Grooming January 8, 2018

January,  8 2018;  Grooming Report

Forestville Real Grooming Report:  Kirby is out with the Gator and wide Ginzu and setting fresh classic tracks and skate lane.  He will then groom the skate lane on the Noque’ to 17k.   We will be evaluating the pond slush today in the hopes of grooming and track setting to the Tourist Park.  Tomorrow we plan to groom and track set beyond 17k to Co Rd 510.

Way Too Long Grooming Report:    I am writing from my new office in the wood shed. My most recent banishment is due to really poor and even inaccurate reporting on the location and quality of the classic tracks.  Having been on classic skis much of this year, I too am disappointed when surprised by poor or missing classic tracks.  On Saturday I understood we did have classic tracks to the Tourist Park.  From time to time the groomers are surprised by equipment problems or conditions issues that prevent a given plan’s completion.  Slush on the ponds prevented setting tracks to the Tourist Park the other day.  We (I have a mouse in my pocket) take the accuracy very seriously because we too base skiing plans on the reported condition. I will endeavor to improve this reporting. Thank you for your understanding.


Saux Head: Tim groomed and track set everything Saturday.


Fit Strip: The Fit Strip should be groomed some time today.  The Fit Strip located in the Marquette Park Cemetery is open for skiing.  Parking is at the west end of the 800 block of Ridge Street.  You get to this two block long street by turning north off of Bluff St just east of Lincoln Ave.  It is a beautiful trail through mature mixed forest.  There are rolling hills on two loops with a total of 3k of very nice skiing right in the heart of Marquette.  Snow is a little thin so here are only classic tracks on part of the trail.  I would add, there are some people that actually walk on the ski trail.  I don’t understand why one would walk on a ski trail.  I do politely ask walkers to keep to the edge of the groomed trail.  I also encourage all users to put some money in the pay pipe so Tom doesn’t have to by all the gas himself.  Enjoy.

Big Bay Pathway: Groomers have been setting tracks on the Big Bay pathway. Big Bay is Classic only skiing through the spectacular forested hills just south of Big Bay.  Turn left at the sign right in town. The Big Bay Pathway is now partially open.  The Hidden Grin and Meditation loops are groomed.  The Bear Mountain Loop will be groomed by the end of this week.  We now have enough snow to work with…we are shoveling snow to fill in holes, tending to wet areas and packing our base.

Volunteer Opportunity!: We are really in need of help this Friday – Sunday from 1:30 – 4:00.  Want to meet interesting people, solve world problems, earn fabulous prizes and see the world?  You too can volunteer as a host at the Forestville Trail head.  Help is needed to help at the trail head from 10AM-1PM and 1PM-4PM on weekdays or weekends.  Please visit or call 906.235.6861 for details.  (editor’s note; our fact checking has indicated some of the above promises related to world problems, prizes and seeing the world may have been exaggerated).



PS: If you have not renewed your Trail Builder membership, now is the time.  Please don’t make me track you down. “