Archive for month: May, 2019
At BHA mountain biking is an integral part of our identity and culture. We are on the front line of mountain bike trail network and bike park design and take every opportunity to get out on the trails.
We’re applying this passion, knowledge, and experience to projects such as the Big White Bike Park and the Pemberton Valley Recreational Trail Master Plan. We’re also sharing our knowledge and learning from others in the industry and broader mountain biking community, presenting at the Mountain Bike Tourism Association’s Mountain Bike Symposium and Canada West Ski Areas Association Spring Conference.
Beyond our work, we have been active in the Whistler mountain bike community for more than a decade, hosting the Annual Mountain Biking Toonie Race Event – The Tour De Trash where all profits go to the Whistler Off Road Cycling Association (WORCA). This effort is led by our staff, a group of passionate (and skilled!) mountain bikers. Whether racing in world-class events, such as the BC Bike Race (Ryan Robertson, GIS Specialist), working to repair and improve our local trail network (Sue Clark, Office Manager), or developing leading edge mountain bike trail networks, the BHA team enjoys sharing their passion for all things mountain bike. See you on the trail!
Public Consultation April 23 – June 15, 2019
The Lake Louise Ski Area is currently seeking public comment on its first Long-Range Plan. The Long-Range Plan, or LRP, will serve to guide development at Lake Louise Ski Area for the next 10 to 15 years. It represents the culmination of a planning process that was initiated in 2006 with the creation of the Parks Canada Ski Area Management Guidelines and followed by the Lake Louise Site Guidelines for Development and Use in 2015. Throughout this period, the Lake Louise Ski Area has been engaged in a comprehensive planning process that will address the requirements laid out by Parks Canada and ensure the ski area remains a premier, international ski destination for years to come.
BHA was retained by the Lake Louise Ski Area to develop its Mountain Master Plan which will guide the improvement and expansion of all on-mountain facilities, including ski lifts, ski trails, and day lodges. As part of a team of consultants, BHA worked through a collaborative and iterative planning process to arrive at the preferred concept for the ski area. It will address existing challenges and imbalances in the on-mountain offerings and capitalize on the unrealized potential of the Lake Louise Ski Area.
The Lake Louise Ski Area and the consulting team are eager to hear your thoughts on the improvements and developments proposed in the LRP. Please find more information on the LRP and the public engagement process at https://lrp.skilouise.com/lrp. The public comment period ends June 15, 2019.
The Canada West Ski Areas Association hosted its 51st Spring Conference in Whistler, April 24 – 26. Over the three days attendees were able to participate in a range of workshops, view a wide range of presentations, and socialize with representatives of ski areas from across western Canada (detailed agenda available here, presentations available to CWSAA members here).
BHA was excited to contribute to the success of the Conference, with President Brent Harley and Kyle Vash (Planner/GIS Specialist) participating in the New Trends & Planning for Summer Operations session. Brent acted as the moderator for the session, which also included Kris Hawryluik (Big White) and Steve Bailey (Revelstoke Mountain Resort), while Kyle presented an overview of the planning process behind the development of summer and all-season recreation activities. Kyle’s presentation used BHA’s past planning experiences in all-season recreation planning as a foundation, showcasing our work with the Big White Bike Park, the Sea to Sky Gondola, Castle Mountain Resort, and many others. Feedback from attendees indicates that the session was a resounding success, and all went away with a better understanding of what is needed to plan for and implement all-season recreation activities.
BHA looks forward to the 52nd CWSAA Conference in 2020 and working to build a strong and vibrant mountain resort industry across western Canada and beyond.
If you are looking to expand or improve the summer and all-season recreation activities at your resort or recreation area, please feel free to contact us to discuss how BHA can help you achieve your desired results (firstname.lastname@example.org or 604-932-7002)
Brent Harley and Associates, Inc.
4-1005 Alpha Lake Road
Whistler, British Columbia, Canada