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!
With another amazing ski season coming to a close it was time for those in the business of skiing to once again gather, share stories, challenges, innovations, and opportunities at the 50th Annual Canada West Ski Areas Association (CWSAA) Spring Conference. Hosted at Lake Louise Ski Resort, Alberta, the Conference saw three full days of presentations and discussions, and showcased the latest and greatest in ski area design, management, and technology. Brent Harley, President and founder of Brent Harley and Associates (BHA), was honoured with a standing ovation in recognition of his role as a pioneer in ski area design and planning, and his decades of service to the ski industry in Canada. The BHA team was also well represented, attending several of the weekend’s workshops and showcasing BHA’s services to attendees from across Western Canada (though they still found time to sample the local terrain). While a long three days, BHA is looking forward to the 51st Annual CWSAA Spring Conference next year!
From January 12 to 14 2018, BHA staff were on hand for the 8th Annual Canuck Splitfest. Held in Revelstoke, BC, the fun event reunited industry leaders and devoted splitboarders for a full 3 days of clinics, a tradeshow, presentations and of course, riding. With avalanche awareness a focus of discussions, the precarious avalanche conditions of this season was a hot topic.
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Best Wishes and Happy New Year 2018 !
BHA Staff were having a blast last week while celebrating at our annual Christmas Party. With no new snow on the forecast, and in a pure Whistler tradition, we dressed up for a fun photoshoot! Old racing skis, onesies, flashy colors and many laughs later, we captured a few good pictures that were then used to create the 2017 BHA xmas e-card. Here’s a behind the scene picture from the making of.
As we eagerly slide into another Holiday Season in the busy Whistler Valley, we would like to take a moment and offer our warmest greetings for the season. May your holidays be bright and fun!
From the BHA Team: Brent, Nancy, Sue, Christine, Kyle, Alix, Matt & Ryan.
The BHA Landscape Architecture team was pleased to join their fellow LA colleagues at the 4th Annual Whistler Fiesta. Hosted by the BC Society of Landscape Architects, this holiday time celebration brought together professional Landscape Architects from the Sea to Sky Corridor for a casual gathering. Good laughs and good times were part of the evening, along with reminiscing about past projects, and of course everyone’s latest ski story! Landscape Architecture is a small profession with a broad practice range and it is fascinating to reconnect with our peers and see what the latest industry news and trends are.
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It’s 8 AM at the bottom of the gondola and the lifts are about to be cracked open. The bright smiles of the crowd belie the crisp, pale Monday morning. You can feel the excitement in the air. Familiar faces and friends, the whole town is here, even your boss is here! Living and working in a community that embraces the mountain culture is inspiring indeed.
So, if you call the office one snowy morning and there is no answer… don’t worry! We will call you back shortly. In the meantime, we hope that you are also making time for some fresh tracks (or whatever puts a smile on your face), and don’t forget to share the love!
We held our first Steering Committee meeting today for the Pemberton Valley Trails Master Plan. We’re excited to work on this latest Trails Master Plan just up the road from Whistler. With a wealth of existing trails and great potential for the future, we look forward to working with government, stakeholders, and community members to develop a plan that will shape the future of recreation in the region.
BHA was more than stoked to be in Revelstoke last week for the biennial Mountain Bike Symposium. For three days, we joined some fellow mountain bikers, community representatives and tourism and industry leaders to participate in this exciting symposium. The conferences covered captivating subjects like e-bikes and planning, First Nations Lands and communities, Mountain Biking and tourism trends and adaptive mountain biking. Thank you to everyone who made this year’s MTB Symposium memorable!
For more information about the MTB Symposium