Grooming February 9, 2016

Grooming February 9, 2016 Normal People’s Grooming Report:   

Please Join us in Big Bay for the annual Honey Bear Classic ski event on February 18. See details below in the WTL section.

Forestville:  Carlson groomed Animoosh and Noque to the bridge at 17k this morning. Then the clouds opened up. Heavy snow at 6:30 dictated we park the grooming equipment. Ski early or plan on using back country equipment. We will get back out and groom after this major snow event.

Saux Head: All trails were groomed Saturday.

Big Bay Pathway: Big Bay Pathway trails are for classic skiing only. The Big Bay Pathway was groomed on 2/4. ALL trails are open including our crown jewel, The Ridgeline. Please be careful on the down hill portion of The Ridgeline, it is long and fast. 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 .

The Way Too Long Version:  I prefer “big boned” to “fat”. So, although votes are still being cast, I feel sure we will be writing about the Big Boned Tuesday snow storm after all the dust settles.

Honey Bear Classic Ski Event Big Bay, MI Saturday, February 20, 2016 12:30 pm – 3:00 pm Join us in celebrating the Big Bay Ski Pathway, located at the end of KG road (turn left at the famous Lumberjack).  Enjoy hot cider and cookies and get your picture taken with the sweet Honey Bear. Explore this unique trail on skis or snowshoes and, for the more adventurous, trek up to Ridgeline for the fantastic view.  The 6K Meditation Loop is great for beginner to intermediate skill levels while 7K Hidden Grin and 12K Bear Mountain Loops offer a more challenging trek. The Honey Bear is a non race event but the Bear Mountain 12K challenge will be timed. Estimate your time to be eligible for a special award. A special 2-for-1, $8 ski pass will be available at the trail head for this day only! The NTN “Powell Pass” is available through, which also includes Saux Head trails.   For more information, call Marcia at906-345-0149