Trail Etiquette

Using proper trail etiquette on our Nordic and snowshoe trails ensures an enjoyable experience for all. 

Be Courteous

The Wood River Valley is full of extraordinary recreation experiences, and there is enough space here for everyone to enjoy.

Whether you’re training for the next FIS Cross-Country World Cup or out for a casual ski on a sunny Sunday afternoon, we ask that you be respectful of other trail users, regardless of their speed or skill. Enjoy the trails!

Winter Trail Etiquette

Skier Etiquette

Appreciate everyone’s right to enjoy the trails.

Trail Rules

Skier Etiquette

  • Appreciate everyone’s right to enjoy the trails.
  • Be respectful of others—slow down, smile, say hello.
  • Keep your pass visible at all times.
  • A skier coming downhill has the right of way.
  • Respect the rights of slow skiers.
  • Be prepared for dogs on shared trails.

Dog Owner Etiquette

We have one of the largest dog-friendly Nordic systems in the country. Please help us keep it this way!

Trail Rules

Dog Owner Etiquette

  • Clean up after your dog and pack out their waste. Bags and trash cans are available at most dog-friendly trailheads—please use them! Do not leave full bags at the side of the trail.
  • Your dog must be under voice and sight control at all times or needs to be on a leash.
  • Your dog should not charge, chase or display aggression towards other skiers, dogs, or wildlife on the trails.
  • Maximum two dogs per skier.
  • Ski within your dog’s ability to avoid dog/human injury.
  • If your dog is not "Trail Ready,” or is aggressive, please leave him/her at home.

What is voice and sight control?
Your dog must be able to immediately obey a verbal command and must be seen by you at all times.

Fat Biker Etiquette

Riders must purchase and display a BCRD Nordic day or season pass when riding on groomed trails where passes are required.

Trail Rules

Fat Biker Etiquette

  • Riders must purchase and display a BCRD Nordic day or season pass when riding on groomed trails where passes are required
  • Trail access for Fat Bikes is dependent on conditions and riders should check the daily grooming report at winter trailink.org for detailed trail access information
  • Purpose built Fat Bikes only! Both tires must be wider than 3.6 inches and tire pressure must be less than 10 psi. No exceptions!
  • Fat Bikes yield to all other users. Stay out of the classic ski tracks and give skate skiers a wide berth.
  • Stay on your bike. Footprints damage the trail.
  • If you are leaving a rut deeper than one inch or having a hard time riding in a straight line, or pushing your bike, then the snow is too soft and you should not be biking on the trail.
  • Be respectful of others - slow down, smile, and say 'hello'.
  • Be prepared to encounter dogs on shared trails.

Snowshoer Etiquette

Snowshoes are required on all snowshoe trails.

Trail Rules

Snowshoer Etiquette

  • Snowshoes are required on all snowshoe trails.
  • No walking or snowshoeing on groomed ski trails, including walking with YakTrak or other cleats, spikes, or snow grips.
  • Keep your pass visible at all times.
  • Obey posted signs.
  • Be prepared for dogs on snowshoe trails.

Get Involved

Your valued support brings quality, affordable, accessible recreation to our community. Whether at Galena Lodge, out on our summer and winter trails, at the Aquatic Center, in our youth and adult sports and activities, or at FitWorks fitness center, these critical recreational programs and facilities exist because of the generosity of our supporters.

Sign up for our Newsletter.

Get updates directly in your inbox on what’s happening at BCRD!

Newsletter Signup

Wood River Trail Challenge is happening 1/26-2/23!

Scroll to Top