Greetings Nordic skiers! Only six weeks remain for scheduled grooming. Skiing has been superb - get out there while it lasts!
Please take a few minutes to review information below and take a survey on TNA's policy for dogs at Priest Lake.
Most Telluride Nordic members are aware of the designated dog loop at Priest Lake.
Telluride Nordic grooms trails at Priest Lake and Trout Lake. All trails at Trout are dog friendly. Priest Lake trails include many steep hills and intersections with short sight-distance. Reports of skier collisions with dogs were not uncommon. The dog loop was established by the TNA board of directors four years ago as hoped-for mitigation for what at times had become untenable and unsafe conditions due to the number of uncontrolled dogs at Priest. Including Trout Lake, more than half of all trails groomed by TNA are dog friendly. A description and map of the designated dog loop at Priest may be seen HERE and the TNA Newsletter announcing the dog loop can be seen HERE.
To be clear, the USFS GMUG management plan does not prohibit dogs anywhere at Priest Lake. The USFS has however approved the designated dog loop with the understanding that TNA cannot prohibit dogs off the designated route. This is similar to the way dog use is managed by the Grand Mesa Nordic Association. The policy relies on the good will of trail users and their desire to respect the consensus view of TNA members who contribute to the cost of trail grooming.
Based on feedback from members over the last four seasons, it is the board’s belief that the significant majority of TNA members embrace maintenance of some dog free trails at Priest Lake. The board is aware the current dog policy is not universally supported and wants to ensure a policy that reflects the desires of the majority of TNA members. Various alternatives have been suggested - ranging from no restrictions to posting specific days and hours for dogs to a hybrid of a designated loop that is always dog friendly combined with guidelines for times when unrestricted use would be low impact.
To that end we are soliciting feedback from trail users via a survey which you may access by clicking the button below. Please take a moment to complete the survey. The board will consider comments from all trail users but responses from TNA members will be given priority when considering any changes or decision to maintain the status quo. TNA members, should utilize the same email address used for this newsletter so your membership can be verified. Responses will be kept confidential.