Creating pristine pistes
How do these vehicles pick up clumps, smooth out bumps and spit out smooth snow?
The crunched-up pieces of snow are smoothed by a flat blade located at the end of the snow groomer.
Grinding ice and compacted snow
A corkscrew cylinder crushes the large pieces of hardened snow and ice.
The drive wheels transform torque into tractive force and move the snow groomer.
Headlights are mounted to the front of the vehicle so the snow groomer can be operated night or day.
Though easier than driving a car, snow groomer operators must have years of experience to correctly maintain a ski slope.
A multi-directional blade cuts and levels the surface of the snow.
The guide wheels offer stability and are responsible for turning the machinery.
Caterpillars with ice thorns
A rubber track with steel blades digs into the snow so the plow can ascend and descend the slopes.