For the past decade, Whistler Blackcomb has been on a dangerous path. With thousands of backcountry users heading into the backcountry just outside the resort boundaries, the Spearhead Range has been confronted with a complicated question: should they regulate the backcountry, or allow the stiaution to play out? While plenty of backcountry users are knowledgable, overcrowding in backcountry creates a litany of problems.
The problem of overcrowding is not new—places in Europe have learned to cope with the masses, but as backcountry skiing and riding takes off in North America, resorts like Whistler have reached a tipping point. Part of Whistler’s solution? The Spearhead Huts. Not only will these huts open up new lines in the backcountry, but they will also help control the manner in which people use the backcountry, and hopefully bring some level of regulation.