NTN Grooming Report January 26, 2012

NTN Trail Report

Forestville: 1.26.12: The ADA porta pod has been removed because it was hit and is in need of repair.  It will be back out next week after repairs.  We Gator groomed the  Noque to 14, Animoosh, Bagwagi, Sprint loop and New Gookookoo. Grooming  Chiwagi, Migizi now along with crews out on the race course.

Special note the course from 510 up is only open for the Saturday race.  Dog walkers at Tourist Park please use the North Country Trail for dog walking as this Noque section is a little thin for the race.  We also want to let readers know that the Noque will be closed due to the race on Saturday January 28th until 5:00 pm and Sunday the lower portion of the course will be closed until 12:30 pm Thank you.

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: 1.25.12 Partial Groom. Great skiing.  Next groom and track planned for Thursday.

Valley Spur 1.26.12 Trails will be touched up where needed. Big welcome out to the Noque skiers and Good Luck. Swanny

Saux Head 1.24.12: Trails rolled, no tracks set.  Received about 8 inches of new snow.  Excellent skiing.

Fit Strip 1.24.12: Fit Strip has been groomed and tracks set on all trails.

Al Quaal

1/26 School Trail and Noque start to Deer Lake – will be groomed and tracked by noon.

Torch Light Trek – downtown Ishpeming (6 pm to 8 pm.)  Kick off the Noque weekend with an evening of fun for the kids in downtown Ishpeming.  Free ski rentals for the event courtesy of Wilderness Sports and free T-shirts (Wilderness Sports) and refreshments (Lofaro’s) for all participants.

1/25 Olympic Trail and Deer Lake Trail – groomed and tracked.

1/24 Baby Lake Trail and School Trail – packed. Teal Lake Trail – all three loops groomed and tracked.

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.

9:45-12:30 Road Crossings

Road Crossing, Wright Street
Road Crossing, Hawley Street
Road Crossings, River Park
Road Crossings, Powedermill
Road Crossings, Forestville/NMU

Call the office 235.6861 or return email at noquenetwork@gmail.com.