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Access permitted to Tupper winter restricted area in Rogers pass

1 May 2009

REVELSTOKE, April 28, 2009 Winter Permits for the Tupper Winter Restricted Area in Rogers Pass will once again be issued when avalanche control is not required. This decision is effective April 28th, 2009.

In early February, Canadian Pacific identified a trespass issue that affects the safety of visitors in some Winter Restricted Areas in Glacier National Park. Parks Canada decided to stop issuing Winter Permits to enter those areas, and asked backcountry users to help find solutions. The response to Parks Canada's request was enthusiastic, with over 100 people attending the public meetings in Revelstoke, Golden and Canmore, and more responding in writing and by email.

Backcountry users suggested a new access to the Tupper Restricted Area that also meets other safety and operational criteria. Winter permits to access the Tupper Restricted Area (i.e. Connaught Slide Path) will now contain new terms and conditions requiring permit holders to enter and exit via the Stone Arch winter parking area and follow the marked trail leading southwest to a point west of the Connaught Tunnel east portal. Similarly, permit holders entering the Hermit Restricted Area completing the Tupper Traverse must exit via the same marked trail. Skiers at public meetings and on email agreed that the longer distance is worth the effort, to regain access to the area.

Solutions proposed by backcountry users are still being investigated for access to the remaining three Winter Restricted Areas that cross CP property: Shaughnessy, Fortitude and Smart. Possible solutions cannot compromise safety (of skiers, highway users and staff), avalanche control actions, or legal requirements (e.g., trespass, or roadside parking).

Parks Canada thanks all backcountry enthusiasts who participated in the discussions that resulted in this solution. We look forward to your continued involvement and support as we move forward with the broader review of the Winter Permit System. Mount Revelstoke and Glacier is also starting its Management Plan review, and invites interested backcountry users to participate in these two important processes.

Those wishing to get involved in this discussion can visit the Rogers Pass Discovery Centre, call Mount Revelstoke and Glacier national parks at 250.837.7500, visit storycatcher.wetpaint.com, or email rogerspass.winterpermits at pc.gc.ca.

Information:
Doreen McGillis
Mount Revelstoke and Glacier Field Unit
Parks Canada
250 837 7554

Verena Blasy
Mount Revelstoke and Glacier Field Unit
Parks Canada
250 837 7531