The Smith-Dorrien trail network of old logging roads stretches from Sawmill parking lot to Chester Lake parking lot. At one time it was touted as a cross-country ski and mountain bike trail system and had its own brochure. The trails have not been maintained for many years and recently the colour coded signs have been removed. Only the snowshoe trail is signed. Effectively, the ski trails have become backcountry trails. OK, so K Country no longer has the funds to groom these trails (despite the network having the best snow in K Country). We can accept that, but why take down the signs which are still of benefit to skiers?
Regarding mountain biking, I have been told that bikers nowadays prefer exciting single track trails. I don’t think this is entirely true. We aren’t all that good! There are still families who prefer wider, easier trails. And then there are others, like me, who bike the old roads to get to places like Headwall Lakes and James Walker Creek.
So my question to you is: What are your thoughts on the trail system generally? Do you want the signs to go back in? Are you willing to help maintain the trails by removing deadfall?
Historically, it was the Foothills Nordic Ski Club who initially cleared these old roads in preparation for the Canadian Western Championships in 1984. At that time there was no Mt. Shark or Canmore Nordic Centre. Smith-Dorrien was the ONLY place with snow. The altitude (above the FIS maximum) proved a challenge for lowland competitors, which led to the construction, the next year, of the lower elevation trails at Mt. Shark .