The Caribou Hills Cabin Hoppers on the Kenai Peninsula celebrates its newest member of the grooming fleet, a new 2015 PistenBully 400 Trail. The PB400 was purchased in October 2015, with the help of a Recreational Trails Program (RTP) grant. This program is funded by the Department of Transportation’s Federal Highway Administration. In 2015, Alaska RTP funded 31 projects totaling almost $1.15 million.
The club received the maximum grant amount of $100,000. Special thanks to Rick Northey for his work in researching both PistenBully and Tucker SnoCat groomers, and Jaye Northey for all the effort that was required to complete the grant application. A lot of hard work and years of savings culminated in the purchase of this beautiful machine. Also, thanks must be given to Colin Hales and the staff at Kassbohrer who were very helpful during the decision making process and after. Colin and a couple of their technicians accompanied the new groomer to the Caribou Hills and spent a couple of days training our grooming operators.
The CHCH grooming fleet has started grooming trails, weather dependent, of course. During a recent visit to the Hills, Rick was excited to get to groom with the PB400 and was pleased to report during a recent Board of Directors meeting that “the machine is perfect for our application and does absolutely everything we need it to do!”
The club would like to extend an invitation to all interested snow machiners to come down to the Caribou Hills (located outside of Ninilchik), ride the trails and check out our new machine.