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Bulkley Backcountry Ski Society

Who are they?

The Bulkley Backcountry Ski Society (BBSS) was formed in 2009 to to promote a safe and vibrant backcountry skiing and snowboarding community in northwestern British Columbia. See the purpose and board members on the Club Info page of the BBSS website.

Why are they involved in planning?

The purpose of the BBS Society includes the following objectives:

  • improving the quality of backcountry skiing experiences through infrastructure development, enhancement and maintenance
  • advocating for the interests of backcountry skiers with regards to recreational land management

To pursue these interests, the society may become involved in land use planning through recreation area proposal(s) and providing input to other land planning processes.

What do they consider?

In their proposal for an East Boulder Creek recreation area, BBSS identified the following conditions and values when selecting a location:

  • Access is possible directly from Highway 16 ensuring that there is no dependence on the maintenance and ploughing of logging roads.
  • High winter snowfall (> 2.0m average snow base at treeline) and naturally wind-sheltered from prevailing southerly storms.
  • Forest composed of well spaced mature trees allowing easier and safer ski access and construction and maintenance of access trails.
  • No history of snowmobile use to prevent user group conflicts.
  • Blend of simple to complex ski terrain which will accommodate intermediate to advanced skiers in low and high risk avalanche conditions, as well as excellent summer hiking and potential for high elevation multi-day routes.

Where do they have jurisdiction?

BBSS does not own land and does not have any jurisdiction regarding land use. However, they are initiating plans to build new trails and are working with government agencies to get a recreation area designated under section 56 of the Forest and Range Practices Act.

When are they involved in planning?

When they propose the construction of new trails or the designation of existing trails. Or in response to other development plans that may affect their interests.

How are decisions made?

BBSS does not have decision-making powers regarding land use. The District Recreation Officer of Recreation Sites and Trails BC Branch is responsible for designation of recreation sites and trails and authorization to construct sites and trails.
Proposals for new trails are usually referred to stakeholders and relevant government agencies. If trails are proposed within an existing recreation site, referrals will be limited to directly involved stakeholders.

Current Plans and Projects

BBSS proposes to develop a public recreation area in the Rocher de Boule Range in the vicinity of East Boulder Creek.
See Valley Vision news article.

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