NTN Grooming Report

Forestville: Tonight was the last time temps may be below freezing for a couple days. We did a light groom on animoosh, chiwaji and the Noque to 14k. Zhing, boozhoo and the sprint loop were groomed and tracked as well.

Give your Christmas tree a new purpose. NTN is trying to create a natural looking wind barrier up near the power lines where drifting and low snow can be a problem. Drive up the Forestville Road (past the NTN parking lot) and drop it off. We’ll “plant” it in the snow bank for you.

Over the next few weekends the NTN plans to have trail ambassadors out on the trail checking for trail passes.  Be sure to wear your pass when you ski.  Memberships or day passes can be purchased at the Trail head from 10-4 or online at www.noquetrails.org.


  1. Office Volunteer, small tasks, mailing and data entry.
  2. MGHS Noquemanon Ski Marathon Volunteers.  Friday, Saturday and Sunday positions.  Get your volunteer pint glass for the year.

Email noquenetwork@gmail.com if interested.

Last but not least our chief groomer has asked if anyone has any plate weights that they can donate to place in the back of one of the Skandics to see if we can get an even better groom.   Looking for two 50 lbs weights, we have a donor that is willing to buy one if you are interested in a match.

TRAIL – First Priority
Noque to 14k 1/9 P.M.
Lower Animoosh Groomed & Tracked 1/9 A.
Upper Animoosh Groomed & Tracked 1/9 A.M.
Boozoo Groomed & Tracked 1/9 PM.
Zhing Groomed & Tracked 1/9 PM.
Papasay Groomed & Tracked 1/6 P.M.
Gookookoo Groomed & Tracked 1/7P.M.
Bagwagi Groomed & Tracked 1/7 A.M.
Chiwagi Groomed & Tracked 1/9 A.M.
Migizi Groomed & Tracked 1/6 A.M.
Waaban Groomed & Tracked 1/7 P.M.
Mukwa Groomed & Tracked 1/7 A.M.
Connectors Groomed & Tracked 1/7 P.M.
Mead Hill By pass Groomed & Tracked 1/5 P.M.
TRAIL 2nd Priority
Noque from 14K to 510 Groomed & Tracked 1/5 P.M.
TRAIL – Third Priority
Noque – FV – Coverage continues to be very thin until after the ponds. The ponds are safe to cross and have good ice. Classic tracks were able to be set after the power lines but are very thin with some exposed dirt and rock. Would encourage rock ski use only on this section until we get more snow. If you ski this section please consider helping clean the trail by throwing sticks to the side of the trail to help get it ready for the Noque. We have done a lot of stick removal, but many remain, and everything will help with two weeks to go before the race.

  • South Trails Snow Bike Route: South trails continue to be in excellent shape for snowbikes. Both the groomed ‘SBR’ marked with the pink signs and pretty much the rest of the south trails which get lots of foot traffic have firm packed snow providing fast rolling.  Tire pressures of 10lbs and upward now possible.

    One note for caution. There are a couple of wet spots on the Gorgeous trail where a small spring in the hillside leads to water of the rock trail surface. These spots are VERY icy. Use extreme caution.

  • Saux Head: Overall, the trail is in good skiing condition. Note: The base condition at the East Trailhead parking area of the Peep-O-Day is on the thin side compared to the rest of the trail.
  • Valley Spur: Trails are holding well through this weather event. We will be dressing the skate lanes on Wednesday. At this time Little G is closed due to a hazardous downhill. http://trailconditions.valleyspur.org/
  • Al Quaal: Detailed report and news follow this link. http://ishpemingcity.org/departments/parks-and-recreation/al-quaal-recreation-area/
  • Fit Strip: Groomed and tracked 12/22. Rock skis recommended.
  • Blueberry Ridge: The DNR has elected to groom Blueberry Ridge this year. More info on the website.  http://www.michigandnr.com/parksandtrails/Details.aspx?id=88&type=SFPW