Grooming April 19, 2014

By admin - April 19, 2014

Grooming Report April 19, 2014

Groomers were out in the wee hours of the morning.  Temperatures in the late evening were too warm to Ginzu so Rich took the roller out on Bagwagi and Gookookoo.  At midnight things had set up and Ginzu grooming started.  Now, if you really want to understand the next section, you may need to refer to one of the maps.  He Groomed Gkookoo – Bagwagi to 14k, then up Animoosh to the Pines, back via Noque to 13 km, Animoosh back to FV.  Then he made another loop on Gkookoo, then out Bagwagi again to second cutoff, almost to 14 km.  At that point a mechanical failure provided an opportunity for Rich to enjoy a stroll in the woods.  So, some of the trails will only have a single pass with the Ginzu.  In short, lots of the trails have been groomed and skiing should be very good today.

Tonight’s rain may spell the beginning of sox drawer organizing season.  It is a narrow window so don’t miss it.

DON’T MISS THE NTN/BLACKROCKS DIRT BALL APRIL 26! A Celebration of Trails, Marquette Style.

  • 9:00      A.M. Trail Work Bee
    • Festivities       begin and end at South Trails Parking Lot on Co Rd 553/Division Area.
  • 12:00      Noon Casual Mountain Bike Ride
    • Following       fun with pick and shovel, participants will partake in a Casual Mountain       Bike Ride.  Ride will begin and end at the South Trails Parking lot       on Co Rd 553. There is a weather dependent aspect to the ride.  If there       is too much fresh snow, revelers may wish to ski.
  • 4:00      P.M. – 8:00 P.M. NTN/Blackrocks “DIRTBALL”
    • Following       the dirty part of the Dirt Ball, roisterers will repair to Blackrocks       Cannery at 950 W. Washington Street for a gala event including       merrymaking, live music, food from Boarder Grill Raffle prizes and       conviviality for all.
    • Tickets       are $25 and may be purchased at all local bike shops or at the NTN office
    • All       proceeds go towards trail development!

I trust we will see you all there.



Grooming Apri 18, 2014

By admin - April 18, 2014

Grooming Report April 18, 2014

Groomers were out before first milking this morning as the temperatures were too warm at bar closing time.  Things had set up and frozen by 5:00 and groomed out quite nicely.  Classic tracks are very nice and most of the trail has very good corduroy.  There are a few areas where “balling” occurred but shaded areas and especially above 11k are very nice.  However, when combined with all factors such as being slightly soft and some areas of unevenness, I can’t call it excellent.  We enter all data into a fairly complex algorithm to rate skiing as poor, fair, good, very good and excellent.  So, although I expect the pun critics on Spruce Street to judge me harshly, I have to say, we have good Friday skiing.

DON’T MISS THE NTN/BLACKROCKS DIRT BALL APRIL 26! A Celebration of Trails, Marquette Style.

  • 9:00      A.M. Trail Work Bee
    • Festivities       begin and end at South Trails Parking Lot on Co Rd 553/Division Area.
  • 12:00      Noon Casual Mountain Bike Ride
    • Following       fun with pick and shovel, participants will partake in a Casual Mountain       Bike Ride.  Ride will begin and end at the South Trails Parking lot       on Co Rd 553. There is a weather dependent aspect to the ride.  If there       is too much fresh snow, revelers may wish to ski.
  • 4:00      P.M. – 8:00 P.M. NTN/Blackrocks “DIRTBALL”
    • Following       the dirty part of the Dirt Ball, roisterers will repair to Blackrocks       Cannery at 950 W. Washington Street for a gala event including       merrymaking, live music, food from Boarder Grill Raffle prizes and       conviviality for all.
    • Tickets       are $25 and may be purchased at all local bike shops or at the NTN office
    • All       proceeds go towards trail development!

I trust we will see you all there.



Grooming April 17, 2014

By admin - April 17, 2014

Today’s grooming report is also brought to you by Bruce Closser!

If you see Bruce, say Thanks.

This is a tough call.  The jury is still out on naming rights as the Dymmelonsdagen Storm or the Maunday Thursday Storm.  Careful measurement on after midnight amounts will rule the day.  Regardless, either day is almost as late as can be given the (relatively) recent change to the Gregorian calendar.  The jury will return by press time tomorrow.

Regardless that, Doug is out plowing over a foot of fresh snow at the trail head and, if as predicted, snow will slow by noon, he will begin rolling.  Things will remain soft until after dark.  Groomers will ginzu track set and things should be fairly firm by morning.  We will again plan on grooming Friday night and colder temperatures over night should make for excellent skiing Saturday.

moon falling   given the continued snowfall.  Almost a foot of new snow has fallen at the Forestville trail head and half fell yesterday and, to press time, half today.  If snow stops in the next hour, we are

DON’T MISS THE NTN/BLACKROCKS DIRT BALL APRIL 26! A Celebration of Trails, Marquette Style.

 

•             9:00 A.M. Trail Work Bee

o             Festivities begin and end at South Trails Parking Lot on Co Rd 553/Division Area.

•             12:00 Noon Casual Mountain Bike Ride

o             Following fun with pick and shovel, participants will partake in a Casual Mountain Bike Ride.  Ride will begin and end at the South Trails Parking lot on Co Rd 553. There is a weather dependent aspect to the ride.  If there is too much fresh snow, revelers may wish to ski.

•             4:00 P.M. – 8:00 P.M. NTN/Blackrocks “DIRTBALL”

o             Following the dirty part of the Dirt Ball, roisterers will repair to Blackrocks Cannery at 950 W. Washington Street for a gala event including merrymaking, live music, food from Boarder Grill Raffle prizes and conviviality for all.

o             Tickets are $25 and may be purchased at all local bike shops or at the NTN office

o             All proceeds go towards trail development!

I trust we will see you all there.

 



Grooming April 15, 2014

By admin - April 15, 2014

Grooming Report April 15, 2014

Every April 14, school children across the western world celebrate the anniversary of the  Battle of Forum Gallorum  by playing in the blizzard.  This year was no different.  So, just as we are reminded by Brutus’ final act, all things must come to an end.

Doug rolled trails to 14k yesterday and set track before first milking this morning. This looks to be our swan song.  Now, even on the stairway to the gallows frame, the condemned man believes a pardon is possible, so to do I hold out hope for manna from heaven.  Of course, I am reminded, one’s odds of winning the lottery go up slightly if you buy a ticket so I know the statistics.  Funds are incredibly short and every time I dig under the sofa cushion I find more pocket lint and less money.

So, we are hoping to keep enough dry powder to survive to next year.  In favorable economic condition, one would hope to groom through the Mother’s Day storm.  Wealthy benefactors are always welcome.  Hope springs eternal.

DON’T MISS THE NTN/BLACKROCKS DIRT BALL APRIL 26! A Celebration of Trails, Marquette Style.

  • 9:00 A.M. Trail Work Bee
    • Festivities begin and end at       South Trails Parking Lot on Co Rd 553/Division Area.
  • 12:00 Noon Casual Mountain Bike      Ride
    • Following fun with pick and       shovel, participants will partake in a Casual Mountain Bike Ride.        Ride will begin and end at the South Trails Parking lot on Co Rd 553.       There is a weather dependent aspect to the ride.  If there is too       much fresh snow, revelers may wish to ski.
  • 4:00 P.M. – 8:00 P.M.      NTN/Blackrocks “DIRTBALL”
    • Following the dirty part of       the Dirt Ball, roisterers will repair to Blackrocks Cannery at 950 W. Washington Street       for a gala event including merrymaking, live music, food from Boarder Grill       Raffle prizes and conviviality for all.
    • Tickets are $25 and may be       purchased at all local bike shops or at the NTN office
    • All proceeds go towards trail       development!

I trust we will see you all there.



Grooming April 7, 2014

By admin - April 07, 2014

Greetings NTN Members; April 7, 2014

Today’s grooming report is brought to you by YOU?.
 As you can see, we are out of pictures.  We can start over from the top but would rather see one of you new guys up here.
Forestville Grooming:  One rarely gets just what they want in life.  For example, I like to see ski season start suddenly and end suddenly.  We got the first half of this gambit and it is looking like we will get the back half as well.  I should clarify, by ski season I am referring to regular grooming.  If even one skier feels we should have been grooming I look for one of my hair shirts.  This week however, round the clock thaw prohibit even the thought of grooming.  Given the deep snow pack I expect skiing to be with us well into May (June?) but regular grooming is but a faint memory.  So, although we may take the occasional  grooming run such as after the May Day storm, the Mother’s Day storm is the hard stop.  So, I trust all will follow the weather sites for input as to status of the crust skiing season and timing of the “Goldilocks zone” to avoid too soft or too hard a trail.  Any comments on conditions posted to facebook will be appreciated by your fellow spring skiers.

So, although additional posts will follow when appropriate, the regular grooming report will take a (in some reader’s opinion, a long overdue) hiatus.    See you on the trails.  I’ll be the fat man pedaling up Co Rd 553 on the way to/from Gwinn. 

Snow Bike Route, South Trails: All 12 miles groomed as needed.  Follow the snow bike link http://www.noquetrails.org/winter-home/snow-bike-route on our noquetrails site for more information and up to date rider comments on the facebook page.
Saux Head: Saux Head trails were rolled Saturday and have very good cover.  There are no classic tracks and, it looks to be time to summarize the equipment. 

 

Valley Spur; See web site for details www.valleyspur.org and on FB at Valley Spur Trails – National Forest Service
Al Quaal: Detailed report and news follow this link. http://ishpemingcity.org/departments/parks-and-recreation/al-quaal-recreation-area/

Fit Strip: The Fit Strip is groomed weekly as needed.  The Fit Strip trails can be found on West Ridge street and is in the woods next to the Park Cemetery.  The 2.5k series of loops are lit from 5 P.M. to 11 P.M.     

Big Bay Pathway: The Big Bay Pathway is groomed as needed. 

 

 NTN Trail head staffing and after hours rental

The Forestville Trailhead has a wide selection of rental equipment for the winter enthusiast. Rentals hours are from 10 am to 4 pm, with 24 hour and multi-day rentals available with a valid credit card.  Friday, Saturday and Sunday the Trailhead is staffed from 10-4 by our Hospitality Coordinator Peter Johnson. During the week the NTN relies on volunteers to provide rental equipment. Currently, the Trailhead is staffed Monday and Tuesday from 10 until 4, and  Wednesdays and Thursdays from 10-1. If you need rental equipment during the times when there is no staffing, or there is no trail host when you arrive at the facility, please call Peter Johnson at 715-892-5811 or the NTN office at 906-235-6861. Downwind Sports in Marquette also  provides rental equipment. See the NTN website www.noquetrails.org for more details including directions to all of the trails systems above.

Trail host volunteers needed.  This is a great way to get involved, help out and stay warm.  You can sign up for an hour or two before or after skiing.  You can get to know lots of skiers and help the NTN remain financially viable. Groomers also are always needed.  If interested, please call or email Nikki at 906 235 6861 or email us at noquenetwork@gmail.com

Grooming Equipment Decoder Ring:  located at this link:  http://www.noquetrails.org/volunteer/grooming-equipment-decoder-ring

Trail Decoder Ring:  located at this link: http://www.noquetrails.org/trails/noquemanon

Grooming Priority: Given unlimited money and man power we would groom all trails every night.  Given limited resources we  typically need to make grooming decisions.  We will always plan on keeping the Noque to 17k and Animoosh groomed every day.  Then, time permitting we will work on the Wajis.  Following the Waji loop we will run to Co Rd 510.  Grooming all of the above listed trails takes close to 8 hours.  So, there are plenty of volunteer opportunities if you would like to join the exciting world of trail grooming.

 



Grooming April 6, 2014

By admin - April 06, 2014

Greetings NTN Members; April 6, 2014

Today’s grooming report is brought to you by YOU?.
 As you can see, we are out of pictures.  We can start over from the top but would rather see one of you new guys up here.
Forestville Grooming:  You should have been here yesterday:  I can only begin to tell you the about the fabulous skiing yesterday.  Bombi grooming left  a firm wide skate lane with corduroy of such perfection it was hypnotic. The classic tracks looked as they had been carved in ivory.  Skiing at noon with full sun and no wind felt like a summer day. I expect by mid afternoon conditions deteriorated but my skiing was as good as it gets.   If you can imagine, I had first tracks down the hill at 11k!  People stayed away in droves.  I am anxious to scour the newspaper for word of mass alien abduction for can anyone imagine another reason for such a dearth of skiers.

Today I should expect good skiing but spring conditions are fickle. Too much moisture in the snow by late afternoon and warmer than expected overnight temperature indicated no grooming.  As such, skiers will find tracks left by the dozen or so lucky skiers from yesterday.  Some areas may be glazed but shaded sections may well remain excellent.  I expect classic technique will require a Zen master to find appropriate grip.  By late afternoon I expect the high temperatures to have taken its toll on conditions.  Looking forward, high temperatures in the 40s may spell the start of sox drawer organization season.

Our annual Winter Volunteer Appreciation party was held yesterday.  Nikki and Peter served fabulous home made food and drink to the assembled crew of dedicated volunteers.  Tom and Kathy received the Volunteer of the Year honors for their dedicated efforts at the trail head.  The scheduled awarding of a world tour and two new automobiles hit a snag when the budget committee butted in.  With finance an issue we had to fund the prizes with risk insurance and a game of chance. I fear the odds were rather long.  We played “I’m thinking of a number”.  It’s the same game I play at home when we try to determine who will shovel the driveway.  My wife thinks of a number and I guess if it is odd or even.  So, just as my luck is bound to change, so too may the contestants’ in next year’s event.

 

Snow Bike Route, South Trails: All 12 miles groomed as needed.  Follow the snow bike link http://www.noquetrails.org/winter-home/snow-bike-route on our noquetrails site for more information and up to date rider comments on the facebook page.
Saux Head: Saux Head trails were rolled yesterday.  We had planned on setting track today but the weather has not cooperated as temperatures remain too warm.  I expect skiing to be good today but, as explained above, spring conditions are fickle and hard to predict.  In any case, there are no classic tracks.     

Valley Spur; See web site for details www.valleyspur.org and on FB at Valley Spur Trails – National Forest Service
Al Quaal: Detailed report and news follow this link. http://ishpemingcity.org/departments/parks-and-recreation/al-quaal-recreation-area/

Fit Strip: The Fit Strip is groomed weekly as needed.  The Fit Strip trails can be found on West Ridge street and is in the woods next to the Park Cemetery.  The 2.5k series of loops are lit from 5 P.M. to 11 P.M.     

Big Bay Pathway: The Big Bay Pathway is groomed as needed. 

 

 NTN Trail head staffing and after hours rental

The Forestville Trailhead has a wide selection of rental equipment for the winter enthusiast. Rentals hours are from 10 am to 4 pm, with 24 hour and multi-day rentals available with a valid credit card.  Friday, Saturday and Sunday the Trailhead is staffed from 10-4 by our Hospitality Coordinator Peter Johnson. During the week the NTN relies on volunteers to provide rental equipment. Currently, the Trailhead is staffed Monday and Tuesday from 10 until 4, and  Wednesdays and Thursdays from 10-1. If you need rental equipment during the times when there is no staffing, or there is no trail host when you arrive at the facility, please call Peter Johnson at 715-892-5811 or the NTN office at 906-235-6861. Downwind Sports in Marquette also  provides rental equipment. See the NTN website www.noquetrails.org for more details including directions to all of the trails systems above.

Trail host volunteers needed.  This is a great way to get involved, help out and stay warm.  You can sign up for an hour or two before or after skiing.  You can get to know lots of skiers and help the NTN remain financially viable. Groomers also are always needed.  If interested, please call or email Nikki at 906 235 6861 or email us at noquenetwork@gmail.com

Grooming Equipment Decoder Ring:  located at this link:  http://www.noquetrails.org/volunteer/grooming-equipment-decoder-ring

Trail Decoder Ring:  located at this link: http://www.noquetrails.org/trails/noquemanon

Grooming Priority: Given unlimited money and man power we would groom all trails every night.  Given limited resources we  typically need to make grooming decisions.  We will always plan on keeping the Noque to 17k and Animoosh groomed every day.  Then, time permitting we will work on the Wajis.  Following the Waji loop we will run to Co Rd 510.  Grooming all of the above listed trails takes close to 8 hours.  So, there are plenty of volunteer opportunities if you would like to join the exciting world of trail grooming.

 



Grooming April 5, 2014

By admin - April 05, 2014

Greetings NTN Members; April 5, 2014

Today’s grooming report is brought to you by YOU?.
 As you can see, we are out of pictures.  We can start over from the top but would rather see one of you new guys up here.
Forestville Grooming:   On April 4th the world lost Pope Nicholas IV who had issued “Orat Mater Ecclesla,”  so he should be remembered fondly.  A 2’ dump of snow and BOMBI grooming is as good a way.  Come on out and enjoy race ready skiing and fairy tale scenery with snow piled high on the tree.

Our annual Winter Volunteer Appreciation party will be held this Saturday April 5th from 11:30 to 1:00 at the Forestville Trailhead. Since I expect all three of my readers are volunteers in some manner, I hope you will come even if not a volunteer. NTN will provide food and beverages and we’ll recognize a volunteer who has gone above and beyond this year. So, please come out and enjoy a few minutes with the groomers, trail hosts, staff and NTN Board Members as we wind down another beautiful ski season.

Without our volunteers we would be a faint imitation of what we have become.

As such, we hold an annual appreciation soiree in their honor.  Please come join us Saturday at the trail head.  Festivities begin at 11:00 A.M. Free food and beverages will be provided to volunteers.  In addition, wonderful prizes will be given out including two free cars, a tournament water ski boat and a grand prize of a world tour. (well, maybe I have jumped the gun on the prizes.  The budget committee is still evaluating this).

In any case, we do hope to see you there.

Please RSVP if you plan to attend so we buy enough food. Remember, NTN would not exist without you!!  Thank you for your support.

Think spring (skiing).

 

Snow Bike Route, South Trails: All 12 miles groomed as needed.  Follow the snow bike link http://www.noquetrails.org/winter-home/snow-bike-route on our noquetrails site for more information and up to date rider comments on the facebook page.
Saux Head: Saux Head trails were rolled this morning and will be track set tomorrow.   

Valley Spur; See web site for details www.valleyspur.org and on FB at Valley Spur Trails – National Forest Service
Al Quaal: Detailed report and news follow this link. http://ishpemingcity.org/departments/parks-and-recreation/al-quaal-recreation-area/

Fit Strip: The Fit Strip is groomed weekly as needed.  The Fit Strip trails can be found on West Ridge street and is in the woods next to the Park Cemetery.  The 2.5k series of loops are lit from 5 P.M. to 11 P.M.     

Big Bay Pathway: The Big Bay Pathway is groomed as needed. 

 

 NTN Trail head staffing and after hours rental

The Forestville Trailhead has a wide selection of rental equipment for the winter enthusiast. Rentals hours are from 10 am to 4 pm, with 24 hour and multi-day rentals available with a valid credit card.  Friday, Saturday and Sunday the Trailhead is staffed from 10-4 by our Hospitality Coordinator Peter Johnson. During the week the NTN relies on volunteers to provide rental equipment. Currently, the Trailhead is staffed Monday and Tuesday from 10 until 4, and  Wednesdays and Thursdays from 10-1. If you need rental equipment during the times when there is no staffing, or there is no trail host when you arrive at the facility, please call Peter Johnson at 715-892-5811 or the NTN office at 906-235-6861. Downwind Sports in Marquette also  provides rental equipment. See the NTN website www.noquetrails.org for more details including directions to all of the trails systems above.

Trail host volunteers needed.  This is a great way to get involved, help out and stay warm.  You can sign up for an hour or two before or after skiing.  You can get to know lots of skiers and help the NTN remain financially viable. Groomers also are always needed.  If interested, please call or email Nikki at 906 235 6861 or email us at noquenetwork@gmail.com

Grooming Equipment Decoder Ring:  located at this link:  http://www.noquetrails.org/volunteer/grooming-equipment-decoder-ring

Trail Decoder Ring:  located at this link: http://www.noquetrails.org/trails/noquemanon

Grooming Priority: Given unlimited money and man power we would groom all trails every night.  Given limited resources we  typically need to make grooming decisions.  We will always plan on keeping the Noque to 17k and Animoosh groomed every day.  Then, time permitting we will work on the Wajis.  Following the Waji loop we will run to Co Rd 510.  Grooming all of the above listed trails takes close to 8 hours.  So, there are plenty of volunteer opportunities if you would like to join the exciting world of trail grooming.

 



Grooming April 4, 2014

By admin - April 04, 2014

Greetings NTN Members; April 4, 2014

Today’s grooming report is brought to you by YOU?.
 As you can see, we are out of pictures.  We can start over from the top but would rather see one of you new guys up here.
Forestville Grooming:    Heavy snow had me listening to the radio to see if my place of business had called a “snow day”.  They never do.  Naming rights can not be determined as of press time due to the likelihood of a two day event.  Skiing today, except for being blustery, will be quite nice for the skating technique.  The base will be hard and the new snow will not have settled too much.  I expect later in the day the depth will become an issue but I find 3” – 4” of new fairly light snow to be quite nice conditions.  I expect the classic tracks are mostly gone however.

Groomers will be out in force in the wee hours in preparation for Saturday’s skiers.  Remember, tomorrow is our annual Volunteer Appreciation (see below) day so we want to be sure there is good skiing for all. Temperatures will be cold tonight and tomorrow night so I expect this new snow will say fairly nice for a few days.  However, day time highs are forecast in the 40s so enjoy it while you can (must?).  I know I hope to be clearing sand off the Co Rd 553 hill shoulder next week as skiing becomes less predictable and cycling becomes more so.

 

Our annual Winter Volunteer Appreciation party will be held this Saturday April 5th from 11:30 to 1:00 at the Forestville Trailhead. Since I expect all three of my readers are volunteers in some manner, I hope you will come even if not a volunteer. NTN will provide food and beverages and we’ll recognize a volunteer who has gone above and beyond this year. So, please come out and enjoy a few minutes with the groomers, trail hosts, staff and NTN Board Members as we wind down another beautiful ski season.

Without our volunteers we would be a faint imitation of what we have become.

As such, we hold an annual appreciation soiree in their honor.  Please come join us Saturday at the trail head.  Festivities begin at 11:00 A.M. Free food and beverages will be provided to volunteers.  In addition, wonderful prizes will be given out including two free cars, a tournament water ski boat and a grand prize of a world tour. (well, maybe I have jumped the gun on the prizes.  The budget committee is still evaluating this).

In any case, we do hope to see you there.

Please RSVP if you plan to attend so we buy enough food. Remember, NTN would not exist without you!!  Thank you for your support.

Think spring (skiing).

 

Snow Bike Route, South Trails: All 12 miles groomed as needed.  Follow the snow bike link http://www.noquetrails.org/winter-home/snow-bike-route on our noquetrails site for more information and up to date rider comments on the facebook page.
Saux Head: Saux Head trails will also have new snow but a hard base.  I expect good skiing today. 

Valley Spur; See web site for details www.valleyspur.org and on FB at Valley Spur Trails – National Forest Service
Al Quaal: Detailed report and news follow this link. http://ishpemingcity.org/departments/parks-and-recreation/al-quaal-recreation-area/

Fit Strip: The Fit Strip is groomed weekly as needed.  The Fit Strip trails can be found on West Ridge street and is in the woods next to the Park Cemetery.  The 2.5k series of loops are lit from 5 P.M. to 11 P.M.     

Big Bay Pathway: The Big Bay Pathway is groomed as needed. 

 

 NTN Trail head staffing and after hours rental

The Forestville Trailhead has a wide selection of rental equipment for the winter enthusiast. Rentals hours are from 10 am to 4 pm, with 24 hour and multi-day rentals available with a valid credit card.  Friday, Saturday and Sunday the Trailhead is staffed from 10-4 by our Hospitality Coordinator Peter Johnson. During the week the NTN relies on volunteers to provide rental equipment. Currently, the Trailhead is staffed Monday and Tuesday from 10 until 4, and  Wednesdays and Thursdays from 10-1. If you need rental equipment during the times when there is no staffing, or there is no trail host when you arrive at the facility, please call Peter Johnson at 715-892-5811 or the NTN office at 906-235-6861. Downwind Sports in Marquette also  provides rental equipment. See the NTN website www.noquetrails.org for more details including directions to all of the trails systems above.

Trail host volunteers needed.  This is a great way to get involved, help out and stay warm.  You can sign up for an hour or two before or after skiing.  You can get to know lots of skiers and help the NTN remain financially viable. Groomers also are always needed.  If interested, please call or email Nikki at 906 235 6861 or email us at noquenetwork@gmail.com

Grooming Equipment Decoder Ring:  located at this link:  http://www.noquetrails.org/volunteer/grooming-equipment-decoder-ring

Trail Decoder Ring:  located at this link: http://www.noquetrails.org/trails/noquemanon

Grooming Priority: Given unlimited money and man power we would groom all trails every night.  Given limited resources we  typically need to make grooming decisions.  We will always plan on keeping the Noque to 17k and Animoosh groomed every day.  Then, time permitting we will work on the Wajis.  Following the Waji loop we will run to Co Rd 510.  Grooming all of the above listed trails takes close to 8 hours.  So, there are plenty of volunteer opportunities if you would like to join the exciting world of trail grooming.



Grooming April 3, 2014

By admin - April 03, 2014

Greetings NTN Members; April 2, 2014

Today’s grooming report is brought to you by YOU?.
 As you can see, we are out of pictures.  We can start over from the top but would rather see one of you new guys up here.
Forestville Grooming:    Cold hard snow will greet the hearty sole(s?) that ski today.  No fresh grooming given the type of snow cover and the fact many are looking at road bikes and thinking of shoveling sand off the big hill on Co Rd 553 rather than snow off their driveway.  On the up side, it looks like we will be doing more of the latter and none of the former for at least a few days starting tomorrow.  We will clean off the cob webs and the snow for Saturday morning’s skiers.  The annual Volunteer Appreciation party will look more like a mid winter event if Karl Bohnak has his way.

Our annual Winter Volunteer Appreciation party will be held this Saturday April 5th from 11:30 to 1:00 at the Forestville Trailhead. Since I expect all three of my readers are volunteers in some manner, I hope you will come even if not a volunteer. NTN will provide food and beverages and we’ll recognize a volunteer who has gone above and beyond this year. So, please come out and enjoy a few minutes with the groomers, trail hosts, staff and NTN Board Members as we wind down another beautiful ski season.

Please RSVP if you plan to attend so we buy enough food. Remember, NTN would not exist without you!!  Thank you for your support.

Think spring (skiing).

 

Snow Bike Route, South Trails: All 12 miles groomed as needed.  Follow the snow bike link http://www.noquetrails.org/winter-home/snow-bike-route on our noquetrails site for more information and up to date rider comments on the facebook page.
Saux Head: Saux Head trails were groomed Saturday  Morning.  As explained above, spring skiing is hard to report.   

Valley Spur; See web site for details www.valleyspur.org and on FB at Valley Spur Trails – National Forest Service
Al Quaal: Detailed report and news follow this link. http://ishpemingcity.org/departments/parks-and-recreation/al-quaal-recreation-area/

Fit Strip: The Fit Strip is groomed weekly as needed.  The Fit Strip trails can be found on West Ridge street and is in the woods next to the Park Cemetery.  The 2.5k series of loops are lit from 5 P.M. to 11 P.M.     

Big Bay Pathway: The Big Bay Pathway is groomed as needed. 

 

 NTN Trail head staffing and after hours rental

The Forestville Trailhead has a wide selection of rental equipment for the winter enthusiast. Rentals hours are from 10 am to 4 pm, with 24 hour and multi-day rentals available with a valid credit card.  Friday, Saturday and Sunday the Trailhead is staffed from 10-4 by our Hospitality Coordinator Peter Johnson. During the week the NTN relies on volunteers to provide rental equipment. Currently, the Trailhead is staffed Monday and Tuesday from 10 until 4, and  Wednesdays and Thursdays from 10-1. If you need rental equipment during the times when there is no staffing, or there is no trail host when you arrive at the facility, please call Peter Johnson at 715-892-5811 or the NTN office at 906-235-6861. Downwind Sports in Marquette also  provides rental equipment. See the NTN website www.noquetrails.org for more details including directions to all of the trails systems above.

Trail host volunteers needed.  This is a great way to get involved, help out and stay warm.  You can sign up for an hour or two before or after skiing.  You can get to know lots of skiers and help the NTN remain financially viable. Groomers also are always needed.  If interested, please call or email Nikki at 906 235 6861 or email us at noquenetwork@gmail.com

Grooming Equipment Decoder Ring:  located at this link:  http://www.noquetrails.org/volunteer/grooming-equipment-decoder-ring

Trail Decoder Ring:  located at this link: http://www.noquetrails.org/trails/noquemanon

Grooming Priority: Given unlimited money and man power we would groom all trails every night.  Given limited resources we  typically need to make grooming decisions.  We will always plan on keeping the Noque to 17k and Animoosh groomed every day.  Then, time permitting we will work on the Wajis.  Following the Waji loop we will run to Co Rd 510.  Grooming all of the above listed trails takes close to 8 hours.  So, there are plenty of volunteer opportunities if you would like to join the exciting world of trail grooming.

 



Grooming April 2, 2014

By admin - April 02, 2014

Greetings NTN Members; April 2, 2014

Today’s grooming report is brought to you by YOU?.
 As you can see, we are out of pictures.  We can start over from the top but would rather see one of you new guys up here.
Forestville Grooming:    April is the cruelest month?  Eliot   should have taken up crust skiing.  So, although I am a firm believer that that things can always get worse, so to do I believe all weather is good for something.  God made lemonade and crust skiing so we can enjoy a tart drink and April.  Grooming provides limited benefit (except for the expensive Bombi grooming) when snow is fully consolidated in the freeze end of the freeze/thaw cycle (see grooming decoder ring for details on equipment and budgetary concerns).   However, if you can find open areas or trails and roads with no tracks, crust skiing is sublime.  This year’s deep snow pack will likely provide a month or more of this rare treat.  Ideal crust sites, like morel patches, powder pockets and trout ponds are jealously guarded so I fear you are on you own for finding the ideal spot.

Regular grooming is curtailed this time of year due to the cost/benefit analysis of the grey beards.  We will continue to work to offer the best possible weekend conditions and to keep trails open following spring storms.  Later this week we expect to have such a storm so you know where some of us will be following bar closing or prior to first milking.

Our annual Winter Volunteer Appreciation party will be held this Saturday April 5th from 11:30 to 1:00 at the Forestville Trailhead. Since I expect all three of my readers are volunteers in some manner, I hope you will come even if not a volunteer. NTN will provide food and beverages and we’ll recognize a volunteer who has gone above and beyond this year. So, please come out and enjoy a few minutes with the groomers, trail hosts, staff and NTN Board Members as we wind down another beautiful ski season.

Please RSVP if you plan to attend so we buy enough food. Remember, NTN would not exist without you!!  Thank you for your support.

Think spring (skiing).

 

Snow Bike Route, South Trails: All 12 miles groomed as needed.  Follow the snow bike link http://www.noquetrails.org/winter-home/snow-bike-route on our noquetrails site for more information and up to date rider comments on the facebook page.
Saux Head: Saux Head trails were groomed Saturday  Morning.  As explained above, spring skiing is hard to report.   

Valley Spur; See web site for details www.valleyspur.org and on FB at Valley Spur Trails – National Forest Service
Al Quaal: Detailed report and news follow this link. http://ishpemingcity.org/departments/parks-and-recreation/al-quaal-recreation-area/

Fit Strip: The Fit Strip is groomed weekly as needed.  The Fit Strip trails can be found on West Ridge street and is in the woods next to the Park Cemetery.  The 2.5k series of loops are lit from 5 P.M. to 11 P.M.     

Big Bay Pathway: The Big Bay Pathway is groomed as needed. 

 

 NTN Trail head staffing and after hours rental

The Forestville Trailhead has a wide selection of rental equipment for the winter enthusiast. Rentals hours are from 10 am to 4 pm, with 24 hour and multi-day rentals available with a valid credit card.  Friday, Saturday and Sunday the Trailhead is staffed from 10-4 by our Hospitality Coordinator Peter Johnson. During the week the NTN relies on volunteers to provide rental equipment. Currently, the Trailhead is staffed Monday and Tuesday from 10 until 4, and  Wednesdays and Thursdays from 10-1. If you need rental equipment during the times when there is no staffing, or there is no trail host when you arrive at the facility, please call Peter Johnson at 715-892-5811 or the NTN office at 906-235-6861. Downwind Sports in Marquette also  provides rental equipment. See the NTN website www.noquetrails.org for more details including directions to all of the trails systems above.

Trail host volunteers needed.  This is a great way to get involved, help out and stay warm.  You can sign up for an hour or two before or after skiing.  You can get to know lots of skiers and help the NTN remain financially viable. Groomers also are always needed.  If interested, please call or email Nikki at 906 235 6861 or email us at noquenetwork@gmail.com

Grooming Equipment Decoder Ring:  located at this link:  http://www.noquetrails.org/volunteer/grooming-equipment-decoder-ring

Trail Decoder Ring:  located at this link: http://www.noquetrails.org/trails/noquemanon

Grooming Priority: Given unlimited money and man power we would groom all trails every night.  Given limited resources we  typically need to make grooming decisions.  We will always plan on keeping the Noque to 17k and Animoosh groomed every day.  Then, time permitting we will work on the Wajis.  Following the Waji loop we will run to Co Rd 510.  Grooming all of the above listed trails takes close to 8 hours.  So, there are plenty of volunteer opportunities if you would like to join the exciting world of trail grooming.