Grooming, Emergencies, Trail Etiquette
9:45 PM Saturday
Terry has begun grooming with the Piston Bully. There has been a lot of drifting so he’ll go over everything tonight without setting a track and then Denny is heading out early morning with the PB to redo the trails and set a diagonal track. The parking lot will be plowed again for Sunday morning. Everything should be a go for Junior program Sunday afternoon.
Be prepared for emergencies
- Carry a fully charged cell phone at all times when skiing. You may need it in case of an emergency, or you may come upon someone in distress who needs help.
- Add 256-1111, the fire department number, to your cell phonecontacts . 256-1111 is the number for emergencies on the trails. If you can’t remember that number, dial 911
- Know where you are on the trails. Look for the distance signs which are at .5 km intervals on each trail. If you come upon an emergency, you must be able to let the emergency responders know where you are.
Trail Etiquette. No walking on groomed ski trails
When walking to the hut, stay to the right side of the trail and follow the same track when returning from the hut to the parking lot. Walkers use the same lane as snowshoers. See the attached image of our Trail Etiquette sign which you will see on the way to the hut.
Please no walking on the groomed ski trails. Walkers create holes on the trails. With melting snow these holes get bigger. Our groomers put a lot of time and effort into creating good surfaces for skiing. Members pay for the groomed trails and trail grooming is a significant expenditure for the club.
If you are not able to ski down and up hills, then stay off the trails with hills. Walking down or up hills should only be in case of emergencies and then walkers should stay off the groomed surface.
Snowshoers stay to sides of the trails
A lot of snowshoers have been out and almost all of them have followed the etiquette of staying to the sides. Snowshoes can create deep boot prints and can cause the same damage as walkers to the groomed skating surface or diagonal track.
As well snowshoers may be moving much more slowly than skaters. By staying to the sides snowshoers allow for the full use of the ski trails.