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Snow Season: Almost here!

While it’s hard to believe that another summer is already coming to a close, it means that we’ll soon be seeing snow on the ground and snow season is just around the corner.

Earlier this year, I received an email from Jeff Hughes, the lead groomer at the Greater Bragg Creek Trails Association (GBCTA) in Bragg Creek, Alta. He told me that the trails systems in the area have been a big contributing factor in revitalizing Bragg Creek after the area experienced severe flooding a few years ago, and that the GBCTA had an interesting fleet of grooming equipment. Read the article that came from that conversation and learn more about the Japanese trucks that the GBCTA are so impressed by.

As we gear up for the 2017–18 season, we wanted to include a few articles that you may find helpful. The first discusses emergency preparedness when working in avalanche-prone areas.

You’ll also find an article about wearable technology in the form of clothing that uses specialized heating technology to keep you warm while you’re out in the snow.

Our good friends at Kässbohrer All Terrain Vehicles launched their PRO ACADEMY program at the National Ski Areas Association’s conference in Scottsdale, Ariz., and let us in on the details. PRO ACADEMY is open to all snow groomers in the U.S. and Canada.

The next issue of SnowOps will be coming your way in January; until then, I hope that all of our readers enjoy the beginning of winter and are able to find as much time as possible for the great outdoors. And in the meantime, stay connected to SnowOps by liking and following us on Facebook and Twitter!

Happy reading,


Jill Harris