Whistler celebrated winter solstice with the opening of the cross country ski and snowshoe trails in Lost Lake Park.
Extensive work from the Resort Municipality of Whistler’s grooming, patrol and roads crews have created an operational base for these iconic, affordable activities.
Six kilometres of cross country skiing trails and six kilometres of snowshoeing trails are open. Regular hours of operation are 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily with modified hours over the holidays. Night skiing is from 3 p.m. onwards where Lost Lake Loop will be lit.
As an opening special, all trail tickets will be fifty per cent off.
The Lost Lake PassivHaus day lodge is in full operation from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. providing rentals of skis or snowshoes, accessible washrooms, and a café service.
To maintain the condition of the trails, Lost Lake Park and the surrounding trails are now closed to walkers, biker, runners, ice skaters and dogs for the winter season.
The multi-use trail between Meadow Park Sports Centre and Rainbow Park and the section between Whistler Secondary School and Nicklaus North will need more snow before it can be groomed for free skate and classic cross country skiing use. Dogs are permitted on this trail, and RMOW dog regulations apply. The Valley Trail is also maintained in the winter for pedestrians and dogs.
Pass holders are reminded to pick up their ski or snowshoe seasons passes from Meadow Park Sports Centre.
During full operation Lost Lake offers 25 kilometres of cross country trails and 15 kilometres of snowshoe and Nordic hiking trails through the forest and around the lake with views of Whistler and Blackcomb Mountains. The cross country trails are groomed daily for classic and skate techniques. Lost Lake Park is located a short walk from Whistler Village and Day Lots 4 and 5, and can also be accessed with the free Village Shuttle, which stops on Blackcomb Way near Day Lot 4.
Access updated information on daily ski conditions and the grooming report at whistler.ca/crosscountry or phone 604-935-PLAY (7529) for daily trail updates.