Vlogger Michael Downie take us behind the scenes with groomer extraordinaire Blair Craig to see how Fernie Alpine Resort uses a winch cat to groom their slopes.
Michael commented, “People like Blair are the unsung heroes of the mountain, and so I made this video to ensure they get the credit they deserve, as well as to give you some insight as to how it is done with these awesome machines!”
Grooming steep slopes requires the use of a winch to help pull the cat (groomer) up the mountainside, and so it doesn’t slide down the mountain while trying to groom the terrain. In this video, Michael goes for a ride along with Blair who has been grooming at Fernie Alpine Resort for the last 30 years!
We’ve been appreciating the great grooming for the past week. Next week we’ll be enjoying Blair’s epic “powder on groomed” and we’ll know to ask about which run is the days “liftee special”!