Grooming March 14, 2015

Grooming Report March 14, 2015


Short Version: Please read about the logging issues (I fear I cut most of them out yesterday).   Please bear with me and read the important items below.  As always, feel free to skip the “Way Too Long Version”.

  • Logging:
  • Please note, some trails are affected by logging operation.  The Noque from 13k to 14k are affected.  This means we will be able to ski between 14k and Co rd 510 as well as the loop trails to the north of the Noque. In addition, the trail to the tourist park is unaffected.  On the bright side, you will likely get to learn how to pronounce some different Ojibway words like Bagwagi and Chiwagi.
  • Some trails are marked “CLOSED”. Please DO NOT ski around these marks. We are able to groom these ski trails because the land owners recognize the value of skiing in the community. We need to reciprocate and make their job as easy as possible. Winter logging is the best for the forest in that the ground is not disturbed. The effects of the logging will be minimal and we will enjoy skiing here again next year and for years to come.
  • 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.  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.
  • This morning UPAWS is having our 2nd annual snowshoe walk fundraiser! Come on out and join or cheer on the competitors. The UPAWS Winter Games will be Sat March 14 at Noquemanon Trail Network Forestville head trail with all benefits going directly to helping the animals in UPAWS care!

There will be a timed 10k and 5k classic cross country ski race – registration at 8am, race at 9am followed by Huron Mountain Bakery Bagels. This event does NOT include dogs.


The second event, a 5k & 2k snowshoe walk with Dogs – registration at 10am, walk at 11am followed by subs from Togo’s and refreshments from Econo Foods.

Early bird registration is through March 7 – $25 for adults, $15 for 16 and under, however, you are still available to register after that date and at the door.


Visit and find the Winter Games link to register for the events or to create a fundraising team!


Prizes include:

  • A pair of snowshoes and winter wear from Sports Rack of Marquette
  • Marquette Mountain day lift passes
  • Gift Certificates from Young’s Brake& alignment, Casualties, Poet’s Pet Parlor, Lakeshore Bike, Road ID and Johnson’s Shoes
  • Photography by Carolyn St. Cyr framed by Ben Franklin
  • Assorted T-shirts and Hats from Griffin BeverageCheck out or the Facebook event page “UPAWS Winter Games” for full details or contact Steffani at
  • Grooming: The groomers went out to set classic tracks for the UPAWS event this morning. Other trails have been left to nature.    Spring Skiing is here. Today’ 24 hour thaw will leave us with soft snow all day. I still expect trails to be firm enough for good skiing. Tonight will likely freeze solid so Bombi grooming is planned so skiers will get a real treat. In addition, warm temperatures during the day tomorrow will make for spectacular spring skiing in the Goldie Locks zone. Now a word about crust skiing. Plan on it for tomorrow. For the uninitiated, crust skiing is a unique and euphoria inducing experience. When back woods snow is fully consolidated and frozen overnight, the Goldie Locks zone opens up the world for skate and classic skiing on top of a magic surface. In big timber one can zip in and out of the tall trees like the Jedi Warriors in the Star War movie scene. One can fly 20 miles like this. I should caution the you as Daedalus did Icarus should you think you can fly too close to the sun. I remember flying miles back to the middle of nowhere only to find the Goldie Locks zone had gone way too warm and we were no longer flying but rather slogging back 10 miles.  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.
  • Regardless, enjoy.
  • The Way Too Long Version:
  • 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.


Snow Bike Route, South TrailsSee the snow bike facebook link for current conditions.


Saux Head: Trails are groomed as needed.




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.