Night Shift

04 January
Categories : Mountain Ops
Posted by Scott Pressly

While we sleep in our warm beds, dreaming of tomorrow’s turns, our Slope Maintenance team is hard at work prepping the mountain. This dedicated crew starts their shift at 11pm each night. They fire up our Prinoth snowcats, brew a fresh pot of coffee, review the grooming requests for the night and draw up their plans to deliver the goods.

We have a fleet of two winch cats for the steeper terrain and four free groomer work cats available to use. The guys have established patterns on the mountain that enable them to cover our network of trails while minimizing spin turns and the need to clean up snow piles left behind. Depending on a number of factors (snow coverage, time of year, day of the week, weather, etc.), this crew will groom between 15 and 35 trails every night covering up to 200 acres of terrain.

In addition to trail grooming, there are also nightly projects that include mucking out the pit above the bottom terminal of the lifts, building up and maintaining maze platforms, tilling top ramps, dialing in the grade for pedestrian areas and approaches to lift mazes, patching ice or dirt areas, plowing lots, building terrain parks and creating tubing lanes. All in a night’s work.

Night Grooming
Winching JR's
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