Grooming April 5, 2015

Grooming Report April 5, 2015

Forestville:

Short Version:

Please note: some trails are affected by logging operation.

Skiers are reminded that most of the U.P. is a commercial forest.  This is a great thing because it allows us to play in the woods.  The land owners practice the highest form of sustainable forestry and selectively harvest the high quality northern hardwood.  If you see them in the woods, thank them for their stewardship.

Some trails are marked “CLOSED”.  Please DO NOT ski around these marks.  We are able to groom these ski trails because the land owners recognize the value of skiing in the community.  We need to reciprocate and make their job as easy as possible.  Winter logging is the best for the forest in that the ground is not disturbed.  The effects of the logging will be minimal and we will enjoy skiing here again next year and for years to come.
Some additional trail closures ON APRIL 1.  New trail closures came into effect on April 1.  Now Bagwagi is blocked about ½ k before it hits the Noque at 14k.  In addition, Chiwagi is blocked at the top of the Talladega down hill.  There are still about 8k of trails not blocked but some are now dead ends.   On days where the overnight temperatures fall into the mid 20s skiers may find an easy ½ k through the woods to the Noque’s 14k mark. Logging is a dangerous business.  Be sure to stay away from the active logging operation.

 

A note on two way traffic and Dogs: With the numerous closures we are now skiing in two directions on what is left and dogs are everywhere.  One should sing out “Heads Up!” when approaching blind corners.  And, as one skier has commented, dogs don’t always know what that means.  Dog owners (or handlers) will have to translate in order to keep dogs from blocking blind corners in these last few days of the season.

Grooming Comments:  Groomers attempted to tenderize the skate lanes Saturday but failed.  Hard packed trails make the snowmobiles work very hard and overheated during the attempt.  This is a common problem in the spring when there is no fresh snow to blow up on the engine to aid in cooling.  Still, skiing was very good yesterday.  The dusting of snow last Friday turned the surface into a very nice surface.  If you are thinking about going you should by all means go.

For skiers that wish to know exactly when each trail was groomed last please follow this link to our interactive map page. http://www.noquetrails.org/trails/noquemanon    We have added a grid and the groomers will update when an individual trail was groomed last.  I should add, if you have not used the interactive map you must do so.  You “hover” over a trail section and click and a video of skiing that section will launch.  It is like magic.

The Way Too Long Version (TWTLV):

I had wondered if my voyage of exploration would be remembered as that of the Jeanette or that of Amundsen. Would I struggle and fail to find the Northwest Passage or be feted in glory.  Everyone had been in search of a pathway to the Northwest; would I be the first to find it?  Then, as a trio of exuberant explorers skied past me exulting in their success, I could imagine how Richard E. Byrd felt.  There was no celebration for second place.

So, although others garnered the glory, I will report there is a Northwest Passage.  When you hit the last swampy section ½ k short of the 14k Noque’ intersection, cut off through the woods on the crust.  It is a fairly easy traverse to the Noque beyond the logging. Please stay away from the logging operation and off the plowed road.  The land owner has asked us to stay away from the loggers.   Provided temperatures cooperate, the crust will hold you.  Beyond the logging the trail is in great shape and there are open timber to crust ski and logging roads to ski.  I trust you will all take advantage of this crust skiing season.

 

 

Road Conditions:  The Forestville road is now muddy with pot holes.  I expect once the full thaw takes hold there will be standing water.  Still, all passenger vehicles should be fine, albeit a wash may be in order at the end of the day.

 

Snow Bike Route, South TrailsSee the snow bike facebook link for current conditions. https://www.facebook.com/pages/NTN-Singletrack/147765491905204

 

Saux Head: Trails were fully groomed last Saturday. I expect Sunday’s wet snow is frozen and will make for difficult skiing until it fully consolidates as grooming is likely done for the season at Saux Head.

 

 

 

Valley Spur; See web site for details www.valleyspur.org

 

Al Quaal: Detailed report and news follow this link. http://ishpemingcity.org/departments/parks-and-recreation/al-quaal-recreation-area/

 

Fit Strip: The Fit Strip is groomed and track set as needed.  The lights are on for the season. Enjoy. The Fit Strip is groomed weekly as needed. Skiers are reminded that the Fit Strip trails see a great deal of foot traffic despite encouragement to the contrary. As such, skiers will tend to find less than ideal condition on most days. 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 Now Open!: Big Bay trails are groomed as needed. Big Bay trails are for classic skiing.  Please come out for an enjoyable rustic experience.

 

NTN Trail head staffing and after hours rental: 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 the NTN office at 906-235-6861. Downwind Sports in Marquette also  provides rental equipment. See the NTN website www.noquetrails.org 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. If interested, please call or email Nikki at 906 235 6861 or email us at noquenetwork@gmail.com

Grooming Equipment Decoder Ring:  located at this link:  http://www.noquetrails.org/volunteer/grooming-equipment-decoder-ring

Trail Decoder Ring:  located at this link: http://www.noquetrails.org/trails/noquemanon

Grooming Priority: Given unlimited money and man power we would groom all trails every night.  We have more than doubled our grooming budget this year and skiers should notice it. Our current plan calls for more regular Bombi grooming and daily grooming of more kilometers on a regular basis. 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 Wagis. Given our addition grooming budget skiers will find the Wagis groomed with more regularity.   Following the Wagi loop we will run to Co Rd 510. Once the pond ice is sound we can begin grooming into Marquette to the tourist park trail head. Grooming all of the above listed trails takes close to 11 hours.