Page 1 Page 2 Page 3 Page 4 Page 5 Page 6 Page 7 Page 8 Page 9 Page 10 Page 11 Page 12 Page 13 Page 14 Page 15 Page 16 Page 17 Page 18 Page 19 Page 20 Page 21 Page 22 Page 23 Page 24 Page 25 Page 26 Page 27 Page 28 Page 29 Page 30 Page 31 Page 32 Page 33 Page 34 Page 35 Page 36 Page 37 Page 38 Page 39 Page 40 Page 41 Page 42 Page 43 Page 44 Page 45 Page 46 Page 47 Page 48 Page 49 Page 50 Page 51 Page 52 Page 53 Page 54 Page 55 Page 56 Page 57 Page 58 Page 59 Page 60 Page 61 Page 62 Page 63 Page 64 Page 65 Page 66 Page 67 Page 68 Page 69 Page 70 Page 71 Page 72 Page 73 Page 74 Page 75 Page 76 Page 77 Page 78 Page 79 Page 8024 | Snowmobile VERMONT In & On The Groomer grooming offers visibility to repair trail disruptions. The Bully is stored at Maidstone Lake in the center of their trail system. As needed, it fits snugly in a nearby barn for maintenance. During the summer, it is sheltered under a pontoon boat shed roof. Grooming runs last between 6 and 8 hours for the CTVSR. Class I byways weave through the broad Guildhall forests and stretch north to Bloomfield and south to Lunenburg. Sweeping VELCO power lines yield great sight lines and a consistent base to process. Their latest trail addition, a stretch of Corridor 1 from EX 401 to EX 524, is often covered with fresh powder, stunning scenery and occasional moose that require a photo capture. For Bert, snow quality, ground temperature and pre- existing base dictate his approach towards grooming. A fresh-fallen wet snow, no more than 6 inches, is his preference to paint a memorable ride for others. Drag application cannot be too aggressive nor float too light. He advocates regular grooming along a backdrop of exceptional signage. Bert shares his solutions with others and actively recruits future operators. He looks for an individual who demonstrates responsibility, patience and dependability. An upcoming groomer must compile considerable hours as an observer with the motivation to digest literature and pertinent references. Amidst it all, Bert Desrochers still climbs into the PistenBully and heads out on an 8-hour grooming run. He still sees himself as an active snowmobiler, which compliments his perspective on grooming. His dedication and attention to detail are reflected in his current hobby of restoring vintage Arctic Cat snowmobiles. He fills a VAST club with amazing balance and confidence while he lays a groomed trail of VAST snowmobiling history. Adam Osgood Corinth Sno-Scramblers By Adam Osgood My father Paul Osgood and I have snowmobiled for as long as I can remember. School vacations in the winter were spent in Island Pond, where we would snowmobile as much as possible. Weekends and evenings in the winter, you would find me snowmobiling with friends and family too. When my wife and I started dating in 2001, I learned a little about the grooming portion of snowmobile trails from her grandfather, Greg Slack. At that time, he was ill with cancer and unable to groom as he had for many years with his good friend, Craig Trishman of South Corinth, Vt. Both Greg and Craig died within months of one another. In 2007, I decided to purchase the groomer from Greg’s wife, Maxine, to continue the family tradition. I had been thinking about it for some time and remember the day when I told my father that I was thinking about purchasing it. We were riding snowmobiles in Dover, N.H., When I told him my plans, he thought I was crazy. I think he thought that the time commitment would cut into our riding time and also, it can sometimes be a thankless job. With that in mind, I still went ahead with the purchase. For my wife, Jessica, the thought of me purchasing the groomer was something else. It belonged to her grandparents and their close friends, Craig and Mary Trischman, whom she was very close to. After her grandfather’s passing, her grandmother didn’t need to keep it around and wasn’t planning on grooming herself. I think for Jess it was the thought of keeping the memory of her grandfather alive. He loved grooming and would remember many nights being out in the groomer with him. She or her sister would go grooming to keep him awake at night! He was a farmer, so once chores and milking were done, off Greg or Craig would go into the groomer. I have to say that I am glad I purchased the groomer.