Originally Posted by GarryZ
Beautiful work indeed. Very clean and a nice show of skillful grooming. The pictures do you justice for your efforts for sure.
One question,do you set the depth of the ridges or do you get what you get depending on the snow and temperature ?
Grooming is as much art as science, and there are lots and lots of adjustments that an operator can make (blading method and depth, tiller depth of cut, tiller shaft speed, up/down pressure, articulation, fore/reverse till, snow chamber open/close, etc.) to adjust the finish product. However, the actual depth of the corduroy pattern itself is totally dependent on the snow. But in reality, it's really not the corduroy that matters. It's what's under that pattern. A good operator will be constantly working the snow with his blade, moving it across the trail, up the trail, and just generally turning it over and introducing air into the snow product. Any old shmoe could hop in a cat, drop the tiller, and leave corduroy behind. A good operator, however, will make a product that not only looks and skis good at 8:00, but that still skis great at 4:00 in the afternoon. I'm still a rookie (only 2 years in a cat now), and still learning the ropes... but I'm a fast learner, and absolutely passionate about what I do. I learned a lot of theory and tricks at school, and have learned to apply them on the hill. Still lots to learn, though. I'll be a good groomer in about 10 years.