2019 April 5, Grooming Report;

2019 April 5, Grooming Report;  

Forestville:  Please note the sections of trails that are closed in the map below.  You may read about logging details at the bottom of this report.  As a result of the logging, grooming is being done at the west end of the system between Co Rd 510 and 12k on the Noque and the trail head building is closed for the season. Trails from the powerlines down to the log yard are unaffected by the logging and have good snow cover but will not be groomed.   Two inches of new snow fell Wednesday morning and Andy groomed from 510 down to 14k this morning so today’s skiing should be spectacular all day.

Saux Head: Tim groomed the entire trail system Wednesday after the snow and reports excellent conditions.

Too Long Grooming Report: This year’s ample snow pack is melting quite slowly given the cold overnight temperatures.  This is good news to skiers but so too for persons with low lying property. In a big snow year a speedy spring break up not only ruins crust skiing but can cause severe flooding even in the U.P.  This weekend looks to be warm with rain so a trip to your favorite waterfall is in order.  Spring time ski/snow shoe/bike pictures are expected and will receive top billing.

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.