Posted by: Feet Banks
Editor’s Note: These are the 12 days of Christmas, Whistler Style so strap in and get ready for a week and a half of snow, excitement, twinkling lights, good times, great food and fantastic winter enjoyment. No Partridges, no pear trees (although there may be some tree skiing.) Happy Holidays.
With all the recent valley snowfall Whistler’s snowshoe and Nordic-ski trails are filling in nicely. What better way to get into the Christmas spirit than a peaceful glide through a winter wonderland.
Lost Lake Cross Country Ski & Snowshoes trails offer the perfect wilderness winter experience just minutes walk from Whistler Village. The 525-acre park has over 30km of trails crisscrossing throughout the coastal rainforest and around one of Whistler’s most treasured lakes.
“Lost Lake Park is an absolute gem of wilderness,” says Ian Goldstone, owner of Cross Country Connection, the Whistler valley's epicenter of Nordic skiing. “It’s an urban park, vibrant, but still very full of nature. And it’s literally a four-minute walk from the Village.”
Cross Country Connection is located at the entrance to the park and Ian and his team are always ready to set you up with rentals or instruction. Ski trails are groomed for either skate or classic style and the 3.5 KM “Lost Lake Loop” is lit at night until 8 PM.
Lost Park is located just off Lormier Road in between the Squamish Lil’wat Cultural Centre and Whistler Marketplace. Skiers and snowshoers arriving by vehicle can park for free in Lot 5 and follow the valley trail over. Contact the Whistler Visitor's Centre (in the Whistler Village Taxi loop) for more directions and information, or check out the on-trail webcam for real-time look at conditions.
You probably won’t find seven swans a swimming on this 7th Day of Christmas, but frozen-over Lost Lake is certainly beautiful this time of year. Enjoy.
Click to enlarge this map of the Lost Lake Park.
Last-Minute Gift Idea #7
Airhole is a local Sea to Sky company who have solved the universal winter problem of "cold face" and added a whole slew of nifty graphics at the same time. Find this mustachioed version and many more at The Circle snowboard shop on Main Street.