The Resort Municipality of Whistler is standing up for the 24 km Comfortably Numb mountain bike trail, opposing the planned installation of a communications tower in the Wedgemont area that would improve cell phone reception in the Emerald Estates subdivision.
The plan includes a tower, a power line to the tower, and an access road that would include a section of a deactivated forestry road that is part of Comfortably Numb.
In the RMOW’s reply, the municipality suggested that approval would only be granted if there is no “degradation of the visual character” of the area and if the tower and power line “do not affect current or potential amenities.”
The proposed location of the access road would impact approximately 900 metres of the trail. As a result, the RMOW will not support the application for the tower until a solution can be reached that complements the trail and is endorsed by the Whistler Off-Road Cycling Association.
The RMOW also advised the Ministry of Agriculture and Lands — which is handling the applications for the tower and road on behalf of their client — to forward a copy of the application to WORCA.
Guy Patterson, the Director of Planning for WORCA, confirmed their opposition to the proposed access road in a letter to the RMOW.
“The visual impact of these structures would be significant, and negative. The proposed road alignment would interrupt the single-track experience for riders, and may create conflicts between cyclists and motorized traffic on the road.”
Patterson added that WORCA is not opposed to the project in principle, and would support alternatives.
Last fall Comfortably Numb was officially designated an Epic Ride by the International Mountain Bicycling Association, giving it international recognition. Only four other trails in Canada have Epic Ride status.
Week of blowouts for minor hockey teams
Whistler Winterhawk teams found themselves on both sides of blow-outs in the seventh week of the regular season, although most were in favour of Whistler teams.
The Atom Rep team split a pair of games, losing to North Vancouver 5-2 and beating Hollyburn 5-3 to bring their record to 6-4-2. Their next home game is Saturday, Dec. 9 at 10:30 a.m.
Atom C1 met their match against West Vancouver, losing 15-0. They’ll try to turn it around this Saturday at 9 a.m.
Peewee C1 beat North Vancouver 7-4 last Saturday, improving their record to 6-1-1 on the season.
Peewee C2 got into a scoring derby with Hollyburn C3 that finished with a 6-6 tie, then faced a West Van C1 team they defeated 17-4 for a total of 23 goals in two games. That brought their record to 4-1-3. The next Peewee home game is Sunday at 9 a.m.