NTN Grooming Report January 24, 2012

NTN Trail Report

Forestville: 1.24.2012: This morning we groomed and tracked Noque to the 14K mark, the Chiwagi bypass, Mukwa, and the stadium.  Please give special thanks to the nice folks at Michigan Sales for making this possible. They have provided the special Gator equipped with tractor treads instead of wheels. It has the power to pull a larger Ginzu. We have it as a demo and we are interested in feedback on the grooming product.

Noquemanon Trail Network and “Friends of the Big Bay Pathway” will host the annual Honey Bear Ski Race on the NTN – Forestville location on Saturday, February 18th. Participants of any age can ski classic or skate over an approximate 12-K or 24-K course. All race events will start at 10:00 a.m. from the NTN Trailhead. Registration will begin at 8:00 a.m. (in the pole barn) until 9:45 a.m. Entry fee is $25 per person with all proceeds going to maintain the Big Bay Pathway, which is temporarily closed due to logging activity.

An awards ceremony with door prizes and refreshments will be held immediately after the race on site. Non-skiers are welcome to attend the event to learn more about the Big Bay Pathway and programs offered by the Noquemanon Trail Network.  Be on the lookout for that sweet Honey Bear – he just might emerge from hibernation for this event!

Entry forms are available online at www.noquetrails.org and at local sport shops.

For more information call NTN at 235-6861.

SPECIAL EVENTS
Ski Cats Sundays
Monday Night Skate Ski Lessons from DWS Mondays at 6:30 at FV

Blueberry Ridge: 1.24.12 Full Groom on all loops yesterday.  Plan to do a partial groom today and one tomorrow.

Valley Spur: 1.24.12. Todays Report: Groomed  and tracked 50% of trails on Monday. All trails will be groomed this AM. Expect great conditions. Skate should be  a hard deck with a little new snow cover groomed in. Classic should be good and fast. Don’t forget to start training for the Snowman Duathlon. 8k ski and 1.8 mile snowshoe. February 25th.  Swanny

Saux Head 1.22.12: Trails groomed Saturday. Excellent skiing.

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

Al Quaal 1.23.12 We think we eliminated our snow bike issues this weekend.  Thank you to everyone that has respected the rules of the Al Quaal ski trails!

We received up to 12” of white gold today, but due to snow plowing obligations we will not start grooming until Tuesday morning.  The trails should be in great shape after that.  Once all the trails have been groomed, we will focus on the Noque Marathon course in Ishpeming including the start, road crossing and off-network section to Deer Lake.  The start of the Noque should be in great shape after this storm.

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 VOLUNTEERS. 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.