Grooming April 17, 2018

April 17, 2018;    Late season schedule in effect.  The trail head building is now closed for the season.  Grooming will now be on an every-other-day schedule, weather permitting.


Please send in pictures:

Today’s picture looks to be the inside of a glass of milk.  However, if you squint and hold it to the light just right you can see knee deep powder with two sets of “spooned” turns.  By the end of the day the hill was shredded.

Forestville Real Grooming Report:  Continued snow yesterday and squalls this morning have kept the grooming staff buzzy plowing the parking lot and assessing the time to groom.  Doug will be getting the Bombi out this morning but not until well after dawn.  The plan is to set classic tracks and skate lanes to the pine plantation on Animoosh, Noque and Chiwagi by pass. Even after grooming trails will be soft until at least tomorrow.


Saux Head:  No report today.

Fit Strip: No report today.

Big Bay Pathway:  No report today.

Way Too Long Grooming Report: I did see some of you on the hill yesterday and there were smiles all around.  With last night’s snow squalls and wind we will experience what powder hounds call “free re-fills” where the shredded sections will be drifted in; good as new.  Right after I do my “dumb-things-I-godda-do” list, you know where I will be.  The rest of the week looks to be great skiing; cross country and downhill with overnight lows well below freezing.  The Forestville trails will be in excellent shape through next weekend to be sure.  Enjoy.


Members of NTN: Join us NEXT WEEKEND THE 22ND as we celebrate our Winter Staff and Volunteers:  

The annual year end party is always great fun and all grooming report readers are required to attend.  Over-ripe fruit will be provided for throwing at the report writer staff; no sharp objects please (We don’t want a repeat of last year’s spear catching accident).

Please help us honor our volunteer of the year.  Those present can bask in the reflected glory of local legend, Dr. Don Hurst.  Not only is Dr. Don an energetic volunteer, he is a world class athlete.   Dr. Don was a four-year gymnast  and 1953 captain at the University of Michigan. He was a Nordic Jumper for the Ishpeming Ski Club and Veterans Class national champion in 1969, 1971 and 1973 and set a national veterans record of 261 feet. He was a Nordic ski coach at Northern Michigan University.  Please come a fete Dr. Don.

  • Sunday April 22ND from 1:00-3:00 PM. Forestville Trailhead
  • NTN will provide hamburgers, brats and hotdogs grilled by a famous local chef Geno Angeli. Soft drinks, buns and condiments will also be provided.
  • Bring a dish to pass and adult beverage (if desired)
  • Get to know the dedicated people who groom the trails, repair equipment, entertain us with clever grooming reports, greet the skiers, snowshoers and bikers, rent equipment, keep the building clean, feed the birds, stoke the fire and embody the friendly face of the NTN.
  • Honor our Volunteer of the Year Dr. Don Hurst!
  • Please RSVP by April 11th by calling Kellie at 906-235-6861


SPECIAL NOTE TO SKIERS; Gookookoo, Papasay and the connector from Hemlock Junction to the point where Migizi and Bagwaji meet will be closed for the season effective today:  The majority of our trail system is on commercial forest land.  The land owners allow NTN to use them for ski trails but every 10 to 15 years they harvest some trees.  This year they are logging west of the trail head beginning at the power lines.  As the logging operation moves west, other trails will be effected.  The loggers are working with NTN to keep trails open as long as possible.


Now for some nitty gritty details for skiers like me that dearly love to ski Bagwagi and Chiwagi.  They are still open via Migizi!  So, you get an extra two hills in your ski! Go out the Noque 1k past the power lines. Take the first right onto Migizi after the hill at 11k. At the bottom of the hill turn left onto Bagwagi and enjoy for now.


Please give the loggers a wide berth.  They are doing difficult and dangerous work. If you come upon any logging equipment in the woods, please stay away.  It is both expensive and dangerous.  One of the reasons our land owners allow ski trails is the help we can provide by making their job easier.  Please help us in that mission.   Your help is greatly appreciated.


We should all know, without commercial forest operations we would have no ski trails.  So, if you see a logger or forester, say “thanks”.