Grooming February 26, 2016

Grooming February 26, 2016
Forestville:  Groomers went all the way to Co Rd 510 this morning. Carlson is attempting to reset the classic track where possible. Expect fast skiing.

Saux Head: All trails were groomed and track set the 21st. The classic tracks were re-set but are thin in many areas due the hard snow. There is a fair amount of debris on the Hemlock Trail, on the Race Loop and, also, down the Plunge. The trail is in fine shape for a fast ski.

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:  We are entering our second week of this “post thaw” skiing. The surface has been transformed into crystalline snow but not in a bad way. Sometimes post thaw skiing is bullet proof or endless death cookies. We have neither at present. This is partially due to the fact the thaw was short lived but mostly due to the wizardry of Carlson and his grooming team. They have babied and finessed the snow back to life. Transformed snow crystals are sharp and will burn a dry ski. So, although you had better be applying hard wax to protect your base and klister to avoid slipping, skiing is very good.

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