In light of some new information, we need to reconsider our thinking about the horses on the ski trails. I and many others jumped to conclusions that grooming meant the trails were for skiing only. I think that’s understandable, but in actuality, the ski trails are available for all users to enjoy until Dec 1.
So why do they groom the trails for skiing? Alf Skrastins provides this explanation:
“The technical reason that we groom the XC trails at WBC, as soon as there is any snow, is that this is naturally a low snowfall area and keeping every flake that falls on the trails is the only way that we can have any hope of maintaining XC skiing. Packing the snow keeps it from blowing away. It minimizes the insulating effect of snow and this drives frost into the ground. The cold ground, in turn refrigerates the snow and keeps it colder on warm days. “
Every one of the 200 map signs at every trail junction states that the blue & green trails are for XC Skiing from Dec 1 to Mar. 31.
The real kicker, which I was not aware of, and I expect hardly anybody is aware of, is that the Alberta Equestrian Federation has contributed thousands of dollars, every year, for the past 7 years, to fund the upgrading of these very trails.
Let’s continue to make West Bragg Creek an inclusive, welcoming place for people of all abilities and interests to enjoy and count our blessings for the unusually early opportunity for some bonus skiing, on trails that every other user has the right to be on. Yesterday’s update from my ski trip to WBC is a good example of all users enjoying this wonderful area.