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 into a ridiculous story on NPR’s All Things Considered I have never found a story good enough to run.  You have to hook the reader (listener) into the story from the start and build the ridiculousness as the story goes on.  Then, a the end you pull the rip cord and the reader has to feel stupid for buying into any of it.  I’ll work on it for maybe 2025 or so.

Fit Strip:.  Likely not skiable .

Big Bay Pathway:  Grooming has ended but trails are likely well covered except for water areas. Any skier comments will be appreciated.

South Snow Bike Trails: We are in spring “freeze/thaw” cycle. Any rider comments will be appreciated.

North Trails: We are in spring “freeze/thaw” cycle. Any rider comments will be appreciated.

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Over 99% of the trails we ski, bike, run and walk are owned by private land owners.  Most of the trails are on commercial forest land.  These land owners wish to see their land used by skiers, bikers, runners and walkers for 99+% of the time.  All they ask is that we understand they need to use the land for a few months per decade.

I really want both of you to understand how important our commercial forests are to life in the U.P.  In much of the country where commercial forestry has fallen behind other uses as the highest and best use, trails like the entire NTN are not possible.  Land in such areas is owned in small private blocks and the public is locked out.

Effective March 25th, parts of our trail system were closed for logging.  One of the keys to the NTN’s success is the fact our users understand this symbiosis.  Our part in this process is to stay out of the way of the loggers and thank them for their support.  Logging is a dangerous and capital intensive operation.  We need to help them be safe and look out for their equipment.  Trails will be marked as closed and we trust you will stay away from the logging operations.

The land owners always wait until late in the year to allow as long a ski season as possible.  In addition, they attempt to keep as much of the trail open as possible.  Beginning next Monday, several sections of trail near the power lines will be blocked and logging trucks will be driving on them.

The NTN is committed to providing top quality skiing if at all possible.  You have come to expect nothing less and we are used to providing nothing but.  We will continue to groom trails between Co Rd 510 and the logging areas.  Most skiers (especially the spring time skiers) know the best skiing is near Co Rd 510 anyway.