Mt. Hood Meadows has purchased two new Pisten Bully snowcats to enhance its state-of-the-art grooming fleet, one of the most advanced in the Northwest. The Pisten Bully 400s are scheduled to arrive next week and will be used for both general all mountain grooming as well as specialized terrain feature construction and maintenance of Meadows Parks.
Last year Meadows also received two new Pisten Bullys, one specially equipped with a winch cat for grooming steeper terrain and building special features. Growing the grooming fleet is made possible partly because of the new vehicle maintenance facility opened last year. The new shop provides more space increasing the capability to maintain a larger fleet of these advanced machines.
The machines allow the grooming team to apply the best possible surface condition regardless of the amount of snow. In an average overnight shift, the grooming team covers a significant amount of acreage, on routes focusing on beginner and intermediate trails, as well as grooming steeper slopes using the winch cat.
This video was shot last season with the arrival of two Pisten Bully 400s. Vehicle Shop Manager Jeremy Evans and Mountain Operations Director Tom Scully explain why these Pisten Bullys are ideal for Meadows, and how they are put to good use.
Meadows is also increasing the number of specially equipped Pisten Bullys feature building and maintenance of Meadows Parks. With up to seven different terrain parks of varying skill levels including the 500 foot long Superpipe, these Park Pros provide the versatility and power required to take Meadows Parks to the next level. Meadows Parks were voted seventh in North America by Newschoolers, a freestyle skiing community.
Director of Mountain Operations Tom Scully credits these high national rankings in part to the capabilities of the Pisten Bullys and increased fleet, saying, “We are broadening our terrain feature offerings for all levels of skiers and snowboarders. Last season we maintained nearly 150 terrain features at the height of the season, providing our guests with variety and a high quality riding experience. This wouldn’t be possible without this advanced grooming technology, in the hands of our talented grooming team, working closely with our dedicated parks crew.”
The new grooming technology will be used to enhance even the beginner experience this year at Meadows. The machines will be used to create subtly terrain features such as banked turns and berms to assist first timers in making their initial turns, creating a fun experience and creating a faster track to improvement.