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NWT communties are connected by countless numbers of trails, though few of them are dedicated ski trails. With a little work, some equipment and know-how, ski doo trails, walking trails, cutlines, riverbeds, fields and lakes can be turned into quality ski trails. And it’s well worth the effort. Groomed and tracked ski trails are easier to ski on, easier to learn on, better to race on and a whole lot faster than bush trails. Groomed trails turn skiing into skiing!
Within each section of this guide, you’ll find descriptions of these basic processes: the methods, the tools and some tips for each grooming procedure. This isn’t a recipe book, though, nor is it comprehensive. Ski trail grooming is part science, part art, part magic and a whole lot of experience. The more practice you get, the better you will understand how to groom in your neck of the woods. You’ll also probably encounter some unexpected challenges. Hopefully, the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ’s) at the end of this guide will prove helpful. If not, trail groomers are usually a helpful bunch. If you don’t know any ski trail groomers in your region, call the NWTRPA Trails Coordinator for a list of possible contacts.
Published September 2011
The Crew Leader Handbook is designed to provide information for Crew Leaders organizing and overseeing projects on the North Country National Scenic Trail. This Handbook is intended as a compliment to the in-person North Country Trail Association Crew Leader training program, which is available to all volunteers looking to expand their skills sets and gain new leadership skills.
The Frisco Highline Trail, a National Recreation Trail, is using a team of goats to tame vegetation around the trail.
A compilation of best practices and guidelines for the planning, design, construction, and management of your trail employing sustainable design.
Information on apps that can be used for trail management that would be suitable for volunteer-type organizations.