Grooming January 22, 2018

January, 22 2018;  Grooming Report

Special Note to Skiers:  The Noquemanon Ski Marathon  course looks to be very good this year with more snow forecast this week.  I know I will be on the starting line in Ishpeming.  See you all there.

There is no access to the “Mead Hills” bypass trail apart from race day. No pre-skiing is allowed as this is privately owned land. Gates to this section will be closed and locked. If you are skiing near the bypass prior to race day and the gate is open do not proceed – the only access we have to this trail prior to Saturday Jan 27th is for trail preparation. If you are found on this section of trail prior to race day you will be putting our organizations relationships with local land owners in jeopardy and you may be disqualified from the race with no refund.

Forestville Real Grooming Report:  Kirby is cleaning skate lanes on the Noque and Animoosh to 17k.  The weekend classic tracks from Doug’s Bombi to 510 still looks very good.  This looks to be another good day to make the run from the tourist park to co rd 510.  The ponds are still in very good shape.  The classic tracks on that section are now 4 days old but will still be serviceable.  Remember, the first 2.5k section from TP to the rail road tracks gets a good deal of foot traffic so it will be bumpy.


Way Too Long Grooming Report:    Please accept my apology if my reportage is particularly poor today; I have a cold!  I’ve been skiing the Noque’ for 19 years and haven’t had as much as a ruptured aneurism the week of the event and now I get a cold! I always wait to sign up for the race in anticipation of the aneurism thing. If it ruptures I’ll (my estate) save almost $100.  I know it means I have over paid for 20 years but now, after 20 years I figure the odds are turning in my favor. Anyway, my alpine reader(s) may remember the sign in the window of the Cliffs Ridge Constam tee bar “liftie” shack.  There was a Kilroy drawing with a dripping nose.  The caption, read, “Have a heart, I have a cold.”  We all knew it meant he was taking a nap. What a job, the sign was there Monday through Friday. Now, if you remember the Constam, the strong spring would pick any single under 150 pounds clean off the ground. So you can imagine these 1st – 6th graders skiing up to the lift and timing their jump to grab the bar and hang on any way we could to get up the hill while “Kilroy” caught some Zs.  Now, while I should be out fine tuning my skiing (and grooming report writing) technique, instead, I will be drinking lots of fluids in hopes of a quick return to health(?). See you all Saturday on the start line.

Saux Head: Tim groomed and set track Wednesday.


Fit Strip: Groomed Tuesday night.

Big Bay Pathway: Meditation and Hidden Grin are groomed. The trail is in excellent condition.  Bear Mountain not groomed at this time.



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