Mount Sproatt, Gin and Tonic Area
This area is just west of the Resort Municipality of Whistler (RMOW) and is accessed in winter via the Whistler Olympic Park cross-country ski area on a trail to Hanging Lake or via the Rainbow Lake trail from Alta Lake Road. This area has become very popular with backcountry skiers since the Whistler Olympic Park cross-country ski area has provided much better access when the area opened in 2011. Our members have many conflicts with snowmobile users who continually access the non-motorized zone in the Rainbow Lake and 21 Mile Creek watersheds. The FMCBC is proposing Section 58 restrictions to prevent (public) snowmobiles from accessing the ridge on the south and west side of Sproatt since they have demonstrated over the past 10 years that they do not respect the non-motorized zone.
Snowmobile users have good access to the Brandywine and Metal Dome areas from the parking lot south of the Whistler Transfer station located off the Callaghan Valley Road.
Brew Hut via Roe Creek and Chance Creek FSR Access
Since the 1980s the Varsity Outdoor Club has built 3 huts in the Brew Lake area. The current hut is about 5 km west of Brandywine Falls Provincial Park. It can be reached on a trail from the Roe Creek FSR.
The winter access to the hut and Cypress Peak area is not enjoyable due to the large number of snowmobilers using the Roe Creek FSR.
What is the best way to maintain access here?
There is a major issue with parking because public snowmobilers and non-motorized users are competing for very limited parking space on the Chance Creek FSR adjacent to the Powder Mountain Cat skiing base area located west of the Cheakamus River at 400 metres. Parking and access have become so contentious the operator took the unprecedented step of hiring a private security company to control access.
Garibaldi Lake Trail
The access road to the Garibaldi Lake trailhead is not plowed in the winter. As a result, there is minimal parking available for this popular access point. Plowing the 2 km of road to the summer parking lot and trailhead would reduce the trip distance by 4 km and provide ample parking for winter users.
Better access would allow more people to use the trail to the fabulous park area.
Elfin Lakes and Paul Ridge Access Road
This road is difficult for the parks contractor to plow during large snowfalls. Is there a way for an additional plow to be added in December and January? The road is going to need increased maintenance as use continues to grow in the area.