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County Grooming Agreement Reached

The Ski Striders and the Get It Groomed Committee have finalized a new Grooming Agreement with the Eau Claire County Parks and Forest Department for improved upkeep of Tower Ridge.

Read the agreement here [PDF]

“Get It Groomed!” is a $200,000 community campaign to secure a Snow Rabbit 3 groomer and launch a new program to keep ski trail conditions at Tower Ridge and other county parks in better shape for locals, visitors, events, and youth.

Less than ten miles from downtown Eau Claire, Tower Ridge shines as the crown jewel of cross-country skiing in our area.

However, anyone who skis there knows grooming has been a struggle in recent years. Aging and broken-down equipment, challenging weather that current gear can’t handle, and the County’s challenges with staffing and timing — not to mention budgeting — have had Tower Ridge not nearly living up to its potential for our community.

This means a loss for locals, a loss for tourism, and a loss of reputation for the largest ski trail network in West-Central Wisconsin.

To help change this, an experienced coalition has formed to collaborate with the County — doing the research, finding solutions, and taking on this problem. It’s been identified that new equipment is the top-priority, along with a plan to bring trained volunteers into the fold (alongside the County), to operate the groomer at the optimum times and temperatures for the best results.

The community has already invested hundreds of thousands of dollars into an incredible facility with 12+ miles of wooded and rolling terrain trails, a wonderful warming chalet, two skills parks, lighting, and snowshoe trails.

Let’s build upon this success with grooming equipment that can help keep the ski surface in top condition, making Tower Ridge the regional destination it deserves to be.


WEAU WQOW Volume One

Click through the site to learn more about the need, the plan, and the future of skiing in the Chippewa Valley.

* While the video seen here shows skiers at our beloved Tower Ridge, the grooming equipment footage mixed in is from the manufacturer of the Snow Rabbit 3, the unit we’re raising money to secure.