Grooming April 24, 2018

April 24, 2018;  

Late season schedule in effect.  The trail head building is now closed for the season.  Grooming will now be on an as needed basis (and that may be in November or even later).   Please stay off the trails late in the day if they are too soft to support your skis.

Please send in pictures:  Marilyn mistimed her trip south and has little chance to win the “Last Ski of the Season” contest with this entry but all (reasonable) entries get their day.

Not a Grooming Report:  Well, we have slipped into silly season here at the GRWGHQ (and may have been here for some time if truth be told).  As such, the title and format change once the ratio of actual information to useless information can’t be recorded without scientific notation. Have you ever noticed the mess under the bird feeder? I swear, if any bird gets more than one in ten actual seeds in their mouth I am surprised.  I changed over to shelled sun flower meat for my feeder and those little song birds that normally flit about just sit in the seeds as if wearing a feed bag. I know some of you are thinking, how nice, he is making it easier to sift through the chaff for the grain.  Not at all; I have changed over the bird seed so I don’t have to clean the mess. Similarly, I have changed to the “Not a Grooming Report” format due to public pressure.


Reporting may even become sporadic given the dearth of season ending ski photos. Please let us know if you did ski and what you found and we will pass it on to both of the other readers.  Of course, in the off season the reports continue to be written but they go into a black hole kind of like those slots in hotel bathrooms where we put razor blades in the olden days. They are never opened or emptied; no one even knows if they are used.  In the four months with no skiing the GRW staff gasses on about mountain/road biking, water skiing, fishing, kayaking, trail running, wind surfing, kite boarding,  sailing and surfing (and I am sure I missed a few). I trust you will be partaking in the myriad off season activities that make Marquette County so wonderful.


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”.