SPRTA working to complete first official trail

Volunteer capacity doubles with new tools

Building a New Trail: The purchase of new equipment will allow twice as many people to help on the trails. - Photo by SPRTA
Building a New Trail: The purchase of new equipment will allow twice as many people to help on the trails. – Photo by SPRTA

As the snow melts and trails begin to dry, cross country biking and hiking enthusiasts are getting ready and the Sun Peaks Recreational Trail Association (SPRTA) is preparing for the warm months ahead.

SPRTA will be purchasing new tools for trail maintenance and building thanks to a $1,560 community grant from the Sun Peaks Mountain Resort Municipality. The new tools will double the amount of volunteers able to help with trail maintenance and building from less than 10 to around 20.

“If we weren’t interested in hiking, biking, snowshoeing and all these things ourselves, I don’t think there would be a lot driving this,” said acting SPRTA vice president Mike Sleziak. “We’ll buy more tools and double our productivity.”

A major project this summer will be the completion of a new cross country biking trail between the village and Morrisey chairlift, which they hope to have completed by September.

“That would give enough time for people to be out riding it and potentially be on the trail map next year,” said acting SPRTA president Jase Peterson.

“That’s been our sort of ‘proving trail’ to show the standard of trail we’re going to be building.”

Trail riding and maintenance are still weeks away as the trails need to dry out before they can be used.

“It’s still fairly wet out there so we want to hold off getting out there and publicizing people getting out there because if you get people riding the trails too early it does have a detrimental effect,” Peterson said. “Ruts start to form in the mud and that sort of stuff and that’s just more maintenance work we need to do once it does finally dry up.”

SPRTA will be doing work on trails at least one day per week for approximately four or five hours, depending on member availability.

“We’re very mountain bike oriented so far,” Peterson said. “We’re looking to broaden our horizons as we grow in our membership base. If there are people that want to take on the hiking side of things we’re open to people getting involved.”

SPRTA will hold their annual general meeting at 5 p.m. on June 5. Anyone looking to get involved can contact them on Facebook or at sprtatrails@gmail.com.

(Left to right) Dan Whitford, Gerry Dandeneau, Leif Ernt, Jase Peterson, Zac Cunningham, Meghan Kolodka, Mike Sleziak, Lee Kolbuck and Connie Williamson on the last building day in 2015. - Photo by SPRTA
(Left to right) Dan Whitford, Gerry Dandeneau, Leif Ernt, Jase Peterson, Zac Cunningham, Meghan Kolodka, Mike Sleziak, Lee Kolbuck and Connie Williamson on the last building day in 2015. – Photo by SPRTA

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