Sustainability Defined – A Backstage Pass Tour

Backstage Pass Ecology Tours

Whistler Blackcomb is a world leader in environmental stewardship and recreational design. Led by the Mountain Planning and Environmental manager this tour takes you deep into the most scenic and ecology rich zones of Whistler Blackcomb, otherwise not accessible to public. You will learn firsthand how Whistler Blackcomb successfully co-exists with nature in its most prolific settings. This tour is for ages 7+ and for all ability levels. The majority of this tour is only accessible by four wheel drive. Short walks can be incorporated into the tour subject to the group’s wishes.

Climate Change

Whistler Blackcomb has developed a comprehensive approach to climate change, supported by all levels of government. Learn first-hand how climate change is changing the mountain environment and what the resort is doing to manage its affects through adaptation, mitigation and diversification. Weather permitting we will visit a glacier, which is nature’s thermometer – the most sensitive ecosystem to temperature change.

Mountain Wildlife

Our mountain ecosystems support numerous wildlife including Coastal Mountain black- tailed deer, colonies of marmots and numerous black bears. Ski trails can provide ideal habitat for bears. Generations of black bear families have coexisted and benefited from ski area development. Learn about these bears and how the mountain resort successfully integrates development with the bear’s needs.

Mountain Geology

Whistler Blackcomb is situated in the coastal mountain range, which in geological terms, is a relatively young range. Through a combination of tectonic plate movement, volcanic activity and glaciation these mountains have developed into some of the most beautiful alpine landscapes in the world. We will explore some of the clues behind the history and formation of the Coastal Range.

Integrating Ecology with Economy

Whistler Blackcomb has received over 30 national and international awards for its environmental stewardship. Explore on the ground some of the efforts that the resort has made to build recreational experiences inside ecosystems rather changing them. Learn about the challenges and creative solutions that have evolved in development of recent projects like the Symphony zone. This project was awarded nationally and internationally including recognition from the UN Secretariat of Biodiversity.

Energy Options

Learn how the resort operation is lowering its carbon emissions, including developing renewable energy on the mountain. Visit a renewable energy micro hydro plant that produces what the mountain operation requires to operate annually. Gain insights on how Whistler Blackcomb is striving to be the first large scale tourism operation to have a zero operating footprint. You will receive a candid overview on the successes, failures and challenges in making this happen.

Tours Adult
Senior 65+
Sustainability Tour $109 $99 $99
Exclusive Group Tour One price $499
Please call 1.800.766.0449 for more information and to book.


Sustainability tours are from 12pm-3pm daily. Additional morning and evening tours can be arranged from Monday-Friday. Please visit Guest Services or call 1.800.766.0449 for more information.

Meeting Location

Meet at the base of Blackcomb – Outside the Family Adventure Zone Ticket Kiosk. Location Map
Exclusive groups can be picked up at their hotels.

Tour Notes

  • Please note that the majority of this tour is only accessible by four wheel drive. Short walks can be incorporated into the tour subject to the group’s wishes.
  • Sustainability Tour - Must have a minimum of 4 participants to run a tour.
  • Exclusive Group Tour - Recommended size is 5 participants; up to 6 with small children.

Enjoy Nature

Arthur De Jong, Mountain Planning and Environmental Manager, has spent over thirty years integrating recreation and environmental stewardship in the development of Whistler Blackcomb. He enjoys sharing his passion for the mountains and is an advocate of environmental protection.

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Our Partners

Using state-of-the-art technology, TELUS unleashes the power of the internet to deliver the best solutions to Canadians at home, in the workplace and on the move.

Coca-Cola offers the world's favourite beverage brand to Whistler Blackcomb guests as a part or their memorable resort experience. As the cold drink sponsor at Whistler Blackcomb, Coca-Cola brings more than ice-cold refreshment.

Glacier Fresh Beer.Brewed in the mountain town of Creston, British Columbia, Kokanee beer is famous for it’s cool, crisp glacier-fresh taste. Kokanee is enjoyed by outdoor enthusiasts from coast to coast in Canada.


Since 1995, GMC has been the Official Vehicle of Whistler Blackcomb. GMC trucks and SUVs give you the performance, engineering and technology to get you, your family and friends and all their gear to and from the mountain any time of the year.

Monster Energy

At Monster all our guys walk the walk in action sports, punk rock music, partying, hangin’ with the girls, and living life on the edge. Monster is way more than an energy drink. Led by our athletes, musicians, employees, distributors and fans, Monster is a lifestyle in a can.


Nintendo is the worldwide pioneer in the creation of interactive entertainment, most recently the Wii U™ and the Nintendo 3DS™. It is responsible for the creation of industry icons that have become well-known, household names such as Mario™, Donkey Kong™ and Zelda™.


Smirnoff is proud to be the vodka sponsor of Whistler Blackcomb. From extraordinary event experiences, to the latest in Music, Nightlife and extraordinary Cocktails. The world's best cocktails start with Smirnoff.


Samsung Canada is proud to be the official electronics partner and preferred supplier of Whistler Blackcomb. As a world leader in digital technology, Samsung Canada enables Whistler Blackcomb to enhance the resort experience in new and innovative ways.

The Globe and Mail, Canada's National Newspaper, daily offers unparalleled national, international and business reporting, analysis and commentary to all the guests and patrons of Whistler Blackcomb.

American Express is the official Card of Whistler Blackcomb. The sponsorship program brings unique offers, purchase incentives and rewards for American Express® Cardmembers. ®,™: Used by Amex Bank of Canada under license from American Express

GoPro makes the world’s best selling and most versatile cameras, enabling people to capture immersive and engaging footage of themselves during their favorite activities.


An asset to elite athletes around the globe, Oakley is one of the world’s leading product design and sport performance brands. As the official optic partner of Whistler Blackcomb, we are excited to collaborate and share our obsession.


A ton of flavors. A taste that stands out

Jackson Triggs

Our name represents a long-standing tradition of producing premium wines from Canada and around the world; it is your guarantee of outstanding quality and an uncompromising commitment to making great wine. We’ve got a wine for that.


Arc’teryx Equipment is a technical high-performance outerwear and equipment company based in North Vancouver, Canada. Our relentless commitment to design, craftsmanship and performance delivers the Arc’teryx experience.


As the official base layer and sock provider of Whistler Blackcomb, Icebreaker Merino Clothing is proud to bring warmth, comfort and style on the slopes to the resort visitors.


W.L. Gore & Associates, the makers of GORE-TEX® products, is proud to be the official technical fabric sponsor of Whistler Blackcomb. GORE-TEX® products are wearable weather protection that keeps you dry and comfortable from head to toe in any kind of weather.


Fueled by passion and guided by our love for the mountains, Quiksilver has evolved with snowboarding, always pushing the boundaries and taking things further.


Avis Car Rental and its subsidiaries operate one of the world's best-known car rental brands with approximately 5,200 locations in more than 165 countries.


With over 170 years of innovation, Stanley Tools offers the broadest range of carpentry hand tools, automotive tools and storage for construction professionals, mechanics, and home improvement enthusiasts.

Blackcomb Aviation

Blackcomb Aviation is proud to be the Official Helicopter of Whistler Blackcomb. For more than two decades our helicopter pilots and mountain guides have introduced outdoor enthusiasts to the beauty of British Columbia. Summer or winter - our tours cater to a wide range of interests, fitness levels and budgets but can also be tailored for special events. We enjoy this area of our business tremendously and welcome your ideas as much as your business.