NTN Grooming Report January 18, 2012

NTN Trail Report

Forestville: 1.18.12 The Noquemanon trail was rolled, groomed and tracked from the Forestville Lodge to the 3K marker at Tourist Park last night. Happy to report that the ponds are now passable, there are still some slushy spots on both ponds  but we were able to get a relatively flat 2-width lane to freeze and dry up.  Skiers need to be cognizant of this and be aware where they are when they are crossing.  No danger, but a wet ski ruins everyone’s day.   This is the best the lower section has looked all season.  The Ginzu laid down beautiful tracks and corduroy in optimal conditions.   If you have not got a chance to scope out this section of the trail this season now is the time!

Special note to the dog owners.  We love to have out dog companions out on the trail with us.  It is one of the things that make our trails so great, to have this opportunity.  I would like to ask all dog owners to be conscious to keep them out of the pole barn.  This because of all the smells (new dogs etc) they we peeing in the TH.  Now we need to keep in mind and please notice they are peeing in front of the door at the TH. Some are even pooping in the parking lot, by the door, and in front of the garage.  Please know that by the door we have poop bags, please take one and keep in your pocket for any accidents in front of the TH, parking lot and on the trail.  Dog owners we must have to work together to spread the word. This organization promotes our dogs on the trails, it is an honor and privilege and one of the main reasons I love my job. Please share with your dog owner friends.  Thank you.  Nikki  & Yourick (my dog)

G=Groomed    T=Tracked  or Comments
TRAIL – First Priority
Noque FV to 14K G & T 1.18.12
Lower Animoosh G & T 1.18.12
Upper Animoosh G & T 1.17.12
Boozoo G & T 1.16.12
Zhing G 1.16.12
Papasay na
Gookookoo G & T 1.16.12
Bagwagi G & T 1.16.12
Chiwagi G & T 1.18.12
Migizi G & T 1.16.12
Waaban G & T 1.16.12
Mukwa G & T 1.18.12
Connectors G
TRAIL – Second Priority
Noque from 14K to 510 Rolled 1.18.12
TRAIL – Third Priority
Noque – FV to Tourist Park See above post but be aware that Heavy train traffic has caused the Rail Road to hold off on grooming into the Tourist Park trail head. We are working on alternate plans to keep this section of trail open.
Ski Cats Sundays
Monday Night Skate Ski Lessons from DWS Mondays at 6:30 at FV

Blueberry Ridge: 1.18.12 Being rolled now and then groomed and tracked this afternoon. Friends: I’m adjusting the track-setting pan so as to keep the classic track on the far outside edge of the trail while still keeping it on a relatively level surface. As I tweak this, the width of the skate lane changes. It will never be a superhighway thru the forest; but BBR will always be about low-impact on the forest while providing recreation opportunities for a wide variety of users. Thanks for the chance to explain this. Jeff Noble

Valley Spur: 1.18.12. We received about 7″ of good snow. We kept rolling and tracking through out the day. We will begin rolling at 7am and setting track at 8:30am. Expect to have classic ready to go by 10am on A,B,C,D,H, and Y. Skating will be soft due to the large amount of snow. The Lodge will be unofficially.. open all day today.

Saux Head 1.18.12: Rolled this morning and set to be groomed and tracked early this afternoon.   Received 6 inches of snow yesterday.

Fit Strip 1.17.12: Fit Strip has been groomed and tracks set on all trails.

The Snowbike race is on for Sunday the 22nd at 1:00.
Again this will be a laidback race with a men’s and women’s division. First place prizes for first place for both.  Thinking the time for this race will be 30 min. plus one lap. There will be a different course from the last race, however course conditions will be soft, that’s why we will shorten the time up. If course conditions are better and the majority of racers want a longer race, we will change it on Sunday.  All donations will go to the grooming and maintenance of the FitStrip. Please tell all of your friends that are interested.

Al Quaal 1.17.12 Teal Lake Trail – 1.5k easy loop and 4k original loop groomed and tracked on 1/17.Trail. Reminder: SNOW BIKES are not permitted on the Al Quaal Trails, except by permit.  Last season, the City approved use of Snow Bikes, but only on designated nights with special permission.  As with all other users, Snow Bikers must also purchase a trail pass.

Effective January 1, 2012
The Big Bay Pathway is closed until further notice due to extensive road plowing, logging and trucking along the trail system.
Saux Head Trails are packed and groomed. Stay tuned for alternate plans to the annual Honey Bear event. For more information about the NTN and the Big Bay Pathway, call Nikki, 235-6861.

Volunteer Opportunities: It is that time of year again the MGHS Noquemanon Ski Marathon is looking for volunteers.  Friday night Expo, Saturday race day and now Sunday morning opportunities are available.  LOOKING FOR SNOWBIKE WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP VOLUNTEERSJ We are also looking for Trail Hosts at the pole barn during the week.  Shifts range from a couple hours to four.  Help sell day passes and keep the fire cozy. Call the office or return email at noquenetwork@gmail.com.