Grooming February 23, 2017

February 23, 2017; grooming report

Today’s report is brought to you by this weekend’s Big Bay trails, The Honey Bear Classic.

New snow for the Honey Bear Classic!

Please join us in celebrating the Big Bay Ski Pathway, located at the end of KG road (turn left at the famous Lumberjack). This family friendly event will highlight youth and adult ski events and activities, prizes, refreshments and a weenie roast. Have your photo taken with the local Honey Bear! Wear a shirt or hat that says Big Bay or Honey Bear for a special prize.

Explore this unique trail on skis or snowshoes and, for the more adventurous, trek up to the scenic Ridgeline Trail. 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 12K challenge will be timed and prizes awarded to those who come closest to their estimated times.

Powell Township students and parents ski free and for visitors, a special 2-for-1, $8 ski pass will be available at the trailhead for this day only! If you frequent the Pathway, the NTN “Powell Pass” is available through, which also includes the Saux Head trails.

For more information, call Marcia at 906-345-0149

Real Grooming Report Forestville:  Three inches of wet snow fell on all trails overnight. Groomers are out with the rollers assessing the situation. With falling temperatures tonight we want to be sure to do the right thing now. It may be that conditions will warrant we wait until the water is out of the snow before grooming. We will know more later in the morning. Check face book for current information.

Saux Head: As above.

Fit Strip Trails: As above. Fit strip groomed and tracked as needed but at least weekly.

Big Bay Trails: As above

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: I took a page from an old play book of a previous life. Of course I don’t have any first hand knowledge of such things but the smart guys say the trick to making a perfect martini is to simply wave a bottle of vermouth over the shaker with the cap removed. So I tricked Heikki Lunta by turning on my iron and waved the storage wax over the top. It appears Hank Snow and Bacchus can both be tricked by Sleight of hand.

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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