Keep moving when on the trails.
- If you stop to eat, change clothing or grab a photo, step off the trail to the right.
- Ski on the right, pass on the left.
Yield to skiers coming downhill.
- It’s easier for an uphill skier to step off the trail than it is for the faster skier coming down.
- Use caution when approaching steep slopes and bridges.
Watch your poles when passing.
- It’s nice when a skier steps off the track to let you by. Tuck your poles in when you pass.
Keep the trails clean.
- Watch out for accidental litter at lunch or snack breaks.
- Garbage receptacles are not provided on backcountry trails. Please pack out any waste.
Don’t let the trails go to the dogs.
- Unleashed dogs create hazards for other users. Keep your dog on a leash no more than 2 metres in length.
- You need to remove your pet’s waste from the area.
- Dogs are not permitted on all cross-country trails in Alberta Parks. Please check with staff.
When nature calls…And there’s no outhouse?
- Carry a plastic bag and toilet paper. Pack out your used paper and sanitary supplies.
- Most trails in Alberta Parks are groomed for classic ski technique.
- To reduce conflict on these trails, try parks with designated skate tracks such as Mount Shark or Canmore Nordic Centre in Kananaskis Country.
Snowshoeing or Winter Walking
- Snowshoeing and hiking on designated ski trails is dangerous for all users and ruins the groomed trails.
- To reduce conflict on these trails, we strongly suggest that snowshoers explore designated snowshoe or hiking trails.
- If you’re using an ungroomed multi-use trail, be aware of other users. Exercise courtesy to one another when sharing the path.
Dress in layers.
- Frostbite and hypothermia are real dangers in winter. Be sure you are prepared before you head outside.
- Dress in layers. A synthetic base layer will help wick away sweat and keep you dry.
- Wear a hat and gloves.
- Carry extra socks and a sweater.
Winter Safety & Stewardship Tips
- In general, trails are not patrolled. Be prepared for emergencies.
- Cell phone service varies in parks. Always let someone know where you're going.
- Carry an emergency kit containing an extra ski tip, cord, wire, pliers, a pocket knife, screw driver and screws.
- Do not disturb or attempt to feed wildlife.
- Obey all signs.
- Use the firepits and stoves provided at shelters and picnic areas.
- Pack out all your garbage and leave no trace of your passing.
- Alcohol is not permitted.