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
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 on the Valley Trail
NOT PERMITTED on the Valley Trail
Learn more about e-bikes in Whistler.
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.
Valley Trail expansion
Further construction to extend the Valley Trail is anticipated in 2020 and 2021. Through this proposed expansion, the Valley Trail will meet a significant milestone by hitting the 50-kilometre mark.
Proposed linkages include:
- Rainbow Park to Scotia Creek - Alta Lake Road is a well travelled route for vehicles as well as cyclists and pedestrians and has become busier in recent years. A dedicated Valley Trail connecting Rainbow Park and the existing Valley Trail to the south at Scotia Creek is an improvement identified in various planning documents. This would entail construction of a new Valley Trail approximately 1.3-kilometres in length with a proposed alignment on the higher terrain west of Alta Lake Road.
- Millar Creek to Function Junction - With the acquisition of 99 acres of municipal park through the PRISM lands along Millar Creek, a Valley Trail connection is proposed from Lynham Road in Function Junction to Alta Lake Road. This route will build on improvements made by Fortis Gas through the installation of a gas main and provide a scenic and relatively flat route between key destinations.
- Alta Lake Road - This proposed link will connect the new Millar Creek trail to Highway 99 along the east side of Alta Lake Road. This connection will move the dial towards completion of the grand loop and will realize the vision of Valley Trail as outlined in the recent Official Community Plan.
Further details will be announced in Spring 2020.
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).