Seeking Volunteer Groomers for Silver Crest Trails

Silver Crest Trails Association needs additional volunteer groomers.  Typically, 2-3 volunteers groom the trails on Friday mornings, using our John Deer Gator UTV and a snowmobile with grooming implements.  We occasionally groom one additional day per week if there are enough volunteer groomers available and conditions warrant.  Expense for automobile fuel to travel to & from the trailhead is reimbursed , but the grooming itself is done on a volunteer basis.

We will be conducting a training session for use of the Gator UTV on Saturday, November 16 from 10am-noon at Jeremy’s house (319 5thAvenue North, Great Falls).  Please contact Jeremy if you are interested, have questions, and/or plan to attend (868-6617).  If you are interested but that day doesn’t work with your schedule, we can arrange another day and time for a training session. 

Grooming is a fun experience … with the additional bonus that you’ll get first tracks after you groom!

 

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2 Responses to Seeking Volunteer Groomers for Silver Crest Trails

  1. John Randall says:

    A critical component of this is communication between volunteers and the people who clear snow from the entrance road and the ski area parking lots. The crux might be: A volunteer, driving a regular passenger car, arrives at the turnoff, only to find that the entrance has not been plowed.
    What communication has been established to assure the volunteer the plowing has been done – or is a 4wd high clearance vehicle necessary for a volunteer?
    Looking forward to a detailed reply.
    Thank you.

    Best regards
    John Randall

    • Hello, John – thank you for your interest and your comments; sorry about the delay in a response. Plowing is done by the highway department, entirely on their schedule. There really is no way for us to know for certain when they plow our parking lot. Our volunteers generally travel in 4wd vehicles, such as a pickup truck or a passenger 4wd Subaru, and there have been no reports of problems thus far. We understand your concern about the snow & parking lot conditions, however. For anyone – a trail user or volunteer – the parking lot may be difficult to negotiate in a low clearance, non-4wd vehicle if the parking lot has not been plowed after significant snowfall.

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