2010-01-23 / Outdoors

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Snowmobilers in the region have enjoyed smoother sailing as a result of trail-grooming conducted by local clubs as well as the Pa. Bureau of Forestry. District Forester Jeanne Wambaugh from the Emporium office said the bureau uses groomers such as the model shown here to build a dense trail base at the beginning of the season and re-establish the base and the trail after heavy snowfalls. Grooming also smooths out moguls which develop with repeated use. The groomer uses the front blade to remove the mound and the sled compacts the snow once again. The sled cuts the snow with the blades, mixes it, removes the air spaces and compacts it with the spreader pan. Average speed of the groomer is between five and 10 miles per hour. Snowmobilers in the region have enjoyed smoother sailing as a result of trail-grooming conducted by local clubs as well as the Pa. Bureau of Forestry. District Forester Jeanne Wambaugh from the Emporium office said the bureau uses groomers such as the model shown here to build a dense trail base at the beginning of the season and re-establish the base and the trail after heavy snowfalls. Grooming also smooths out moguls which develop with repeated use. The groomer uses the front blade to remove the mound and the sled compacts the snow once again. The sled cuts the snow with the blades, mixes it, removes the air spaces and compacts it with the spreader pan. Average speed of the groomer is between five and 10 miles per hour.

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