Dear North Shore Hikers
On behalf of the Resort Municipality of Whistler (RMOW), I am reaching about Whistler’s Skywalk Trail and Alpine Trail Network.
The municipality wishes to share important information about vehicle parking, grizzly bears, e-bikes and dogs. Please pass on this information to your colleagues and clients.
Changes have been implemented for parking to access many of Whistler’s alpine trails.
- Parking on Mountain View Drive and Valley Drive is extremely limited, and there are no washrooms in these locations. Additional regulatory signage has been installed and enforcement of parking bylaws is in effect.
- Please park at the rear parking lot of Meadow Park Sports Centre, accessed from Camino Drive (see map attached). This location offers ample parking, washrooms and a spectacular park to relax in after a strenuous hike or bike.
- Whistler Transit can get you closer to trail access points, and it’s free on weekends and holiday Mondays until September 2. Learn more at www.bctransit.com/whistler.
Trail users are reminded to be respectful of residents when accessing trails from residential neighbourhoods.
Skywalk Trail and the Alpine Trail Network was closed by the Conservation Officer Service (COS) for a portion of last season due to grizzly bear encounters. If the COS implements future closures, announcements will be shared on whistler.ca and trailforks.ca, as well as posted at trailheads. Please respect signage and all closures.
The RMOW will be implementing a policy for e-bike use on Whistler’s trails this summer. E-bikes will not be permitted in alpine areas, including the Sproatt/Rainbow Alpine Trail Network above Flank Trail. Learn more at whistler.ca/ebikes.
Dogs are prohibited from the Sproatt/Rainbow Alpine Trail Network above Flank Trail.
Feel free to contact me if you have any questions.
Community Outreach Coordinator
On behalf of the Resort Municipality of Whistler
RESORT MUNICIPALITY OF WHISTLER
4325 Blackcomb Way
Whistler, B.C. V8E 0X5
Rediscovering the Hudson Bay Company Trail by Kelley Cook, Shari Laszlo and Anne Leathem
Hiking in the Italian Dolomite Region by Angela Thiele
Doors open at 7:00 pm. Presentation starts at 7:30 pm at the Sunrise Community Centre, 1950 Windermere Street, Vancouver, west of Rupert and south of 1st Avenue.
Refreshments will be served.
Date: December 13th 5:30 p.m.
Venue: Once again, Lesley Bohm has kindly offered to host our Christmas
function. Her address is visible right here for members who have logged in to this site. Parking on street.
What to bring: Potluck fingerfood. Wine or Beer. Non alcohol punch will be available.
Lesley will run a slide show on their computer of her many trips - hiking, paddling, Morocco, Nepal, South Africa, etc.
North Shore Hikers will be hiking in Europe next September - Send Expressions of interest to Diane Whiteley by December 5, 2018
We (Cristina Jacob & Diane Whiteley) are looking for expressions of interest from members for the following adventure:
Trek the Hiker’s Haute Route from Chamonix to Zermatt (a hike in Alps through France, Italy and Switzerland)
Dates: start September 1st, 2nd or 3rd, 2019 (exact date TBD based on availability of accommodation in Chamonix) and finish in Zermatt 12 days later. The 12 stages are:
- Chamonix to Trient
- Trient to Champex
- Champex to Le Chable
- Le Chable to Cab.Mont Fort
- Mont Fort to Cab. Prafleuri
- Prafleuri to Arolla
- Arolla to la Sage
- La Sage to Cab. De Moiry
- Moiry to Zinal
- Zinal to Gruben
- Gruben to St. Niklaus
- St. Niklaus to Zermatt
We are going to use Alpine Exploratory for the bookings and take their advice on luggage handling as well. Here is some key information from Alpine Exploratory to help you decide whether you are interested.
- Price - For 12 stages and 13 nights, our price per person is GBP 1,640 (CAD 2,753) for our classic mix of accommodation, based on double or twin occupancy.
- Deposit - We ask for a deposit of GBP 200 per person (CAD 335) on confirmation of your schedule. What usually happens is, having received a booking form, we'll get back to you with a confirmation email. No payment details are required on booking. Some people choose to pay the deposit straight away, however it is absolutely fine to wait until we have booked the accommodation, and once you have confirmed that you're happy with it, pay at that stage. Payment is all taken separately, so that the group leader doesn't have to deal with the finance side of things. We then ask for your balance around 9 weeks before the trip.
If you are interested, please send your name via email to Diane Whiteley. My email address is email@example.com
Diane and Cristina