Media Release

Parking Pass Program Launches to Raise Funds for Ski Trail Grooming in Kananaskis

Kananaskis, Alberta — Cross-country skiers and local business owners are working together to bring back ski trail grooming in Kananaskis this winter. The provincial cross-country ski association, Nordiq Alberta, is launching a voluntary parking pass program to raise funds after provincial funding for ski trail grooming was cancelled earlier this year.

To launch the program, Nordiq Alberta signed a Cooperating Agreement with the Hon. Jason Nixon, Minister of Environment and Parks, at an event in Kananaskis today.

Effective immediately, the pilot program will support grooming on popular ski trails in Peter Lougheed Provincial Park, Mount Shark, Kananaskis Village and Sandy McNabb Recreation Area. Parking passes will be sold online and at retail stores in Kananaskis Village, Calgary and Canmore, as well as on-site at select lots in Peter Lougheed Provincial Park. Both day passes ($10) and season passes ($50) are available.

Throughout the winter, volunteer parking lot monitors will verify passes and share information with trail users about the program. Volunteers are being asked to commit one day this winter to help make the pilot program a success.

“Nordiq Alberta is proud to be able to represent the voices of our member clubs and skiers, as well as trail users, business owners and residents to advocate for continued cross-country ski trail grooming in Kananaskis. We are grateful for the support we have received to make this program a reality. Whether by purchasing a parking pass or volunteering, we can each do our part to keep cross-country ski trails maintained in Kananaskis.” — Chris Reitz, Chair, Nordiq Alberta

“Kananaskis is a world-class cross-country skiing destination. As a local business, we are proud to be working with Nordiq Alberta and Alberta Environment and Parks, and so grateful for their hard work and co-operation to restore grooming on these incredible trails. This pilot program will help ensure adventure-seekers, families, aspiring athletes, and first-time skiers all have the chance to get outside and enjoy Kananaskis this winter.” — Michelle Faerden, Owner, Kananaskis Outfitters

“The Alberta World Cup Society has a 15-year history of supporting cross-country ski racing in Alberta. We are pleased to provide an initial donation to kick-start this important program by Nordiq Alberta.” –John Reeves, President, Alberta World Cup Society

To purchase parking passes, join our volunteer team, or learn more: www.kananaskisgrooming.ca