“Almost all of the trails we skied had been badly mutilated by walkers and ‘snowshoers’ who mindlessly walk down the middle of the ski trails.” – Andrew
“Walkers, and now snowshoers, have been a problem on the Bragg ski trails for decades now.
You would think that they would know better, but…
It is even more annoying now that there is an excellent network of all season trails spreading out from the same parking lot that are actually better for hiking than the ski trails.” -Steve
West Bragg Creek is a lightning rod for controversy over how the trails should be used. After comments from Alf, Andrew, and Steve, (starting with Alf Skrastins November 11, 2013 at 10:21 pm http://skierbob.ca/trip-reports-oct-nov-2013/) this one came in today. It’s even more relevant after the article I posted about how hard the groomers work on preparing the trails. The comment from DNA underscores the requirement for more clearly defined trail use rules at West Bragg:
“I am one of the volunteer groomers for the West Bragg Creek ski trails. It is hugely frustrating that we lay beautiful tracks and corduroy only to predictably have our work destroyed in short order by walkers, snowshoers, bikers, oblivious individuals.
We have always been told that K country’s multi-use designation meant that all user groups should be allowed access to all trails. My view is that officially designating ( with signage) specific uses for specific trails is urgently needed in WBC and would not represent a breach of multi – use for the greater area. This would in fact address significant safety issues that arise currently as well as enhancing the experience for all user groups. Attempts at educating people to “know better” have proven ineffective.”
Remember to donate to the Greater Bragg Creek Trails Association, who volunteer to trackset the trails. Go to http://www.braggcreekski.org.
Here’s a neat aerial video of the Canmore Nordic Centre, courtesy of Tony Smith: