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Watch: D’Hont & Son join Yellowknife’s guerrilla groomers


Yellowknifers are spoilt for choice on World Snow Day this Sunday. Local skiers have an ever-expanding range of trails thanks to the “guerrilla groomers” who maintain the city’s tracks.

Thomsen D’Hont and his father, Adrian, are the latest members of the grooming club. Adrian built a track-setting machine from a street sign and some pieces of wood, and has used it to open up ski tracks for more than 10 km starting where Merlin Road meets Deh Cho Boulevard.

Thomsen, a leading NWT skier who’s now training to become a family doctor, says that’s where he learned to ski as a kid. Back then, he used skidoo tracks – now, the “D’Hont Trail” is a matter of family pride and giving back to the community.

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It’s already proving popular. On Saturday afternoon, the tiny parking lot at the trailhead was overflowing onto the nearby street.

“We’re glad the community is enjoying it. We’re getting a lot of love on the Yellowknife Ski Updates Facebook page,” said Thomsen.

“And a shoutout to all the other folks grooming in town, because I ski a lot on their trails, as well.”

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