Groomer Brian Abear reports on winter of 2007/08

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Groomer Brian Abear reports on winter of 2007/08

In the winter of 2007-08 we had 505 cm of snow fall in Revelstoke – the most snow in more than a dozen years. Yet the length of our season was only slightly longer than average at 125 days. Grooming started December 3, 2007, due to lack of snow in November. At season’s end we had logged 204 hours on the groomer and had groomed the trails 48 times. By comparison the 2006-07 season was our longest on record with 155 skiing days and a record grooming of 56 sessions.

There were only a few breakdowns this season. An oil pressure sender malfunctioned in December and a steering potentiometer failed in February. The potentiometer was replaced at no charge by Prinoth. There were two breakdowns as a result of broken welds on the lift frame and track setters. These were both repaired locally. The club has purchased a diagnostic tool that enables us to read the error codes logged by the onboard computer. While this will not fix a particular problem it will tell us exactly what the fault is and enable us to check the appropriate wiring harness or order the correct parts. At season’s end there were no faults recorded.

The new double walled fuel storage tank was a huge improvement. The tank came with an automatic shutoff nozzle. This enabled the drivers to clean and inspect the groomer while the tank was filling without having to stand over the pump. The pump is powered by a connection to the groomer. The 2200 litre storage tank was filled three times during the winter. There is approximately 1100 litres remaining to start next season. Summer maintenance will include oil and fuel filter changes, torque and brake hub oil changes, complete lubrication and inspection. There is an exhaust leak in the elbow leading to the muffler. This pipe will need to be cut out and replaced. There are also some comb elements on the trailing edge of the tiller that need to be replaced.

The following chart provides an annual comparison of season length at Mount Macpherson and snowfall measured in centimetres at Revelstoke.

Year First & Last Track Setting # of Ski Days Snowfall (cm)
2007/08 Dec 3 – April 6 125 505
2006/07 Nov 4 – April 8 155 465
2005/06 Jan 10 – April 1 81 224
2004/05 Nov 25 – Mar 5 100 221
2003/04 Nov 20 – April 3 135 409
2002/03 Dec 28 – Mar 29 91 198
2001/02 Nov 30 – April 9 130 377
2000/01 Nov 26 – April 1 126 299
1999/00 Dec 7 – April 9 124 330
1998/99 Dec 11 – April 4 114 417
1997/98 Dec 20 – Mar 20 90 231
1996/97 Nov 16 – Mar 30 134 584
1995/96 Nov 12 – Mar 31 140 349
1994/95 Nov 20 – Mar 25 125 263
1993/94 Nov 27 – Mar 19 112 291
1992/93 Nov 28 – Mar 19 123 374
1991/92 Nov 29 – Mar 14 106 344
Average: 118 346

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