I am an avid hiker, backpacker, scrambler, and in the winter, snowshoer. Very rarely do I find myself near a groomed cross-country ski trail – I prefer solitude and forging my own route – but occasionally I find myself wanting/needing to follow a groomed track. (For example, this winter I’m looking into snowshoeing to the Kananaskis Fire Lookout, which seems to have a ski track heading to it from Boulton Creek).
There’s a lot of conflicting information out there about what is courteous and what isn’t when it comes to skiers and snowshoers sharing the trail, and as I’m not interested in being one of the guys that messes up the ski trails for everyone else I was hoping you could provide some level of clarification on the matter. (Not sure if it’s of interest, but I also thought it might make a useful blog post on your site too – there’s certainly enough misunderstanding out there to need clearing up! Photo aids would be a big help as snowshoers, or at least me, are quite clueless when it comes to groomed tracks and skiing!).
Thanks for any clarification you can give!