Grooming March 11, 2014

Greetings NTN Members; March 11, 2014

Today’s grooming report is brought to you by the Grosvenor Family. 
 As you can see today’s grooming report is brought to you by the Grosvenor family.  The NTN receives no government support and rely on contributions. Without the support skiers such as the Grosvenors we would not have the excellent skiing we enjoy. So, if you see the Grosvenor family, say thank you.      


Forestville Grooming:  I don’t think we are fully into a freeze thaw cycle but the snow is beyond middle age.  Groomers are out this morning attempting to fabricate a high quality woman’s hand bag and the raw material is a sow’s ear.  Doug is making a great many passes with the Ginzu in order to break death cookies into death crumbs and then into snow.  He is a master so expect very good results. With the need for multiple passes, only the Noque/Animoosh/Pine Plantation is expected to be covered.  I expect other trails to be problematic due to hard set ruts.   I should add, skiers are now advised to wax to protect their ski base from course snow rather than increase their speed.  Skiers faint of heart are warned to check their speed on the down hills.

Tonight’s forecast calls for very cold temperatures (for mid-March) and an inch or two of new snow.  If we do get the inch or two we will be back in mid-season skiing through the week given the return to cold weather.


Snow Bike Route, South Trails: All 12 miles groomed as needed.  Follow the snow bike link on our noquetrails site for more information and up to date rider comments on the facebook page.
Saux Head: All trails were groomed Wednesday. I fear they will be icy and rutted if any skate skiers have been on them.    

Valley Spur; See web site for details and on FB at Valley Spur Trails – National Forest Service
Al Quaal: Detailed report and news follow this link.

Fit Strip: The Fit Strip is groomed weekly as needed.  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: The Big Bay Pathway are groomed regularly as needed.


 NTN Trail head staffing and after hours rental

The Forestville Trailhead has a wide selection of rental equipment for the winter enthusiast. Rentals hours are from 10 am to 4 pm, with 24 hour and multi-day rentals available with a valid credit card.  Friday, Saturday and Sunday the Trailhead is staffed from 10-4 by our Hospitality Coordinator Peter Johnson. During the week the NTN relies on volunteers to provide rental equipment. Currently, the Trailhead is staffed Monday and Tuesday from 10 until 4, and  Wednesdays and Thursdays from 10-1. 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 Peter Johnson at 715-892-5811 or the NTN office at 906-235-6861. Downwind Sports in Marquette also  provides rental equipment. See the NTN website for more details including directions to all of the trails systems above.

Trail host 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

Grooming Equipment Decoder Ring:  located at this link:

Trail Decoder Ring:  located at this link:

Grooming Priority: Given unlimited money and man power we would groom all trails every night.  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 Wajis.  Following the Waji loop we will run to Co Rd 510.  Grooming all of the above listed trails takes close to 8 hours.  So, there are plenty of volunteer opportunities if you would like to join the exciting world of trail grooming.