Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Snow cat!

At most ski areas, lower runs are groomed by giant snow cats to smooth the surface and distribute the snow evenly.  This usually happens at night, so all one can really see are the lights.  In SoCal, the need for machine snow (because natural snow is unpredictable and uneven) means that the snowcats groom all the runs, even the steep double-diamond ones, anchored from above as the hills are too steep to drive on.  A couple of days ago, I had the rare treat of seeing the snow cats working on a lower hill.  I took a picture or three, of course!  This is a good one, up close and personal.

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