“kids learn to ski by being allowed to play on skis”
For the people who aren’t reading them, I’d like to draw your attention to this contest entry from Jon Emil:
Coming from Norway and living in Calgary for a couple of years, we are really enjoying the excellent x-country possibilities in the area, especially in Bragg Creek and PLPP we have found a variety of fun trails. Grooming has been as good as what we are used to back home and the scenery is outstanding. Hereby, a big thank you to the dedicated groomers – we are enormously grateful for your efforts.
The city of Calgary has more than 500 km of recreational bike paths, but strangely enough almost no x-country tracks! I believe the initiative for extending the cross-country ski facilities at Canada Olympic Park could lower the threshold for beginners especially if plans include lights to allow skiing weeknights.
In my experience kids learn to ski by being allowed to play on skis, so planning for ski playgrounds would be a good idea too (see here http://www.cccski.com/getmedia/ee070fe5-af84-49a0-8cf8-749d8acba5ba/Ski-Playground-NO-CAC-header.pdf.aspx ).
– Jon Emil