Grooming February 21, 2016

Grooming February 21, 2016

Forestville:  Trails set up overnight and groomers got out. Andy ran the Ginzu teeth on the skate lanes of Noque/Animoosh to 17k plus Chiwagi by pass. Classic tracks are like concrete and can not be reset. Expect very fast skiing.

Saux Head: All trails were 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:  Well, the smart money was wrong; trails did set up and we were able to groom. A scratched surface on the back side of the thaw/freeze cycle can make very enjoyable skiing. Yesterday’s thaw was short lived so deep ruts did not appear.

The Ginzu teeth can knock down the ridges left from yesterday’s skate strides so today’s skis don’t get caught by frozen ruts. I have not seen the trails yet today so I am very curious to know; is it very good, good or fair. I know it is better than “to-win-a-bet” skiing but far short of that feel good silk we have enjoyed all winter.

Of course, some are looking forward to that teeth rattling, toe exercising, hair raising thrill ride. You may get your wish. So, if you have blue klister and guts, I’ll see you out there.

Sondo