The hours of the Whistler Olympic Park are 8:30-4:30. I'm not sure where the gate is, as we didn't see it, but you can't get to the upper lots (especially the Biathlon Lot) outside those hours. I had called and asked about the $16 parking permit and it doesn't apply to the overnight lot. Technically you'd also need that to use the cross-country trails, but we encountered nobody since we were outside those horus and so there was no hassle. If you simply wanted to summit Puma S1 and return, then the Biathlon Lot shortens the distance (though the elevation change is negligible), you just have to pay for the parking/trails pass. The pass counts for everyone in your vehicle. Regardless of where you park, the websites ask that you leave a form on your dash (printable from the website or handmade) with a destination/return time, as these are apparently checked each night (but who knows).
We arrived at the Overnight Lot at 7:45 and were the first ones there, but shortly after 3 ACC club trip vehicles showed up to, to head up Rainbow Mtn. I chose to use what Bivoauc calls the 'East Madeley Route' (which is really a composite of service roads and several cross-country trails) rather than the West Madeley route, but this was somewhat arbitrary. I was curious about it and also wanted to avoid the ticket booth that you'd pass on the West Madeley route in case we got hassled. Possibly the West Madeley is slightly... To see the full trip report you must login as a paid member. Use the Login Page. (message p3)
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