The weather here is driving me nuts, but it's getting better for snow. Winter is off to a slow start this year, about 2 weeks behind normal. We recieved about 12" of snow last Thursday and Friday at the hill, another foot and I'll be working. We can get that pretty easy here on the west coast. Driving me nuts though, I'm ready to roll my winter ride. Here was the view as of today late in the afternoon. Just another foot, that's all we need. I found a couple videos on youtube for those who haven't seen a snowcat in action. I've run quite a bit of iron, just about everything except for scrapers, and these will be more fun without a doubt. The first video I'll throw up is more or less to show the dimensions and how they run around. Plus, the audio is good and they sound awesome. I know the new BR350's are running Cat C9's putting out 345 crank horse at 1,800 RPM's. The red one coming through the shop area is a Bombardier/Prinoth BR350. I believe the BR350's were running Mercedes diesels up until last year I think it was, so the one in the video probably has the Mercedes power going from what it sounds like. We have 5 of those bad boys where I'll be working and that's probably what I'll end up running. We have a couple older BR275's as well, and 2 brand new Prinoth Bisons that my boss and other supervisor will be running. Can't get over how awesome they sound. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ApYQf96cEfM Here's a video from Squaw Valley in a Pisten Bully. Pretty decent video, hats off to this guy. Give it a second when it starts up, for some reason it's about grooming but he put footage of the wire rope for the gondola rolling through the sheaves. I'm going to guess this was early season track packing, could be wrong, but the description said they're working 4-6 feet of fresh snow. Tough to get 4-6 feet of fresh overnight. Once the season starts, grooming crews run every night. My crew runs 7 cats every night, 10 hour shifts. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IKvfxx_GOPI Another decent video. This guy apparently works up at the other resort easily accessible from Seattle. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GfxyNU5vpwk The cab, almost like the space shuttle. Speed control is a dial on the left side of the joystick. Blades are 12 way, which is super nice. Directional control is via 2 levers on the left hand armrest, you can kinda see them in the picture. F-N-R's is what they call them, fairly simple system. These machines have a top speed of 12 MPH, will climb 100% slope and traverse 75%. When things get real gnarly, we have a BR350 with a winch.