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Access Permitted to Ross Peak in Rogers Pass

9 Mar 2009

REVELSTOKE

Permits for the Ross Peak Winter Restricted Area in Rogers Pass will once again be issued when avalanche control is not being done. This decision is effective March 6th, 2009.

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Backcountry users suggested a new access to Ross Peak that also meets other safety and operational criteria. Permits to access Ross Peak will now contain new terms and conditions requiring permit holders to enter and exit via Loop Brook winter parking area, and not from the Trans Canada Highway or across Canadian Pacific property. Skiers at public meetings and on email agreed that the longer distance is worth the effort, to regain access to the area.

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 and Golden, and more responding in writing and by email.

Solutions proposed by backcountry users are still being investigated for access to the remaining four Winter Restricted Areas that cross CP property: Tupper, Shaughnessy, Fortitude and Smart. Possible solutions cannot compromise safety (of skiers, highway users and staff), Avalanche Control actions, or legal considerations (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.

Winter Permits are issued for Winter Restricted Areas in Glacier National Park on days when there is no chance of avalanche control. Issuing of Winter Permits is not an indication of snowpack stability.

Entering a Winter Restricted Area without a permit is illegal and places you at risk of being hit by artillery fire or an explosive-triggered avalanche. It is critical that everyone respects the Permit System for continued access to this world-class heritage destination.

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, email rogerspass.winterpermits@pc.gc.ca, or attend a public meeting at the Canmore Miners Union Hall (738 7th Ave.) at 7pm on March 17, 2009.

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