The Pemberton Valley Trails Association is hosting a slideshow and fundraiser on Friday, June 8, with the goal of raising at least $2,500 for a new trail network that would connect Happy Trail, Big Nimby and Middle Earth to the Owl Lake Chain Link - a new trail that connects Fowl Lake, Ogre Lake, Mt. Barber and Tenquille Lake. When it's complete the builders believe it will rival the famous Seven Summits trail in Rossland.
The trail project has been called the MacKenzie Mainline, and would feature some high alpine riding. This summer the priority is to connect a trail from the cell tower at the top of MacKenzie Ridge to Owl Lake.
The price is $10 in advance at the Pemberton Bike Co. or $12 at the door, which opens at 8 p.m. Proceeds from ticket sales, beer sales and raffles will go towards the PVTA, which will leverage the money for matching funds.
To date Squamish-Lillooet Regional District has committed up to $15,000 in matching funds for the project. So far the PVTA has raised $12,500, including $5,000 from the Village of Pemberton, $5,000 from the Area C discretionary fund, and $2,500 from the Pemberton Wildlife Association.
Toonie ride park-bound
Tonight's Toonie Ride (June 3) is a rip up and down the Whistler Mountain Bike Park, sponsored by Summit Sports and the Whistler Golf Club. Registration takes place outside Summit Sports in the village at 5:30 p.m., the ride starts at 6:30 p.m., and the après is at the golf club as soon as you can get there.
Pre-ride lines are still long so online registration is recommended if you haven't picked up your membership yet.
The June 10 race is sponsored by Whistler Bike Guides, Riverside Resort and Campground, Quinny's Café and Whistler Brewing, and includes North Secret and Green Lake Loop. Sign-on is at the Wedgemont parking lot at 5:30 p.m.
Trail maintenance day on Saturday
Ticket 2 Ride is hosting the June 5 WORCA trail maintenance day, with volunteers getting divided into two crews for different projects around town.
One crew will head up the Area 56 connector at Nesters to Roll Yer Bone, building a connector to the power line.
A second group will head south to upgrade an eroded climb/descent on the Trash trail.
To take part, meet at 9 a.m. at the municipal yard at Nesters. Come dressed for the weather and several hours of work in the outdoors, and bring water, bug spray, tools, etc. WORCA will be providing food and refreshments afterwards.
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