Rhonda Jewett sent this email along with the photos…,
First, the good news story: the parking lot and trails were packed today. Everyone was soaking in the excellent freshly groomed trails! Today showcases what PLPP is all about, winter recreation at its best! Thanks to the groomers for getting out last night and for the snow storm that subsided just in time to let us have perfect tracks today. Some pictures of the crowds and skiers are attached.
On a less positive note- there was one skier skating on the freshly groomed trails today- wrecking the track for the hundreds of us out there enjoying the classic trail system and respecting that PLPP is groomed for classic only.
This man was stopped by several skiers today and he was dismissive and ignorant of the effort that goes into grooming these trails for classic. He claimed he didn’t know it was a classic facility and said he has seen skaters out here ‘often’ which is just ignorant.
I asked his name and where he was from and he wouldn’t answer, instead taunted me to call the RCMP on him. I suspect he is not a tourist- he had all the latest equipment and his skiing partner sported a lovely Nipika Sauce headband. When I explained that Shark, CNC and Ribbon Creek are groomed for skating- they said they aren’t groomed today- so they clearly and in the know.
I suspect they are responsible for the single skate tracks on PLPP this winter. They did point out that the trails lack signage to support no skating- which they are correct. Signs exist but they are limited. I wanted to share so that there is accountability for if other people see them skating on the classic trails.
Finally, I love tweet you shared about the prediction of reinstating PLPP grooming in 2021- I totally think this is the Kenney’s strategy, cut everything and see what sticks. Let’s make a ruckus and keep PLPP accessible for all!”