Grooming March 11, 2015

Grooming Report March 11, 2015


Short Version: Please note, trails affected by logging operation.  This morning we groomed the skate lanes on the Noque and Animoosh to a new cutover.  We broke trail for a new cut over and groomed at labo corner which is half k shy of great planes (13k). Due to the logging operation Animoosh closed at labo corner. Noque does go to grand junction but dead ends there at logging road. Noque will not be Re-groomed beyond Labo junction. We will work on other trails as weather permits. The trails to the north of the Noque are unaffected  so there is still lots of skiing out there yet.
Please see The Way Too Long Version below for comments on logging operations affecting the trails.

For skiers that wish to know exactly when each trail was groomed last please follow this link to our interactive map page.    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:

Spring Skiers: Following over 120 days of mid-winter conditions we find ourselves in a week long freeze/thaw cycle.  With good snow cover this should mean a good deal of spring skiing.

However, some of our trails will be affected by spring logging operations. Skiers are reminded that most of the U.P. is a commercial forest.  This is a great thing because it allows us to play in the woods.  However every 15 years or so the garden needs to be thinned.  The land owners practice the highest form of sustainable forestry and selectively harvest the high quality northern hardwood.  If you see them in the woods, thank them for their stewardship.
The Noque from 13k to 15k will likely be affected.  This means we will not be able to ski or groom from Forestville to 510.  Skiers can still park at 510 and ski down to 15k and most of the loop trails to the north of the Noque will be unaffected.  In addition, the trail to the tourist park is unaffected.

We will concentrate our grooming efforts on these areas and will likely have as many K to ski as otherwise, albeit different trails.  On the bright side, you will likely get to learn how to pronounce some different Ojibway words like Bagwagi and Chiwagi.

We will keep a close eye on the logging progress and update you as news becomes available.

I would like to add, if you like the skiing, please consider posting comments on the  web site.  It is a major site that can help the world know about the great skiing.  More skiers will mean better grooming.  There are very few skiers on the trails so there is lots of room out there.  Let us encourage the world to come.

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.

 Saux Head: All trails were Ginzu groomed with tracks on Thursday.

Valley Spur; See web site for details

 Al Quaal: Detailed report and news follow this link.

 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!: Big Bay trails are groomed as needed. Big Bay trails are for classic skiing.  Please come out for an enjoyable rustic experience.

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 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. 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.  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.