One of the action items to come out of the Sea to Sky Land and Resource Management Plan was the creation of new signage to make it clear to backcountry users which areas are closed to motorized recreation - either for environmental reasons, such as the presence of drinking water sources, or because those areas are set aside for non-motorized recreation.
The new signs will announce that snowmobiling is prohibited in 21 Mile Creek, Rainbow Lake, Gin and Tonic Lakes, the north side of Sproatt and Rainbow mountains - all areas that provide drinking water to Whistler subdivisions, and that are at risk of contamination.
The signs also make it clear where non-motorized recreation zones are. These areas are designated to avoid conflicts between backcountry skiers and snowmobiles.
The Sea to Sky LRMP was approved in 2008, and included the results of a backcountry recreation plan that was created by stakeholders - including representatives from snowmobiling, backcountry skiing and the environment. The plan also involved local governments, government agencies, community stakeholders and First Nations.