Summer Safety

General Information and Safety

No Smoking on hiking trails or while riding the lift due to forest fire danger
  • Please smoke in designated smoking locations only
  • No smoking is permitted anywhere in the Alpine

Stay on designated trails

  • Familiarize yourself with the trail route
  • Trail Maps are located in the Village, and at the bottom of the Bullet Chairlift
  • Trails are physically marked with neon coloured Inukshuk
  • Stay on the designated trails - leaving the trail will damage the fragile ecosystem of the mountain
  • Do not pick the flowers
Smoke Free Big White

Protect Your Skin

  • Make sure to put sunscreen on exposed skin
  • Wear sunglasses to protect your eyes
  • Wear a hat
  • Use a good quality bug spray

Dress Appropriately

  • Weather conditions can change quickly
  • Be prepared for spring, summer, autumn and winter conditions
  • Layering clothing is the most effective way of protecting yourself from the weather
  • Carry a whistle. The sound of a whistle blast will carry further than your voice should you require assistance


  • Hiking trails have loose gravel and uneven surfaces
  • Make sure your footwear offers good support and has good treads

Hydration and Snacks 

  • Hiking at elevation is hard work. Make sure you carry water with you and stay hydrated
  • Bring along high energy snacks and a lunch if you plan to spend the day up in the Alpine
  • You will need to replace the calories you burn as you hike
  • Pack out what you pack in. DO NOT throw away biodegradables that can attract bears

Designated Meeting Location

  • The meeting place should be a spot that everyone can easily find and access. If you become separated head to your designated meeting place


  • Ensure that your dog is on leash - this keeps both wildlife and your dog safe
  • Pick up after dogs and put waste into trash bins

Scenic Chair Ride - Lift Safety

  • You must have sufficient physical dexterity, ability and knowledge to safely load, ride and unload lifts. If in doubt, ask the lift attendant
  • You must not use lifts or terrain if you are impaired through use of alcohol or drugs
  • If you require assistance please notify the lift attendant


  • Read lift signage
  • Make sure loose items are secure
  • Remove backpacks


  • Ask for help from the lift attendant if unsure
  • Follow chair through station, stop at “load here” marker
  • Remember to pick your feet up after you sit down


  • Lower the restraining bar
  • Single riders sit in the middle of the chair
  • Do not swing or bounce chair while riding
  • Do not jump from chair
  • Make sure small children are sitting back in the seat
  • Have a good grip on your dog – a dog harness is recommended


  • Lift restraining bar prior to entering the station, make sure everyone is sitting back in the chair
  • Prepare to unload
  • Keep feet up


  • Stand at the Unload Here sign
  • Walk straight ahead


Bear Aware

An encounter with a bear is something that visitors may experience when hiking in the Alpine.  Please remember that you are a guest in their home territory! Bears are beautiful creature and deserve our respect.

  • Do not throw food or food waste into the forest, it can attract bears and then the bear gets into trouble
  • Do not feed wildlife
  • Hike in groups and make lots of noise

Remain calm.  Think ahead.
Your actions are the best defense against a bear attack.

Taken from:

Black BearGrizzly Bear
  • Do not run: Bears can easily outrun humans.  By running you may trigger an attack.  Pick up small children and when possible stay in a group.  Back away slowly and speak softly.
  • Give the bear space:  Back away slowly and talk in a soft voice.  Do not approach the bear or make eye contact.
  • Leave the area or make a wide detour:  If you cannot leave, wait until the bear moves out of the way and ensure that the bear has an escape route.
  • If the bear rears up on its hind legs:  It is curious and trying to see you or catch your scent better.  It is not a sign of aggression.  Back away slowly and talk softly.
  • Watch for aggressive behaviors:  A bear may display aggression by swinging its head from side to side; making vocalizations such as huffs, snorts, whoops, or moans; displaying teeth or claws; jaw popping; swatting at the ground; staring with eye contact; panting; or laying its.ears back. These behaviours usually indicate that the bear is stressed, acting defensively, and asking for more space.  Attacks rarely follow, but this is a warning to leave the area.

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