There is proper etiquette on the wintertime trails
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:
The etiquette points are available on the municipal website, http://www.parkcity.org. 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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