December 17th, 2014 ~ Vol. 84 No. 49
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UROC seeks municipal help
for trail expansion in Pass
Crowsnest Pass Herald Front Page
UROC
Proposed trail expansion.
EZRA BLACK
Pass Herald Reporter
The United Riders of Crowsnest have plans to turn the Pass into a mountain biking destination.
But it won’t come cheap.
On Dec. 9, representatives from the United Riders of Crowsnest (UROC) asked council for $30,000 to help fund a trail expansion project near the Pass Powderkeg ski hill.
“Volunteers are not going to build the amount of trail we’d like to see there,” said UROC president Jim Lucas.
The proposed trail will run for 5-kilometres from the TransCanada pipeline to the top of the ski hill, creating a 12-kilometre route when combined with the existing trail.
The expansion will cost $122,000. UROC has allocated $60,000 for the project and applied for several corporate grants from Shell Canada, Servus Credit Union and other companies.
The Pass Powderkeg trail network is built on municipal land but the municipality has not contributed funds for its development.
Lucas said the Pass Powderkeg trail network would eventually be expanded to include 25-kilometres of trail, which will make it large enough to receive promotional attention from Alberta Tourism.
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UROC would like to expand onto land owned by Riversdale Resources, which has yet to permit trail building on their property.
The trails would also be compatible for hiking and cross country skiing.
A short history of the Pass Powderkeg trail network:
2010 – Work starts on the Pass Powderkeg trail network under the direction of IMBA Canada Trail Solutions.
2011 – Trails are expanded and the skills park is built at the foot of the ski hill.
2013 – The scarily named Chainsaw Massacre trail is completed. The scenic trail runs to the top of the ski hill.
2014 – The Berma-Grin flow trail is completed. The nearest equivalent trail is in Vernon B.C. UROC received funding for a trail signage project, which will be launched in 2015.
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