Brandon Smith started cross country trail grooming for Bushong Property Services in the winter of 2015/2016. His main responsibility as Head Trail Groomer is to provide Nordic enthusiasts with enjoyable, safe, and timely groomed trails. Brandon’s career and interest in grooming was first peaked when he was a young boy riding around in a snow cat with his father at his family’s ski resort in Rockford, Michigan. When he was seventeen, he started grooming both alpine and nordic trails for the resort and after graduating from college in 1999, he and his now wife Rachel, headed west where he gained more experience as a snow cat operator for Snow Basin and Canyon’s Resort in Utah. In 2011, Brandon and Rachel moved to Jackson and he began grooming for both Jackson Hole Mountain Resort and Snow King Mountain.
Brandon’s experience with various terrain, snow and weather conditions, snow cats, and other grooming operators has contributed greatly to his grooming knowledge and skill set. He says some days can be a challenge if the weather and snow conditions aren’t ideal but he does his best every day to produce excellent trails. How does Brandon define an excellent trail? A trail that provides skiers with a worry-free, smooth, fast track that allows them to focus only on their skiing and the scenery and not have to worry about the condition of the trail.
His favorite part of the job? “ Hero Grooming on a sunny, blue bird day with 20 degree temps and there’s 100% visibility.”
What's Hero Grooming? "When there is two to three inches of fresh snow on top of hard snow and the grooming is comparable to spreading warm butter on toast; it’s very rewarding and guarantees a great track."
What's Brandon up to when he’s not grooming? He’s performing quality control for Evans Construction and when he’s not hard at work, you may catch him spending time with his wife and son, Henry, or doing a number of recreational activities in the area, including ice fishing in the winter and fly-fishing in the summer.
One of his favorite quotes is an old family quote that comes from his parents, “Anything worth doing takes longer than you think.” And his favorite food is any type of grilled steak: beef, elk; it doesn’t matter as long as its steak. We should put him to the test and see if he’ll eat a grilled Chiseler steak.