2016 Grooming Dec 17

December 17, 2016; grooming report
Real Grooming Report Forestville:
Three inches of new snow at Forestville at 6:00 AM and still snowing. Andy is rolling to the Pine plantation and all trails inside of that point. This snow fall will move us to mid-season conditions once it is fully groomed but expect soft skiing today.

Real Grooming Report Saux Head: All trails were rolled this week so the base is firm. This new snow will be rolled today and the plan is to track set tomorrow. If you have not skied the Saux Head trails you don’t know what you are missing. Even without the views I would have to describe them as spectacular given the old growth timber and ideal mix of rolling hills and steep climbs/descents.

Way Too Long Grooming Report: I think the technical term is “woohoo” although there is debate on the proper spelling. It is said one needs at least three winter sports to make winter bearable. I wouldn’t know as I have never had fewer than four. I trust everyone will get out for one or more fun outings today. My alpine buddy always called the Nordic skiers “square heads” but I never fit that as I see each side of the divide equally. On that crisp day with medium old snow and blue wax, Nordic skiing is sublime. However, if you have never dropped off a headwall into waist deep powder I fear I’ll be explaining color to a blind person. Have you heard what is going on in Keweenaw County? I understand it is five feet deep in the woods. I have my climbing skins and AT gear in the car and will be skipping the soft Nordic trails today. Assuming I survive I’ll attempt to describe it tomorrow.

Trail Host Volunteers Needed: I expect you have enjoyed the company and service of our trail head hosts over the years. You too can be a host volunteer. It is fun and warm work. You get to play with fire, meet interesting people and perform a valuable service to the community. The ideal volunteer provides services for a 3 hour shift once a week M-F. Our trail head coordinator is JJ Farrington. Please stop and say hi. If you would like to help out, call JJ Farrington for details. 248-242-2723.