Grooming February 24, 2017

February 24, 2017; grooming report

Today’s report is brought to you by this weekend’s Big Bay trails, The Honey Bear Classic. The trails are in great shape and the weather looks to be ideal!

New snow for the Honey Bear Classic!

We surveyed the entire trail yesterday.  The Honey Bear WILL take place this Saturday at 1pm.  As of now, we will most likely utilize our Meditation and Hidden Grin loops.  Bear Mountain has excessive water issues due to run off from the melt.

The Organizers at the Honey Bear Classic want to express that this event is all about fun!  You pick how many laps you would like to do, and you predict how long it will take you to complete the distance. The person with the closest estimate is the Grand Champion.  In addition, we will have a fire at the trailhead to cook hotdogs, and eat with friends.  Bring your own beverage for refreshment.  Let’s have fun and celebrate our glorious UP lifestyle together!!!!  …all while supporting The Big Bay Pathway!

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:  Groomers are setting track and grooming skate lanes on all trails inside 17k (except Chiwagi hills).


Saux Head: Grooming is done weekly at Saux Head


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


Big Bay Trails: Grooming is done weekly at Big Bay for Classic only.


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: Skiing is a winter sport after all. I trust tomorrow’s forecast gladdens your heart. There are two kinds of people: the ones that don’t go somewhere because of the weather and the ones that don’t go to unpleasant places because of the weather. So, if you are looking for an excuse to skip that tax audit, bully for you. I remember in the olden days of video rental stores: On snow days everyone would go skiing (except the fat kids that would go to the video store). No one stayed home. They just had an excuse to not go to school.

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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