Grooming February 27, 2018

February 27, 2018;  

Thank you Trail Builders: Today’s report is brought to you by Bell Financial. Bell Financial sponsors the 5k mark on the Noque’.  Without the contribution from folks like Bell Financial we would not be able to enjoy the great skiing we have come to expect.  So, if you see them, please say thanks.

Forestville Real Grooming Report:  Bob and Andy are cleaning up skate lanes on all trails from the pines to Forestville.  In addition they will Ginzu and track to the log yard at 4k.  Yesterday they did also roll pack all the way to Co Rd 510 but there are no classic tracks on that section.  In addition, Dough ran the Bombi yesterday on Bagwagi, Chiwagi hills and Chiwagi by pass as well as Animoosh and the stadium area.  Today’s skiing should be excellent on all these trails.


Special note to skiers:  Skiers are reminded we have a 1k lighted loop near the trail head.  The lodge is open and the lights are on until 10PM.

Saux Head: Three inches of new snow fell Sunday morning. He will get out as time permits but you may have fresh snow to deal with.  Saux Head trails are groomed for classic and skate skiing. The trails are spectacular with great hills as well as rolling terrain.  The views are beautiful and overlook Superior and Saux Head.  Today and the weekend look to be great days for Saux Head.  If you have not skied them you don’t know what you are missing.  Please go today, tomorrow or Sunday. The trail head is located 15 miles west of Marquette just off Co Rd 550; follow the signs.

Fit Strip: The Fit Strip is groomed as time permits.

Big Bay Pathway: All trails were groomed Sunday. Meditation, Hidden Grin, Bear Mountain and Ridge Line are in excellent shape.  Short loop for BOW is also groomed.  Big Bay trails are groomed for classic skiing.  Trails are just off Co Rd 550 in Big Bay.


Way Too Long Grooming Report:    Remember when every all you had to worry about green VS blue wax?  We are now into the complex period of life were all colors are in play as well as special, extra and even klister.  With a good deep snow pack and night time freezing temperatures one will have to evaluate time of day and section of trail. You young people will not appreciate this but I am reminded of weather forecasting before supper computers and geosynchronous orbits. Prognosticators were doing their best but from the outside it looked like a dart board was involved. So now we are entering into the highly erratic early part of the Goldie Locks forecasting season.  Portions of the trail system will have transformed snow and life will be difficult without klister but you will hate life if you have klister on the rest. Did you watch the ladies 30k classic in the Olympics Sunday?  Very few sections of the trail had shade but where they did skiers were all slipping like us hackers.  It gladdened my heart. Anyway, with the above disclaimer, I predict transformed snow below the woods at 6k so hold off on klister for another day at least.  Then, above the pine plantation snow will not have even begun the transformation process.  On the rest, I predict the best skiing between the hours of 10 and 3 but it will all be good. Feedback is critical in this complex grooming report writing period.  I have my skis in the car and may actually make it to the trail head but any first hand reports will be greatly appreciated.