Trip report from Helen: “Sadly the last 40 minutes of our ski, approaching Goat Creek, the new tracks had been damaged on both sides by some fat bikers.”
I’ve met fat bikers only twice on ski trails, and didn’t have any issues with them. They were polite and weren’t damaging the trails. Even the biker on Elk pass who wasn’t supposed to be there.
Fat bikes are allowed on Goat creek. They made a mess of the ski tracks within one day of the tracksetting.
Fat bikers ride in the ski tracks because the ridge in the middle of the track prevents them from riding where they should be.
The large ridge in the middle of the track creates a hazardous situation for skiers. On fast downhills, it’s impossible to slow yourself down because the ridge prevents skiers from snowplowing.
Banff National Park could easily remedy this situation and make the trail safer for skiers by simply grooming the entire width of the trail and getting rid of the troublesome ridge. I expect it would take an additional grooming pass.
Fat bikes are here to stay, so let’s accommodate them where it will do the least damage to the ski tracks.
This remedy would make life a lot safer for hundreds of skiers, and prevent the bikers from wrecking the tracks.
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