Grooming April 4, 2014

Greetings NTN Members; April 4, 2014

Today’s grooming report is brought to you by YOU?.
 As you can see, we are out of pictures.  We can start over from the top but would rather see one of you new guys up here.
Forestville Grooming:    Heavy snow had me listening to the radio to see if my place of business had called a “snow day”.  They never do.  Naming rights can not be determined as of press time due to the likelihood of a two day event.  Skiing today, except for being blustery, will be quite nice for the skating technique.  The base will be hard and the new snow will not have settled too much.  I expect later in the day the depth will become an issue but I find 3” – 4” of new fairly light snow to be quite nice conditions.  I expect the classic tracks are mostly gone however.

Groomers will be out in force in the wee hours in preparation for Saturday’s skiers.  Remember, tomorrow is our annual Volunteer Appreciation (see below) day so we want to be sure there is good skiing for all. Temperatures will be cold tonight and tomorrow night so I expect this new snow will say fairly nice for a few days.  However, day time highs are forecast in the 40s so enjoy it while you can (must?).  I know I hope to be clearing sand off the Co Rd 553 hill shoulder next week as skiing becomes less predictable and cycling becomes more so.


Our annual Winter Volunteer Appreciation party will be held this Saturday April 5th from 11:30 to 1:00 at the Forestville Trailhead. Since I expect all three of my readers are volunteers in some manner, I hope you will come even if not a volunteer. NTN will provide food and beverages and we’ll recognize a volunteer who has gone above and beyond this year. So, please come out and enjoy a few minutes with the groomers, trail hosts, staff and NTN Board Members as we wind down another beautiful ski season.

Without our volunteers we would be a faint imitation of what we have become.

As such, we hold an annual appreciation soiree in their honor.  Please come join us Saturday at the trail head.  Festivities begin at 11:00 A.M. Free food and beverages will be provided to volunteers.  In addition, wonderful prizes will be given out including two free cars, a tournament water ski boat and a grand prize of a world tour. (well, maybe I have jumped the gun on the prizes.  The budget committee is still evaluating this).

In any case, we do hope to see you there.

Please RSVP if you plan to attend so we buy enough food. Remember, NTN would not exist without you!!  Thank you for your support.

Think spring (skiing).


Snow Bike Route, South Trails: All 12 miles groomed as needed.  Follow the snow bike link on our noquetrails site for more information and up to date rider comments on the facebook page.
Saux Head: Saux Head trails will also have new snow but a hard base.  I expect good skiing today. 

Valley Spur; See web site for details and on FB at Valley Spur Trails – National Forest Service
Al Quaal: Detailed report and news follow this link.

Fit Strip: The Fit Strip is groomed weekly as needed.  The Fit Strip trails can be found on West Ridge street and is in the woods next to the Park Cemetery.  The 2.5k series of loops are lit from 5 P.M. to 11 P.M.     

Big Bay Pathway: The Big Bay Pathway is groomed as needed. 


 NTN Trail head staffing and after hours rental

The Forestville Trailhead has a wide selection of rental equipment for the winter enthusiast. Rentals hours are from 10 am to 4 pm, with 24 hour and multi-day rentals available with a valid credit card.  Friday, Saturday and Sunday the Trailhead is staffed from 10-4 by our Hospitality Coordinator Peter Johnson. During the week the NTN relies on volunteers to provide rental equipment. Currently, the Trailhead is staffed Monday and Tuesday from 10 until 4, and  Wednesdays and Thursdays from 10-1. If you need rental equipment during the times when there is no staffing, or there is no trail host when you arrive at the facility, please call Peter Johnson at 715-892-5811 or the NTN office at 906-235-6861. Downwind Sports in Marquette also  provides rental equipment. See the NTN website for more details including directions to all of the trails systems above.

Trail host volunteers needed.  This is a great way to get involved, help out and stay warm.  You can sign up for an hour or two before or after skiing.  You can get to know lots of skiers and help the NTN remain financially viable. Groomers also are always needed.  If interested, please call or email Nikki at 906 235 6861 or email us at

Grooming Equipment Decoder Ring:  located at this link:

Trail Decoder Ring:  located at this link:

Grooming Priority: Given unlimited money and man power we would groom all trails every night.  Given limited resources we  typically need to make grooming decisions.  We will always plan on keeping the Noque to 17k and Animoosh groomed every day.  Then, time permitting we will work on the Wajis.  Following the Waji loop we will run to Co Rd 510.  Grooming all of the above listed trails takes close to 8 hours.  So, there are plenty of volunteer opportunities if you would like to join the exciting world of trail grooming.