The Rainbow Park Trail Whistler Snowshoeing
Rainbow Park is one of the hugely popular swimming beaches in Whistler in the summer. In the winter it is a spectacular vantage point across Alta Lake to Whistler and Blackcomb. The beautiful, artistic ski run lines snake down the mountains and by December Alta Lake is usually completely frozen. Hockey games occur at various spots on the lake and the Valley Trail leading to and from Rainbow Park is buried in snow and unplowed all winter.
When the heavy snow of December comes, the valley trail becomes a snowshoeing and cross country ski trail. It can still be hiked, but once you reach Rainbow Park you will be knee deep in snow. The piers so well used in summer are frozen in place and, like everything else are buried in snow.
Rainbow Park is a very easy, less than 1 kilometre trail from the parking area at the dead end of Lorimer Rd to the park. It is a relaxing trail that doesn't change in elevation. It runs for a while along the River of Golden Dreams then crosses the river on a cute little bridge giving you your first view of Alta Lake. Just past the bridge on your left you can walk to a viewing platform over the lake. Back on the trail it is just another five minutes to the lake.
Free Parking on Lorimer Rd to Snowshoe to Rainbow Park:
Free parking can be found by following Lorimer Road across the Sea to Sky Highway and parking at the dead end. You will be on a junction of the Valley Trail. Follow the sign for Rainbow Park. The trail is less than one kilometre to Rainbow Park and there is a great viewpoint platform on the way as well as a picturesque bridge over the River of Golden Dreams.