so...you want to be a groomer?

Grooming can be one of the most satisfying activities in the club.  But it's more than just getting in the machine and pulling a drag through the woods. 

 

It's about knowing what's under the snow, which comes from working on the trails. 

 

It's about knowing snow, how it behaves, type of snow and base you are working. 

 

It's about knowing the weather...what's coming...and what has just passed. 

 

Then, it's about knowing the machine.

Which I can attest...grooming is more complicated than flying a small plane!

Beyond that, it's about late nights.  Grooming is rarely a day operation.

Not uncommon to leave 4-6pm and return 12am-3am

The process to become a groomer for Seven Lakes...

  • Start doing trail work to learn the trails.  Come to meetings, be involved.

  • Watch the NH Safety Awareness Training video on this page and take the quiz.

  • Submit your quiz to the club.  You can email it to our Grooming Chairperson HERE or email info@sevenlakessnowmobileclub.com

  • Wait to get your certificate back from the state.  The club will get it to you.

  • Once you are certified you can begin grooming on light equipment immediately.

  • Tucker training starts with a ride along with an Operator skilled at training.

  • You will learn about our trails, snow, grooming, and the machinery.

  • When you and the Operator are comfortable, you can try driving.

    • The Operator will help you by running some of the controls as you learn.

  • To become an Operator who can be scheduled for runs you will need to demonstrate that you can run the equipment in different conditions, demonstrate good grooming habits, understand how to care for the equipment, have experience recovering equipment (winching and detaching / re-attaching the drag)

  • Depending on snow conditions & ability, becoming an Operator can take a year or two.

  • Once you are an Operator you can take shifts with other Operators & train others!