Please help me with some newbie questions about the MAP LEGEND and TRAIL SIGNAGE for Alberta Parks. See the live trail report data at https://skitrails.info/report/plpp as reference to my questions.
1) Please confirm whether the green / blue / black outer boundary colour of a trail represents it’s relative difficulty similar to downhill skiing / boarding hill rating systems in Canada. The inner colour clearly indicates the “Last Groomed” status. If this isn’t the case then please explain. 2) Please explain the criteria for the xc trail difficulty rating system (i.e. green mostly flat up to 10% slope, blue up to 20% slope with tight turns at speeds up to 10km/h, etc.) used in AB, and whether it varies across AB/BC or even by regional club. 3) Are usually trails marked with physical signage indicating their relative degree of difficulty? I’ve hiked & biked along trails in Kananaskis and am familiar with the “You Are Here” map signage but can’t recall any xc ski rating signage.
I haven’t found many useful websites describing map legends and degree of difficulty, and of those that I read, I found that they were subjectively describing their own regional facilities and not objectively labeling difficult trails per the maximum slope angle or hills with tighter turns. Not even the company that runs the AB Parks live grooming website provides a legend (https://skitrails.info/).
Any help is appreciated.
Paul, if you look on the Resources tab, you may find this helpful: