Grooming March 15, 2018

Thank You Members: Today’s report is coming at you from the NTN office as Sondo is on the road (at least that’s what we’ve been told). Since we are in charge of today’s report, we thought it would be a great opportunity to thank each and every one of you for supporting our mission   to develop and maintain an interconnected, year-round, non-motorized land and water trail network in the central Upper Peninsula of Michigan. It’s a big mission that has been moving forward through the passion and commitment of our extended trails community. If you aren’t already a member, and are enjoying the NTN Trails, please consider becoming a member during our Spring Membership Drive and Member Renewal happening now! Click on over to the NTN membership page. Memberships start at $125 for Nordic and $50 for Singletrack membership with a selection of options based on your seasonal use of the trails and the ability to contribute at higher levels of support through Trail Builder Commitments or Business Sponsorship. If you are already a member, maybe take a minute to challenge a friend or fellow business to sign on and support Trails for Us, Our Community, and Forever. #becausetrails
Forestville Real Grooming Report: Today the skate lanes were groomed out to16K and intermittent snowfall has added 1-2” of fresh powder. Tracks are good to fair in windblown areas but overall conditions are excellent.

SPECIAL NOTE TO SKIERS; Gookookoo, Papasay and the connector from Hemlock Junction to the point where Migizi and Bagwaji meet is closed for the remainder of the season:  The majority of our trail system is on commercial forest land.  The land owners allow NTN to use them for ski trails but every 10 to 15 years they harvest some trees.  This year they are logging west of the trail head beginning at the power lines.  As the logging operation moves west, other trails will be impacted. The loggers are working with NTN to keep trails open as long as possible.

(For skiers that dearly love to ski Bagwagi and Chiwagi.  They are still open via Migizi!  So, you get an extra two hills in your ski! Go out the Noque 1k past the power lines. Take the first right onto Migizi after the hill at 11k. At the bottom of the hill turn left onto Bagwagi and enjoy…for now.)

Please give the loggers a wide berth and stay clear of their equipment.  They are doing difficult and dangerous work.  Your help will be appreciated by all.  We should all know, without commercial forest operations we would have no ski trails.  So, if you see a logger or forester, say “thanks”.

Saux Head: Tim set tracks on all trails Saturday and is cleaning up trails today. Saux Head trails are groomed for classic and skate skiing. The trails are spectacular with great hills as well as rolling terrain.  The views are beautiful and overlook Superior and Saux Head Lake. If you have not skied them you don’t know what you are missing and with the season end in sight, there’s no better time than today. The trail head is located 15 miles west of Marquette just off Co Rd 550; follow the signs.

Fit Strip: The Fit Strip is groomed as time permits.

Big Bay Pathway: Trails were groomed Saturday and are in excellent condition. Meditation is not open at this time due to logging.  Bear Mountain, Ridge Line, and Hidden Grin are groomed and excellent.North and South Trails: Excellent conditions for snow biking, snowshoeing, walking and running. Daily updates on the NTN Singletrack Facebook page.

Way Too Long Grooming Report: Use the extra time to #getoutside