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Forestville Festival; Volunteer Opportunities and the return of the WTLGR

July Grooming Report Number 2 (and the return of the “way too long” grooming report). Forestville Festival 2018 is coming!  You still have a chance to sign up for some very light duty in exchange for free admission do one of the unique music and art festivals anywhere on the planet.  For just a few hours of being a parking director, bus coordinator, tenting checker inner you get free admission for the weekend.  Please do sign up before it is too late.  Remember, it is for a very good cause.  See the list and sign up here: http://signup.com/go/SUrCNwx .  

Not a Grooming Report July 2018

July Grooming Report (see explanation as to why this is called a “Grooming Report” below. Forestville Festival 2018 is coming!  Don’t miss your chance to volunteer.  See important Grooming Report conditions below! It is hard (for us really old people) to imagine it has been almost 50 years since Max Yasgur uttered those now famous lines that began, “I’m a Farmer.”  Of course, Mr. Yasgur was far more than a farmer.  He was really a great man and not just a foot note to one of the iconic events of the 20th century.  Max envisioned what we have created almost

A Luddite Grooming Report

A Luddite’s Grooming Report No special reason for the picture, just a nice summer day. I wear some monikers with honor, or, at least tolerance.  However, the term Luddite is problematic.  As either of my technology challenged readers must know, Ned Ludd was the fictional character that railed against the rise of technology in 18th century London.   They feared the rise of technology would doom their livelihood and that of all workers. The skilled weavers blamed Edmund Cartwright for inventing the power loom in 1785.  Of course the real invention was the flying shuttle in 1733 but John Kay escaped

Not a grooming report

Definitely NOT a Grooming Report Being in the middle of the three months without any U.P. skiing, the 4th of July ice cream scooping event should not get in the way of anyone’s OD training skis.  Granted, there is a plethora of activities one can enjoy in July but none as thrilling and rewarding as scooping ice cream at the food fest. For the uninitiated, the Noquemanon Trails Network is the ice cream scooping charity group for each year’s 4th of July festival at Marquette’s Mattson Harbor Park.  Revelers can sample Jilbert’s delicious ice cream from noon to close at

Not a grooming report May 18, 2018

May 18, 2018;   Please send in pictures:  Today’s picture shows that it is not too late for you to enter the “last ski of the season” contest. This is not a Grooming Report:  I understand one of the hotly debated topics among both grooming report readers is; where do grooming report writers “summer”?  Well, first of all, I am not one of those people that use winter or summer as a verb (although I was thinking of autumn-ing in the south of France this year).  More importantly, as my father always said, “why go anywhere; we’re already here”.  I

Not a grooming report May 1, 2018

May 1, 2018;   We are now in the “To Win a Bet” ski season.  The grooming equipment is put away for the season and the trail head building is closed. Please send in pictures:  Today’s picture shows the spring break up on a north facing beach.  Pictures and comments (nasty or otherwise) may be delivered by a reply to the (not a )grooming report. This is not a Grooming Report:  From no bare spot excellent skiing last weekend to “win a bet” skiing in the matter of a few days.  I expect there is still good snow cover on

Not a grooming report April 30, 2018

April 30, 2018;   Late season schedule in effect.  The trail head building is now closed for the season.  Saturday was the last groom of the season.   Please stay off the trails late in the day if they are too soft to support your skis. Please send in pictures:  Today’s picture is from Nancy’s adventure on the Holyoke trail Saturday. This is not a Grooming Report:  With the Bombi, sleds and Ginzu in the barn, reporting has officially moved into the “This is not a grooming report” phase. No useful information will be contained going forward; assuming there is ever

Grooming April 29, 2018

April 29, 2018;   Late season schedule in effect.  The trail head building is now closed for the season.  Yesterday was the last groom of the season.   Please stay off the trails late in the day if they are too soft to support your skis. Please send in pictures:  Today’s picture is Bagwagi in all its splendor on Friday. Grooming Report:  Skiing will be very good again today following the last hard freeze in the six day forecast.  Skiers will find a large bare spot under the power lines 1k west of the trail head.  All other trails will be

April 28, 2018;   Late season schedule in effect.  The trail head building is now closed for the season.  Today is the last groom of the season.   Please stay off the trails late in the day if they are too soft to support your skis. Please send in pictures:  Amy and Mary and enjoyed(?) a white-knuckle ski yesterday morning. They were on the cold side of the elusive Goldilocks zone. Anyway, here is Mary, just returned from Jamaica sporting her beachy braids and beads. Grooming Report:  This is the last groom of the season.  Doug and Andy are putting the

Grooming April 27, 2018

April 27, 2018;   Late season schedule in effect.  The trail head building is now closed for the season.  Grooming will now be on an as needed basis (and that may be in November or even later).   Please stay off the trails late in the day if they are too soft to support your skis. Please send in pictures:  Today’s pictures show the DOs and DON’Ts of spring skiing.  In the first picture you can see the deep ruts left by skiing when the trails are very soft late in the day.  The second picture shows a section of trail