Letters to the Editor 

On the meaning of hospitality, snowmobiling, a down under perspective and thanks again.

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Whistler is in the service of being hospitable. Hospitality is the seat of civilization. In an increasingly hostile and aggressive world being conscientiously hospitable in all facets of Whistler life could indeed change the lives of people.

Brian Walker

Whistler

Snowmobilers are trying to work with others

For the record, I (Nelson Bastien, President, Powder Mountain Snowmobile Club) was and still am a member of the Sea to Sky Back Country Forum. Meetings were held monthly over two years in Squamish with all the various stakeholders represented.

One of the directions laid out by the government-sponsored facilitator was to get all the stakeholders to understand and have some sympathy for others. A large task but it was fairly successful. While the motorized and non-motorized have co-operated at the Back Country Forum and LRMP for over four years it is counterproductive for a few on either side to be slamming the other side. Despite the notion we should share and get along in the backcountry I for one am tired of the constant barrage of negative comments from a few uninformed, non-mechanized sector folks in the local papers, and in particular comments about trash being left. Let’s remember there is a major job to be done on educating the masses about leaving trash about.

These comments are always about environmental damage but never mention the other mechanized users such as:

1. Helicopters, which can be heard over the sound of a sled in full throttle;

2.The thousands of litres of fuel burned to groom ski slopes;

3.The risky storage of these fuels in the alpine, not to mention the fuel the non-mechanized folks burn to get to their destinations.

As for the forum results, at this point they are still recommendations and at that have not been well communicated. The LRMP study slowed down the action but we still hope to see the recommendations enacted. The documents are meant to be dynamic and open to review.

The area between Madley and Sproatt is meant to be non mechanized but to be fair to snowmobilers, how would they know – particularly city and out-of-province visitors?

I personally feel there should be a large area like the Callaghan east that is dedicated to non mechanized and those folks should begin to pay their way and pay for snow clearing of parking areas and grooming if required.

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