Grooming February 7, 2015

Grooming Report February 7, 2015

Big Bay

Today’s grooming report is brought to you by Mike Springer and Michelle Moran and the Big Bay Pathway.  Mike and Michelle  sponsor The Big Bay Pathway of the NTN system. I must apologize for showing a picture without the sign. The trails were groomed yesterday and will be in excellent shape today.  The Big Bay system is for classic skiing.  Striding on classic only trails is so enjoyable when compared with next to a wide skate lane.  A smart skier would run to Big Bay up Co Rd 550 this weekend.  I have to get to Big Bay with a camera and this weekend looks like the time.    Our k marker and Junction sponsors are also pass holders but have given an extra measure of financial support.  So, if you see Mike and Michelle, say thanks and watch their station.  We still have a few markers available.



Short Version: The plan is for groomers to go out on the Noque/Animoosh to the pine plantation plus Chiwagi via by pass and Gookookoo at 8:00 because of the heavy snow forecast.


For skiers that wish to know exactly when each trail was groomed last please follow this link to our interactive map page.    We have added a grid and the groomers will update when an individual trail was groomed last.  I should add, if you have not used the interactive map you must do so.  You “hover” over a trail section and click and a video of skiing that section will launch.  It is like magic.


The Way Too Long Version:     I was like a kid on Christmas morning.  I ran down stairs to get my shovel with visions of big project. Well, a wise philosopher once said, “it’s never too early to say it’s still early”.  We are still supposed to get 2” to 4” and the east wind makes that likely but the weather radar was clear as of press time.  Still, lake effect is convection based so it appears like magic.  I am keeping my shovel ready and the groomers are keeping their Ginzus on deck.


Road Conditions:  The Forestville road is plowed and sanded after all residential areas so expect winter driving every day. The NTN plows after the paved road beyond the rail road crossing.  We have plowed the road and the parking lot but bald tires, rear wheel drive and low clearance vehicles will likely have a rough go.


We have pledged to have our plowing/sanding crews out whenever needed. If you find it unplowed or icy please call or email the office.  We will get the trucks out asap.  In general  I expect most passenger cars will be fine but Bald tires, rear wheel drive and low clearance vehicles may still have some difficulty.   We will post comments on the road going forward.


Snow Bike Route, South TrailsSee the snow bike facebook link for current conditions.


Saux Head: All trails were groomed and tracked Thursday.  Trails are in excellent shape. The plan is to groom Sunday after the snow event.


Valley Spur; See web site for details


Al Quaal: Detailed report and news follow this link.


Fit Strip: The Fit Strip is groomed and track set as needed.  The lights are on for the season. Enjoy. The Fit Strip is groomed weekly as needed. Skiers are reminded that the Fit Strip trails see a great deal of foot traffic despite encouragement to the contrary. As such, skiers will tend to find less than ideal condition on most days. The Fit Strip trails can be found on West Ridge street and is in the woods next to the Park Cemetery.  The 2.5k series of loops are lit from 5 P.M. to 11 P.M.     


Big Bay Pathway Now Open!: FRESH GROOMING TODAY! The Meditation and Hidden Grin Loops were groomed today.  In addition, the Bear Mountain and Ridgeline trails have been packed and leveled.  Conditions are very good on the Hidden Grin And Meditation Trails.  Classic Tracks will be set n the Bear Mountain Trail the next week as condition allow.



NTN Trail head staffing and after hours rental: If you need rental equipment during the times when there is no staffing, or there is no trail host when you arrive at the facility, please call the NTN office at 906-235-6861. Downwind Sports in Marquette also  provides rental equipment. See the NTN website for more details including directions to all of the trails systems above.

Trail host and grooming volunteers needed.  This is a great way to get involved, help out and stay warm.  You can sign up for an hour or two before or after skiing.  You can get to know lots of skiers and help the NTN remain financially viable. Groomers also are always needed.  If interested, please call or email Nikki at 906 235 6861 or email us at

Grooming Equipment Decoder Ring:  located at this link:

Trail Decoder Ring:  located at this link:

Grooming Priority: Given unlimited money and man power we would groom all trails every night.  We have more than doubled our grooming budget this year and skiers should notice it. Our current plan calls for more regular Bombi grooming and daily grooming of more kilometers on a regular basis. Given limited resources we  typically need to make grooming decisions.  We will always plan on keeping the Noque to 17k and Animoosh groomed every day.  Then, time permitting we will work on the Wagis. Given our addition grooming budget skiers will find the Wagis groomed with more regularity.   Following the Wagi loop we will run to Co Rd 510. Once the pond ice is sound we can begin grooming into Marquette to the tourist park trail head. Grooming all of the above listed trails takes close to 11 hours.  So, there are plenty of volunteer opportunities if you would like to join the exciting world of trail grooming.