I’m posting this update for my readers to offer their comments about the provincial government’s plan to end grooming in Kananaskis.
“Beginning fall 2020, there will be no groomed cross-country track setting in the three main areas traditionally groomed by government staff in the Kananaskis Region. These areas are: Peter Lougheed, Mt. Shark and Kananaskis Village area. Grooming will continue to occur at the Canmore Nordic Centre. Track-setting will continue to occur in the West Bragg Creek area, done by the West Bragg Creek Trails Association.”
Steve Riggs submitted this comment earlier(these are relevant talking points for a letter-writing campaign)…
“Makes no sense at all. Wasn’t there a announcement by another arm of the government recently about the importance of promoting tourism, and economic diversification? Is this a prelude to handing over grooming to a private, for profit operator? I for one would be willing to pay for an annual XC ski trail pass at Ribbon and PLPP, as is the case in most other xc ski areas. Or, maybe better- a park pass as in the national parks.”
I received the following email from a reader…
“I would be okay with a fee for service. I happily pay for my park pass and also contribute to Bragg Creek trail funds when I choose to ski there. I would be okay with an idea like that for Kananskis as well. Just wanted to note I do not need a freebie, but I do want to see these ski areas continue.”
I am 2500K away from the snow in Kananaskis right now, and am preoccupied with an urgent family matter.