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2022-12-28 at 17:39 - comment by SkierRoger
Today I received an email from Julien Locke, Founder/Developer of Nordic Pulse. Below is his response to a few comments submitted between Dec 16 to 18th.
Thanks for voicing your concerns. Just a quick note to say that we (the team at Nordic Pulse) are just a bunch of avid skiers who share a passion for our sport. We likely ski the same trails as you and we love trails of all kinds - free or un-free!
Our goal is to simply help ski areas manage their trail reports and provide skiers with accurate, up-to-date information. We have no sponsors or financial backers. We’re a small business and we operate based on ski areas paying a yearly fee for our services. We’re doing our best to help ski areas afford to use Nordic Pulse, so we do have an option for ski areas to find their own sponsors to help cover their Nordic Pulse service fees, which is why you’ll see some “sponsored by” logos on some reports. This support applies to the ski area, not Nordic Pulse.
If you have any concerns for Nordic Pulse’s management (that’s me!), feel free to reach out via email. email@example.com
2022-12-18 at 09:41 - comment by RainerA
I was happy to see that Parks Canada responded to your enquiry about implementing Nordic Pulse. Having real time (or close to real time) grooming updates for the Parks trails would be a great benefit to the skiing community. The current system of trail condition reports is often updated late because I understand the groomers submit their reports after finishing the day to some central Parks person who then updates the website often not till the next day. Nordic Pulse would save Parks staff with manually updating the website and fielding a steady stream of phone calls from skiers asking about conditions. Not sure how much the App costs but there could be cost savings when one considers the costs of using Parks staff to keep the public updated.
2022-12-16 at 18:22 - comment by DEMOCRATIZE AB
I fear Nordic-Pulse being involved with Parks Canada in any way. Nordic-Pulse seems to be sponsored by corporations/organizations who want people to pay for skiing and that influence is likely in Nordic-Pulse's management.
Nordic Alberta, a sponsor of Nordic-Pulse, is one of the organizations that was in favor of the United Conservative Party (UCP) Kananaskis Country entrance tax fee in order to divert money from ordinary Albertans and transfer that wealth to racing facilities at Canmore Nordic Centre. The UCP Kananaskis Country tax fee put a charge for walking on lands in Kananaskis Country which now keeps a lot of less wealthy people out of the Kananaskis undemocratically.
The Canmore Nordic Centre is not a self sufficient facility and it subsidizes skiers and racers skiing there heavily with its operations that include making extremely expensive man made snow. The Canmore Nordic Centre is subsidized by the UCP Kananaskis Country entrance tax fee and is a beneficiary of $44,000,000 of Alberta tax dollars since 2008. $17,000,000 was added this year with the UCP Kananaskis Country entrance fee tax that was pulled out of tax payer wallets, including those who have never stepped onto Canmore Nordic Centre lands.
The Trudeau Government last year announced costs will be going up in our National Parks. I fear people involved with Nordic-Pulse and its sponsors will talk the Trudeau Government into charging for cross country skiing and or parking in Banff and other National Parks. If similar talk convinced the United Conservative Party to put in a UCP Kananaskis Country entrance tax fee, and waste money on new unnecessary big grooming equipment, then it could spread to Banff and other National Parks like a pandemic. This would force less wealthy xc skiers out of Banff and leave no place to go for such people who can not afford more taxing fees.
Anyone who needs information about grooming in Banff National Park is asked to not look at Nordic-Pulses website and instead punch in the following Parks Canada website address URL for xc skiing conditions:
I have noticed Google has buried search results for the Banff Parks Canada xc skiing conditions website in recent days. It makes me wonder who is behind that. Hmmmmm. Coincidence? Maybe, maybe not.
Nordic-Pulse and Parks Canada Grooming
Report Submitted by tmalaher
(trip) Date: Friday Dec 16, 2022
Submitted: Friday Dec 16, 2022 at 12:03
As a result of my query to Parks Canada about whether they could use Nordic-Pulse to report their grooming activities, here is their response:
From: LLYKSuperintendent-DirecteurLLYK (PC) <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Dec 16, 2022, 9:56 AM MST
Subject: Nordic-Pulse X-C ski tracksetting
Thank you for your letter regarding Parks Canada’s potential use of Nordic Pulse, an app-based cross country ski trail grooming report system. We apologize for the delay in responding.
Parks Canada is currently evaluating the Nordic Pulse app's feasibility for our grooming operations in Banff and Yoho National Park, and working to assess if the app can meet Government of Canada online accessibility standards.
When this evaluation is complete, Parks Canada will update skiers and trail user groups on the ability to use Nordic Pulse for the upcoming season.
Parks Canada is proud to offer cross country skiing in Banff and Yoho National Park, with the best conditions from mid-December to early April.
Thank you again for taking the time to write we look forward to sharing more updates on this topic soon.
Office of the Superintendent / Bureau du Directeur
Lake Louise, Yoho & Kootenay Field Unit / Unité de gestion de Lake Louise et des parcs nationaux Yoho et Kootenay
Parks Canada - 450 000 km2 of memories / Parcs Canada - 450 000 km2 de souvenirs