I'm a groomed-mountain-lovin' girl. Don't get me wrong, I love a good powder day from time to time. It's awesome to be neck deep in fresh stuff every once in a while. But when push comes to shove, I'd rather be carving up fresh corduroy than swimming through freshies.
It's like opening a fresh jar of peanut butter and being the first one to wreck that smooth surface - it's just so satisfying to cut through those perfect lines. There's nothing better than being the first to carve through the cord, then to ride back up and see your own curved turn tracks through those obsessively straight lines.
But when I rode along with a groomer as he made those perfect lines, I suddenly felt different about the conditions I loved so much.
I hopped aboard the big groomer rig and met my driver, Tyler, who was very excited to show me the ropes - and have someone to talk to while he did his job! We drove from Hemlock all the way through Meadows and to the base of Superbowl. Then, Tyler dropped the tiller and started upward. We tracked up through carve marks from the day, some of which I knew were my own. I looked behind us and saw that we were turning those carve marks into immaculate corduroy.
The next run up, Tyler shined a spotlight on the edge of our freshly-made cord so that he could guide the tiller and leave no gap behind. It was beautiful. I felt a weird satisfaction with all that perfection. The whole mountain face was covered in that unadulterated, obsessively lined surface. Tyler asked me if I wanted to step out for a picture, and I found myself hesitating - afraid to leave even my two small boot marks in his masterpiece.
Eventually, we had finished laying corduroy all over Superbowl. Tyler still had many hours of work ahead of him, but my ride had ended. The next morning, I skied the same cord that Tyler had laid down. I felt a little hesitation before starting down the mountain, but that hesitation was soon replaced with deeper appreciation for the groomed terrain I loved most.
P.S. You can go on a groomer ride too! See for yourself what it's like to lay down corduroy and maybe you'll gain a new appreciation for perfect groomers just like I did!◂ Return to News & Updates