meet your groomers
We have a number of returning dedicated groomer operators out there grooming great trails for us.  Let's meet them and when you see them on the trail, wave and give them a thumbs up.
Lake Easton State Park
John "Boone" Badda

 

Boone operates a Pistonbully 100 Nordic with a 10 foot tiller and duel track setter.

Boone is going on his 10th year of grooming and is now a full time equipment operator for Lake Easton State Park.

 

Previously, Boone worked as a lift mechanic/equipment operator, amongst other various jobs at the Summit at Snoqualmie through the years.

 

On his days off you will find him having fun with his two dogs and his custom Suzuki Samurai.

 

Lake Easton State Park
Josh White

 

Josh works for Iron Horse State Park as an equipment operator maintaining and improving the John Wayne Pioneer Trail on a full time basis.  He also supervises the grooming operation's while performing the maintenance and repairs that help keep the grooming and snow removal machines at work.

 

Josh can be found grooming the John Wayne on Wednesdays and during the holiday season.

 

On his days off you will most likely find him with his family in S. Cle Elum watching football or working on his old house.

Seattle Mountaineers, Meany Lodge
Dave Claar

 

Dave grooms the  the 420 Road --- the access to Meany Lodge.  The groomer he uses is a PB160D with a ten foot tiller with dual track setters attached.

 

Dave is a life member of the Mountaineers, a Meany committee member since 1976 and a 35 year retired public school educator working as a teacher and junior high counselor. 

 

Dave enjoys traveling with his wife Patti -- the ski school director at Meany Lodge and taking care of their house bunnies.

Seattle Mountaineers, Meany Lodge
Shawn Bertagnole

 

When Dave Claar is off on one of his wonderful trips, you most likely will see Shawn at the controls.  Shawn is an industrial designer and research engineer by day and a member of the operations committee at the Meany Lodge during his free time, where he is also a snow cat driver and mechanic.

 

When he is not busy at Meany or work, you might find him cycling in the foothills or hunting the NW for mushrooms.

Salmon La Sac
Pete Larned

​Did you remember that Salmon La Sac has a great groomed trail system? This area is groomed by the USFS Cle Elum Ranger District using a brand new for 2016 / 2017 season a Skandic Superwide Track snowmobile towing a nice piece of equipment called a 60" ginzugroomer.  New this season is a brand new snowmobile and tiller!  Also, after heavy snows, there is funding to get a big machine in to pack it out.

Michale Johnston
occasional groomer

Michael, a Cle Elum resident is into winter recreation in a big way. Activities are dog sledding, cross country skiing, snowmobiling, snowmobile grooming, snowcat grooming, and snowcat transportation.

 

Michael purchased the 1997 LMC1800, with 8 foot tiller and 12 way blade, in January 2012 but did not start grooming until December 2012. He grooms trails on private property near Cle Elum, is a backup machine for the sled dog trail system, on call grooming of the Salmon La Sac ski system and transports personnel to radio transmission sites. The cat was formerly part of the State Park snowcat fleet.

LandTec is the contracted groomer for Cabin Creek and Erling Stordahl.  He has a number of groomer operators and all are highly trained.

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Please direct Sno-Park program questions and issues to winter@parks.wa.gov. 

 

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