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- What are Snow Groomers ?

Snowgroomers are machines that work on the slopes in the winter to make a rough skiing surface smooth through the use of a roller at the back of the tractor, to flatten.

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These cats didn't always exist on the ski hills. They became essential because many runs were becoming unskiable due to the size of the bumps. The first cats were little more than glorified farm tractors but eventually more specialized equipment became available.


Over the years the concept of a snow grooming machine has been reworked and refined into a very specialized tool. Several manufacturers offer a variety of machine sizes and configurations to perform many different tasks. From moving people to grooming the steepest slopes.


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Today, electronics and computers are the norm in the modern snowcat. Winch cats regularly groom slopes that were previously considered ungroomable. Flex tillers and articulating rear grooming frames give greater consistency of finished surface. Last but not least, operator comfort has reached new levels with ergonomically designed cabs and controls (and stereos that rock!).



- Special Attachments :

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An attachment that is often used the last few years, is the half pipe shredder. This special attachment is placed instead of a blade in front of the machine. It is used to cut a semi cercle into the slope. A large chain with "scoops" on it carve the half pipe out of the ice. A very famous company that makes such "half pipe shredders" is Snow Turbo

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Some groomers are also equipped with a special cable called winch. The winch enables to groom slopes up to 50% steep ! The cable is fixed on points of mooring dispersed over the whole resort.

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