Grooming April 23, 2018

April 23, 2018;  

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 stay off the trails late in the day if they are too soft to support your skis.

Please send in pictures:  Natasha and Nichole were happy to find water at the trail head after over shooting the Goldie Locks Zone Saturday.

Forestville Real Grooming Report:  Overnight forecast of warm temperatures kept groomers parked last night.  However, near lake level the temperatures did fall below freezing and I expect so too away from the lake at the trail head.  Expect things to soften up quickly today so you had better get out early (more on the Goldie Locks Zone in the WTLGR below).


Saux Head:  No report today.

Fit Strip: No report today.

Big Bay Pathway:  No report today.

Way Too Long Grooming Report: First of all, I must apologize for misleading any classic skiers on the Goldie Locks Zone.  There is a conversion table but it is an impure science.  Generally the Goldie Locks Zone, starts earlier and ends earlier than for skate skiers. Getting beyond de Boucles d’or Zone (as one of our well cultured critics calls it) on the wrong end of an “out and back” is an unpleasant experience and for my part in the debacle I do apologize. I should add, if you want a really unpleasant experience, miss the zone when back country crust skiing; you may need your head lamp to get home.


And just one more note on crust skiing: Kelly’s picture (posted yesterday) was on the smaller McClure Basin.  I did receive an ear-and-a-half full from a skier that went to the Hoist Basin on my recommendation. She reported it was sun cupped and awful. It is interesting how a micro climate can cause a sea change in conditions.  This week’s forecast calls for an overnight freeze all week with the possible exception of tonight. This will help clean up the rivers for trout opener but we will be skiing into camp next weekend for sure.  Remember, NTN opted to pass on the satellite up-link technology so when I’m off the grid reportage will be covered by more talented senior staff.


Anyway, I do hope you had a chance to come to the trail head yesterday; it was most festive. Chef Geno cooked up a great feast and Director of Ski Operations Extraordinaire, Laurie was MC.  She thanked all the volunteers and offered over ripe fruit to attendees with bones to pick regarding the grooming report writer staff.   Dr. Don was gracious in accepting accolades as volunteer of the year and revelers had the great good fortune to hear some words on how one can continue to live as a young man forever


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”.