Grooming April 7, 2014

Greetings NTN Members; April 7, 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:  One rarely gets just what they want in life.  For example, I like to see ski season start suddenly and end suddenly.  We got the first half of this gambit and it is looking like we will get the back half as well.  I should clarify, by ski season I am referring to regular grooming.  If even one skier feels we should have been grooming I look for one of my hair shirts.  This week however, round the clock thaw prohibit even the thought of grooming.  Given the deep snow pack I expect skiing to be with us well into May (June?) but regular grooming is but a faint memory.  So, although we may take the occasional  grooming run such as after the May Day storm, the Mother’s Day storm is the hard stop.  So, I trust all will follow the weather sites for input as to status of the crust skiing season and timing of the “Goldilocks zone” to avoid too soft or too hard a trail.  Any comments on conditions posted to facebook will be appreciated by your fellow spring skiers.

So, although additional posts will follow when appropriate, the regular grooming report will take a (in some reader’s opinion, a long overdue) hiatus.    See you on the trails.  I’ll be the fat man pedaling up Co Rd 553 on the way to/from Gwinn. 

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 Saturday and have very good cover.  There are no classic tracks and, it looks to be time to summarize the equipment. 


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.