Grooming February 16, 2016

Grooming February 16, 2016

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

Normal People’s Grooming Report:   

Forestville:  Groomers are out cleaning up the skate lanes on all trails inside the 17k mark. Continued ideal weather and untransformed snow will make for ideal skiing today tomorrow and Thursday. Get it while you can. Friday and Saturday look to be a whole different story.

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:  Sorry, no wisdom or witticism to dispense today.  So, please allow me to pitch the Honey Bear Classic. Part of me wishes skate skiing was never invented. I love the classic technique but when next to a 15’ wide skate lane with people whizzing by the love is gone. Yet, on a winding wooded trail with only classic tracks it is better than love. On a good day it is lust. See details below.

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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