Grooming March 12, 2014

Greetings NTN Members; March 12, 2014

Today’s grooming report is brought to you by the Grosvenor Family.
 The Grosvenor family gets a “do over” due to the extraneous  question mark (an artifact, sadly  left over from a prior report).  There is no question the Grosvenor family sponsors today’s report.   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:  We have returned to familiar sub-zero territory and it is fair to say, familiarity breeds contempt.  Last night’s forecast was for an inch or two of snow plus bitter cold.  New rule, if the prognosticators get the cold temperature right they have to get the snow right (remedies tbd).  Even an inch would have made for excellent skiing.  As it is, Matt is out making multiple passes on Noque/Animoosh/pines plus the wagis in an attempt to soften the surface.  Some areas are showing corduroy but others not so much.  The classic tracks are spotty and can not be reset with this old snow.  Expect very fast conditions and take care on the down hills.

Groomers must take care to only groom when cold.  Ideally we would get the Bombi out at the first freeze.  We have a window tomorrow night that looks good and plan to Bombi groom for Friday morning skiers.

Crust Skiing Alert: The silver lining may be the start of the “crust skiing”.  Some years have no crust skiing and other years it is a month or more. It is not unlike ice boating in this regard.   This looks to be a good year.   For those familiar, you have been looking forward to this.  Once a deep snow cover becomes consolidated one can ski through the woods, open fields or old logging roads with giddy enjoyment.  The temperature must be right however.  During cold nights with warm days one must take care to avoid going 10 miles down a dead end only to return following a thaw to find the crust is gone.  Today it will remain crust all day.  I have not tested to find if the crust is strong enough to hold a fat man yet.  Any comments from crust skiers will be included in the report.  Please let us know.


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 last week. 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.