06 Feb 15 What Is Snowmobile Trail Grooming & Why Does It Matter?
Professional snowmobile trail grooming: a night in the life! Eight hours a night, close to 120 miles of trail, meet the man behind the machine that helps maintain The Forks Area Trail Network – our snowmobile trail system here in The Forks, Maine. Greg Caruso is one of four groomer operators who work all night so we can play on the trails all day. Northern Outdoors has 2 Terra Tucker snowmobile trail grooming machines, (see them in the video). These rigs make your sledding world a really good one – to be sure.
Trails turn to works of art (well, maybe) under the skilled attention of Greg and our other three pro groomers, Jim, Mike, and Chris. With our expert staff charged with regular weekly snowmobile trail grooming on all area trails, Northern Outdoors is able to ensure consistency here in our western corner of Maine at a level not always available through other snowmobile clubs. We hope you check out our trails, enjoy your time on them, and give a nod of your helmet in appreciation to the groomers. Special thanks to Jim, Mike, Greg, and Chris; your efforts don’t go unnoticed. Enjoy the trails!
Tucker Sno-Cat History
Interested in the world of Snowcats, and Snow Machines from a historical perspective? Terra Tuckers are a model of Sno-cat, the real name of the company who makes them is: Tucker Sno-Cat. These big rigs are the real deal for professional grooming that can handle hundreds and hundreds of miles of use weekly, week after week in the winter, and year after year. Yes, they do break down sometimes, and oh lordy do we hear of it from our sledders. We have invested in two of these rigs here at Northern Outdoors. On the rare times that BOTH Tuckers break down, we just flee the country. Well, actually, we don’t. But sometimes we’d sure like to if the replacement parts are delayed getting to our trusty mechanics! Here’s some insight from our friendly online encyclopedia: Wikipedia, about the world of snow cats. Tucker Sno-cats are actually one of the only brands left:
The Tucker Sno-Cat is a tracked vehicle or a family of tracked vehicles for snow conditions, manufactured in Medford, Oregon. Different models have been used for expeditions in the Arctic and the Antarctic during the second half of the 20th century. It differs from other truck-sized snow vehicles, commonly known as Snowcats, by its use of four independently mounted sets of tracks. Read the full article here.