Volunteer Trail Groomers
Cold nights and hard work make multi-use trails possible
These Volunteer Trail Groomers, “that have scarified blood, sweat and tears on countless cold nights to make the trails what they are today,” according to the Big Sky Community Organization (BSCO).
These four men have been volunteering to groom trails for three winters now, since the grooming program started. Each Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday they dedicate a couple of hours per day to the task.
BSCO grooms their multiuse trails on the Town Center side of MT 64 along with the Community Park and the Crail Ranch Trail on the other side. Typically, one volunteer does one side and when they are finished, another completes the remaining side. Each side gets groomed once per the four days listed.
“They have families and normal lives so we try to let them go when they can,” Jeff MacPherson, asset manager with BSCO, said, but they try to groom at night. MacPherson also grooms trails and transports the sled from one area to another, making sure the snowmobile is gassed up and working correctly.
MacPherson described it as a patchwork of people that come together to make grooming possible—from property managers and HOAs to plow companies, extra volunteers and Canyon Adventures, who helps fix the snowmobiles when needed.
Casey Folley, Todd Rossier, Brian Fredrick and Matt Jennings are the four core volunteers, MacPherson described.
“We definitely couldn’t do it without them,” he said.