From 8:30am-5:30pm the Alta Town Shuttle makes a continuous loop servicing the Blackjack Condos, the View, Powder Ridge, Superior Point, the Bypass Road homes, upper and lower Sugarplum Village and the Wildcat Base parking area. A must visit when in the Whistler area. Been visiting Whistler for a few years and we always make time to visit Rainbow Park and Alta Lake... Ticketing will be in effect for violations. Access from the Albion Meadows Trail, Cecret Lake Trailhead. The road closes for avalanche control, and updates are broadcast on the radio (530 AM). We were staying in the Four Seasons Whistler this week. There’s a big catch, however. Go for a swim, head out on the water or just sit and enjoy the views at this beautiful park located on Alta Lake. Parking lots are crammed on busy weekends, tailpipe emissions foul the air, and crews scramble to keep the roads safe from avalanches and clear of snow and the occasional rock slide. Till then, we'll have to come back just for this!! Residents along the lift route understandably would object to gondola cabins passing over their homes, while the bus leg would jack up operating costs. Alta’s close proximity to the airport means you can plan an arrival before mid-morning and be on the slopes just after lunch! See the 2020 food truck schedule for details. The draft study concluded the preferred option would be to put a 2,500-stall parking structure at the gravel pit and bus skiers 4.2 miles to the gondola terminal. Locate and compare Parking Lot & Garage Equipment & Supplies in Alta Lake BC, Yellow Pages Local Listings. All rights reserved. your browser. Finding this place was such a happy coincidence. It was one of the very few beautiful spots that allows you to see all the peaks clearly without a single building in front of you AND you have this beautiful huge lake as your feet. Great place to do your own our door yoga or stretches. Check the lower lot first–there are likely to be spaces available when the upper lot is over-full. When you get there make sure you practice on their multi tiered putting green because that is exactly what you will face on most of their holes. The eight-mile lift alignment, from the canyon’s mouth to Alta, would require an intermediate “angle station” to turn a corner at Tanners Flat, adding at least $10 million to the tab. V8E 0X5 Whistler is listed as “Cheakamus”. So happy! Baci hasn't swam in such big or open lake before so I was worried. It’s also helpful if you want to visit anywhere other than Alta or Snowbird. Baci used the ramp! Pretty sure he thought they were drowning :D But the dog owners are also super chill, nice and fun! The airport is a major hub for Delta but we generally fly with Southwest Airlines because it offers two checked bags free (a nice perk these days!) If you’re not staying there, you can transfer to the Ski Bus, or transfer to a Blue Line train out to Midvale and Sandy where there are more hotel options (plus Park & Ride lots where you can catch the ski bus). :), See all photos from Latifa S. for Rainbow Park. Let’s get rid of the massive amounts of cars at Snowbird and get rid of some of the parking lots. Staffing the gondola would take 15 to 17 people with another three to staff the parking structure. (Courtesy photo of Jack Smith) Architects Jack Smith, left, and Dan Kiley with pilot Bob Smith load a helicopter in Little Cottonwood circa 1966 during the planning of a ski resort that would become Snowbird. Overnight parking is not allowed. It can also be difficult to get UberSUV or UberSki during peak season. Well then... that's settled.Driving to Rainbow Park feels a bit hidden as it takes you away from the crowds of Whistler village. more. A FREE, fast and easy way to get around the Town of Alta. Doggy paddle!!! Rainbow Park is a rather large park on Alta Lake just North of Whistler. First day he didn't jump but he went in the water! And running to and from that long dock! "Should we make it so convenient that we are compromising the integrity of the landscape? A trail system encircles the lake, and there are picnic tables and benches situated here and there. “What’s the problem you are trying to solve? Wash your hands and avoid touching your face. The study explored two options to bridge this gap: Extend the lift all the way to the mobility hub, or bus skiers to the gondola terminal. Lifts Opening Day | November 21st (conditions permitting), Phone Monday-Thursday | 8:30 am - 5:30 pm, ©2020 Alta Ski Area. The Albion Base parking area provides great access for beginners and families. They were totally right. One part of the park has an area designated as a dog beach. Alta Lk is great, so much to do, there was just my husband & I but families would love it here to. We’ve used Alta Shuttle for the past 9 seasons and they’ve been great! State transportation officials are now giving aerial transit a serious look as an alternative to automobiles. The parking lots are too much now. The doggy park/ rainbow park/ barking bay is right inside here as well and just covered by a tiny, short door. Let’s work together to use less. So glad we did. Only one other dog was here. Some people like that vibe but for those who want to experience that true beauty unhindered and unfiltered, come to Rainbow Park. The buses are designed to withstand the rigors of mountain driving. We come annually during the summer, but hope to come up more often. But Johnson and the resort’s main funder, Dick Bass, were focused on getting a tram up Mount Baldy and the resort open by 1971. Utah Transit Authority (UTA) operates a ski bus route between Alta and Snowbird as well as from many locations throughout the Salt Lake Valley. The airport is a major hub for Delta but we generally fly with Southwest Airlines because it offers two checked bags free (a nice perk these days!) FREE UTA Ski Bus RIDES BETWEEN ALTA AND SNOWBIRD. The Albion Base parking area provides great access for beginners and families. Canada ; British Columbia ; ... Big lake and close, but no parking spot available at 11 am. I discovered this by just chatting up the locals in the Olympic plaza and asking them what are the 'must do before leaving Whistler'. You drive around the more wooded areas west of Alta Lake and the park entrance is very clear that you've arrived at the right spot. “Fixing that road is a band-aid. Think of the air quality impact of all those cars,” he said. Please use designated posts. Someone else does the driving and you don’t have to worry about overnight parking! The Wildcat Base parking area is well suited for intermediate and advanced skiers and provides prime parking spots for carpoolers. Still, Fisher and other conservationists agree UDOT is wise to study the gondola option so the public can make informed decisions on transportation solutions. They offer flexible departure times (with advanced reservations), large vans, door-to-door service and you can sit in the front if motion sickness is an issue. “In the late spring, summer and early fall, the gondola would be operating at less than maximum capacity,” the study states. D.R. A 3S system uses two stationary cables to support larger cabins that are pulled by a third cable. UDOT’s study rejected tramway and “funifor” systems in which paired cabins shuttle back and forth between terminals, concluding they would not move enough people fast enough. It’s better than 5,000 cars running up the canyon every day. It did not address the question of fares, which could be structured to encourage ridership. Horton’s thoughtfully designed homes offer one and two-story open floor plans with many energy-efficient features. Find useful information, the address and the phone number of … Which is also open! The road only works as well as the worse driver or car on it.". Each 20-seat cabin would carry up to 35 occupants, traveling between 16 and 18 mph, potentially moving 3,000 to 4,000 people per hour. While it carries a larger footprint and price tag, a 3S can move more people at faster speeds in worse weather (even in 68 mph winds). 1 other review that is not currently recommended. The VIP spots are first-come, first-served and run all day, every day. Alta has free parking at both the Wildcat and Albion base areas, Preferred Carpool Parking and a Town SHuttle. Contact the business for more information about recent service changes. Let’s have a modern American ski resort.". Most lodges and condominiums are slopeside or provide transportation. Every snow cap and every ridge was easily seen while I basked in the summer sun. Smith’s idea for a six-mile tram connecting the canyon mouth with a 16-story lodge spanning Little Cottonwood never got further than drawings in his notebook, although some of the architect’s vision helped shape the resort. “What’s the greater good?”. They even had a puppy ramp for the dogs to come back up!! But as soon as we entered into such lush green grass area full of people sunbathing with their dogs, kids diving off the docks, dogs jumping in, Baci went wild! Only wish they have something like this back home. Among the options under review by the Utah Department of Transportation for fixing Little Cottonwood’s bottlenecks is a massive gondola that could ferry as many as 4,000 people an hour up the canyon to Snowbird and Alta, whose combined skier visits topped 1 million for the first time last season. Also under consideration, though not part of UDOT’s recent gondola study, is an aerial system serving Alta from the other direction, the Park City resorts on the Wasatch Back, with an intermediary stop at the head of Big Cottonwood Canyon serving Solitude and Brighton. With a single mention of Rainbow Park from one, you hear the overwhelming chorus of 'YES' from everyone else. Restricted street parking and expanded signage. and no fees if you want to change a flight. We ended up circling Alta Lake around its south end before ending up at Rainbow Park, which is actually very close to Whistler Village, not far from Lorimer Drive. Other transportation solutions under review include rail, expanded busing and road upgrades. That’s a very dangerous road. At this point, the road gets a little rough. For Little Cottonwood, the towers would stand 100 to 200 feet tall and be spaced a half-mile apart. Fax: 604-935-8109 These parks, all on Whistler's beautiful Valley Trail system, ensure that you are never far from one of several spectacular vantage points over Alta Lake. It's a gorgeous, open, clean, fresh and stunning park. If this is for ski areas, why are taxpayers footing the bill?”. Found this park while exploring Whistler. Support towers also can be placed farther apart. The UDOT study considered three gondola systems — mono-cable (1S), dual-cable (2S) and tri-cable (3S) — and determined that three cables were preferable to one or two. Parking is usually sufficient during the week unless it’s a powder day (which is anything more than 6 in of new snow). If you have beginners in your crew, press past the Wildcat base area and park near Albion. Dogs must be leashed at all times (except in designated off-leash areas). Snag a great spot while limiting emissions and reducing canyon traffic. Is it getting people to ski areas, or is it getting them to trailheads? An easy walk down then to the waters where the usual canoe hire awaits, a jetty to walk and grass to lay on.A nice setting for those looking to escape for a while, I canoed on this lake and it was beautiful. Jack Smith figured, presciently it turns out, the winding road would prove inadequate and proposed a tramway from the canyon’s mouth. If you just need it to get you between Alta and Snowbird, the ride is free! Parking Lots & Garages. One part of the park has an area designated as a dog beach. “We anticipated this problem. 4325 Blackcomb Way, We rented a canoe & the lake was calm, lovely day too for Sept. . Peak 2 Peak is North America's only tri-cable gondola, capable of spanning long distances and carrying up to 4,000 people an hour. Just... unbelievable. To me, this was the spot the locals are trying to keep to themselves.