Update: The government says that grooming in K-Country costs $200,000. Read more in the Rocky Mountain Outlook. Could we get 4000 donations of $50 each. That’s it. As Grace commented, “it sounds like pocket change.”
Before I summarize yesterday’s grooming activity, I want to share this message which I received from Stephanie Thomas at CTV…
“I received so many calls and e-mails it was unreal and thats thanks to the post you shared, so I appreciate that.”
Her story… Province defunds trail grooming
The lease on the PLPP snowcat is $75,000 per year.
I didn’t have a clue what the leasing costs of a snowcat were, so I grabbed a figure out of thin air, $250,000. I hoped that I would be corrected and given the actual numbers by people who know more than I do. It worked.
I wonder if the government is playing the same game? Proposing the worst-case scenario, then after the outcry and protests, settles on a solution which they were hoping for, and making it look like they were listening? Cynical, I know.
Governments of all stripes are sneaky. They waited until I was out of the country to announce these cuts. 🙂
It defies common sense to end trail grooming in Kananaskis when the costs are so miniscule. Tourism is a priority for this governemt, and the tourism benefits alone would be worth it. I think about all the people who stay at William Watson Lodge in the winter in order to go skiing. Older, handicapped, people who would have nowhere else to go.
I expect the government wants to introduce user fees of some sort and it seems to be an acceptable compromise among most skiers.
There was lots of snow overnight in the mountains. Nakiska had 10 cm overnight. Mud Lake weather station indicates 11 cm. Ski Louise reports 19 cm.
West Bragg Creek: “5-10 cm of new snow overnight have made for amazing conditions this morning in West Bragg. The best conditions will be on the core trails where the forest is providing protection from the detrimental effects of high winds.”
Amos, Meadow, Woolley and Wheeler in PLPP were groomed last night, but will already have some fresh snow on top.
The Peter Lougheed Discovery Centre will be closed at 12:30 pm today due to a Fortis Power outage.
Alex worked last night to groom Bill Milne, Wedge, Evan-Thomas, and the Kananaskis Village trails. Same story, there will be fresh snow over the new grooming.
While grooming trails in the middle of the night, the groomers frequently encounter fallen trees on the trail such as the one pictured here from last night. There is some training and skill required to safely and efficiently remove these fallen trees so the grooming process can continue.