2019 April 19, Grooming Report;

2019 April 19, Grooming Report;   One can not look at Justin’s swamp crust skiing pics without imagining games of sport on such a field.  Humans have played games since our social contract was first signed some ten thousand years ago. Many began as territorial struggles pitting one town against the next. The origins are but dim shadows left by fading light; yet, there were real events and we can conjure up likely scenarios.   As I see it, one day in the 13th century some guy or gal said something like, “Our town can beat your town; lets have

2019 April 14, Grooming Report;

2019 April 14, Grooming Report;     Forestville: (Remember; grooming is being done from Co Rd 501 due to logging.  See map and details below)   No grooming today but Goldie Locks skiing will begin by late morning and should be good all day.  Please let us know what you see.  Of course, pictures too.  Fun spring skiing; see pics from   Saux Head:  Tim plans to groom the skate lanes on all trails this morning.   Fun Pictures below: With silly pictures arriving daily, we may need a “What is the Caption to this Picture” contest. For example, Tom

2019 April 13, Grooming Report;

2019 April 13, Grooming Report;     Forestville: (Remember; grooming is being done from Co Rd 501 due to logging.  See map and details below) Andy groomed from Co Rd 510 down to 12k on the Noque’ and Animoosh.  The weather has been a challenge and by late night moisture remained in some areas.  The areas with moisture may be icy until late morning.  Cold nights forecast for tonight and Sunday night will mean the Goldie Locks Zone will not begin before late morning. The non-groomed trails will likely be un-skiable due to the breakable crust until it consolidates later

2019 April 12, Grooming Report & et cetera ;

2019 April 12, Grooming Report & et cetera ;   Heavy overnight snow and then freezing rain has Andy and his team gearing up for the first opportunity to get this snow in skiable shape.  The forecast is challenging so decisions will be “game time” events.  Cold nights are forecast so the current plan is to groom late today and weekend skiing will be spectacular. Too Long To Read Grooming Report: Do you ever hear something and pretend it is not so?  I am reminded of moving into a new renal house in a new town.  It was our first

2019 April 10, (Not Really a) Grooming Report;

2019 April 10, (Not Really a) Grooming Report;   Mo reported great skiing yesterday and predicts skate skiing will be great skate skiing today.  Don’t be waiting around for Goldie Locks; she is not coming.  It will be cold all day. Andy plans to groom right after the forecast Thursday night snow. Of course the shoulder season continues to confuse.  Each bay has its own anchor ice and start to the kayak season.  So too do each waterman have his/her own trigger for its beginning.  I am reminded of the epiphany experienced when reading about surfers in Nova Scotia.  In

2019 April 9, (Not Really a) Grooming Report;

2019 April 9, (Not Really a) Grooming Report;   Shoulder season is a wonderful time in the U.P.  I snuck out of the office today and was faced with the dilemma of choice.  Humans have the wonderful and yet also terrible power of choice.  Of course my choices tend towards the rather wonderful end of the spectrum.  So, I was faced with skiing, snow shoeing, snow biking, road biking, kayaking and SUP.  When God invented Stand Up Paddle Boards he/she opened up the anchor ice water sport season to a new dimension.  Not only is it far easier to launch

2019 April 7, Grooming Report;

Photo by Mo, April 6, 2019 2019 April 7, Grooming Report;    To quote a great grooming report writer from the second to last century, “The report of my death was an exaggeration.”  Following howls from the ski community grooming is back on.  I am reminded of John Hersey’s A Single Pebble.  I must apologize for spoiling it in case either of you have not read it yet, but the young engineer thinks he understands what is going on and in the end realizes he has only seen a microcosm.  We had a room full of chin pullers talking about how

2019 April 6, Grooming Report;

2019 April 6, Grooming Report;    Well, we are well into silly season at the Grooming Report Writer’s Guild Hall.  Grooming it done for the season at all areas and we are now looking for pictures of spring skiing/biking/ goofing off and “you fill in the blank”.  One of the arms of NTN is Water Trails.  We are blessed with (at least) four seasons of outdoor activity.  Growing up I thought everyone had a season called “slush”.  As you can see from the picture, anchor ice kayak season is upon us so send in your pictures. Of course there is a

2019 April 5, Grooming Report;

2019 April 5, Grooming Report;   Forestville:  Please note the sections of trails that are closed in the map below.  You may read about logging details at the bottom of this report.  As a result of the logging, grooming is being done at the west end of the system between Co Rd 510 and 12k on the Noque and the trail head building is closed for the season. Trails from the powerlines down to the log yard are unaffected by the logging and have good snow cover but will not be groomed.   Two inches of new snow fell Wednesday morning

2019 April 3, Grooming Report;

2019 April 3, Grooming Report;   Noque’ near 510 and Saux Head:  Andy groomed from Co Rd 510 all the way to 12k on the Noque and Animoosh…and then 2” of snow fell.  I wish I were joking about the new snow part.  File this under “no good deed goes unpunished”.  Skiing will be good until the new snow goes through transformation and becomes the freeze end of the cycle. Too Long Grooming Report: Sorry about not having an April fool’s edition.  I have never been able to come up with a good enough story.  Ever since I was hooked