Grooming March 2, 2018

March 2, 2018;  

Thank you Trail Builders: Today’s report is brought to you by Ron Thorley & superior Express Care. Ron and Superior Express Care sponsor the 19k mark on the Noque’.  Without the contribution from folks like Ron and Superior Express Care we would not be able to enjoy the great skiing we have come to expect.  So, if you see Ron, please say thanks.

Forestville Real Grooming Report:  Groomers cleaned up skate lanes on the Noque’ and Animoosh to 17k as well as on Chiwagi by pass, Migizi, Muckwa and Boozhoo.  In addition, groomers did run to Co Rd 510 and set track as well as skate lane on that section.


SPECIAL NOTE TO SKIERS; Gookookoo, Papasay and the connector from Hemlock Junction to the point where Migizi and Bagwaji meet will be closed for the season effective today:  The majority of our trail system is on commercial forest land.  The land owners allow NTN to use them for ski trails but every 10 to 15 years they harvest some trees.  This year they are logging west of the trail head beginning at the power lines.  As the logging operation moves west, other trails will be effected.  The loggers are working with NTN to keep trails open as long as possible.


Now for some nitty gritty details for skiers like me that dearly love to ski Bagwagi and Chiwagi.  They are still open via Migizi!  So, you get an extra two hills in your ski! Go out the Noque 1k past the power lines. Take the first right onto Migizi after the hill at 11k. At the bottom of the hill turn left onto Bagwagi and enjoy for now.


Please give the loggers a wide berth.  They are doing difficult and dangerous work.  Your help will be appreciated by all.


We should all know, without commercial forest operations we would have no ski trails.  So, if you see a logger or forester, say “thanks”.


Saux Head: Was groomed and track set yesterday.  All trails are in excellent shape.  Saux Head trails are groomed for classic and skate skiing. The trails are spectacular with great hills as well as rolling terrain.  The views are beautiful and overlook Superior and Saux Head.  Today and the weekend look to be great days for Saux Head.  If you have not skied them you don’t know what you are missing.  Please go today, tomorrow or Sunday. The trail head is located 15 miles west of Marquette just off Co Rd 550; follow the signs.

Fit Strip: The Fit Strip is groomed as time permits.

Big Bay Pathway: Wednesday Big Bay Pathway was groomed and in excellent condition.  Ridge Line is groomed and in excellent condition as well.

Meditation, Hidden Grin, Bear Mountain and Ridge Line are groomed and in excellent condition.



Way Too Long Grooming Report:    I did get a chance to ski yesterday and it was excellent!  The snow transformation is still in the very early stages.  Classic skiers will be on no-wax or klister or simply double polling.  Don’t laugh, the other day Sten introduced me to one of the top finishers in the Birkie and he didn’t use any kick wax at all.  Of course, his arms are as big as my leg and his whole body likely has less fat than my ear lobe.  The NMU team was out again yesterday.  Cheer them on as they go the Steam Boat Springs for Nationals.

I did ski the recommended route out the Noque’ past 11k and then turned right down Migizi to Bagwagi.  If you can imagine, I allowed myself to get booked into a 3 PM meeting so at my speed 510 was not in the cards.  However, about 3 people had been on the Wagis (and I think I was two of them) since last grooming.  The surface was still mostly corduroy. The hills on Chiwagi are excellent.  I must admit to being the one that made the turns on the way down Talladega but that is allowed; no snow plowing please.  There was a time I would tuck the Chiwagi hills regardless the conditions but when it is lightning fast like this week I admit some apprehension.  Now days I go down for the climbs back up anyway; they are spectacular.    I go into such detail so you can understand how little crystal transformation has occurred.  Often after a period of freeze/thaw we can only “scratch” the skate lanes.  Scratching the skate lanes is important for spring skiing but the result is not corduroy but rather uniform little ice crystals that one finds best if skied after the day time temps soften them up.  It gets rid of yesterday’s skate marks and that is critical when snow is fully transformed.  We are not even close to that; we are still grooming!  The section west of Bagwagi/Chiwagi was firm and the surface was mid-season snow. Today looks to be more of the same and you will find grooming and classic tracks to 510!

I am giving my to-do list a good going over and hope to see you out there.