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December 30, 2017 Blog article written by Mike Quinn of Spearhead Aviation: https://whistlermunicipalheliport.wordpress.com/ I have decided to post the following to this form as this is an issue that needs to see the light of day. There are some unsavoury goings on in the Resort Municipality of Whistler that need to be made public. The issue involves the usurption of a public amenity by a large corporate entity, the aquiessence of the society directors  that oversee the amenity to go...

The Open Topo Map below allows you to upload and display a GPX Track. You also can use the Orange Gear Button on the right to print the results of the screen render (you must re-upload the gpx file in the pop-up window). Note that this tool can be tempermental in rendering some GPX tracks.

Additional GPX Tools

Two Online GPX File Editors that require registration (free):  http://trackprofiler.com  http://www.gpxeditor.co.uk Information and Links to Editors and Resources for working with GPX files (inluding desktop applications): http://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/Edit_GPS_tracks Online GPS KML Utilities and Converters: http://www.gpsvisualizer.com  

WTacks (original) is a utility that allows for the editing of GPX Files and Tracks

WTacks (new) is a utility that allows for the editing of GPX Files and Tracks.  The newer version offers a larger number of mapping layers such as Open Street Maps (OSM) and several other features.

BC Avalanche Forecast

The information below is courtesy of Avalanche Canada

BC Dynamic Weather Map


December 20, 2017 RE: 272492 – Cypress Bowl Road Dear [British Columbia Mountaineering Club]: Your email of November 20, 2017, regarding Cypress Bowl Road, has been shared with me. Please accept my apologies for the delay in responding. I appreciated the opportunity to review your suggestion to open Cypress Bowl Road one hour earlier in the morning to accommodate visitors to Cypress Provincial Park. While the Ministry owns the road, winter maintenance is funded and delivered by Cypress...

Click on any of the BC Mountains below to access weather forcasting and weather information for that specific mountain (courtesy of https://www.mountain-forecast.com) North Shore Mountains:  Grouse Mountain  Crown Mountain  Mount Seymour  The Lions  Mount Burke  Coquitlam Mountain  Golden Ears  Mt. Crickmer  Robbie Reid  Mount Judge Howay  Burnaby Mountain  Eagle Mountain (Buntzen...

BC Strava Heat Map

The Strava Heat Map shows the 'heat' made by aggregated, public activities over the last two years.  This allows you to view the usage by activity type of a trail, road, route (i.e. how heavily used is a trail). Click Here to go to the Strava Heat Map website (Centered on SW British Columbia) Screenshot:  

Response Letter from Robert Van der Zalm, Regional Manager, RSTBC, 2017-10-31

November 20, 2017 Grant Main Deputy Minister Ministry of Transportation & Infrastructure PO Box 9850 Stn Prov Govt Victoria BC V8W9T5 By Email: DeputyMinister.Transportation@gov.bc.ca Dear Mr. Main, RE: Earlier opening of Cypress Bowl Road in winter I represent the British Columbia Mountaineering Club which is an organization of over 1,000 members in the Lower Mainland. We engage in backcountry ski trips in Cypress Provincial Park which is reached from Cypress Bowl Road in West...

December 2, 2017 Jesse Morwood, the area manager for MoTI spoke with me about two weeks ago and subsequent to my letter to him on November 19, 2017 regarding "permit for sign, erection or obstruction on Cypress Bowl Road by Cypress Mountain Resort." Here is what I heard. I explored with Jesse Morwood of MoTI the idea of opening Cypress Bowl Road earlier by one or two hours. A 24/7 opening would probably be impractical because MoTI would not agree to have the road open and not maintained. Of...

November 19, 2017 Jesse Morwood Area Manager, Squamish/Whistler Area Office Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure Suite 310 - 1500 Woolridge Street Coquitlam BC V3K0B8 By Email: Jesse.Morwood@gov.bc.ca Dear Mr. Morwood, RE: Permit for sign, erection or obstruction on Cypress Bowl Road by Cypress Mountain Resort It is my understanding that Cypress Bowl Road was classified as an "Arterial Highway" by Order in Council no. 116 in 1992. As recently as 2011, I am in receipt of an email...

November 19, 2017 The FOI package TRA-2016-65250 is the source of a lot of the information presented in the road clearing contract (the RCC) timeline. September 13, 1984 Original road clearing contract. November 5, 1986 First modification to road clearing contract. Cypress Road Clearing Contract (1986) August 26, 1991 Cypress Bowl Road is transferred from Ministry of Lands and Parks to Ministry of Transportation and Highways. Memorandum of Understanding between MLP and MoTH...

November 18, 2017 An article in the North Shore News, Cypress Mountain 'dawn patrol' dispute resolved, prompted the following letter to the newspaper. The British Columbia Mountaineering Club is one of the specific mountaineering group that requires early access to Cypress Bowl. A 9 AM opening of the backcountry access corridor placed a huge risk on ski mountaineering parties skiing to Lions Bay along the Howe Sound Crest. An early start is necessary in winter due to the short days and an...

August 14, 2010 Vancouver Sun article by Derrick Penner. Your West Vancouver private hideaway? Only $1.8 million Perched on Hollyburn Ridge, overlooking the city, is a patch of mountain forest that could be someone’s private preserve. The 10-hectare square, located a kilometre by logging road off the Cypress Bowl Road, is on the market for $1.8 million. However, anyone thinking it is a bargain, given its location, will have to stop and imagine it more as a rustic park than posh estate,...

Cypress Bowl Road is open in summer all day and night. In winter, the road is closed between 11 PM and 7 AM. Here are somewhat random comments on the winter road closure. If BC Parks has any interest in dealing with demand exceeding capacity on the North Shore (of parking lots, trails, facilities), it would make sense to open the access roads earlier or have them always open except in a severe snow storm, just like any other highway in BC. It is important to clarify that it is the road that...

  The Cypress Backcountry Access Corridor can now be accessed from 7AM. Note however, that the Cypress Bowl Road continues to be gated until 7AM at Chippendale Drive. In contravention to their park use permit, Cypress resorts has been preventing access to the corridor from 11PM to 9AM and this continues to be their official position. While discussions between BC Parks and Cypress continues, the new manager Russell Chamberlain will allow public access through the BAC once the road is...

November 15, 2017 Whistler Blackcomb has raised alarmist predictions that public parking up Fitzsimmons Creek would lead to wildfires on Blackcomb Mountain. Wildfire prevention practices used in Cheakamus Community Forest and Resort Municipality of Whistler are applicable in Fitzsimmons Creek. Risk from public access is manageable by what is called stand thinning according to programs dubbed "fire smart" in British Columbia. To date, no stakeholders, be it Whistler Blackcomb, Whistler...

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About Backcountry BC

This platform has been created as a permanent long term repository of all information concerning issues revolving around non-motorized access to our wilderness areas. We are also a repository of official government documents including master plans, park use permits, and development agreements as well as maps of key recreational area boundaries and trails. On this site, the province has been divided into 7 distinct geographic regions where these issues might occur. We welcome both clubs...

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Access to the Singing Pass Trail in Garibaldi Park near Whistler was blocked by a landslide about 25 years ago. Hikers had used the access route - which is an old mining/logging road for many years to drive to the trailhead five km up Fitzimmons Creek from Whistler Village. The landslide blocked the road about two km from Whistler and then Whistler Blackcomb built a bike park and closed the road for vehicles. This increases the total round trip to 26 km to Singing Pass or 32 km to Russet...

List of Advocacy Organizations

Federation of Mountain Clubs of BC - http://mountainclubs.org

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