Construction Update - The Millar Creek Valley Trail (Alta Lake Rd to Lynham Rd) has reopened for unmaintained winter use as of December 9, 2020, and construction work on the new Valley Trail will resume in spring 2021.
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Whistler’s 46-kilometre Valley Trail network is one of the resort community’s signature assets, offering a great alternative to travel by car all year round.
Located entirely within municipal boundaries and built and managed by the Resort Municipality of Whistler (RMOW), this wide asphalt paved network links key destinations to the Village and Upper Village, Creekside, other commercial centres, major parks, schools and neighbourhoods. Sections of the Valley Trail were repaved during 2019, learn more: 2019 Road, Valley Trail and parks paving
Winter snow clearing
Thirty-eight kilometres of the Valley Trail is cleared in the winter, with the exception of sections groomed for multi-use activities including cross country skiing. The trail portion from the high school to Emerald is closed November to April. The new Nesters Crossing section of the Valley Trail, which includes the new underpass, offers a lit, snow-cleared route on the Valley Trail from Rainbow Neighbourhood to the Village.
Whistler Village and the elementary school routes are the highest priority for snow clearing. Often, depending on the snow event, resources may be allocated to other areas and it may take crews longer to clear some sections of the trail. Staff monitor weather conditions throughout the winter months. Crews and equipment are dispatched to address adverse conditions on Valley Trails and Village Sidewalks. During heavy snowfall events, resources are concentrated in and around the Village. Snowclearing of outlying trails may be delayed until time permits. View the above 'Winter Valley Trail Map' for detailed winter Valley Trail maintenance and condition information.
The Valley Trail is groomed for multi-use activities as snow amounts allow in the following sections:
- Rainbow Park to Meadow Park Sports Centre
- From Fitzsimmons Trail to PassivHaus
- Riverside Campground dyke at Mons Road along Green Lake at Nicklaus North to Alpine Way
The Valley Trail is winter maintained as resources permit in the following sections:
- Loop at Bayly Park
- Snowflake Park from Bishop Way to Palmer Drive
- Kirkpatrick Way at the Spruce Grove Park entrance heading northeast to Mons Road
Winter cross country skiing
In the winter, a 3.8 km portion of the Valley Trail from Meadow Park Sports Centre to Rainbow Park is groomed to enable free cross country skiing. Additional sections of the Valley Trail groomed for multi-use include the section of trail from Fitzsimmons Trail to PassivHaus and from the Riverside Campground dyke at Mons Road along Green Lake at Nicklaus North to Alpine Way. Dogs are permitted but must be on a leash on the Valley Trail.
Using the Valley Trail
Always keep to the right, share the trail, leash and clean up after your dogs. Learn more about dogs in Whistler.
E-bikes on the Valley Trail
If you are riding an e-bike or other e-mobility device, make sure it is permitted on the trails you want to ride.
- PERMITTED: Class 1 (pedal-assisted) e-bikes and electric adaptive mountain bikes.
- NOT PERMITTED: Class 2 and 3 e-bikes, which are classified as motorized vehicles. Other throttle-activated and high-speed electric mobility devices, such as e-mopeds, powered skateboards, stand-up (throttle) e-scooters, Segways and hoverboards. Please refer to ICBC’s low powered vehicles operating rules.
Learn more about e-bikes in Whistler.
Valley Trail Projects
Construction to expand and maintain the Valley Trail in the south of Whistler moved ahead in 2020.
- Millar Creek to Function Junction Valley Trail expansion project: The Valley Trail will see a long-awaited upgrade in 2020 with a new linkage built between Millar Creek and Function Junction. The three metre wide, 1.8 kilometre paved trail will be a valuable amenity for the neighbourhoods in south Whistler, linking Function Junction to the rest of Whistler. LED lighting will also be installed to encourage night-time use. Work on the new linkage is being paired with sewer upgrades, since the new section sits above sewer lines. The Function Junction Valley Trail linkage is 100 per cent funded through the Province of British Columbia's Resort Municipality Initiative (RMI.)
- Construction began in June 2020 and as of December 9, 2020 has been placed on pause for the winter season and the trail has reopened for unmaintained winter use. Construction will continue in spring 2021, with an expected completion date prior to the 2021 summer season.
Summer Millar Creek trail closure: Map showing Valley Trail closure Mondays to Fridays during construction (in red) and Valley Trail detour (in blue):
- Maintenance Projects: Several small sections of the Valley Trail will be repaved over the course of the summer and fall of 2020. There will be little disruption to the public, although a 50 metre section of trail in Lost Lake near the special events area and main lawn will require a two-day closure in June. An improvement to the Valley Trail at the gateway out of Whistler Village near the Whistler Golf Club is also planned for the fall. This includes widening the existing sidewalk to three metres, improving LED lighting and improving crossings on the existing road near the clubhouse.
Sea to Sky Trail and Trans Canada Trail connections
The Valley Trail is part of the Sea to Sky Trail and the Trans Canada Trail. The Trans Canada Trail is the longest trail in the world and links 15,000 communities along 24,000 kilometres of trail.
Funding for the Valley Trail Network is provided in part by the Province of British Columbia's Resort Municipality Initiative (RMI).