The policy is $10+gst per person for backcountry access, basically to park and walk off their tenure ~100m from the parking lot, not using any of their groomed trails.
This is what the Whistler Sport Legacies society has decided as of this year. Previously with VANOC the policy was free backcountry access without using groomed trails and $6 for groomed trail usage.
At the same time it is free to park and hang out at the day lodge and take a picture of the inukshuk.
There has been great work done on these backcountry trails and money donated by MEC and National Trail Coalition of Canada.
I'd be happy with something like $5 per car but $10 per head just seems wrong.
The bottom line seems to be to protect the revenue stream from XC skiing. I find their night skiing $15+gst somewhat overpriced but that is another discussion.
Here is a link to the response I received from Lindsay Durno, Director Whistler Olympic Park.
If you want to express your opinion, you can contact Lindsay at
direct: 604 964 0059
mobile: 778 839 6958
email: [email protected]
I'm curious to know what you guys think about this.
I like this access as it's great for taking people out who are newer to ski touring and not willing to pay for a lift ticket at the resort.
I feel that public pressure is the only way this will change as the Whistler Legacies Society seems quite content with their policy. Get the message out there (local papers, etc).