JB is on all of our shitlists. But glen is right about his concisely crafted letter.
If I can frame it in just a few words, There is tons of Heliskiing opportunities available outside the Park. In the whole sea to sky corridor there is very few DAY SKI TOURING opportunities, by far the only one of significance (south of Duffy lake ) and uniquely suited is the Spearhead and Musical bumps accessed from the lifts at 2250 meters ASL.
This is an important distinction.
I just recieved this by email from a friends of garibaldi Park member:
I heard from a very reliable source today that the BC Park’s staff are surprised at how few responses they have received from backcountry skiers opposed to heli skiing in the park. We need to get the word out so that individuals send letters as well as the clubs and FMC.
My source also says the parks staff strongly agree with us that heli skiing should not be in the park.
I'd say if Ski tourers are that apathetic then to hell with them. I guess the helli skiers get it by default.
I wrote with my comments, on paper at that. I wrote in 1990, when the master plan was last revised. I wrote on several occasions before and after, when the heli-skiers trespassed outside their permit area, e.g. to operate right beside the Himmelsbach Hut. In my view, heli-skiing in the park ought to be phased out over the next five years. If the proposed huts - which I'm undecided about, and fear are a trojan horse - go ahead, increased ski activity in the area may have the serendipitious benefit of discouraging them anyway.
I think it is a very good fit here, while we wait for the trees to start falling at the Gondola site.
It fits as it very well demonstrates how policy driven by entrenched dogma does not work on a broad scale. Each park environment is unique and is presented with very different user impacts and demands. Also this thread is highly political as is the current review of Garibaldi park.
I think it's quite interesting that so many ski tourers seem to be indifferent to continued heliskiing in the park.
One theory: The new generation of ski tourers are also sledders. Noise pollution is less of an issue to them. Maybe they wouldn't mind sleds as well?
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