Whistler, B.C., Canada – Reported by Elite Traveler, the Private Jet Lifestyle Magazine
Skinny skis are set to hit the tracks and trails as the Nordic season kicks off in Whistler.
Trails at the Whistler Olympic Park in the Callaghan Valley opened at the end of November and thanks to a snowfall of nearly 70 centimetres (28 inches) in the past week, the Lost Lake cross country ski trails will open on Friday, December 3.
The opening marks the earliest cross-country ski season in Whistler in several years. More than 30 kilometres of groomed and track-set cross country trails in addition to 10 kilometres of snowshoe trails will be available at Lost Lake starting on Friday. Overall, with the Lost Lake and Callaghan ski areas, Whistler offers a whopping 120+ kilometres of cross country trails ranging from beginner to expert.
Lost Lake trails are maintained by the Resort Municipality of Whistler and travel through Lost Lake Park and alongside the Fairmont Chateau Whistler Golf Club and the Nicklaus North Golf Course.
Ski Callaghan, which includes the Whistler Olympic Park – site of the Nordic events for the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games, and Callaghan Country Lodge offer public cross country skiing on more than 90 kilometres of trails groomed for both classic and skate skiing. In addition, there are 20 kilometres of dedicated snowshoe trails.
Visitors to the Lost Lake ski area will also have access to the new day lodge, the Lost Lake Passivhaus. The building provides an indoor seating area, washrooms, trail pass ticket sales booth, cross country ski and snowshoe equipment rental and a concession. Known as a Passivhaus because of its unique design which essentially allows it to heat, cool and ventilate itself, the Lost Lake Passivhaus served as Austria House -headquarters for the Austrian Olympic Committee as well as the daily broadcast studio for the Austrian Public Broadcaster ORF during the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games. It was also a gathering place for social events during the Games period. Post Games, the lodge remains in Whistler as a permanent building, to be used by the Whistler Off Road Cycling Association (WORCA) and the Whistler Nordics.