Grooming April 29, 2018

April 29, 2018;  

Late season schedule in effect.  The trail head building is now closed for the season.  Yesterday was the last groom of the season.   Please stay off the trails late in the day if they are too soft to support your skis.

Please send in pictures:  Today’s picture is Bagwagi in all its splendor on Friday.

Grooming Report:  Skiing will be very good again today following the last hard freeze in the six day forecast.  Skiers will find a large bare spot under the power lines 1k west of the trail head.  All other trails will be excellent during the Goldie Locks zone projected to fall between 9AM and noon.


Way Too Long Grooming Report:  Well, I would guess you know by now; I did not ski yesterday. Too much stuff too little bla bla bla.  So, my Friday run to Co Rd 510 looks to be my last real ski of the season.  Don’t get me wrong, I will surely get in some “to win a bet” skis but Friday was real skiing! Three days in the 70s with nights in the 40s and 50s will put a real hurt on the west facing slopes.   I trust one of you got to 510 yesterday and I expect both of you will do so today.  Sadly, I am tied up until after the Goldie Locks Zone closes. I can’t believe my Friday entry will be the last to ring the bell at 510.  I trust one of you will grab the honors but you will need proof to win the fabulous prizes.  And I don’t mean the rest of your foursome vouching as in a hole in one but real proof.  You know, like when the kidnapers take a picture of the victim holding today’s news paper. I must add, our technical staff caught the guy that photo shopped last year.


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”.