Ski Callaghan/Whistler Olympic Park officials rejoiced at the arrival of snow late last week, allowing the Nordic ski venue to greatly expand its cross-country skiing and snowshoeing offerings — just in time for the holidays.
In a statement issued on Friday (Dec. 20), officials said about 15 centimetres of snow had fallen overnight Thursday-Friday (Dec. 19-20), allowing the two partner facilities to have 40 kilometres of trails open for cross-country skiing and 13.5 km of trails for snowshoeing on Saturday (Dec. 21).
However, rain was in the forecast overnight Sunday-Monday (Dec. 22-23).
“If we receive somewhat less-than-desirable weather and conditions later this weekend, Ski Callaghan has contingency plans in place to ensure a fabulous winter ski and snowshoe experience,” officials said. “The higher elevation trails already have a snow pack of about one metre — more than enough for classic and skate skiing, as well as for snowshoeing.”
Tobogganing is planned at the base of Whistler Olympic Park’s ski jumps with six lanes suitable for beginners and advanced kids and adults, officials said.
Ski Callaghan, a partnership of Whistler Olympic Park and Callaghan Country Wilderness Adventures, is open daily from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. For information, including up-to-date trail condition information, visit www.skicallaghan.ca