Grooming April 16, 2014

Today’s grooming report is brought to you by Bruce Closser!

We’ve all been there: You know, its 1:00 A.M. and the band is playing its last encore.  The hall was only rented to midnight and the owner is about to turn off the electricity.  The food vendor is shutting down and the keg is empty.  There are at least three pretty girls with whom you hope to dance and no one is ready to go home.

Then, just when it looks like everyone will go home at a sensible hour, someone, larger than life, steps up to the stage and drops an enormous sum in the tip jar, pays the hall owner, calls back the food vendor and buys a keg.  The band plays till dawn (or, at least that is how the story is told through the rear view mirror).

Now, it’s been a while since I have been there but that is what Mr. Closser just did.  As such, yesterday’s grooming was not the last.  In fact, but for the forecast storm today we would have touched up the skate lanes this morning.  I fear yesterday’s sun will have aged the surface but not so much as to move the quality below “good to very good”.  Groomers will be out when tonight’s storm winds down and we will clean things up for the weekend as well.  Given the time of year, conditions will not warrant daily grooming but it looks like Saturday will be mid-season conditions.   Freeze/thaw looks to return by week’s end and 24hr thaws can’t be far behind.  Skiers will again have to look to the weather forecasters to time the “goldilocks zone” skiing.  I should add, given the size of the tip jar contribution, the Mother’s day storm will be groomed after all.


So, if you see Bruce, give him a big THANK YOU!
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.