For all ski tourers heading to Mount Mcpherson this winter

The Alpine Club of Canada – Columbia Mountains Section, the Revelstoke Nordic Ski Club (RNSC), Recreation Sites and Trails BC (RST BC), and the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure have collaborated to develop strategies aimed at preventing the parking lot from overflowing at Mt. Macpherson Recreation Site this winter. The primary goal is to provide safe access to Mt. Macpherson for the coming season. Please consider the following recommendations to ensure an enjoyable outdoor recreation experience.

  • RNSC is working on installing a web cam that takes photos of the parking area at a set time interval. Standby for a link to check the status of the parking lot before driving out.
  • Please try to coordinate vehicle travel with other members of the same household.
  • The City of Revelstoke shuttle bus will be providing service to the Mt. Macpherson parking lot on Saturdays and Sundays.https://everythingrevelstoke.com/transport/resort-express/ (when COVID guidelines allow)
  • Please park efficiently as possible. 2 meter spacing between vehicles is not necessary, however please make sure to maintain a 2 meter distance between other people in the parking lot.
  • Please avoid unnecessary delays in the parking area as a courtesy to others looking for a parking spot.
  • Users who plan to use the area for extended length of time, whether alpine touring, nordic skiing or snowshoeing, are encouraged to park in the further away areas of the parking lot as a courtesy to others. (seniors and families)
  • Saturday mornings are the busiest time in the parking lot. Please consider visiting during less busy times on weekdays outside the noon hour time window, before 9am on any day of the week, or during the evenings on any day of the week. Other busy times may happen during the day on weekends, over the holidays and during any special events (currently on hold due to Covid).
  • The trail fee for Mt. Macpherson Nordic Trails is set by RST BC at $12.00/day/person, to offset the cost to the RNSC to plow the parking lot and maintain the groomed trail network. The RNSC is authorized to collect this fee on behalf of the Province. Recognizing that alpine touring use is limited to the parking lot and Fingers access route, the RNSC voluntary offers the daily trail fee for alpine touring and snowshoe use at a discounted rate of $6.00/day/vehicle or an annual pass for $25.00/vehicle. This is a great deal!
  • Please do not park on the highway or Clough Road if the parking lot is full. This impedes snow removal for the highway crews. Sec 188 of the Motor Vehicle Act (https://www.bclaws.ca/…/complete/statreg/96318_00_multi…) means no parking on Hwy 23S or in the area at the top of Clough Rd. Crossing the highway to access Mt. Macpherson presents a safety risk to recreation users.
  • When on the trails please be respectful of the nordic users. Remember that we are all ambassadors of our sport. Stay outside the wands at all times up and down the trails. Do not skin up lined abreast blocking the trails for nordic users. When skiing down please control your speed. 
  • Dogs are permitted if you have them leashed on the Main Loop (ascending AND descending). Dogs may be off-leash on Mountain Climb and beyond. Any dog poop must be removed from the trail, preferably with the provided trowels. The Parking Lot and Stadium Area is a MANDATORY ON LEASH area for all dogs at all times.
  • RNSC & ACC-CMS are requesting volunteers to help with managing parking areas during anticipated busy times, over the holidays and on Saturdays. Thank you in particular to ACC for offering to support, as recognizing the work involved to maintain alpine access is an important leadership message to the alpine touring community. If you are interested in helping please contact Bridget at RNSC bdaughney@revelstokenordic.org

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