NTN Grooming Report January 19, 2012

NTN Trail Report

Forestville: 1.18.12  All trails groomed and tracked yesterday.  Had some issue with our equipment.  Getting things nailed down today.  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 G & T 1.18.12 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 Groomed and tracked yesterday.  The trail is looking great. 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: 1.19.12. We have been receiving snow through the night. We will continue to receive snow today. We will be grooming throughout the day with the 10′ roller and track setter. There will be skiing available, starting at about 9am. Swanny

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 1.19.12 We’ve been having issues with snow bikers on the Al Quaal trails lately.  This is unfortunate to me, but it appears a handful of snow bikers are disrespecting the rules of the trails and even being bold enough to tell skiers they have a right to be there.  In 2010, the Ishpeming Parks and Recreation Committee agreed to limited use of the ski trails for snow bikes.  The restrictions were basically to restrict the use to specific events (ex. Wednesday night rides or maybe a snow bike race.)  Also, prior to use of snow bikes on the trail, the Committee required approval (from me) for the event.  To date, I have not received a single request for use of snow bikes on our ski trails, but we have had several occasions where snow bikes have been on the trails.  I am a supporter of both cycling and skiing, but the rules of the trails must be respected at all times.  Therefore:

Effective immediately, snow bikes are banned from the groomed cross country ski trails at Al Quaal. This includes the School Trail, all three Teal Lake Trail Loops, Deer Lake Trail and Olympic Trail.  Concerned individuals may contact Jon Kangas, Public Works Director at 486-9371 to discuss.

1/18/12 Deer Lake and Olympic Trails – G + T, Teal Lake Trail (all three loops) – G + T, School Trail – G + T

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.