TRAVELLER I LOCAL VIBE
FIRST SPEARHEAD HUT
OPEN FOR BUSINESS
As ski touring gains popularity in North America, there is a rising
demand for more backcountry huts to provide shelter for the night
or a warm place to rest. Thanks to a group of dedicated supporters,
the Spearhead Huts Project is well underway on the Spearhead
Traverse, a popular backcountry skiing and hiking route in Garibaldi
Provincial Park near Whistler. The first of three planned huts will be
open this winter.
Located at Russet Lake, the Kees and Claire Hut has 38 bunks in
six different sleeping areas. The hut offers propane cooktops with
basic equipment for cooking and dining, propane heaters, LED
lighting, three toilets, wastewater disposal, and 12 USB ports for
recharging mobile GPS units. A water system is planned but won’t
be in operation this season, so water can be collected from Russet
Lake or by melting snow.
The hut is open to the public, but there is a fee to stay there:
adults are $45 per night, and children under 14 are $30. For more
information or to make a reservation, visit spearheadhuts.org.
REMEMBERING THE 2010 WINTER
If you ask a long-term resident of the Sea to Sky Corridor where
he or she was during the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics and
Paralympics, you’re likely to be greeted by smiles and a wistful gaze
— and if you have time, a few entertaining stories. Guests who visit
Whistler, the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic “Host Mountain Resort,”
in February and March 2020 will have a chance to be part of events
marking the Games’ 10-year anniversary.
The organizations planning events during the anniversary period (Feb.
12 to March 21, 2020) include the Resort Municipality of Whistler
(RMOW), the Whistler Museum and Archives, the Whistler Public
Library and Whistler Sport Legacies, the not-for-profit group that
operates venues such as the Whistler Sliding Centre and Whistler
An exhibit titled “Building the Olympics” is planned at the Whistler
Museum and Archives, located next to the Whistler Library on
Main Street. “It will include both elements of building the physical
infrastructure as well as building the community spirit around it,” says
Museum Curator Brad Nichols.
As for the library, “expect events ranging from panel discussions to
musical performances and everything in between,” says Elizabeth
Tracy, Whistler Public Library director. Officials are also working on
events involving “beloved” 2010 Games mascots Quatchi, Sumi, Miga
and Muk Muk. Visit whistlerlibrary.ca or artswhistler.com/event.
Whistler Sport Legacies officials will be coordinating Whistler events
with activities taking place in Vancouver. RMOW officials are planning
to release details of the 10th-anniversary commemorations in January.
For up-to-date information visit whistler.ca/2010Games.
STORY BY STEVE FISHER STORY BY DAVID BURKE