Grooming December 5, 2014

Greetings NTN Members and others;

December 5, 2014 The Noquemanon Trail Network Plans 10th Annual Snowball Benefit

Join us TONIGHT for a night of winter celebration on December 5, 2014 at the Marquette History Museum,  from 7:00 p.m. to 11:00.p.m. Make your holiday party the NTN Snow-Ball this year, featuring outstanding food from Sweet Basil, silent auction items from amazing community donors, excellent music from the Union Suits and fresh brews from Ore Dock Brewing Company.

Tickets are available at the Sports Rack, Downwind Sports, and through NTN Board members, Snowball Committee members  and at the door. Tickets are $60 per person or $100 per couple.  Tickets come with drink coupon and a commemorative glass.

All proceeds go to the Noquemanon Trail Network  a non-profit 501 (c) 3 organization that promotes the development of integrated, multi-use, non-motorized trails.  For more information on the NTN log onto   Hope to see you there!

River Valley Bank is having an essay contest during the month of December, and the NTN is one of the fourteen non-profit organization in the running! In order to compete, organizations had to have 501(c)3 status and submit a short statement as to why they are deserving of the grand prize–$5,000.00! Visit the link to read our essay and head to River Valley Bank on Third Street to vote now until December 31st!


Short Version: Today skiers will find groomed Noque to pine plantation, Animoosh Chiwagi (via hill by pass) and down to the tourist park.

The Way Too Long Version: Late yesterday I got my own boots on the ground (or, snow as it were). The run to Co Rd 510 was hard to beat. Beyond the pine plantation there were very few tracks since the Bombi run earlier in the week. An inch of cold fine snow had covered the corduroy the night before and I was laying first tracks beyond 22k. There was a rock hard skate deck and silky quiet fresh surface.  I was feeling guilty for getting first tracks until two gentlemen from Milwaukee blew by. I swindled the devil by over pricing my soul and was able to hang with the gazelles all the way back to the trail (the last 15 minutes in the dark at 5:45). So, although we only groomed to the pine plantation, please consider continuing on. I would have to give groomer’s choice to the Co Rd 510 run even though it was not groomed last night. You will only find a few tracks.

If interested in understanding grooming equipment, techniques, priorities and trail names, please see the “Decoder Ring” links below.

Road Conditions: The Forestville road is plowed and sanded after all residential areas so expect winter driving every day. The NTN plows after the paved road beyond the rail road crossing. We have pledged to have our plowing/sanding crews out whenever needed. If you find it unplowed or icy please call or email the office. We will get the trucks out asap. In general I expect most passenger cars will be fine but Bald tires, rear wheel drive and low clearance vehicles may still have some difficulty. We will post comments on the road going forward.

Snow Bike Route, South Trails: All 12 miles groomed as needed.  See the snow bike link .

Saux Head: Trails were groomed Wednesday and should be very good again today. Plans call for Saturday morning grooming.

Valley Spur; See web site for details

Al Quaal: Detailed report and news follow this link. F

it Strip: The fit strip is groomed and track set. 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: The Big Bay Pathway is not yet groomed.     

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 and grooming 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.  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.  So, there are plenty of volunteer opportunities if you would like to join the exciting world of trail grooming.