Norton, VT – Last winter was depressing for snow lovers. It seemed like every time we got a few inches, it melted away faster than it fell. As you might imagine this is maddening for skiers, hikers, ice climbers and especially the Northeast Kingdom Snowblasters. They’re a snowmobile club in northeast Vermont. Their trail coordinator is David Diminico, he says ” We can’t groom a snowmobile trail until we have 18-20″ of snow”.
Starting December 15, snow permitting, Diminico will live in his groomer.
“It takes us 12 hours to groom over 63 miles of trails. I do it full time and I have 2 other groomers that do it part time.”, Diminico adds while wearing shorts and a t-shirt. It was almost 70° the day we caught up with him. Before the snow falls and Diminico puts on winter gear, there’s a lot of other ground work to be done.
Dale Gilman, president of the Northeast Kingdom Snowblasters, explains, “We basically clear all the brush and trees that have fallen from all our trails.”
Diminico took us on an impromptu bridge inspection, “We actually found that some of these bridges, you can see right over here, this is going to need some gravel.”The club is based in the town of Norton, Vermont, right on the Canadian border. The town allows them to use their barn to house the groomer and other supplies. The back wall of the barn is stacked high from floor to ceiling with signage.