Grooming April 6, 2014

Greetings NTN Members; April 6, 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:  You should have been here yesterday:  I can only begin to tell you the about the fabulous skiing yesterday.  Bombi grooming left  a firm wide skate lane with corduroy of such perfection it was hypnotic. The classic tracks looked as they had been carved in ivory.  Skiing at noon with full sun and no wind felt like a summer day. I expect by mid afternoon conditions deteriorated but my skiing was as good as it gets.   If you can imagine, I had first tracks down the hill at 11k!  People stayed away in droves.  I am anxious to scour the newspaper for word of mass alien abduction for can anyone imagine another reason for such a dearth of skiers.

Today I should expect good skiing but spring conditions are fickle. Too much moisture in the snow by late afternoon and warmer than expected overnight temperature indicated no grooming.  As such, skiers will find tracks left by the dozen or so lucky skiers from yesterday.  Some areas may be glazed but shaded sections may well remain excellent.  I expect classic technique will require a Zen master to find appropriate grip.  By late afternoon I expect the high temperatures to have taken its toll on conditions.  Looking forward, high temperatures in the 40s may spell the start of sox drawer organization season.

Our annual Winter Volunteer Appreciation party was held yesterday.  Nikki and Peter served fabulous home made food and drink to the assembled crew of dedicated volunteers.  Tom and Kathy received the Volunteer of the Year honors for their dedicated efforts at the trail head.  The scheduled awarding of a world tour and two new automobiles hit a snag when the budget committee butted in.  With finance an issue we had to fund the prizes with risk insurance and a game of chance. I fear the odds were rather long.  We played “I’m thinking of a number”.  It’s the same game I play at home when we try to determine who will shovel the driveway.  My wife thinks of a number and I guess if it is odd or even.  So, just as my luck is bound to change, so too may the contestants’ in next year’s event.


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 were rolled yesterday.  We had planned on setting track today but the weather has not cooperated as temperatures remain too warm.  I expect skiing to be good today but, as explained above, spring conditions are fickle and hard to predict.  In any case, there are no classic tracks.     

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.