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2021-10-29 - comment by Norbert
Great work by this committee! I particularly like the wifi at Pocaterra. Weather updates, emergency emails, trail reports... ðŸ‘
2021-10-29 - comment by SteveR
I was wondering recently about the surplus. Good to hear that it is being spread throughout the Kananaskis area. Although I'm not sure if wi-fi at Pocaterra does anything to enhance the skiing experience, other than maybe getting at the minute reports from the crack of dawn skiers.
2021-10-29 - comment by SkierRoger
Thanks for this update Ken.
The XC skiing community will greatly benefit from the projects you describe.
I made your report accessible through the News button above.
UPDATE on 2020/21 Parking Pass funds use
Report Submitted by KenH
(trip) Date: Friday Oct 29, 2021
Submitted: Friday Oct 29, 2021
2020-21 Kananaskis Parking Funds.
During the 2020/2021 winter season, funds from the sale of parking passes and public donations enabled Nordiq Alberta to reimburse Alberta Environment and Parks (AEP) for the cost of ski trail grooming, and we were left with a surplus of funds to further sustain and enhance ski trails. In March, readers of the SkierBob blog contributed suggestions for the use of the surplus fund, and this post provides an update on the fund uses to date.
Over the summer, a small committee from Nordiq Alberta and AEP have considered a variety of proposals and moved ahead with funding a few specific projects. The funds were accessed to
a) Provide a new trail signage system at Mt. Shark which will be installed this fall,
b) Build signage tools for use in other cross country ski areas of Kananaskis, primarily Peter Lougheed Park,
c) Purchase of new grooming equipment for Sandy McNabb and Bragg Creek
d) Acquire a new snow machine to replace the aging equipment at Ribbon Creek.
e) Install wifi in Pocaterra Hut (still in progress - see photo)
Suggestions for grooming of new or older de-commissioned trails were considered but, in the end, NOT funded since such activities would not be sustainable in the long term with the one-time funding currently available.
New satellite dish on Pocaterra to provide wifi.