Jan 8, 2021: It’s a cool morning in Kananaskis Country. I’d like to thank the PLPP Discovery Centre people for reporting the temperatures each morning on the Trip Reports page. Today, MK said it was -19°C with bluebird skies.
The themometer at Marmot Creek is reading -17. The snow on the freshly groomed Coal Mine trail should be in great shape. See if you can get there before it’s walked on!
That brings me to today’s topic about signs. I recently received this email from a reader…
“Being your website seems to be the ‘go to’ for Cross country ski information, I’m wondering if you have any ideas how to start the conversation/education with all the new hikers/snowshoers/fatbikers out there about staying off ski tracks?
If we can put ideas in peoples minds how to converse respectfully, it may help the many newbie hikers, etc out there that just don’t know, and haven’t thought about it. I don’t want to start a gripe session with disgruntled skiers or a war between the factions (I am an avid skier and an avid all season hiker), rather a brainstorm about how to move forward helpfully in these unprecedented times.”
We’ve had many impromptu discussions in the past, and there are ongoing suggestions coming from readers. In my opinion, the signage in PLPP seems to have been very effective. I seldom encounter anyone messing up the trails, although occasionally it does happen.
There is no shortage of signs, but it looks like we still need more according to the things I’m hearing from readers. I’ve displayed my “collection” of signs, including some from other locales to show what they are doing.