Grooming February 28, 2014

Greetings NTN Members; February 28, 2014

 Today’s grooming report is brought to you by “YOUR NAME COULD BE HERE.
As you can see from the missing picture, today’s report is without a sponsor.  The NTN receives no government support and rely on contributions.  Without  the support of contributions we would not have the excellent skiing we enjoy. So, if you want to see your name here, it is not too late.  We can get the photographer out at a moment’s notice.  I should add, there are a few sponsors not feted as of press time due to poor photographic talents.  Given good lighting, we will pick these up over the weekend.  Applications for the photographer position being accepted.

Forestville Grooming:  With very light traffic yesterday we have kept the groomers parked since yesterday’s grooming.  I expect many of the trails will still have fresh corduroy.  Bombi grooming will take place for skiing tomorrow!

Please join us for Happy Hour at the Trail Head NEXT FRIDAY!  Not this Friday as previously reported.  I apologize for the oversight.  I am just learning how to use these things called calendars. 
 
Where: Forestville Trailhead
When: 4 p.m. Friday March 7
 
It’s been an excellent winter, and what better way to celebrate the upcoming spring ski season than with a toast to sunny skies, 25 degrees, and fresh corduroy. Join us at the Forestville Trailhead on Friday, March 7th for a casual ski. Stick around afterwards and plan on bringing an appetizer to pass and an adult beverage of choice. Grab a friend and enjoy the excellent grooming and comfortable Forestville Facility.Not a member? Join us anyway! Day passes will be $5 for this event.
If you have any questions or want more information call Peter Johnson at 715-892-5811.

Snow Bike Route, South Trails: All 12 miles groomed as needed.  Follow the snow bike link http://www.noquetrails.org/winter-home/snow-bike-route on our noquetrails site for more information and up to date rider comments on the facebook page.
Saux Head: All trails groomed last Saturday but no skiers yet.  So, we have saved the gasoline for another day.  .

Valley Spur; See web site for details www.valleyspur.org and on FB at Valley Spur Trails – National Forest Service

Remember, this weekend is the Valley Spur Annual Taste & Glide
Who:  You and your friends.
What:  Various foods catered by Sydney’s Restaurant and Music by Chris Valenti in the Lodge.
When:  Sat Mar. 1, 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Where:  Valley Spur ski trails(valleyspur.org)
Why:  Fun.  Don’t let Old Man Winter get the best of you, gather some friends and come on over.
Most of the food will end up being in the Lodge as we don’t expect volunteers to be outside to long.  Hope to see you there.  A ceremony honoring Dave Worel at 1:00 p.m. for his years at Valley Spur.

Al Quaal: Detailed report and news follow this link. http://ishpemingcity.org/departments/parks-and-recreation/al-quaal-recreation-area/

Fit Strip: The Fit Strip was groomed and track set Tuesday.  The Fit Strip trails can be found on West Ridge street and is in the woods next to the Park Cemetery.  The 2.5k series of loops are lit from 5 P.M. to 11 P.M.  We groom weekly or more often as conditions warrant.

Big Bay Pathway: The Big Bay Pathway are groomed regularly as needed.

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 NTN Trail head staffing and after hours rental

The Forestville Trailhead has a wide selection of rental equipment for the winter enthusiast. Rentals hours are from 10 am to 4 pm, with 24 hour and multi-day rentals available with a valid credit card.  Friday, Saturday and Sunday the Trailhead is staffed from 10-4 by our Hospitality Coordinator Peter Johnson. During the week the NTN relies on volunteers to provide rental equipment. Currently, the Trailhead is staffed Monday and Tuesday from 10 until 4, and  Wednesdays and Thursdays from 10-1. If you need rental equipment during the times when there is no staffing, or there is no trail host when you arrive at the facility, please call Peter Johnson at 715-892-5811 or the NTN office at 906-235-6861. Downwind Sports in Marquette also  provides rental equipment. See the NTN website www.noquetrails.org for more details including directions to all of the trails systems above.

Trail host volunteers needed.  This is a great way to get involved, help out and stay warm.  You can sign up for an hour or two before or after skiing.  You can get to know lots of skiers and help the NTN remain financially viable. Groomers also are always needed.  If interested, please call or email Nikki at 906 235 6861 or email us at noquenetwork@gmail.com

Grooming Equipment Decoder Ring:  located at this link:  http://www.noquetrails.org/volunteer/grooming-equipment-decoder-ring

Trail Decoder Ring:  located at this link: http://www.noquetrails.org/trails/noquemanon

Grooming Priority: Given unlimited money and man power we would groom all trails every night.  Given limited resources we  typically need to make grooming decisions.  We will always plan on keeping the Noque to 17k and Animoosh groomed every day.  Then, time permitting we will work on the Wajis.  Following the Waji loop we will run to Co Rd 510.  Grooming all of the above listed trails takes close to 8 hours.  So, there are plenty of volunteer opportunities if you would like to join the exciting world of trail grooming.