Grooming April 22, 2018

April 22, 2018;    SEASON ENDING PARTY TODAY APRIL 22!   See details below.

Late season schedule in effect.  The trail head building is now closed for the season.  Grooming will now be on an every-other-day schedule, weather permitting.

Please send in pictures:  Today’s picture is of Kelly on the Basin.

Forestville Real Grooming Report:  We are still in a freeze/thaw cycle with last night’s freeze. No grooming today but trails will be quite nice between about 10AM and 1PM.  Every other day grooming is only as weather permits and no grooming today. Please stay off the trails late in the day if they are too soft to support your skis.


Saux Head:  No report today.

Fit Strip: No report today.

Big Bay Pathway:  No report today.

Way Too Long Grooming Report: More great crust skiing today.  I wish to draw your attention to the foreground of Kelly’s picture.  If you look carefully you will note the shallow marks left by the skis.  In ideal crust conditions the porous snow allows skis to cut in to the proper depth. It is quite fast but you have all the control you want. Open areas need not be a frozen body of water.  Open old growth trees can allow excellent crust conditions as can swamps or open plains.  Rolling plains such as Sands Plains offer spectacular crust conditions.  Enjoy.    We will see you totay at the trail head season ending party.  See below.


I should add, in addition to the impressive list of accomplishments listed below, Dr. Don has to date competed in 15 Worldloppet races, finished in his age group, 1st, 2nd, and 4th in three of them, and in the top 10 in 3 American Birkebeiners. Please come and help us honor this year’s volunteer of the year and world class athlete, Dr. Don.


Members of NTN: Join us NEXT WEEKEND THE 22ND as we celebrate our Winter Staff and Volunteers:  

The annual year end party is always great fun and all grooming report readers are required to attend.  Over-ripe fruit will be provided for throwing at the report writer staff; no sharp objects please (We don’t want a repeat of last year’s spear catching accident).

Please help us honor our volunteer of the year.  Those present can bask in the reflected glory of local legend, Dr. Don Hurst.  Not only is Dr. Don an energetic volunteer, he is a world class athlete.   Dr. Don was a four-year gymnast  and 1953 captain at the University of Michigan. He was a Nordic Jumper for the Ishpeming Ski Club and Veterans Class national champion in 1969, 1971 and 1973 and set a national veterans record of 261 feet. He was a Nordic ski coach at Northern Michigan University.  Please come a fete Dr. Don.

  • Sunday April 22ND from 1:00-3:00 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 the 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 Dr. Don Hurst!
  • Please RSVP by April 11th by calling Kellie at 906-235-6861


SPECIAL NOTE TO SKIERS; Gookookoo, Papasay and the connector from Hemlock Junction to the point where Migizi and Bagwaji meet will be closed for the season effective today:  The majority of our trail system is on commercial forest land.  The land owners allow NTN to use them for ski trails but every 10 to 15 years they harvest some trees.  This year they are logging west of the trail head beginning at the power lines.  As the logging operation moves west, other trails will be effected.  The loggers are working with NTN to keep trails open as long as possible.


Now for some nitty gritty details for skiers like me that dearly love to ski Bagwagi and Chiwagi.  They are still open via Migizi!  So, you get an extra two hills in your ski! Go out the Noque 1k past the power lines. Take the first right onto Migizi after the hill at 11k. At the bottom of the hill turn left onto Bagwagi and enjoy for now.


Please give the loggers a wide berth.  They are doing difficult and dangerous work. If you come upon any logging equipment in the woods, please stay away.  It is both expensive and dangerous.  One of the reasons our land owners allow ski trails is the help we can provide by making their job easier.  Please help us in that mission.   Your help is greatly appreciated.


We should all know, without commercial forest operations we would have no ski trails.  So, if you see a logger or forester, say “thanks”.