Trail Etiquette

Trail etiquette helps everyone enjoy the trails to the fullest and lessens the need for extra grooming. Here are just a few tips to keep in mind while being courteous to your fellow trail users:

Snowshoeing/Hiking – Snowshoers should avoid the set classic tracks and stay to the far side of skate lane next to edge of trail. Single-file is recommended, so as not to clog up the middle of the trail and block skiers from passing by. Hiking on the groomed ski trails severely degrades the groomed ski trails and makes travel difficult for skiers. Please limit hike on the groomed ski trails.

Right of Way – Whether it’s skaters and snowshoers or nordic skiers going up hill vs. down hill, the rule of thumb, is whoever can yield the easiest should do so. In other words, slower skiers (or snowshoers) should give way to faster skiers and those going uphill should yield to skiers coming downhill. Please pass on the left when ever possible. When stopped please move to the edge of the trail and avoid obstructing traffic.

Grooming In Progress – If you encounter the groomer on the trails, it’s recommended that you step aside well off the trail, or if the groomer stops, you should go around. This is particularly true with dogs and it’s helpful if you hold onto your dog by the collar. We try to groom at times that minimizes skier/groomer interaction, but sometimes it can’t be avoided. We want to make sure everyone is safe on the trails, including our four-legged friends.

Skiers with Dogs – Please keep dogs in sight and under voice control at all times. Also, please pick up after your dog by removing any waste from the trail.

Fat Bikes – NNA primarily maintains and grooms the trail system for Nordic skiing and snowshoe use. Fat Bikes on the trail quickly deteriorates this grooming work and increases NNA’s grooming expenditures. The groomed snowmobile trails located across the road at Beef Trail Rd. are recommended for fat bikes. More information about local snowmobile trails.

If we all practice a little common courtesy, everyone can enjoy our trails at Busted Arm Draw!