Rolligons, large all-terrain vehicles, have long been the standard for packing down snow, but Tucker Sno-Cats
with smooth tracks are also being used to prepack and drive the frost down, according to Wieman.
The team was to use a number of different tracked vehicles, including four Tucker Sno-cats, amphibious US Army vehicles called Weasels, and two types of tractors, all of them heavily modified by engineer David Pratt, a 30-year-old veteran of the D-Day landings.
By this time, the vehicles had acquired nicknames, with the Sno-cat of Fuchs and deputy leader David Stratton known as Rock 'n' Roll--'a characteristic enjoyed by all the species', Fuchs noted.
The dog drivers were beset with a severe stomach illness and, later, seismologist Geoffrey Pratt's life was threatened by carbon monoxide poisoning after the exhaust leaked into the cab of his Sno-cat, Haywire.
While Tucker Sno-Cats are most often seen grooming ski slopes, they are also used widely in more serious jobs like search & rescue, emergency medical transportation, avalanche control, oil & gas exploration, mining, agriculture, carrying utility personnel to remote locations and airport runway snow removal.
perfected a design with rubber tracks fitted with steel cleats, a design that is still used on Tucker Sno-Cats.
The company produces 60 to 70 Sno-Cats annually and among the more recent developments has been a line of Tucker-Terra machines.
After WWII, the company introduced a new Sno-Cat design featuring a pair of pontoons in the rear and a pair of skis in front that was produced in sizeable numbers.
Like other Tucker Sno-Cat products, the Tucker-Terra uses mostly standard automotive components.