The Whistler Insider

Welcome, Lord of the Squirrels: New Whistler Biking Adventure Now Open

PHOTO Ollie Jones Photography

Across the valley from Whistler Mountain and the famous Bike Park, a new riding experience has been taking shape and there’s no lifts in sight. A dedicated crew of trail builders have been working on the Sproatt Alpine Trail Network which when complete will give riders a self-propelled alpine ride unlike anything else in Whistler.

More of a backcountry day trip than a quick pedal, the loop matches a multi-use ascent trail with an 8 km long flowing blue descent through some of the most gorgeous scenery around, known as Lord of the Squirrels (LOTS).

Phase 1 of Sproatt Alpine Trail Network Open August 4, 2017

As announced by The Resort Municipality of Whistler Phase 1 of the Sproatt Alpine Trail Network is now officially open. We sent a crew of riders up to get a feel for the flow – here’s your very own sneak peek at the Ascent Trail and the mouth-watering Lord of the Squirrels Descent.

Get the T-Shirt

To celebrate the opening there will be a limited run of LOTS t-shirts available in Whistler Bike shops over the August long weekend.  Get yourself into Comor Sports, Arbutus Routes, Whistler Sports Rentals (Village and Upper Village locations), Whistler Village Sports, Fanatyk Co, and Whistler Bike Co/Giantfor a limited edition tee with proceeds going to Whistler Off Road Cycling Association alpine trail maintenance and development. Worthy!

Sproatt Alpine Trail Loop

The full loop follows Into the Mystic to On the Rocks to the Lord of the Squirrels descent – check out the loop and trail conditions on on Trailforks.

Note some sections of the network are still being worked on or are under construction – keep an eye on the Resort Municipality of Whistler and the Whistler Off Road Cycling Association website for updates.

Be Prepared

The entire loop clocks in at over 18 km, with the full distance depending on where you ride from. It’s a serious climb away from civilization, so you need to be prepared with an appropriate level of fitness, a well tuned bike, spares, food, plenty of water and clothes in case of a change in the weather – you are going to be in the alpine, after all.

Respect the Trails

These trails pass through the sensitive alpine environment. Like all new trails they can be damaged if ridden while soaking wet. Being at higher elevations will they will be under snow until late in the summer, and always receive more rain than the valley. Please respect the work of the trail builders and stick to lower elevation trails if conditions are dam (Trails like Lost Lake, Riverside, Kill Me Thrill Me are options for riding when it is wet). Please stick to the trails to avoid damaging the environment, take only photos and pack out what you pack in.

Respect the Builders

Trails like this don’t just appear – there’s many people and organisations involved in building these trails as part of a bigger Alpine Trail Network program. Thanks are due to everyone involved including the Resort Municipality of Whistler, people working on fundraising initiatives, people and organisations donating to the project as well as those on the ground moving the dirt and rocks around, with the RMOW, WORCA and the Alpine Club of Canada working on trail construction. Thanks to the Province of British Columbia for making the trail network project possible through the Resort Municipality Initiative funding program.

Riders – please consider joining or donating to WORCA to support trail development and maintenance, and remember to high five trail builders if you see them out and about – or get involved in trail days yourselves.

For help planning your next bike trip from rentals to bike friendly accommodation and guides, Whistler.com is a great place to start.

PHOTO Ollie Jones Photography

PHOTO Ollie Jones Photography

 

PHOTO Ollie Jones Photography

PHOTO Ollie Jones Photography

PHOTO Ollie Jones Photography