Grooming February 8, 2015

Grooming Report February 8, 2015

Today’s grooming report is brought to you by Marc, Kate & Madigon Labeau.  As you can see, Marc, Kate and Madigon  sponsor The Animoosh Junction of the NTN system   Our k marker and Junction sponsors are also pass holders but have given an extra measure of financial support.  So, if you see Marc, Kate & Madigon, say thanks.  We still have a few markers available.  Animoosh Labeau

Short Version: Groomers kept at it most of the day yesterday and skiing was great but the snow kept falling so skaters found it a little tough late in the day.  With the continued snow we are holding off on the normal post bar close groom and instead going just before the first cow milking at 5 (ish).  Depending on the depth we may roll and then groom.  Rest assured, we will have a full complement out there before the crow makes his obnoxious presence felt.



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:     What a great day to ski.  Even the fair weather folks were out today.  I was the fat guy with the pack full of maps, drills, screw drivers and signs.  Please check out the new trail maps.  I should add, if you plan on classic skiing, it is advisable to factor in your pack’s weight (and how much you have gained since you bought your skis) when performing ski prep.  I liken it to purchasing clothes.  Vain men don’t like Levi jeans because everyone can see they have a 34” waist (sellers of women’s clothes of course have fixed this by giving their product non-judgmental labels line “size 2”). In a similar vein, if you lie to your ski technician, you do it at your own peril.  Needless to day, my glide was not ideal.


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 rolled after 5” of snow fell.  Groomers will set tracks and groom the skate lanes tomorrow.


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!: Saturday 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.