April 1, 2020
Where would we be without the guys and gals who spend hours on their snowmobiles and snowcats, grooming the trails for us, at ungodly hours, sometimes exposed to extreme cold? We’d be plowing through some pretty deep snow.
It never fails to get me excited when I arrive at a trailhead and see new tracks. We’re very fortunate to have dedicated tracksetters who take a lot of pride in their work and make the trails so enjoyable for us. All skiers are thankful for the excellent work and all the up-to-the-minute reports which you’ve given us.
Back on Nov 25 at the Pocaterra hut, I encountered PLPP tracksetter Jody heading out on a snowmobile to do some early-season tree-clearing and roller-packing with chain saw and shovel in tow. I suggested that we should call him “Chainsaw Jody.” Little did I know that one month later, the chainsaw would be in daily use on all the trails to clear trees after the Dec 20-22 snow and ice storm.
I’ve posted photos below, but I’d like to mention the names of those I know about, but don’t have pictures…
Linda – Shaganappi golf course
Jamie Grant – Confederation golf course
Adam Aldridge – Canmore Nordic Centre
Stephane Wiseman – Canmore Nordic Centre
I hope the people who are missing from the gallery of photos will send me a picture. firstname.lastname@example.org