Grooming February 20, 2017

February 20, 2017; grooming report

Real Grooming Report Forestville:  Kirby cleaned up the skate lanes on the Noque and Animoosh to 17k this morning and reported “very good” skiing above the “doctor’s parking lot” (AKA, the powerlines just 1k west of the trail head).

Saux Head: All trails were groomed Thursday I did see the trail yesterday and spoke with Brad and Brenda as they skied by. It was good but a little slow. Tracks were thin and the skate lane was a little pock marked but I would have skied if time had permitted.

Fit Strip Trails: Fit strip groomed and tracked as needed but at least weekly. The thaw is likely to have taken a toll on the fit strip as there is a good amount of foot traffic as well as sun areas. If anyone has first hand information please respond and/or post to face book.

Big Bay Trails: All Trails were groomed Thursday except the Ridgeline. The thaw has parked the groomers until the cold returns later in the week.

We had a snowmobile tear up the back of Hidden Grin this week.  It is groomed out -with a little more work to do to get it completely smooth again. All other parts of the trail are very good condition

Snow Bike Trails: Snow bike enthusiast are encouraged to visit the Face Book page dedicated to snow bike trails. Conditions vary from day to day and grooming is not a daily event. Each day bikers will comment on conditions and post pictures.

Way Too Long Grooming Report: The “thaws like” index is low today. Although we have experienced 4 days of very warm temperatures the complex mixture of factors in the “thaws like” index have kept the trails in good shape. Of course, the better known but far less scientific indices such as “wind chill” or “heat index” are just silly. The thaws like index allows skiers to make informed decisions on important decisions such as, classic or skate or even counting spiders in the basement on the mag trainer. Without boring you with complex formulas or controversies on their application, I will simply say, the age of snow, relative humidity, lack of wind and sun angle have all contributed to a thaws like index near zero. The ten point must system can see a 10 with far cooler temperatures if right after new snow with bright sun and high wind. I know some of you (ok, both of you) are saying, “this guy is nuts” but bear with me. The trick is for water to be able to drain away. This is why spring corn snow is so wonderful. The large granules of fully consolidated snow passes water far more quickly than wind driven new snow. As long as the melting is slower than the draining the thaws like index remains near zero and skiers can leave the spiders and mag trainer in the basement. Enjoy.


Trail Host Volunteers Needed: I expect you have enjoyed the company and stervice of our trail head hosts over the years. You too can be a host volunteer. It is fun and warm work. You get to play with fire, meet interesting people and perform a valuable service to the community. The ideal volunteer provides services for a 3 hour shift once a week M-F. Our trail head coordinator is JJ Farrington. Please stop and say hi. If you would like to help out, call JJ Farrington for details. 248-242-2723.



Have you wanted to try skijoring with your dog? You can now rent a complete setup including a belt, line and harness at the Forestville trailhead for $5.

For more information or to get involved with the skijor club visit us on our facebook page, Noquemanon Skijor Club or contact Brent Skaw at

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