About Our Ski Trails
Our mission is to develop and maintain an interconnected, year round, non-motorized land and water trail network in the central Upper Peninsula of Michigan.
We invite you to join us as members so that we can continue our mission of preserving quiet spaces for us to recreate whether that be hiking, trail running, horseback riding, mountain biking, cross country skiing, observing nature, and snowshoeing.
New to Cross-Country Skiing?
Its Easy to Try, Rentals & Day Passes
available at Forestville Trail Head
Juniors (7-18) $5
Children (6 and under) Free
Ski & Snowshoe Rentals
Classic/Freestyle Adult $15
Youth Rentals $10
Children Rentals $5
The network is also be used for hiking, running, off-road biking, horseback riding, canoeing and kayaking, skiing, and snowshoeing. We envision a community with trails leading from schools, downtowns, and neighborhoods to each other and out into our beautiful wilderness areas. We see the network as an important asset to the health of our residents and economy.
Trail User Policy
A goal of the NTN is to give every non-motorized user of our trails the best possible outdoor experience. To this end we believe that different types of users should be separated wherever possible. Accordingly, we as a Board have designated usage on various trails consistent with the terrain and member needs.
At this time we are unable to completely separate snow bikes, skiers, snowshoes, dogs, and traditional skiers, so we need to share different portions of the trails. Future trail segments to allow for separate users will be developed as money for construction and landowner permission occur. While we work towards this goal, we ask that all users be respectful and considerate of others users and that current trail use designations be honored. Please remember that we will achieve our mission of building an integrated extensive trail system and strengthen the non-motorized voice and perception in the community much faster with cooperation and consideration.
NTN Organizational Goals
- Achieve financial sustainability through aggressive marketing
- Build a $200,000 sinking fund
- Conduct a well defined capital campaign by 2016
- Increase overall membership by 50% to 2000 individuals by 2020
- Secure permanent easements for all major corridors
- Enhance leadership role in the silent sport community by involvement in summits/legislation
- Develop cooperative strategies with non motorized entities ie. IOHT, NCT, Range MBT
- Work with municipalities to establish safe road crossings
- Encourage municipalities to include non-motorized trails in recreation and strategic plans.
- Ensure succession planning by recruiting energetic-visionary community members to the NTN Board
- Enhance “xc ski destination” reputation in major markets such as Twin Cities, Chicago, Milwaukee, etc
- Partner with Marquette MCCVB to create desirable travel packages (hotel, meals, shuttle, ski pass)
- Insure consistent high quality grooming every day
- Plan and Build an FIS certified race venue at Forestville.
- Develop an improved customer service culture at the Forestville Trailhead
- Improve Nordic membership services
- Build on-trail amenities such as warming shelters
- Improve Forestville trailhead facility to enhance ambience
- Support Noquemanon Skijor Club
- Create new relationships with community developers
More information on our organizational goals can be found here