Grooming January 31, 2015

Grooming Report January 31, 2015

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Today’s grooming report is brought to you by Karl Stien and Leah McCabe.   As you can see the Karl and Leah  sponsor the 16k mark  on the Noque’.  As you may know, our network receives zero government funds.  The NTN rely on contributions from skiers.  Our k marker and Junction sponsors are also pass holders but have given an extra measure of financial support.  So, if you see Karl or Leah, say thanks.  We still have a few markers available.

 

Forestville:

Short Version: Yesterday morning we finished cleaning up all trails from race wear.  Light traffic will mean they remain in good condition today.  Last night we groomed the Noque/Animoosh trails to the pine plantation.  A light dusting overnight will have all trails covered but due to the feather like nature of the snow, I expect skiers will only know about the snow from the visual senses because even the most discerning will be unable to even feel it.

 

 

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:     One must have a twinge of envy for those among us planning on skiing the Birke next month.  The specter of 50k of misery is what gets many of us out skiing on a regular basis. It is not unlike Ulysses tying himself to the mast to hear the Sirens. These dog days of winter have me dusting off the bicycle trainer in a futile attempt to avoid being dropped from the group come cycling season.  I used to simply sell my soul but now, due to over exposure and moral turpitude, it rarely fetches the necessary price to avoid being unhitched.   C’est la vie.

 

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: All trails were groomed and tracked yesterday.

 

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!: On Wednesday we groomed The Meditation and Hidden Grin Loops. The Big Bay Pathway are groomed as needed.

 

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.