EcoGroomer Goes Into Production

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Publish Date

12/02/2011

SAM Magazine-Denver, Dec. 2, 2011-Colorado-based Eco-Groomer is initiating production of its first 60 energy-efficient snow processing units. These units add two additional "outrigger" tillers to a standard snowcat and increase the coverage area by 200 percent. The units are said to increase the fuel efficiency of grooming operations by 35 percent or more.

A U.S.-based construction and agricultural equipment manufacturer and a defense industry sub-contractor, as well as a Canadian firm, are supplying major components of the machines. Fabrication will be done at a facility in the Upper Midwest, and will employ 20 to 30.

According to the company, Rocky Mountain resorts will be the first to receive the new machines, followed by others in California and the Pacific Northwest, where the Eco-Groomer's extra-wide path can be put to maximum use.

Initially capitalized by founder Daniel Osborne and a small group of investors, EcoGroomer aims to tap the capital markets and secure the financing required to execute its long-term goal, which is to serve resorts across North America and, eventually, Europe.

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Partylight

Is this the original VT partylight with a post below?

operator

Do a little research into this thing...good in concept for sure. Mainly on a flat field someplace where tractors have employed this type of things for ages in plowing soil. The current manufacturers would already be at this point if it were something that actually would climb a moderate slope and leave the type of product guests are willing to pay current prices to ski on. I wish them luck. Expansion of ideas for improving the basic "cost per acre" of slope grooming is obviously a good thing. Its good to see potential jobs created in the USA for a US built machine and I applaud the initiative to do such a thing. I hope for the sake of those at the company only one or two are produced and widely demonstrated before getting the cart to far in front of the horse. We could beat this subject to death all winter.

operator

Do a little research into this thing...good in concept for sure. Mainly on a flat field someplace where tractors have employed this type of things for ages in plowing soil. The current manufacturers would already be at this point if it were something that actually would climb a moderate slope and leave the type of product guests are willing to pay current prices to ski on. I wish them luck. Expansion of ideas for improving the basic "cost per acre" of slope grooming is obviously a good thing. Its good to see potential jobs created in the USA for a US built machine and I applaud the initiative to do such a thing. I hope for the sake of those at the company only one or two are produced and widely demonstrated before getting the cart to far in front of the horse. We could beat this subject to death all winter.

Mtn Ops

Has anyone seen a prototype of this thing?

Dozer

Really Dozer? Wow, bold statement!

What?

Wow, I mean, "really?"

Who needs a blade anyway?

Guess they should work great out west. Its not like anyone out there really uses their blade.

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