Noquemanon Trails Network (NTN) advocates for improved non-motorized options

By admin - May 30, 2014

May 30, 2014

As part of its mission, the Noquemanon Trails Network (NTN) advocates for improved non-motorized options for residents of the area and visitors from across the State of Michigan and beyond. It is the NTN’s position that the Michigan DNR, as a fellow ‘trail provider’ best serves the non-motorized trail community by developing a plan that includes sustainable funding sources for its trail offerings. This is especially true for high cost trails such as Nordic skiing sites, which have ongoing grooming expenses.

When asked by DNR representatives for input regarding a plan for sustainable funding for non-motorized trails, NTN recommended  that an appropriate dedicated trail pass fee, similar to the State of Michigan’s snowmobile trail pass, would secure the necessary funds to re-establish grooming services at many State operated sites where grooming has been discontinued due to funding cuts.  It is our understanding that the current source of funding from the Recreation Passport fee is a periodic distribution from a large non-dedicated pool of funds subject to discretionary cuts. Currently, this fund provides grooming to only 2 sites statewide leaving the vast majority of ski areas not groomed.

The birth of NTN in 2001 arose in large part from several years of inadequate State funding for grooming their Nordic trails. Since its inception, NTN members have invested hundreds of thousands of dollars in developing trails and equipment to groom them. It is our hope that the DNR and NTN can work together to ensure the trails and related investments of both organizations are strengthened for the good of all non-motorized trail users.

 

This statement has been approved by the NTN Board of Directors.



NOQUEMANON TRAIL NETWORK ANNUAL MEETING

By admin - May 19, 2014

The Noquemanon Trail Network will host their Annual Meeting at Lakeview Arena Citizen’s Forum Room on Wednesday, May 21, 2014, at 6:30pm.

The (NTN) Noquemanon Trail Network is a non-profit 501 (c) 3 non-profit organization dedicated to the acquisition and preservation of non-motorized trails. The primary users of the trails include: cross country skiers, mountain bikers, runners, hikers, equestrians and paddlers.  The member supported network receives no governmental support and relies on memberships and charitable donations to do it work.

A brief overview of the state of the organization will be followed by a regular board meeting. Refreshments will be served.  The meeting is open to the public.

For more information on the NTN visit www.noquetrails.org.

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Trail Fest Seeks Volunteers

By admin - May 16, 2014

Marquette Trailsfest June 6,7 & 8, 2014

The Trail Fest race committee is actively seeking anyone who is interested in helping at any one of the races, parties, aid stations or information booths to help us throw this amazing, community inspired event. The 2014 Trails Festival is a combination of the XC Mountain Bike race, the downhill, the Dual Slalom race, the Enduro, several youth races, trail runs and trail tours. We have volunteer positions that involve riding the trails, going on hikes and tour rides with participants, timing for the races, help cleaning up and at the registration tables.

Friday – June 6th

  • 5:30pm
MTB Dual Slalom – Kid’s Race
  • 6:30pm
MTB Dual Slalom – Adult’s Race
  • 6:30pm
Family Hike
  • 8:30pm
Bonfire and Band at Marquette Mountain

Saturday – June 7th

  • 9:00am
MTB Cross Country Race – Long Race
  • 9:30am
MTB Cross Country Race – Short Race
  • 12:30pm
Youth Mountain Bike Race
  • 1:00pm
MTB Trail Tour
  • 1:00pm
NCT Trail Hikes – Tourist Park Trailhead
  • 5pm
MTB Downhill
  • 7pm
Party & BBQ at Marquette Mountain

Sunday – June 8th

  • 8:00am
Twin Peaks Half Marathon
  • 8:15am
5k Trail Run
  • 9:00am
1.5 Mile Kids Run
  • 12:00pm
MTB Enduro

As always, we love to show our appreciation for our volunteers and their dedication and will be providing a classic Trails Festival pint glass and stickers for each volunteer. If you, your organization or group of friends are interested in volunteering or if you have any further questions about race times or volunteer areas please contact Kevin at noquenetwork@gmail.com or by calling 248.910.3786

Looking forward to summer:)

Kevin Bauer

Race Coordinator



Big Bay Relay, this Saturday, May 17th.

By admin - May 15, 2014

 

Attention Big Bay Relay Teams

 You may pick up your teams t-shirts, Friday evening, May 16th from 6:30-7:30 pm at Johnson’s Superior Shoes on N. Third Street in Marquette or the morning of the event at the Kaufman Sports Complex.

 Saturday morning, please arrive 30 minutes prior to your start time to check in with the starter, pick up your t-shirts, have your whole team sign the waiver and receive any last minute instructions. The starting line is on Hawley Street, in Marquette by the Kaufman Sports Complex entrance. New this year we are sending teams out in 1 minute intervals.

 IMPORTANT: Due to road construction mile markers have been repainted.  The course is 25 miles with mile markers 1-24.  Please be extra cautious approaching and at mile markers 4, 5 & 12.

 A reminder: 

1.  ONLY ONE VEHICLE IS ALLOWED PER TEAM (Bikes are encouraged!)

2.  Exchange of runners MUST be at mile markers only!

3.  Runners MUST run on the LEFT shoulder of the road, facing traffic at all times.

4. Reflector straps must be worn.

 If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact Nikki at 906.235.6861.  Also, please let us know if any of the following occurs:

  1. Your team is unable to compete and you will not be starting.
  2. Your team division has changed/team members have changed

 The Noquemanon Trail Network is excited to host the event again this year!  We want to thank our sponsor Johnson’s Superior Shoes and Jimmy Johns for the great awards for the overall winners!  We would also like to thank the volunteers for helping to make this happen!

 Thank you for supporting our organizations and have a great time!

 Keep it safe & fun!

Nikki

Detailed start list and team list located at http://www.noquetrails.org/events/big-bay-relay



Kiwanis Club of Marquette, Chicken BBQ on Sunday, June 8.

By admin - May 05, 2014
Kiwanis Club of Marquette, Chicken BBQ on Sunday, June 8.
Looking for volunteers to help as NTN is a grant recipient.  Thank you to Kiwanis of Marquette and Dr. Don:)
The time would be from 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM with shifts from 11:00-12:30, 12:30 -2:00, and 1:30-3:00 PM at Lakeview Arena.  People can work the whole time or take a shift or if they need to overlap into another shift time, that is okay too (for example 12-1).   There will be work indoors and outdoors.  It does require standing the entire shift –helping in our food lines, walking around cleaning tables, being outside helping with traffic.     The last shift (1:30-3:00) will be clean up and that will entail taking down tables and chairs. 
Our Chicken BBQ is our main fundraiser to be able to continue to give grants in the community.  To make the event a success we need many helping hands.
Please email me the volunteer names, phone number, email address and what time they will be working.  I will contact them as it gets closer to remind them.   I will also be their contact for when they arrive at Lakeview. (I am the one running around with a clipboard).
Thank you very much for your help.  I look forward to hearing from you and your organization.  If you have any specific questions, you can email me at this address or call me at 360-2992 or email slambert@chartermi.net.

 

Thank you!
Sandra


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.