Grooming March 19, 2014

Greetings NTN Members; March 19, 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:  The St. Anselm of Lucca’s day snow storm came as somewhat of a surprise.  Normally late winter storms are more predictable, especially given this year’s heavy ice cover and supposedly reduced lake effect.  The 1” – 2” forecast turned into 6” at the trail head by evening. Last night we groomed Animoosh and the Noque’ to the pine plantation.  We used the Gator and wide 108 Ginzu.  Temperatures were in the mid 20s so the snow groomed beautifully.  Of course, beauty is an esthetic and highly subjective.  The track looked great.  The classic tracks set up flawlessly and the corduroy was dizzying in its consistency.   I should hasten to add however, the temperatures never fell below the mid 20s so I fear skaters will find a soft 2” layer that will peal from the hard base.  Classic technique may be the way to go in that Gator grooming packs the outside pole plant area and striding avoids the forces that tend to peal laterally.   Temperatures in the 20s with light air and snow laden trees will make for an enjoyable day.

A word about storm name selection:  In some precincts St. Patrick gets the nod for any storm in mid March.  However, just as I feel for the kid with a birthday near Christmas, so too do I feel for the Benedictines of St. Anselm of Lucca.  Now, I don’t think it has actually stopped snowing since the Saint  Lucretia’s day storm on Sunday but they are clearly separate events.  For naming rights to change, snow rate need only slow to ≤ 1” per six hours.  As such, today’s event (if we get another surprise) will not be credited to St. Anselm.


Many people never see the upper reaches of the Noque between Co. Rd. 510 and the Pine Plantation at 16k.  This upper 8k is spectacular.  More importantly, it is mostly down hill.    So, if you want to enjoy great skiing, eat good food, talk with interesting people and see the world, come join us Saturday.

Where: The Noquemanon Trail from 510 to Tourist Park

When: Depart 10 a.m. Saturday, March 22 from the NTN Tourist Park trailhead on CR 550.

Why: It is almost spring! Do we need a better reason to go skiing? A once a year opportunity to ski the Noque from 24K to 3K without arranging a ride!


•             At 10 a.m. a bus will pick-up skiers and gear at the Tourist Park trailhead. We’ll shuttle skiers to our County Road 510 trailhead then ski from 510 down to the Forestville trailhead. (Approximately 13K)

•             Upon arrival, lunch from Border Grill will be provided. Rest, enjoy lunch and warm up then get ready for the second leg of “the vortex”

•             Ski the rest of the Noque trail to the Tourist Park ( Approximately 9K)

•             The cost for the shuttle, lunch and whole lot of fun $25.00

o             We need a guarantee of 25 people to run the shuttle.

•             More information call Peter Johnson at 715.892.5811 or email to register.


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 Saturday.  Trails will be a little soft. 

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 was groomed Sunday. 


 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.