO MEGAN WILSON

Good to Know – Hiking to and From the Roundhouse

It takes approximately 10 to 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 kilometres 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.

Sunset over the Whistler Peak Suspension Bridge
From dream to dreamy reality. The Cloudraker Skybridge is open to explorers. PHOTO JARED WILSON / @instakoots

What to Wear

When planning for your 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 and Rendezvous to make sure you stay hydrated.

Whistler Mountain Bridge
The incredible view will give you chills, but so may the weather. Remember to pack layers for comfort. PHOTO MEGAN WILSON

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 sides and small holes on the bottom grating. I will note that it does sway a bit when walking – not enough for me to find it 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.

Whistler Peak Bridge
Always a handrail in reach to get you across. PHOTO MEGAN WILSON

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 fewer 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 an FAQ.

Whistler Blackcomb Bridge
The early bird gets the worm. Upload early for the best experience. PHOTO MEGAN WILSON

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:

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Author

Megan is a mountain adventurer guilty of breaking the golden rule, telling everyone her mountain secrets (ok, maybe she keeps a few to herself). Ontario by birth, and now Whistler by choice, even a decade later, the mountains still take her breath away.