After selling off their oldest snowcat, selling some scrap metal, and securing a grant from the Collins-McDonald Trust Fund, Warner Mountain Ski Area was able to purchase a newer cat recently.
The Fremont Highlanders, who work to keep the ski area clear and usable, were given $10,000 from the Collins-McDonald Trust, and got about $3200 from the sale of the old snowcat.
The new model is a 1994 Bombardier BR 400 from a cross-country ski area in Bear Valley, Calif.
“It has a 12-way blade and a flex tiller to move with the terrain,” said Highlanders Pres. Barry Shullanberger. He was also glad to have a tractor with a brush beater donated to the ski area by Rick and Loretta O’Connor.
“The ski hill has had a lot of brush growing on it that we weren’t able to take on in the past,” said Shullanberger. “The tractor will be a really nice thing.”
Rick has been a ski-patrol member for 20 years, according to Shullanberger, and has been very supportive of the ski area.
The Highlanders also hired a work crew from the Warner Creek Corrections Facility to cut brush where the tractor couldn’t go. “Hopefully the runs this year will show only snow instead of brush,” said Shullanberger.