Dreadful news for cross-country skiers
Parks Canada will cease to groom some of the most spectacular xc ski trails on earth starting this coming winter. Craig Chapman, chairman of the Field Community Council, said it would involve cutting 16 hours a week of work for four months.
“Chapman estimates Parks is only saving $8,000 with the move, which affects thousands of skiers who visit the trails every year.”
Read more in the Rocky Mountain Outlook, Field residents angered by Parks Canada decision
I received an email from Helen Barry who operates the Old Church Guesthouse in Field:
“The tracksetter is only hired to spend 16 hours a week in Yoho so it’s not a really big deal. As you know, the girls (Marilyn and Denise) and a few others looked after track- setting for many years until Parks wanted to take it over 2 years ago. So the girls happily gave it up and The Field Cross-Country Ski Club sold off all their equipment, and they are not interested in starting up again. The other part of it is the seasonal closure of the Visitor’s Centre at Field. We got along without it before it was built 20 years ago, but it feels like a connection to the World to us, and my winter guests definitely use it to know what’s open, what’s track-set, when the next Yoho Blow is coming, etc..”
This decision seems shortsighted at best. It will not only affect cross-country skiers who enjoy the Yoho trails, but will adversely affect many small businesses.