Grooming March 6, 2018

March 6, 2018;  

Thank you Trail Builders: Today’s report is brought to you by Wally and Carrie Pearson. Wally and Carrie sponsor the 16k mark on the Noque’.  If you look carefully you can see a picture of one of them and I won’t tell you which one.  Without the contribution from folks like the Pearsons we would not be able to enjoy the great skiing we have come to expect.  So, if you see Carrie or Wally, please say thanks.

Forestville Real Grooming Report:  Bob is cleaning the skate lanes on the Noque and Animoosh to 17k.Light traffic on the Wagis will mean they are still in good shape too.  New snow forecast for today and tonight means grooming them tomorrow will be more beneficial.


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 Thursday.  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:    Language is a funny thing and connotes a good deal about culture as well as the overt message.  For example, by my count the Yupik have 15 words for different kinds of snow but no single word for the concept of snow. I know some count as many as 50 but that was to sell their story to the magazine.  So, when I come across one of these developed world post modern words or phrases I tend to ponder what future cultures will make of such useless terms as “heat index”.  Anyway, a fellow member of the grooming report writer’s guild mentioned that we are now in “meteorological spring”.  I have always thought it was just one of those stupid words someone invented to publish a paper; you know, like “Chicago Math” or “Wind Chill”.  But no:  Some meteorologists felt a need to push the seasons into exact number of days for statistical purposes. Hence, March, April and May are this person’s “spring”.  With leap years and the elliptical path of Earth orbit, our seasons are not uniform. I am reminded of the dairy farmers term for the meal they eat after first milking about 8:00 AM; “second breakfast”.   In any case, if you look at the six day forecast through the eyes of a Yooper, you will see that we are in “second winter”.  Enjoy.