Vasa Grooming FAQs
- How often do you groom? It depends on the amount of new snow, air and snow temperatures, amount of skier use, and the depth and quality of the base. We try to groom a minimum of four times a week when conditions permit; however, when we receive consistent new snow we will groom as often as necessary. More experienced skiers tend to like hard fast conditions, less experienced skiers prefer to have slower softer conditions, and classic skiers want firm hard tracks. The groomers try to provide the best possible compromise so that everyone using the trail has an enjoyable experience.
- What time of day do you groom? Usually in the early morning. Having grooming equipment on the trail at the same time as skiers leads to safety concerns. We also like the trail to have a chance to set up before the skiers begin using it.
- How long does it take for the trail to set up after grooming? Generally it takes from two to four hours but ultimately depends on weather and temperature conditions.
- Why don’t you set classic tracks during every groom? We need at least two to three inches of base before we can set classic tracks the conventional way. Sometimes we can use a special track setting roller to set tracks in thin conditions; however, these tracks do not have the depth and traditional look of tracks set normally. Once we have established an adequate base we reset the tracks as often as possible. In order to set good tracks the base must be ground up to the depth of the tracks. In conditions where we have not received new snow in awhile and the base has become hard packed it is difficult or impossible to grind deep enough. In this case we leave the existing tracks and renovate the skate lane.
- How long does it take to groom the Vasa Pathway? A normal groom will take at least five to six hours. Removing debris, repairing damage, and the need for additional initial passes to pack significant new snow may increase this time. It is not uncommon for groomers to spend 8-12 hours on the trail.
- What equipment do you use? Learn more about the equipment here. The groomers make the decision on what to use after they arrive at the trailhead and evaluate the existing trail conditions.
- Who maintains the grooming equipment? Whenever possible the groomers maintain and modify the equipment. Equipment dealers or specialized repair facilities handle serious repairs to the LMC or snowmobiles when necessary. Approximately one hour of equipment maintenance is required for every four hours spent grooming. This does not include the trail preparation work that is done in the summer and fall to prepare the trail for the winter season.
- What causes damage to groomed trails? Footprints – whether they are from dog paws, snowshoes or feet. Dog owners, snowshoers, and hikers should use the multi-use Meadows Loop or snowshoe trails. Skiing on the trails when they are wet, soft and/or during rain. Big groups of skiers making abrupt turns and stops without filling in holes. Skiers who make unnecessary and radical moves; e.g., hockey stops. Dog waste – please pick up after your pets.