An advisory committee made up of Friends of Kananaskis Country, Alberta Parks and stakeholders from the snowshoeing and cross country skiing communities has recently submitted a Terms of Reference to the Kananaskis Trail Committee for the proposed Chester–Sawmill Winter Trail Plan.
Presently, the former ski trails are designated as snowshoe trails. The possibility, broached in the Terms of Reference, of reintroducing groomed cross country ski trails was shot down for good enough reasons—no funding. The alternative is to consider if some trails should be multi-use and open to cross-country skiers making their own tracks. However, this multi use idea hasn’t gone down too well in Peter Lougheed Park where the Elk Pass snowshoe trail uses portions of Hydroline and Elk Pass ski trails much to the annoyance of some skiers. Read Skier Bob’s website for a slew of comments from all sides. However, at Chester-Sawmill the situation is a little different. So lets get some feedback on whether you think skiers and snowshoers can share the same trails here?
Personally, I don’t think that long distance ski trails like Green (Snowdrift) and Yellow (Grapple) have translated all that well into attractive snowshoe trails. Why not leave them as skier-tracked ski trails? For snowshoeing I would like to see more interesting loops and trails with scenic destinations. There are plenty of old logging roads criss-crossing the lower hillsides and going into side valleys that can be put to use. Your thoughts on this also?