I’m pretty sure I’m not the only one who is curious about the man with the Pisten-Bully (and lots of other equipment) who grooms and tracksets the Strathmore golf course. I asked Ed Meyer to give us some background on himself and the golf course situation:
“More or less a hobby of mine.
I live on an acreage just East of Langdon and have making trails in the area fields since 2000.(my farmer neighbors always found it a bit odd until they got hooked on skiing themselves) It’s great to ski from your back door but was quite a bit of preseason prep so when someone at the golf course approached me a few years ago to see if I wanted to do something there I thought it would be a great venue and we are now in the 4th season. We have developed a partnership over the years. They pay for fuel and help out with some preseason prep/mowing and I bring all the gear and the odd volunteer. My 16 year old son likes to help out as well especially operating the equipment.
It is something I would be doing anyway and quite gratifying when I get the track just right. Although I have to say when I’m out skiing and see the smiles on people’s faces especially when the sun is out it’s an added bonus…”
Ed is the owner of Able Demolition Services. He provided a few YouTube videos which illustrate some of their work:
MacLeod Trail Travelodge demo https://youtu.be/pUG74IXn08M
Banff Gondola Heli Drop https://youtu.be/ngayGfebEI4
Mountain top demo bot htps://youtu.be/omJqOjP1XaY
It only costs a measly $5 to ski, so be sure to take some cash with you when you go. I imagine the money collected simply goes towards fuel for the equipment.