Signs like this have been posted at access points to the Wensley Creek Cross Country Ski Trails to alert users that motorbikes

Winter access to Wensley Trails non-motorized only

Motorized vehicles are restricted from using the Wensley Creek trails between Dec. 1 and March 31.

Motorized vehicles are restricted from using the Wensley Creek trails between Dec. 1 and March 31, and there now new signs at access points to the trails letting users know.

“The reason for the restriction is to protect the integrity of snow on the trail systems,” Kathy Smith, president Arrow Lakes Cross Country Ski Club told the Arrow Lakes News. “Snowfall begins in early December and it is critical to allow the snow to build up, prior to setting ski tracks.

For many years now, there has been repeated problems with the ski trails being damaged by other people accessing the trails with motorized vehicles.The ALCCSC works hard to set track and maintain the trails over the ski season. There have been occasions that the damage to the ski tracks cannot be repaired during the ski season.

“It’s important for people to understand that this area has been managed for many years now, for Cross Country skiing in the winter time,” said Smith. “There has been a lot of hard work and money spent in maintaining and upgrading the trail system to facilitate the winter ski activity.”

The new informational signage has been installed in an attempt to inform unauthorized users about the restricted access.

The ski trail area is managed by the Arrow Lakes Cross Country Ski Club, who have a signed Recreational Agreement with the Ministry of Forests, Lands, and Natural Resource Operations. This agreement gives the ski club rights to maintain and use the ski trail during this time line. If anyone has questions about the restricted motorized access to this area, they can contact Kathy Smith at 250-265-4950 or Justin Dexter, Recreation Officer at 250-825-1212.

 

Just Posted

Hospice to B.C. council race candidate dies

A week after leaving hospice to go to city hall to declare his candidacy, David Hesketh has died.

More burning prohibitions rescinded in southeast B.C.

Category 2 and 3 fires will be permitted in Southeast Fire Centre as of 1p.m. on Wednesday.

B.C. parents leery of HPV cervical cancer vaccine

Provincial registration uptake among lowest in Canada

Municipal spending outpaces population growth 4-fold in B.C.: report

Canadian Federation of Independent Business has released its annual operational spending report

Winlaw preemie survives smoky birth

GoFundMe Campaign started for West Kootenay family with preemie baby.

VIDEO: Neighbours fear impact of B.C. tent city residents

Greater Victoria residents opposed to campers voice concerns at provincial campground

Tilray Inc sees $10-billion in market cap go up in smoke

Tilray’s share price closed at $123 US on Friday, a decline from its intraday peak of nearly $300 US earlier in the week

Breast density to be included in mammogram results across B.C.

The information is crucial in proactively reducing the risk of breast cancer, doctors say

Canada to boost support for riskier forms of renewable energy: minister

A $30-million contribution to a $117-million tidal project hopes to harness the immense power of the Bay of Fundy

B.C. watching Trans Mountain review, George Heyman says

Court decision stalling pipeline ‘validates’ environmental concerns

Browns beat streak, win first NFL game in 635 days

Baker Mayfield erased any doubts about why the Browns selected him with the No. 1 overall pick

New silver collector coin features Indigenous dancer

New silver collectors coin captures fast-paced energy of an Indigenous powwow

VIDEO: Replica Haida totem pole raised at B.C. park

‘Reconciliation ceremony’ will include SFN leaders, provincial politicians

B.C. woman with autism has scooter stolen from SkyTrain station

Kayla Polege purchased scooter after ‘shutdowns’ on transit

Most Read