To help assist trail users, we’re launching an FTA Educational Series, covering a variety of trail-user related topics. First up, the trail line. Read more, below…
WHY DOES IT MATTER?
Above and beyond recording your time, (we love you Strava riders), to the actual trail rating, the main reason FTA would love your collaboration to keep shortcuts closed, is to make sure we keep our riding footprint to its minimum and enable habitat restoration.
Furthermore, respecting the trail line is also for us respecting our agreement with the landowner and the work of our crew.
KEEP SHORTCUTS CLOSED
When you see shortcuts being closed like one shown above on Phat B, please respect the closure, leave the debris there and ride the trail line. It is closed for good reason, and our collective collaboration goes a long way in preventing further habitat destruction outside the provided trail.
DON’T ALTER THE TRAIL
Whether you have a love/hate relationship with a root or rock, or an entire tree or trail, the trail network is not to be altered by anyone, other than authorized trail workers. While removing a root or rock may seem like a small change to you, to others, it is a clear lack of respect for the trail. This recent, rogue, tree removal from Uprooted, show above, is a prime example of what not to do.
In short, please do not modify or manipulate any elements of a trail from its designed, original state.
The FTA crew is working hard to build and maintain great trails, to the Whistler standards. Changing the nature of the trail by widening or braiding, modifying or manipulating, removes the fun, and the challenge. Take on the Challenge. Ride the Line!
QUESTIONS OR SUGGESTIONS?
If there is a trail or feature on a trail that you think could be changed for the benefit of the network, please get in touch by emailing the Trail Manager at firstname.lastname@example.org or by using the Online Trail Work Application form on our website, via the link below.
Thanks for taking the time to read and learn, about the what’s and why’s behind our hardworking Trail Maintenance crew and Trail Maintenance & Construction Committee.