Grooming March 18, 2015

Grooming Report March 18, 2015

Forestville:

Short Version:

 

Please note: some trails are affected by logging operation.

 

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.

 

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.
At present the Noque and Animoosh 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. As the logging work continues this section may be cut off as well so enjoy it now.

 

Grooming Comments:  A hard freeze again last night has trails quite hard this morning.  This morning we groomed the skate lanes on the Noque to the 18k mark via the Chiwagi hill by pass.

 

A note on dogs: Due to the closure of parts of Animoosh, we have opened up a path to the pine plantation via the Chiwagi hill bypass.  Dog skiers and non dog skiers are encouraged to use caution and all will be fine.

 

 

For skiers that wish to know exactly when each trail was groomed last please follow this link to our interactive map page. http://www.noquetrails.org/trails/noquemanon    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:

With temperatures forecast in the mid 30s trails will remain hard until the sun works on them for a while. Carlson (groomer extraordinaire) comments that early morning skiers are likely to find hill descents to induce teeth chattering and butt puckering.  We predict the Goldie Locks zone between 11:00 AM and 5:00 PM.    I should add a note on the classic tracks.  Once the snow becomes fully consolidated as it is now the setting of classic tracks is all but impossible.  So, until fresh snow, what you see is what you get.    With bright sun and light air, today looks to be the skiing day.  Later in the week we expect to see colder temperatures and cloud cover with some precipitation.  If enough snow falls to cover the old surface I’ll change my tune but I don’t expect it.

 

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. https://www.facebook.com/pages/NTN-Singletrack/147765491905204

 

Saux Head: Trails are groomed as needed.

 

 

 

Valley Spur; See web site for details www.valleyspur.org

 

Al Quaal: Detailed report and news follow this link. http://ishpemingcity.org/departments/parks-and-recreation/al-quaal-recreation-area/

 

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 www.noquetrails.org 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 noquenetwork@gmail.com

Grooming Equipment Decoder Ring:  located at this link:  http://www.noquetrails.org/volunteer/grooming-equipment-decoder-ring

Trail Decoder Ring:  located at this link: http://www.noquetrails.org/trails/noquemanon

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.