Grooming January 27, 2018

January 27, 2018;  Grooming Report; Please read all of the report; there will be a test later in the week.

Race Day!  Good luck Noquemanon Ski Marathon racers. If you are racing you will have received the Race Director’s report.  The course looks great.  See you out there.

Forestville Real Grooming Report:  All trails in the Noque’ system are closed for the race.

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:   I’m sure most of you had your chemistry set out last night. Life was far less complicated when the only questions related to wax color.  I envision kids sitting around clamoring for me to tell them about life before fluorocarbon wax.  If you don’t have hundreds of dollars of wax in the basement you won’t fully appreciate the following.  I actually burned pine tar into the bases of my first few pairs of cross country skis.  I still miss those Laasanen heavy touring skis. It was a day not unlike today.  At the end of the day I knew so much more about the double edged sword we call kilster.   We were racing around Presque Isle on the woods trails.  In the shaded section it was quite fast.  Our finish line was at the bottom of the hill next to the zoo.  Growing up alpine racing I had no reason to back off as I approached the steep south facing hill.  I got air at the top so I was half way down the pitch before I found out how suddenly klister can stick.  I was at the bottom and happily unhurt; I was so surprised.  My vanquished opponent stood at the top enjoying the view as I brushed off the snow.  It wasn’t until I started to ski away that I fell on my face for the second time.  Both skis were sawed off just in front of the bindings.  The tips were stuck in the snow half way up the hill.  Let us hope none of you have such an epiphany today.

 

Sondo

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