I have a grooming wing that is affixed semi-rigidly to the snowmobile.
By leaning and tilting the snowmobile when grooming powder, I can
super-elevate my turns, pretty cool. I designed and built a drag that
had dual remote controls, one for the left side and one for the right
side of the drag balde. That way, the customer could adjust, on-the-fly,
the tilt of the blade. He wanted this capability for side-slopes and
banking turns. That was too cool (too cool for most budgets).
There is always the tough-guy method. After a foot of packed snow has
built-up on the trail, get out there with a shovel, and hand-shape that
turn with super-elevation. Cut snow from the high-inside and dump it on
the low-outside until it builds-up to desired shape. Typically, you only
have to do this once at the beginning of each season.
> I've been grooming a 5k loop in our trail system with my Skandic WT and
> a home-made drag. When we get a good dump(say 1 ft), I have to go around
> with the Skandic first to get a decently firm base. Because this trail
> is not that well graded and some turns are banked downhill I've been
> making the first pass on the uphill side, thinking that I'd work the
> snow downhill and level the track. Instead, what seems to happen is that
> the sled wants to tilt downhill on the next pass and I have a hard time
> keeping from divig into the powder. Question. Is it better to start on
> the downhill side, or in the center or?
> I do realize that one rides the sled like a horse-no sitting and just
> turning the bars!
> Thanks, Dan