Grooming March 1, 2018

March 1, 2018;  

Thank you Trail Builders: Today’s report is brought to you by Bruce and Candy Miller. The Millers  sponsor the 13k mark on the Noque’.  Without the contribution from folks like Millers we would not be able to enjoy the great skiing we have come to expect.  So, if you see Bruce or Candy, please say thanks.

Forestville Real Grooming Report:  Today groomers are cleaning the skate lanes on the Noque’ to 17k, Animoosh, Chiwagi bypass, Migizi, Boohoo, Zing and the campground loop.  Classic tracks are now 3 days old so are not excellent but still serviceable.


SPECIAL NOTE TO SKIERS; Gookookoo, Papasay and the connector from Hemlock Junction to the point where Migizi and Bagwaji meet will be closed for the season effective today:  The majority of our trail system is on commercial forest land.  The land owners allow NTN to use them for ski trails but every 10 to 15 years they harvest some trees.  This year they are logging west of the trail head beginning at the power lines.  As the logging operation moves west, other trails will be effected.  The loggers are working with NTN to keep trails open as long as possible.


Now for some nitty gritty details for skiers like me that dearly love to ski Bagwagi and Chiwagi.  They are still open via Migizi!  So, you get an extra two hills in your ski! Go out the Noque 1k past the power lines. Take the first right onto Migizi after the hill at 11k. At the bottom of the hill turn left onto Bagwagi and enjoy for now.


Please give the loggers a wide berth.  They are doing difficult and dangerous work.  Your help will be appreciated by all.


We should all know, without commercial forest operations we would have no ski trails.  So, if you see a logger or forester, say “thanks”.


Saux Head: is groomed as time permits but you may have fresh snow to deal with.  Saux Head trails are groomed for classic and skate skiing. The trails are spectacular with great hills as well as rolling terrain.  The views are beautiful and overlook Superior and Saux Head.  Today and the weekend look to be great days for Saux Head.  If you have not skied them you don’t know what you are missing.  Please go today, tomorrow or Sunday. The trail head is located 15 miles west of Marquette just off Co Rd 550; follow the signs.

Fit Strip: The Fit Strip is groomed as time permits.

Big Bay Pathway: Yesterday Big Bay Pathway was groomed and in excellent condition.  Ridge Line is groomed and in excellent condition as well.

Meditation, Hidden Grin, Bear Mountain and Ridge Line are groomed and in excellent condition.



Way Too Long Grooming Report:    I expect some of you know folks that start moaning about winter by now (some begin in December).  My stock answer is “you need at least three winter sports”.  There are lots of options and we get to choose from ice hockey, speed skating, figure skating, back country skiing, alpine, classic and skate.  There is snow shoeing, snow biking and curling; take your pick (sorry if I left out any of your favorites; I don’t count snow shoveling).  Better yet, we can do them all in five minutes. I received a comment yesterday from a fellow grooming report writer in Milwaukee expressing his envy at our good fortune. Of course I tend to rationalize so I have been accused of making lemonade.

On a slightly related note, this week’s weather will keep trails in excellent shape.  The light daily sea breeze across the frozen lake will keep high temperatures in the low to mid 30s all week with lows in the 20s. Few populated areas in the world have such a long ski season or such a long trail system.  I trust you all saw the brown golf course with man made snow at the Pyeongchang Nordic venue.  I bring this up because some don’t appreciate the fact we have world class Nordic skiing.  It is not a coincidence the NMU team produces so many Olympic skiers.  I urge readers to look at the FIS homologations.  You can easily look up all Olympic, world championship and FIS world cup race trails.  The profile looks like the wagis.  More importantly, the total distance is of interest.  I often bemoan days when I can’t run out to co rd 510 because multiple laps are stress inducing. If you ski everything at Pyeonghang it is 8.5k and they go around and around for the 50k race.  It makes for great spectator sport but boring skiing.  We have what I like to call groomed back country skiing.  Today, now that the wagis are accessed via Migizi my “out and back” run will be 32k with no multiple loops.  What a great thing.   See you out there.