Grooming January 26, 2018

January 26, 2018;  Grooming Report; Please read all of the report; there will be a test later in the week.

Special Note to Skiers:  STAY OFF TRAILS UNTIL SATURDAY AFTERNOON:  The Noquemanon Ski Marathon  course looks to be very good this year.  This week’s heavy snow is frosting on the cake.  Friday night’s forecast calls for just below freezing so things will set up nicely.  However, the warm daytime temperatures forecast for Friday indicate the race grooming will take place Thursday night, not Friday night.  So skiers are asked to stay off all race trails beginning at 6:00 PM this evening (Thursday).  We will be placing signs to remind skiers to stay off until after the race.  Please help us keep the conditions “race ready”.   

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.

Volunteers Wanted: Did you know it takes approximately 500 volunteers each year to hold the Noquemanon Ski Marathon weekend? Did you know that each year the most consistent skier feedback we receive from the skier survey is that the Noquemanon has the best on and off course volunteer service out of any race completed? Did you know that some of our 8 on course aid stations have been staffed by the same service groups for all 20 years of the Noque? As you can tell, we take skier service seriously…and we need your help! The race organization provides training and some added benefits for helping…no experience is required! All that’s needed is the desire to help and serve others well. To view our volunteer opportunities and sign up for volunteer spots go to our page on

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Please consider volunteering your time and sharing this information with others you know so that we can continue to offer a premier skiing event!

Forestville Real Grooming Report:  All trails in the Noque’ system are closed today.  Please stay off the trails today.

Saux Head: Tim groomed and set track Wednesday. Saux Head trails are groomed for classic and skate skiing.  They are located 15 miles west of Marquette just off Co Rd 550; follow the signs.  Trails are as spectacular as the views.

Fit Strip: Groomed Tuesday night.

Big Bay Pathway: The Big Bay Pathway Ski trail was groomed on 1/24. Meditation and Hidden Grin are groomed and in excellent condition.  Bear Mountain is packed and groomed and in fair condition. Big Bay trails are groomed for classic skiing.  Trails are just off Co Rd 550 in Big Bay.

Way Too Long Grooming Report:   The forecast is looking spectacular for tomorrow’s Noquemanon Ski Marathon.  Today’s warm temperatures will not hurt ski conditions at all.  However, this weather pattern has moved our final race grooming to this morning.  Normally grooming takes place Friday night/Saturday morning.  Please stay off the trails today so the first racers see a clean track.  By the time I get there it won’t make any difference of course.  I recall Frank Shorter’s Marathon experience in the Munich 1972 Olympics.  The Munich born American won the gold medal.  However, sadly, his entrance into the stadium was anticlimactic due to an imposter’s actions.  Please help these world class athletes enjoy making first tracks all the way to the ribbon.



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