Today is officially the last day of summer, although here in the mountains fall arrived weeks ago. There is fresh snow on the peaks, and splashes of gold on the aspens. This time of year, we’re scurrying around like squirrels getting ready for the start of our snow plowing season.
So what does a snow plowing contractor in Summit County do this time of year? Well, we’ve spent all summer following up with our customers and getting renewal contracts in place. But there are always some that get postponed to the last-minute – maybe the property is for sale, there has been some kind of family emergency, or our communications have gone astray in cyberspace or gotten lost in the mail.
We’re also spending hours with our crew, driving the routes, making note of any changes that have been made to landscaping or snow storage areas, and looking at areas where we had issues last season so that we can avoid repeat problems. Pre-season training of our snow plow operators is one of our most important activities before the first snow. Once things get covered up with that white blanket, it’s a lot harder to do.
We are very happy to have a stable core crew. This is JJ’s fourth season with us, so he is familiar with the properties, and he’s an ace at operating the Bobcat. Aaron joined us last year as an experienced loader operator. Growing up in Alaska, he learned from a young age how to move snow, and he has been an invaluable addition to our team. We will also be introducing some new crew members in the next few weeks.
The snow plows are coming out of storage, equipment buckets are getting traded for snow plow blades, and new snow tires are being installed. Long-range forecasts are indicating another season of above-average snowfall and below-average temperatures. You can be sure that when that first storm hits, we’ll be ready.
And in the meantime, this is also one of our favorite times of year. We are blessed to live in such a beautiful place, and we do take time to enjoy the fall colors. If you’re wondering where to go, check the Forest Service’s Fall Color Guide.
Let it snow!
Steve & Karen