Saturday, December 18, 2010

Nordic Trails Open

One of the questions we often get is “what do you do in winter?”  The turfcare crew and I, have many responsibilities throughout the winter (sounds like another topic for a future post).  One of the unique tasks at Greywolf is the maintenance of our Nordic Trails.   Yesterday we opened the Greywolf Nordic Centre for winter of 2010/2011.  For the turfcare crew this means we set and prepped  22 km of trails off the golf course and approximately five kilometres on the golf course.  All trails were opened for classic and skate skiing.  Grooming is scheduled for Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays unless it snows.

The preparation involves getting the Nordic maintenance equipment ready for grooming.   These pieces include our BR-400 Snow Cat, our John Deere XUV with tracks and our snowmobile.  There are many hours spent track packing the snow.  This is essentially driving over the snow to remove air and compact it to form a base.  We remove all the fallen trees and set up the signage and trail maps.  I will try to get more pictures of what is involved for future posts.  There have been plenty of last minute preparations and I hope everyone enjoys the winter season.

Warming Up Snow Cat

Setting Track on No Name Loop

Lots of Powder on Toby Barbour Trail 

Gator XUV used for on Course Trails

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