Barbara is wondering…
“With being new to this, I have some newbie questions. I’ve seen references to grooming on your website, but am very curious as to how all that work is done. Which trails all get regularly groomed and trackset? Are they usually done on specific days of the week? What is the kind of machinery used for this? Really just curious what goes on ‘behind the scenes’ to make all these trails fun for us.”
The above photo will answer a few of your questions. That’s the Pisten-Bully in PLPP laying down corduroy and one ski track this past Friday. You can see the other tracksetter is lifted. They only put one track on Hydroline.
The trails in Banff and Lake Louise are maintained with snowmobiles pulling implements. PLPP grooms Mon – Fri, and usually does Mt Shark on Thursdays. From what I’ve seen this year, the Lake Louise crew seems to work all the time. Banff seems to be out working after a substantial snowfall.
The Canmore Nordic Centre grooms every day in the early morning with a Pisten-Bully. They use snowmobiles as well, mostly on the natural snow trails if the snow cover is thin.
Any tracksetting personnel reading this are welcome to elaborate, or correct my musings.