Grooming February 15, 2016

Grooming February 15, 2016 Normal People’s Grooming Report:   

Please Join us in Big Bay for the annual Honey Bear Classic ski event on February 18. See details below in the WTL section.

Forestville:  Half an inch of new snow fell overnight. Kirby is out with the Gator and the wide 108” Ginzu grooming and track setting on all trails inside the 14k mark.

Saux Head: All trails will be groomed and track set Sunday, the 14th.

Big Bay Pathway: Big Bay Pathway trails are for classic skiing only. Groomers get out several times per week.  Given the remoteness of the trail, always ski with a partner. Cell phone service is not available in all parts of the trail.

Fit Strip: The Fit Strip (located at the Park Cemetery) in the city of Marquette is groomed regularly. New heavy snow will make this loop excellent for lunch hour outings.

Single Track Snow Bike Trails: The South Trails are groomed for snowbike riding. Snowbike grooming at the South Trails is at the cutting edge of the sport. NTN is continually evolving grooming technology. If you have never seen these trails in the winter you need to get out there. You have to ride a snowbike on a groomed trail to appreciate what is being invented right in our back yard. You need to get out there. For up to the minute grooming information see Single track facebook post https://www.facebook.com/pages/NTN-Singletrack/147765491905204 .

The Way Too Long Version:  We are in “high season” and it may be over soon. This week we have highs in the 20s and lows in the teens with a good hard base and untransformed snow. This is forecast to change on Friday with warm weather expected. A late February thaw may be covered with snow quickly and that would be evidence of a loving god. However, it could well be our first day of a prolonged freeze/thaw cycle. I liken this week’s conditions to not having a cold. You don’t even think about how great it is to not have a cold. Then, when you have a cold (or icy ski trails) you think it will continue forever. If I didn’t have one of those dumb-things-I-godda-do lists I would blow off the office and ski today. Oh well, I trust you all will ski.

Honey Bear Classic Ski Event Big Bay, MI Saturday, February 20, 2016 12:30 pm – 3:00 pm Join us in celebrating the Big Bay Ski Pathway, located at the end of KG road (turn left at the famous Lumberjack).  Enjoy hot cider and cookies and get your picture taken with the sweet Honey Bear. Explore this unique trail on skis or snowshoes and, for the more adventurous, trek up to Ridgeline for the fantastic view.  The 6K Meditation Loop is great for beginner to intermediate skill levels while 7K Hidden Grin and 12K Bear Mountain Loops offer a more challenging trek. The Honey Bear is a non race event but the Bear Mountain 12K challenge will be timed. Estimate your time to be eligible for a special award. A special 2-for-1, $8 ski pass will be available at the trail head for this day only! The NTN “Powell Pass” is available through noquetrails.org, which also includes Saux Head trails.   For more information, call Marcia at906-345-0149

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