Letters to the Editor 

How about an apology letter?

Page 11 of 14

Please know that this was not a death resulting from the careless actions of an unthinking young person testing fate or the limits of speed and alcohol. Nor was it a death caused by an unruly powerful animal. Kelly, at 22 years of age, was an accomplished equestrian; she was also a recent UVic graduate. She loved life and lived it to the fullest.

Her wish for you would be that you do the same. We have no doubt that her mare and foal will flourish in this environment. Some of you may have met our younger daughter Nicole who spent all of the summer at Dreamcatcher Meadows. She continues to visit the farm for lessons and training. As parents we cannot thank John and Jill enough for their care and welcoming support.

So, to the villagers of Pemberton, thank you for your community, for those who serve and protect you and all who come to visit.

Brenda Fowler and Stephen Berthelot

Gabriola Island

 

Big thanks

On behalf of the Myrtle Philip cross country running team, we would like to thank all the amazing parents who volunteered to make the district meet held at Myrtle Philip Community School such a success. Our students were thrilled to host a meet for students from Squamish, Whistler, Pemberton, and Mt. Currie, and the day would not have been possible without all the parents who helped on course. Thanks for giving the students a chance to shine!

Lisa Smart for Myrtle Philip's school coaches and staff.

Whistler

 

New Callaghan Trail a boon for backcountry skiing

Since the creation of Whistler Olympic Park (WOP), backcountry skiers have been marginalized as users of the area. Plans to build alpine access trails were shelved by (The Vancouver Organizing Committee for the 2010 Olympic Games), and there have been multiple disputes over fees charged for backcountry skiing at WOP.

The proposed Madeley Highline Trail will be the first trail built by WOP that will be a significant benefit to backcountry skiers seeking access to untracked snow beyond the WOP boundary. The trail will allow skiers to easily reach upper Beverley Creek and the south ridge of Puma Peak directly from the Nordic core area.

Upper Beverley Creek has a number of excellent ski runs, including some great terrain for novice backcountry skiers, which is hard to find in the Sea to Sky corridor. Puma South Peak is a fine moderate one-day ski ascent. This area is well connected, allowing skiers to do loops or traverses, such as crossing over Rainbow Lake to connect to Alta Lake Road in Whistler. Upper Beverley Creek is currently only a practical trip for stronger backcountry skiers. The new trail will make getting into and out of the area easier, opening it up for beginners and intermediates. By offering backcountry skiers something worth paying for, I think the new trail will help to repair the bruised relationship between WOP and the backcountry skiing community.

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