Leaders in Lightweight Snow Grooming
Tidd Tech was started in the early 1990’s by John Tidd when he was the owner of Mountain Meadows ski area in Vermont. John wanted to be able to pull a groomer behind a snowmobile and couldn’t find anything on the market and so the Trail Tenderizer was created and Tidd Tech became one of the first companies in the lightweight grooming category.
Today, Tidd Tech ships snow grooming equipment all over the world to skiing enthusiasts, community clubs & organizations, and skiing-centered recreational business owners.
Realizing that not everyone is fortunate to have this volume of snow and that snow conditions can vary dramatically around the world, we’ve enlisted a number of Tidd Tech enthusiasts to provide us with feedback and testing on all of our equipment in pretty much every kind of snow conditions imaginable. This willingness to hear and learn from others has made us pretty darn knowledgeable about snow and how to work with it.
By passion, we are avid skiers at heart. As such, like you, we want to spend as much of our time as possible skiing. With this goal in mind, we have designed our implements to be as effective and efficient as possible so that you can groom great trails and then get out there and enjoy them!
Tidd Tech Products
The G2 4′ Snow Groomer$4,857.00
Like its predecessor, the Trail Tenderizer, the G2 sets the standard for ski trail grooming with a snowmobile. It is the most innovative renovator/compactor/tracksetter combo on the market. The well thought out design of the G2 allows it to be utilized in a broader range of snow conditions than any other implement we know of. Its five stage snow working system creates better snow molecule adhesion leading to a firmer, more stable and smooth skiing surface. Unlike other implements on the market, the G2 doesn’t plow snow but rather keeps it where you want it, on your trail! The hardened steel teeth really make the G2 stand out in hard pack and icy conditions. The unit is equipped with electric actuators for raising and lowering both the toothbar and tracksetter on the fly. For the fussiest groomers out there, the G2 serves as an incredible base platform to which we continue to add accessory items to meet the specific needs of the most challenging grooming scenarios. We believe that the G2 will outperform any other cross country ski trail grooming implement in its class. Remember, it is easy to groom a good ski trail when conditions are perfect, but Tidd Tech designs and builds implements for real world conditions: low snow, old snow, deep snow, ice, imperfect subsurface, regardless of what you have to work with, the G2 will help you achieve the finest finished product possible. The G2 4′ Snow Groomer is a 4′ unit that renovates approximately 44″ and combs 72″. Also available in 6' and 7' versions. Click to view all G2 products.
The 4′ Trail Tenderizer$2,463.00
One of the first commercially available lightweight groomers on the market, the Trail Tenderizer was our original groomer that is still available today. Since its introduction over 20 years ago, almost every commercial Nordic ski area in North America has owned one of these units at one time or another which has helped make Tidd Tech the well-known name it is today. Little has changed with the Trail Tenderizer over the years. We figure, if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. The Tenderizer has proven itself to be a hard-working and durable entry level groomer. We are still helping customers service units that were manufactured in the early 90’s! The Trail Tenderizer is available in four and six foot models. They pack new snow, granulate old, hard snow up to 2" deep and set precise tracks (with the optional TrackSetter) or beautifully combed skate lanes. The Tenderizer features a manual crank for raising and lowering the tooth bar and the optional TrackSetter comes with a lift lever kit for raising and lowering without disturbing newly groomed corduroy. The Trail Tenderizer is an easy to operate implement that is great for entry level or budget conscious grooming. The Trail Tenderizer is a multi-purpose implement that has the ability to groom cross-country trails for both skating and classical skiing in a variety of conditions. The angle of the compaction bed, made of extremely durable UHMW plastic, may be adjusted to suit snow conditions from deep powder to frozen hardpack. As the edge of the compaction bed is adjusted downward, a double row of knife edge teeth come in contact with the snow, enabling the machine to renovate tough hardpack or icy conditions. These teeth also act to grade or level a trail by removing high points and depositing snow in low areas. The bed tilt adjustment is accomplished with a hand crank or optional electric actuator that enables adjustment on the fly from the seat of the snowmobile. The trailing edge of the compaction bed has a flexible urethane comb that leaves a perfect finish to your trail. The front edge of the compactor sports a urethane flap that helps compact deep powder as well as protects the implement from impact. Metal surfaces on the machine are finished in a tough bright red powder coat. The Trail Tenderizer comes stock with a loop style hitch. The hitch slides into the Trail Tenderizer tongue and is protected with a shear pin so that if you come into contact with a tree or other obstacle, you break only the pin and other damage to your more expensive groomer is hopefully minimized. Other hitch types are available upon request to accommodate just about any sort of tow vehicle.
Narrow Gauge Groomer$1,242.00
Fat Bikes. Classic track. Snowshoeing. Walking trails. Looking to groom skinny single track? Tidd Tech’s Narrow Gauge Bike Groomer is the tool you want. With a 24" frame width, it can work it’s way through most single track style trails. It comes equipped with a spring loaded scarifier bar that will allow you to freshen up old snow or mix in new snow. It’s back end lays down corduroy to give your trail a nice finished look. The optional side flaps can help you comb out an additional 12" of width on each side when pinned in the flat position. They can also be pinned at 45 degrees to create an angled transition from your groomed surface to the ungroomed snow beyond. For Fat Biking, this results in a semi-solid berm to enhance your flow trails.
The 6′ Snow Roller$1,529.00
The Tidd Tech Snow Roller is an extremely tough implement designed to compliment our Trail Tenderizer or other finish grooming tools. Whether you are interested in packing early season snow, handling the “big dumps” or just trying to conserve every inch of your precious snow base, this is the roller for you. Constructed from very stiff and durable HDPE double wall culvert material, the drum will roll over rocks and stumps without damage and shed sticky snow. The drawbar is built just like our proven Trail Tenderizers, with a shear pin hitch to protect both the equipment and operator. And to top it all off, we have added an innovative basket system that will hold two 30 gallon plastic trash cans on the drawbar – great for hauling snow to the bare spots, shovels, trail or race signs, and even skis and poles.
What will a roller do for you? We believe that a roller is a useful tool when used in conjunction with a grading and leveling implement like the Trail Tenderizer. There are three primary reasons to supplement your grooming with a roller:
- A roller can be used during the early season to pack the snow base before it is possible to use a finish tool like the Trail Tenderizer.
- A roller can be used to pre-pack deep snowfalls – a condition that would normally require multiple passes “pre-packing” with just the snowmobile before finish grooming.
- A roller will pack all the available snow into the snow base without displacing any to the side of the trail.
- A deep ribbed roller like ours will leave a pattern that catches blowing and drifting snow during and after a storm. It is possible to actually gain base beyond what has fallen from the sky by continually rolling during periods of blowing and drifting snow.
The Track Renovator simplifies resetting classic track in any snow conditions. The unit attaches to the G2 tooth bar in front of the TrackSetter and has teeth which extend 1-1/2” below the teeth on the G2. This allows you to rip deeper only in the area of your classic track which greatly reduces the drag exerted on your sled. Thus, track resetting which used to take up to 4 passes to accomplish can now be done in 1 to 2 passes in most conditions.
Electric Actuator Kit (for TT)$527.00
Our Electric Actuator replaces the hand crank on the Trail Tenderizer and enables an operator to make toothbar adjustments “on the fly”. This is especially useful when using the six foot Trail Tenderizer in hilly terrain because it prevents bogging down the snowmobile on a hill. It also greatly increases the operators ability to react to changes in snow conditions such as transitions from sun to shade. Kit includes: Electric actuator, clamp, wire and switch.
Original Simmons Flexi-Ski$419.00
If you are having trouble turning your long/wide tack snow machine while pulling a load, you need a pair of these. The Simmons Flexi-Ski was originally designed as an after-market performance ski for high-speed snowmobile touring. BUT, we found that they greatly improve turning at grooming speeds while pulling a load. Unlike the stock skis you have on your snowmobile with one wearbar in the middle, the patented Simmons Flexi-Ski has a wearbar on each side of the ski. The ski is concave between the wearbars giving you better control and flotation. This concavity on the front and middle portion of the ski also causes the ski to climb up on top of the snow faster than conventionally designed skis thus allowing your snowmobile to plane quicker and more easily in loose snow. Our version of the Flexi-Ski comes standard with 4″ of carbide for improved performance in icy conditions. Models without carbides are also available and are recommended for grooming environments where the ground surface beneath the snow must be undamaged, ie.: golf courses, asphalt, etc.. The Original Simmons Flexi-Skis are 6″ wide and work great in any type of snow. For those with consistently deep snow, the Flexi-Ski Gen3 offers an 8″ width for greater flotation. Gen3 cost is $435. Call for more information.