Ski Callaghan has a quieter side – off the groomed trail network awaits true coast mountain wilderness. Snowshoeing is a great way to get off the beaten path and explore the immense forests that surround. Underneath an initial layer of winter stillness you’ll discover the forests are alive with a vibrant scene of interconnected living systems…a sense of familiarity sets in.
Here’s some of our top picks for independent day outings that will reconnect you with the natural world:
- Madeley Explorer: 2.5 km
- Finger Lakes: 4.3 km
- Callaghan Explorer: 3.0 km
This trail travels along the Madeley Creek wetland through beautiful stands of mature Cedar. The trail drops down into the Madeley Creek drainage and is one of our longest trails so plan to spend a few hours completing this route. The Madeley Explorer Trail can be accessed from the Biathlon end of Stadium Explorer or either end of Wetland Wanderer.
Snowshoe through a coastal rainforest complete with old-growth cedars and extensive frozen marshlands. Meandering through serene wilderness, you’ll be sure to stumble on a variety of interesting wildlife tracks. This is the perfect destination for a sunny day so bring good company, pack picnic lunch, fondue…bottle of wine? Tip: Switch your phone to “airplane mode” so you can wander uninterrupted and use it as a good ol’ fashioned camera.
The Callaghan Explorer trail is the most arduous route within Whistler Olympic Park. It is a challenging trail which must be accessed via other trails. But this is also a very rewarding tour with a beautiful viewpoint overlooking Whistler Olympic Park. The route traverses open forest with mature stands of fir and cedar interspersed with steep climbs up gullies through breaks in cliff bands.