Grooming February 9, 2015

Grooming Report February 9, 2015

7k Stevens

Today’s grooming report is brought to you by Fernie, Tonks & Bear Stevens. As you can see, the Stevens  sponsor 7k mark 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 Fernie, Tonks or Bear Stevens, say thanks.  We still have a few markers available.

 

Forestville:

Short Version: Continued snow yesterday kept groomers quite busy over the weekend.  Early Sunday morning we rolled, groomed and tracked the Wagis (including the hills but no tracks on the hills sections), Animoosh/Noque to the pines loop and the Noque from Forestville to the Tourist park. This morning we groomed and track set all the way to Co Rd 510.

 

 

For skiers that wish to know exactly when each trail was groomed last please follow this link to our interactive map page. http://www.noquetrails.org/trails/noquemanon    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:       Light fluffy snow fell last night but it is so light as to likely be blown away by the approaching ski.  I expect skiing to be quite nice on all of the above trails even if not the ones groomed overnight.   Today’s light air and fluffy sun showers will make for a fabulous day on the trails.  I expect it will be even more fabulous than being at the office.

 

 

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. https://www.facebook.com/pages/NTN-Singletrack/147765491905204

 

Saux Head: With apologies to Mr. Burns, the best-laid schemes o’ mice an’ groomers Gang aft agley.   We have to apologize for giving you an erroneous report yesterday. When Tim got up Sunday morning there was a full snow squall occurring that lasted to 1pm.  It dropped another 5 inches of powder.  So, instead of, grooming he did another roll of the trail system in the afternoon.  There were upwards of 12 skiers using the trail while he was rolling.  You could see by the radar the squall only covered the Marquette area in the whole UP.  Even Munising didn’t get a flake.

 

Depending on what we receive overnight he will either groom or roll this morning.

 

 

Valley Spur; See web site for details www.valleyspur.org

 

Al Quaal: Detailed report and news follow this link. http://ishpemingcity.org/departments/parks-and-recreation/al-quaal-recreation-area/

 

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!: The Big Bay system is classic only trails through rugged hills and wooded plains near Big Bay. It snows quite often in the hills around Big Bay so the scenery is frequently spectacular. Trails are groomed as needed but may have some fresh snow on any given day. Please come out for an enjoyable rustic experience. On Saturday the Meditation and Hidden Grin Loops were groomed.  In addition, the Bear Mountain and Ridgeline trails have been packed and leveled.  Conditions are very good on the Hidden Grin and Meditation Trails.

 

 

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 www.noquetrails.org 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 noquenetwork@gmail.com

Grooming Equipment Decoder Ring:  located at this link:  http://www.noquetrails.org/volunteer/grooming-equipment-decoder-ring

Trail Decoder Ring:  located at this link: http://www.noquetrails.org/trails/noquemanon

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.