After the lifts stop spinning, the grooming crews go to work. While you’re resting and dreaming about your epic day on the hill and what you want explore the next day, snowcat operators are hard at work making sure you wake up to fresh corduroy, safe trail mergers, fun terrain park features, and ample snow coverage. Unfortunately, snowcats are inherently very impactful on the environment, which is why Mt. Ashland uses the most environmentally friendly and EPA approved hydraulic fluid (Ecoterra) in their snowcats. In case of a spill, crews shovel the affected snow immediately, put it in a bag, and bring it down to the shop where the snow melts over a grate into an oil-water separator where the hydraulic fluid and other motor oils can be safely removed at the end of the season. Furthermore, management will be assessing the viability of using biodiesel in their fleets over the next year since there is a local supplier in the Rogue Valley.