RMOW: The Resort Municipality of Whistler
- Winter trails
- Pandemic and safety protocols
1. Winter: Lost Lake Nordic Trails
Lost Lake Nordic Trails offer more than 25 km of pristinely groomed cross country ski trails situated in an idyllic park setting located only steps from Whistler Village. Take a few hours, an afternoon, or a few days to explore the ski or snowshoe network while enjoying incredible views of Lost Lake, Whistler and Blackcomb Mountains. Your adventure starts at the Lost Lake Passivhaus where rentals, lessons, and a cookie from the Café will get you going for the day. Suitable for all ages and abilities from novice to expert. Ski at night with 4 km of lit trails. For more information visit whistler.ca/Nordic
Lost Lake Park is accessible by the Lost Lake Passivhaus where tickets and rentals are available for purchase. Parking is available in Pay Day Lot 5. Lost Lake Road and parking lot are closed to vehicle and pedestrian traffic during the winter months with no access to Lost Lake.
Lost Lake Nordic Trails are open daily from 8 am to 8 pm for cross country skiers and snowshoers with a valid trail ticket or pass, with alternate hours on holidays. In the winter, the park and parking lot is closed to walkers, runners, hikers, bikers, and dogs. The Nordic operations typically run from mid-December to the end of March annually, weather dependent.
Facilities and activities
From mid-December to the end of March, trails are converted, along with golf cart paths of the two adjacent golf courses, to an extensive cross-country ski trail network maintained by the Resort Municipality of Whistler. Skating on the lake is not permitted.
- Cross country skiing and snow shoeing (no walking or hiking permitted on trails in winter) – valid tickets or passes required
- Ice fishing – valid tickets or passes required
- Day lodge (PassivHaus)
- Warming Hut (located near Lost Lake beach)
- Accessible washrooms
- Drinking fountains
Tickets and Passes
Various ticket and pass options are available to utilize the extensive trail network during the winter months including day, night, snowshoe, multiple ticket packs and passes for the entire season offering substantial savings. Learn more at whistler.ca/Nordic.
Daily Grooming Conditions
Access updated information on daily ski conditions and the grooming report at whistler.ca/grooming or phone 604-935-PLAY(7529) for daily trail updates.
- The trails are not open to walkers, hikers, bikers, runners, or dogs in the winter.
- Ice skating on the lake is not permitted.
Dogs: In order to preserve the state of the trails, dogs are prohibited in Lost Lake Park during winter Nordic operations, but are permitted on the free multi-use trails during the winter months. RMOW’s dog regulations apply.
Running: To maintain the compact nature of the cross country ski trails, running is not permitted during the Nordic ski season.
Cross Country Skiing and Snowshoeing on the Valley Trail
In winter approximately four kilometers of the Valley Trail from Rainbow Park to Meadow Park are groomed for cross country skiing, snowshoeing and dogs on a leash are also permitted. There is no trail fee and the trails are groomed approximately four times a week. Additional sections of the Valley Trail that are groomed for multi-use including cross country skiing include:
- From Fitzsimmons Trail to PassivHaus
- Riverside Campground dyke at Mons Road along Green Lake at Nicklaus North to Alpine Way
When the temperatures lower and the lakes freeze, ice fishing becomes an attractive option for many enthusiastic anglers who want to continue their sport during the winter months. Special regulations are in place in order to ice fish at Lost Lake. Learn more at whistler.ca/icefishing.
2. Lost Lake PassivHaus
The PassivHaus, Lost Lake Park’s award-winning day lodge, is open in the summer and winter months. Rent cross country skis or snowshoes, a mountain bike (during the summer months) or stop by for a hot drink and delicious snack.
Operated by Cross Country Connection the Lost Lake PassivHaus is located at the trailhead of Lost Lake Park. Mountain bikes are available for rent in the summer and cross country ski and snowshoe rentals are offered in the winter.
A passive house is a building that uses up to 90 per cent less energy than a traditionally built house, without active heating or cooling systems. During the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter games, the building was the Austria Haus – home to the Austrian Olympic Committee and Austrian Public Broadcasting. After the 2010 Games, the RMOW completed site and servicing work, and the building was transferred to the RMOW and renamed Lost Lake PassivHaus.
The PassivHaus is located at the trailhead of Lost Lake Park, just a short walk from Whistler Village and parking in Day Lot 4 or 5. The closest bus stop to the day lodge is in Day Lot 4, serviced by the free Village Shuttle from mid-June until the first Monday in September.
Facilities and activities
- Cross Country ski and snowshoe rentals, lessons, and day tickets (winter)
- Bike rentals, lessons, and guided tours (summer)
- A café offering coffees, smoothies, cookies, soup and gelato
- Outdoor cafe seating
- Rental meeting space
It is conveniently located at the main entrance to Lost Lake Park, just a short walk from the Village Stroll.
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About the Resort Municipality of Whistler
The Resort Municipality of Whistler (RMOW) is a destination resort community, local government organization and leader in providing municipal programs, services, progressive planning and infrastructure for almost 12,000 residents and over three million annual visitors. Situated in the Coast Mountains of British Columbia, Whistler was the Host Mountain Resort for the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games. Our vision: A place where our community thrives, nature is protected and guests are inspired.
4. Pandemic and safety protocols
COVID-19 Precautions December 2021
- Whistler’s COVID-19 Safety Plan (December 2021) can be reviewed here (PDF)
- Masks recommended in all busy indoor public spaces and RMOW facilities.
- Employees using PPE, washing hands frequently, staying home if feeling unwell.
- Hand sanitizer at entrance and exit, when available.
- Access may be limited to inside PassivHaus bathrooms.
- Social distancing recommended for guests equipment rentals and in the cafe.
- Trail passes with waivers and snowshoe rentals accessed from outside Ticket Window.
Safety first: Whistler’s overview of risk awareness for Nordic skiing and snowshoeing. and the resort’s Communicable Disease prevention plan can be read here (PDF)