- Smith-Dorrien Trail system. The parking lot will be plowed this winter and coloured markers of the same colour will go back on some trails, like Blue loop and some of orange, and yellow. There is not enough money in the kitty this year to clear deadfall from trails, so because of the liability issue they are not at the moment being tooted as ski trails. Instead they are being promoted as snowshoe trails. (You can still ski the trails this winter but at your own risk.) Can skiers and snowshoers co-exist on these trails is the question no-one knows the answer to. At least snowshoers can help pack the trails! Would like to hear from both groups as the winter progresses.
- Fortress Ski Area. This winter organized cat skiing will be going ahead. People will be driven up in vans from the bottom of the road. Unfortunately, the road will remain closed to public vehicles.
- Kananaskis Country plans to adopt the new icon-rich avalanche report format developed by the Canadian Avalanche Centre and Parks Canada.
- The Sandy McNabb ski trails will be streamlined i.e some loops and connectors will not be groomed or trackset. A new brochure will show the changes.
- Logging will commence at West Bragg Creek next summer and continue through to about the following January. Before then a haul road will be pushed through from Homestead Road at the Junpingpound end, but should not impact the ski trails north of West Bragg parking lot too much apart from crossing them. Some sections of ski trails south of the parking lot may have to be temporarily re-routed. Work will start first on the Boundary Ridge area, which is the ridge east of Sundog east leg and Iron Springs trail, and on the north and west slopes of Snagmore Hill. Some of the new bike/hike trails will be affected, such as the Snagmore Hill trail, but will be put back as was a couple of weeks after logging. One thing’s for sure: The scenery’s going to look a little different for the next little while.Know that the logged strips will act as fire breaks put in to protect the hamlet of Bragg Creek. So I am puzzled as to why the ground will be scarified and replanted with seedlings. Long before the trees reach maturity and can once again be logged, they will present a fire hazard surely.
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