Grooming March 13, 2014

Greetings NTN Members; March 13, 2014

Today’s grooming report is brought to you by YOU?.
 As you can see, we are out of pictures.  We can start over from the top but would rather see one of you new guys up here.
Forestville Grooming:  Groomers are out this morning on the Noque/Animoosh/pine/Wagis run.  Skiing will be fast and, I think very good.  I spoke with one of our quality control consultants regarding yesterday’s conditions.  John said it was “the best all year!”.  I was surprised but pleased.  It seems the thaw in town did not affect woods snow as much as I had expected.  I must hasten to add, BOMBI GROOMING TONIGHT!  See you on the trails tomorrow (if you don’t have to roll a big rock up a long hill).

A word of grooming report accuracy: Our goal is to provide a tool for skiers to predict skiing conditions rather than just say, “trails are groomed”.  Unfortunately, in the immortal words of  Niels Bohr, “Prediction is very difficult, especially if it’s about the future.”  A number of our more savvy skiers apply an ANOVA calculation to optimize predictions of their own expectation.  Because there are quite a few ways for one to use forecasts to improve predictions, I have not included any here as it is outside the scope of today’s report.  I would add, we were way off on our expectation of crust skiing.  It seems we are a few thaws away from that season.  Again, feed back helps us improve our forecasting models so keep those cards and letters coming.

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: Saux Head Trail was groomed and track set March 12, 2014.  The depth of the tracks is shallow due to the deep freeze.  The skate is very fast due to the snow age and slight freeze/thaw. 

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.