Grooming April 7, 2015

Grooming Report April 7, 2015

Grooming report is going to intermittent issuance.

I can hear the cheering from the literary guild on Spruce Street.  I am frequently reminded that I should not resist the urge to shut up from time to time.  With grooming on hiatus the grooming reporting society will meet daily but will only report its findings if conditions warrant.  So, until weather or grooming change, feel free to “copy paste” today’s report and re-read tomorrow.


I should add, I will come back and tell you when to stop the “copy-paste” process.  I am reminded of the computer programmer that was in the shower for several days.  When asked what was taking so long he said he was just following the shampoo directions, “wash, rinse, repeat”. I could go into the programing steps to avoid this but expect there are few out there that remember C or C++ or any such archaic language.



ATTENTION SKIERS! PLEASE AVOID ACTIVE LOGGING OPERATION.  Logging operations are dangerous.  We have signed, flagged and blocked trails in an effort to keep skiers from this danger.  Some skiers have chosen to ignore these warnings and it is very disruptive to the operation and dangerous to the skiers. Every time a skier approaches the operation the operation must stop and the logger must assure himself it is again safe to work.   The land owners provide us the courtesy of letting us groom a ski trail on their property.  In return we should offer the courtesy of avoiding the active operation.  PLEASE DON’T JEPORDIZE A GOOD THING. 


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.  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:  Again, no grooming.  Hard trails and no fluffy snow to cool the snowmobile engines mean we can not groom anymore.  On the up side, the trails are bullet proof so grooming is of little benefit.  Skiing is quite good even when the trails are frozen.  The cold nights and cool days are making for a prolonged crust and spring season.  Please enjoy.



For skiers that wish to know exactly when each trail was groomed last please follow this link to our interactive map page.    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):

Did I mention, there is logging?  Also, I should mention, please avoid the operations.


As for the prolonged spring skiing; I am reminded of Long John Silver’s lament to young Jim Hawkins.  Just as we jumped into ski season with a major snow event on November 11 of last year, I would prefer to jump into bike season with a dramatic thaw.  I feel like a one legged man twisting from a rope.



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.


Saux Head: Tim went out Saturday to groom.  He removed the big aspen that had fallen across the trail on the north side.  Then went ahead and did a light grooming scrape on the entire 5K trail loop. He reports there was nice fast skating surface throughout that loop with only a small bare spot near the scenic view area and a the extreme northeast end of the Peep-O-Day section.  He did not checkout the Wilson Creek section but is sure there are large bare spots on the downhills on the west end for they were starting to form last weekend.



Valley Spur; See web site for details


Al Quaal: Detailed report and news follow this link.


Fit Strip: I expect the trails are now un-skiable due to thin snow. Let me know if otherwise.


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 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

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.  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.