Unfinished business

Ken Hewitt, who was instrumental in the success of the Kananaskis Grooming parking pass last winter, has provided an update on where the surplus funds will go. 

The list below shows an excellent and constructive use of the surplus funds, and I’m surprised they were able to do this much with the money. I hope the WiFi at Pocaterra hut will result in some very timely reports from skiers. 

2020-21 Kananaskis Parking Funds

During the 2020/2021 winter season, funds from the sale of parking passes and public donations enabled Nordiq Alberta to reimburse Alberta Environment and Parks (AEP) for the cost of ski trail grooming, and we were left with a surplus of funds to further sustain and enhance ski trails. In March, readers of the SkierBob blog contributed suggestions for the use of the surplus fund, and this post provides an update on the fund uses to date.

Over the summer, a small committee from Nordiq Alberta and AEP have considered a variety of proposals and moved ahead with funding a few specific projects. The funds were accessed to
a) Provide a new trail signage system at Mt. Shark which will be installed this fall,
b) Build signage tools for use in other cross country ski areas of Kananaskis, primarily Peter Lougheed Park,
c) Purchase of new grooming equipment for Sandy McNabb and Bragg Creek
d) Acquire a new snow machine to replace the aging equipment at Ribbon Creek.
e) Install wifi in Pocaterra Hut (still in progress – see photo)

Suggestions for grooming of new or older de-commissioned trails were considered but, in the end, NOT funded since such activities would not be sustainable in the long term with the one-time funding currently available.

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A reminder, my blogging days are essentially over. With ski season almost here, any trip reports henceforth should be posted on SkierRoger

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  1. I dropped in to Pocaterra Hut today. It was lovely, clean and deserted. I tried to use the wifi, but apparently I needed a password. Can anyone tell me how to get one??

  2. I wish we could have a Weather Underground station at Pocaterra Visitor Center, hopefully with a webcam, as is at the West Bragg Creek,

  3. While I certainly will enjoy the WiFi at Pocaterra Hut, I would have loved to have Lionel resurrected.

  4. Are the old K – Country maps still floating around on here Bob?

  5. I assume that this means there was no return to the trails from Pocaterra Hut down the valley to the Lynx junction. That is too bad as the new alignment of that section, while no problem for mid level and up skiers, was great for the beginners that we know are growing in numbers. It would also be good to have a complete report on what this government will do with the 10 million plus dollars collected through the “parking fees” they instituted! The new additions to the signage showing “Alberta Parks” on the top of the signs is a POOR use of any fees!

  6. To those involved in the decisions on where to use last winter’s parking funds – well done!!! We will all benefit from these improvements.
    Question: will the UPC government seek input from Nordiq and other x-c ski clubs for their input as to where the 2021-22 K-country improvement funds will be spent. I certainly hope so…
    Again, thank you for your input, expertise and accountability.

  7. It all sounds great, except for the Wifi. Leave the soothers at home, people!

    Mr. High and Mighty

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