There is proper etiquette on the wintertime trails |

There is proper etiquette on the wintertime trails

by Jay Hamburger OF THE RECORD STAFF

City Hall has outlined what it sees as being proper etiquette when using trails during the wintertime, a list of mannerisms and rules that address some of the issues that have flared up recently between different interest groups.

The etiquette points include:

  • pets must be leashed, which is required under Summit County’s leash law
  • pet owners are responsible for their pet’s waste. The list says there are so-called ‘Mutt Mitt’ stations and waste receptacles at trailheads and at locations on the trail system
  • people who are cross-country skiing should be in control when they are skiing
  • people should observe the trail conditions, meaning that they should not ski, hike or dogsled if the trail could be damaged. The list says people should not leave deep ruts or holes in the snow.
  • people should preserve lanes for classic cross-country skiing lanes. The list requests people not walk or ride on the classic cross-country skiing lanes. That would damage the lanes, the list says.
  • people should be cautious of wildlife and avoid contacting wild animals they see on or off the trails

    The etiquette points are available on the municipal website, Once at the front page of the site, select the ‘Visiting’ dropdown menu. Then select ‘Trails’ and then ‘Winter Trails."

    The web page describes that the trails in the winter draw cross-country skiers, people using snowshoes and people who ride their bikes on the snowy trails.

    "All winter trail users are encouraged to show proper trail etiquette and respect for others," City Hall says on the page.

    There have been skirmishes this winter on the cross-country trails in Round Valley that recently drew attention. Round Valley, an expansive area of open space sprawling between Park Meadows and Quinn’s Junction, is a popular place for cross-country skiers, snowshoers and wintertime hikers.

    There has also reportedly been heightened tensions between people who let their dogs off leashes in Round Valley and people who do not have dogs with them on the trails.

    Charlie Sturgis, the executive director of the not-for-profit Mountain Trails Foundation, said he planned to post between four and six signs in Round Valley by the weekend asking people to ski "slow in congested areas."

    He said most people who are in Round Valley in the winter follow proper etiquette.

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