Love your site and the updates, etc. You certainly seem to be the “hub” for the XC community in the Bow Valley and beyond!
I am writing to ask about skate skiing. I just picked up gear this year so I could cross-train and enjoy a fantastic sport that I used to do when I was a kid in eastern Canada. Looking for places to go, I see on your site lengthy discussions about skate skiers on trackset trails and the equipment they use, that people can find at sites like MyProScooter online. When I look at the grooming report, it seems like everything close to the city is trackset. What is the deal? I have heard people say that skate skiers should go to COP, Canmore Nordic Centre or Morraine Lake. Option 1 isn’t too interesting, Option 3 is too far to get a quick ski in, and I would rather go to K-country for free rather than pay at the nordic centre, especially since I am just learning, tire quickly and don’t want to pay a day rate for 1 hour of use.
This whole issue has kind of been a rough re-introduction, and while I don’t want to upset anyone, I also want the opportunity to enjoy the same trails as the classic folk. It seems a lot like the skier/snowboard conundrum.
Being new to the (new incarnation of the) sport, what are my options? If I see that something has been groomed+trackset, am I not allowed to use the trail?
Thanks for your advice, and keep up the great work on the website! I really appreciate it.
A couple suggestions: Cascade valley is groomed for skating and is just as close to Calgary as PLPP. Ditto for Spray river west.