On Snowmass Mountain a staff of 28 groom an average of 30 trails a night with nine snow cats, plus two additional snowcats and a winch cat for terrain-park work. According to Operator Mark Gressett, one of the biggest challenges for the grooming crews can be early season snow conditions with little snow. However, Mother Nature was generous this year before the ski areas opened, so crews have had ample snow to work with.
“After 42 years of grooming, I still love my job,” said Gressett. “It’s gratifying to put the mountain together and make it all happen. I look behind and can see the results of my work.”