Grooming April 1, 2017

April 1, 2017;

2017 march 31 pic

Today’s entry in the Last Ski of the Season contest comes from a skier without a “selfie stick”. Had such an instrument been available you would have seen style to be sure.

Please Join Us As We Honor our Winter Staff and Volunteers

  • Sunday April 2rd from 1:30-4:00 PM. Forestville Trailhead
  • NTN will provide hamburgers, brats and hotdogs grilled by a famous local chef ( Geno Angeli). Soft drinks, buns and condiments will also be provided.
  • Bring a dish to pass and adult beverage (if desired)
  • Get to know the dedicated people who groom the trails, repair equipment, entertain us with clever grooming reports, greet skiers, snowshoers and bikers, rent equipment, keep the building clean, feed the birds, stoke the fire and embody the friendly face of the NTN.
  • Honor our Volunteer of the Year at 4 pm!!
  • RSVP by March 29th by calling Kellie at 906-235-6861

(I guess not a) Real Grooming Report Forestville:  Great skiing remains on Forestville trails. The power lines at 11k (1k west of the trail head) are bare but don’t let that scare you off. Last night’s freezing temperatures will have things firm this morning. Ideal skiing should begin by mid morning.

Saux Head:

Grooming is done for the year at Saux Head

Fit Strip Trails: Grooming is done for the year at Fit strip

Big Bay Trails: Grooming is done for the year at Big Bay.

Snow Bike Trails: Snow bike enthusiast are encouraged to visit the Face Book page dedicated to snow bike trails. Conditions vary from day to day and grooming is not a daily event. Each day bikers will comment on conditions and post pictures.

Way Too Long Grooming Report:

Yesterday I saw two groups of hearty cyclists fighting the headwind. I glanced back and saw that unmistakable expression; you know; the one when you are thinking, I wish I had put on my balaclava. I was so happy. I had decided to ski rather than bike. Skiing was spectacular. Even at 3:00, although at the tail end of the Goldie Locks zone, glide was fine and the surface firm. The Goldie Locks zone ended earlier west of 14k due to greater snow depth. So, I can only speculate but expect you will find some bare sections under the hemlocks near 16k.

It was shirt sleeve skiing at its best. Light air and bright sun and no “where’s my balaclava?” expression. Overnight freezing temperatures will keep excellent skiing through the weekend but then some 24 hour thaws are forecast. We are a long way from, “to win a bet” skiing but you may begin to see more bare spots as early as next week.

Editor’s Note: With the sun already below the equator, ski season is ramping up at our New Zealand affiliate. The grooming report will be going down under beginning next week. Don’t let your grooming report subscription lapse. So, to continue keeping up on the price of tea in China, philosophy of life and ski conditions for the Kangaroo Hoppet you must click on the DownUnder link on our home page.