Grooming December 23, 2017

December 23, 2017;  Grooming Report

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Forestville Real Grooming Report: An inch of fluffy snow fell last night so groomers cleaned up the skate lanes on all trails inside 17k.  Classic tracks have been left in place and are still good from Thursday’s groom.  Now skiers will find classic tracks on Bagwaji as well as Chiwagi.  However the two major hills on Chiwagi still need more snow.

Way Too Long Grooming Report:    I did get out on the Wagis late yesterday.  If you have not skied Bagwagi and Chiwagi you are missing some of the most beautiful trails in the world.  I’ll get to conditions in a minute but first you have to hear about gliding through the mature mixed forest.  On the way out Gookookoo you pass through groves of over mature hemlock.  As you turn right onto Bagwagi the towering hard maple are interspersed with balsam as you plunge down each of a series of hills.  Light air over the past few days has left the bows covered like so many frocked Christmas decorations. The trail back via Chiwagi traverses the ridge with Hog Back, Sugar Loaf and Lake Superior to your left through the towering maple. With light snow falling the scene was sublime.

The optics were so riveting I almost forgot to pay critical attention to the actual ski conditions.  It was only after my euphoria passed that I could see through my confirmation bias.  I was all ready to explain how it was “Very Good” (VG) on the five point must system (P,F,G, VG and Ex).  Then I realized, I had failed to remove my early season filter.  While it was certainly very good for early December (I have been told it is no longer early December), the surface is still a little uneven and there are 2’ twigs poking through the base in a number of areas. The down hills are a little bit of a challenge given the slight wash board patter but I was able to run them out without any snow plows. I wouldn’t recommend the two major down hills on Chiwagi but rather take the groomed hill by-pass route.   So, even though it is only a 3 on the 5 point must system, I will be back on the Wagis today.

Saux Head: Tim is grooming Saux Head this morning and will attempt to set classic tracks in areas where snow depth permits.

Fit Strip: The Fit Strip located in the Marquette Park Cemetery is open for skiing.  It is a beautiful trail through mature mixed forest.  There are rolling hills on two loops with a total of 3k of very nice skiing right in the heart of Marquette.  Snow is a little thin so here are only classic tracks on part of the trail.  I would add, there are some people that actually walk on the ski trail.  I don’t understand why one would walk on a ski trail.  I do politely ask walkers to keep to the edge of the groomed trail.  I also encourage all users to put some money in the pay pipe so Tom doesn’t have to by all the gas himself.  Enjoy.


PS: If you have not renewed your Trail Builder membership, now is the time.  Please don’t make me track you down. “