Grooming is one of the most important operations at any resort. Keep up to date on new technology and machines, best practices, and maintenance here, in the "Grooming Operations" Mountain Department. Find top grooming-related articles, key supplier insights, new job opportunities, and stratetgies to manage your staff all in one place.
2022 Groomer Report
Written by Peter OliverRecent updates and improvements have made grooming machines more powerful and comfortable, and software tools continue to be refined for efficient operations.March 2022
Caring for Your Snowcats
Written by Elia HamiltonMarch 2022
2021 Terrain Park Contest
Written by The EditorsSAM's showcase of freestyle fabrication is back for its 16th year, with resort submitted entries in three categories, including a new one: "Park edits."November 2021
Build a Great Grooming Team
Written by Jeremy CooperHere's what it takes to find the right people, develop their skills, and turn them into a smoothly functioning unit.July 2021
2021 Groomer Report
Written by Peter OliverPowerful machines are getting more efficient, while technology continues to elevate slope management, fleet management, and training programs.March 2021
Since 2003, Cutter’s Camp has fostered an open dialogue between terrain park managers, staff, industry experts, and suppliers from around the world. The week-long spring program for terrain park professionals features on-hill and classroom workshops, with a continued focus on the business of terrain parks, risk management, design/build, and much more. Plus, participants receive on-hill, one-on-one coaching and demos of the latest machines and snow management systems from PistenBully and Prinoth. Camp is a five-day, all-inclusive program and includes four nights of lodging, meals, classroom sessions, on-hill workshops, on-hill building and coaching, airport transfers to and from PDX airport, networking activities, grooming demos, and a welcome bag. Learn more at saminfo.com/cutters-camp.
Check out the 2022 Cutter's Camp Fireside Chat hosted and record by The Blade Dive.
Struggling with staffing, motivating your team, or maintaining a positive outlook? Listen to our "Moving Mountain Operations Forward" Huddle on PodSAM, where we discuss burn-out, staffing and so much more. Paul Thallner of High Peaks Group also chimes in with tips to help keep managers and their staff focused, happy, and productive. Peruse all our Huddle podcasts at saminfo.com/podSAM.
- Look for jobs in grooming operations and maintenance at resorts across North America. saminfo.com/groomerjobs.