19 Jan '16, 7pm

Snow Grooming: Making Perfect Corduroy

Snow Grooming: Making Perfect Corduroy

Of all the jobs at a ski area, grooming the slopes at night might be the best one. You get to sculpt the slopes into perfect strips of corduroy at night, then rip them up the next morning. Snow-cat drivers know when the slopes are at their prime. When Bruce Engdahl, Crystal’s lead winch cat driver, is in line at the Gondola in the morning, you know it’s going to be a good day on the slopes. Corduroy to Heaven Henry Schink, Crystal’s Grooming Supervisor, says that “every night is a chance to make (the slopes) better.” Some nights are more challenging than others, however. On stormy nights, when the snowflakes hit his spotlight like that scene from Star Wars, just getting around the mountain becomes tricky. Those nights, Henry says, “you have to use the force.” You develop a close relationship to the trees, following them like handrails until you find a familiar landmark. In...

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