Wednesday, November 6, 2019

Nordic workparty

There will be a work party at the Nordic ski area this Sunday November 10 from 1-3pm. The plan is to move the outhouse toilet to a new location nearer to the Warm-up hut, plus do some limbing and root snipping along a short new Kids Adventure Trail recently built.

For tools: hand clippers, limbing/pruning saws, gloves, extendable pole saws for higher limbing (if you have one).

Also this would be an opportunity to view the recently constructed Kids Nordic Ski Play Area which is located near the Warm-up hut. KORTS received 2 grants this past summer to enhance the Nordic ski trail and to build a kids play area. Sean Brenton’s company was hired to build the play area, grade and level some sections of ski trail, install culverts, and build a turn-around area for the trail groomer at the west end of the trail where it intersects with FSR7.

We will meet at the Moose Meadows Nordic Ski area Warm-up hut at 1pm so please drive or walk up the ski trail road from Hwy 31A, 6.5km from the upper A Ave 4-way stop in Kaslo (Community Garden).

Hope to see you there.


Tuesday, November 5, 2019

Thursday, September 12, 2019

Lettrari Loop detour

The west end of upper Lettrari Loop trail (aka River trail extension) is closed and a detour is posted on the trail (see map below). This is due to work in the gravel pit area related to local paving operations. Hopefully we can rehabilitate and re-open this section of trail once paving is complete.
Happy Trails

For your information

BC Parks implementing electric bike policy
In response to the growing popularity of electric bikes, BC Parks is implementing an e-bike policy to help protect sensitive wildlife, ecosystems and cultural values.
Following the e-bikes classification system already being used by industry and other government bodies, the new policy allows e-bikes in certain areas, depending on the classification.
People with Class 1 e-bikes can ride on any BC Parks trail where mountain bikes or other cycling is already allowed. People with Class 2 and 3 e-bikes can only ride on trails and/or roads designated for motorized vehicles, depending on the park. People using adaptive mountain bikes are allowed in areas designated for Class 1 e-bike use.
Cycling in parks can have an impact on trails and wildlife. Electric bikes allow more riders to use trails and reach areas that were previously limited to a few visitors, leading to increased pressure on sensitive wildlife and ecosystems. 
The new e-bikes policy is now in effect. Anyone with an e-bike is encouraged to visit the BC Parks website for specific information on where they can ride. Classifications for e-bikes can be viewed at:

Monday, June 10, 2019

Send Kids To Camp

KORTS Send Kids to Camps Grants summer 2019. Applications will be received until midnight June 27 with notification by midnight June 28. Amounts depend on the number of applications with a maximum $200, one camp per child. If camp fee is sliding scale then lowest amount is paid. Kids over the age of 7 and going into school September. Camps must be within the CBT catchment area. Past year camps included: Tipi Camp, Fiddlers Camp, Soccer Quest, Kootenay Covenant Bible Camp, Camp Koolaree, Artistic Gymnastics training-Glacier Camp, Front Street Dance Studio, Outstanding in Nature, Sarah Lawless clay workshop, Diabetic camp.

KORTS Kids To Camp Program Application 2019

Sunday, June 9, 2019

Summer 2019 Trail work update

Hi there
KORTS has been successful in 2 grant applications (CBT Trail Enhancement Grant = $25,000 + $8000 cash and in-kind from BC Rec Sites and Trails; RDCK Kaslo Area Trail Enhancement Project = $29,550) for trail enhancement and upgrades for the 2019 summer. We have hired Steve Doucet as the the Trail Crew Supervisor once again after a very successful 2018 summer trail work project. Steve is in the process of hiring a small trail crew. 

The summer 2019 projects are:
1. Kaslo River Trail upgrades and enhancements including trail re-routes to avoid spring freshet flooding.
2. Mt Buchanan Rec Area trail development to complete Songbird loop, and establish a downhill bike trail from FSR 7 to Kaslo Wagon Road trail.
3. Locate and place signage based on the Kaslo Trail Alliance Sign Plan that establishes a uniform and consistent signage system across all recreation trails.

KORTS is in the process of applying for a 2nd round CBT Trail Enhancement Grant (due May 14) for work on the Nordic trail area including: grading the rough trail left after widening the Nordic Trail (Kaslo Wagon Road trail) last autumn, placing culverts and establishing drainage as needed, developing a short loop trail near the Moose Meadow Equipment Shed and Warm-Up cabin, and if $ permits then possibly a youth Nordic ski play and "pump track" area.

So, you will once again see a KORTS Trail Crew working hard this summer….stop and say Hi and Thanks for all their hard work.

Happy Trails,


Wednesday, April 17, 2019

North end trail report

Rec Report North End of the Lake: Mid April

Davis Creek, snow free from a bit beyond the Bench: good training hike. Park at the boat launch (south one), find the trail along the creek to the highway to warm up for the climb. Go slow, stop often if needed

Fry Creek, dry hike in, limited as to how far one could go up the creek last week by reason of ice on trail. Hike down to the beaches on either side of the creek

Hamill Creek Snow still along the entrance, boots required, trail is snow free, cleared to first cable car.

Logging trucks have disappeared, road swept. There is a couple who regularly park at Lost Ledge or Lardeau and make the round trip to Meadow Creek.
Sunday morning is the quietest, followed by Monday and Saturday.
Cycle mirror recommended. Get out of the way of traffic

Gravel- best at this time as gets dusty in the summer
Prettiest and somewhat challenging ride is the Johnson's Landing road. At least 3 character hills- visually the lake turns into a fiord. Bluebirds present. Park at turnoff to Argenta.

The Gravel highway along the River past Meadow Creek, Howser etc- worthwhile as well.

Cross country skiing
Not put your cross country skis away: Meadow Mountain, with a 4x4 you can get to km 5 - lodge access as road was plowed- may have to drive up to lodge to turn around. Packed snow knee deep after that- can use your good skis. Great vistas along the Valley View exposure till km 11.
Will not last long - the Valley View exposure melts at varied times.

Joe in lardeau

Saturday, March 9, 2019

Nordic Saturday Mar 9

I set track this morning
The conditions in the afternoon are good , but there is a big difference in track speeds in the shaded area compared to the sunny ones. So be careful in the transitions


Friday, March 8, 2019

Nordic Conditions

I waited too Long this morning.
 I roller packed everything this morning . But couldn’t use the groomer or set track . The snow was just to sticky – wouldn’t go under the groomer.


Wednesday, March 6, 2019

Nordic conditions

Tom and Chris groomed this morning. Expect Spring skiing conditions.
Icy and fast  in the morning and slow during the afternoon