Golden Horseshoe Nordic Feasibility Assessment

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The purpose of this plan was to produce a feasibility study for development of Nordic trails and associated facilities within the Golden Horseshoe. Some of the goals of this report were to do the following:

  • Identify Nordic potentials for use of the Golden Horseshoe that fit the site; respect its resources; and complement existing Nordic operations, facilities, and services at Gold Run and in the greater valley. 
  • Evaluate the Golden Horseshoe’s existing assets (roads, trails, historic and natural features, etc.) in terms of their applicability for development of a Nordic focus. 
  • Evaluate the potential for new trails and associated services and facilities. 
  • Assess the effects of existing back-country management guidelines and the interests of multiple ownerships as they relate to limitations on criteria needed to develop a state-of-the-art Nordic infrastructure. 
  • Analyze options for a Nordic infrastructure and operation with various levels of coexistence with snowmobiles and other motorized recreation vehicles. 
  • The focus of this report was Nordic trails, including their various configurations and associated services. At the same time, the non-snow season uses of these trails were also considered , as they are inherent in design and development decisions. Multiple uses of both new and existing roads/trails (primarily on a seasonal basis) were considered to optimize and justify development for all appropriate non-motorized trail uses.

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