-Groomer Bill on Mountainview at West Bragg Creek-
Groomer Jeff H from West Bragg Creek sent this email:
As you are aware the GBCTA is run by volunteers and with the exception of a small percentage of the trail system being groomed by Parks, almost all of the daily operations are completed by volunteers. This includes trail building, trail improvements, and daily grooming of most trails. The significant increase in work done on the trail system in the last two years has made Bragg Creek an essential destination for a variety of winter pastimes.
Despite the dramatic increase in use of the West Bragg Creek recreation area, there has not been a corresponding increase in donations to our volunteer run organization. Our efforts at improving user experience has been a costly one with increases in equipment, fuel and maintenance costs.
The achillies heel for us is that we depend completely on donations to operate. Apparently, fees to ski elsewhere in Southern Alberta can run from 5-15 dollars per visit. People ski at Bragg for free! Great deal for them, but hardly sustainable.
The level of expectation for quality grooming will need to be lowered significantly if we can’t meet our financial obligations. I encourage all skiers to contribute a paltry toonie every time they go for a ski at West Bragg. There is a donation box at the Kiosk in the parking lot. I think most people would agree that a good ski is worth the cost of a cup of coffee.
For those that are so inclined, a more substantial donation that can be tax deductible may be appropriate through our website at:
After you reach the donate page, select the fund your donation wants to support and select: ‘Ski Trail Grooming and Track Setting’
With your help we’ll be able to continue providing quality grooming and make strides to improve our fledgeling little ski area.
Thanks for your consideration!
Groomer Jeff H.