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Grooming November 16, 2018

November  16, 2018;  Not really a Grooming Report Forestville Real Grooming Report:  We are now into 5 days of skiing on the roller packed Noque to 17k, Animoosh, Papasay, Boozhoo, Zhing, and the stadium. Continued cool weather and the 6 day cold forecast will keep the trails in good shape. The surface is uneven but coverage is very good.   Our call for feedback produced even more comments.  Vivian went to Swede Town Trails and sent a picture.  It looked quite good although the Swedetown Trails web site calls conditions only fair to good but all trails open with classic

Grooming November 15, 2018

November  15, 2018;  Grooming Report Forestville Real Grooming Report:  It has been 4 days of skiing on the roller packed Noque to 17k, Animoosh, Papasay, Boozhoo, Zhing, and the stadium. Continued cool weather has kept trails in good shape. The surface is uneven but coverage is very good.   Our call for feedback produced comments from Jack, Laurie, Vivian and Joe just to name a few.  The most useful write up follows: “Out at 9:30 AM and the center of the trail is well packed, narrow and bumpy, and the edges powdery. Around 12 K the Noque path widens and

Grooming November 14, 2018

November  14, 2018;  Grooming Report Forestville Real Grooming Report:  Over the week end Andy roller packed  6-8 in at FVTH and roller packed Noque to 17k, Animoosh, Papasay, Boozhoo, Zhing, and the stadium. Weather has continued to bless skiers with cool days and cold nights.  I am sure the trails are thin but still skiable.   We need feedback from any first hand accounts on the trails.  Please reply or post to Face Book so we can share your information.  Also, have you been to other areas?  I have a manacle attached to a chain attached to a desk.  I

Grooming November 11, 2018

November 11, 2018;  Grooming Report Forestville Real Grooming Report:  This morning Andy reported 6-8 in at FVTH and roller packed Noque to 17k, Animoosh, Papasay, Boozhoo, Zhing, and the stadium. The five day forecast calls for cold days and nights.  Skiers should be able to enjoy good November conditions all week.   Way Too Long Grooming Report:   First, I must apologize for not getting this report out early this morning.  In fact, a conscientious grooming report writer would have updated you yesterday.   However, shoulder season is a busy time.  Surf season traditionally ends with the start of ski season but

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