Grooming March 7, 2018

March 7, 2018;  

Thank you Trail Builders: Today’s report is brought to you by Timothy and Jennifer Neuschwander.  Timothy and Jennifer sponsor the 17k mark on the Noque’.  Without the contribution from folks like the Neuschwanders we would not be able to enjoy the great skiing we have come to expect.  So, if you see Timothy or Jennifer, please say thanks.

Forestville Real Grooming Report:  Bob is out rolling and track setting 5” to 6” of new lake effect snow on the Noque’ and Animoosh to the pine plantation.  They will work out from there as time permits but expect soft trails today.


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: New snow will be groomed as time permits.  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: New snow will be groomed as time permits. 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:    Right after shoveling 6” of meteorological spring I will be getting out my climbing skins to make some turns.  What a great thing.  I know some of you are ginning up righteous indignation against the guy that put his Yooper scooper away too soon but I don’t buy such superstition.  However, I did see a guy doing that weird shoveling off the yard thing and that gave me pause because, not only is it too early, it is just wrong on so many levels.  No; I don’t often see such signs but I did this time.  I normally try to keep sports in their season and have not used my roller skis in years because bike season gets crowded enough when surf season begins in the fall.  But, come spring, not being a snow bike rider, I need to get on the mag trainer or I’ll never get to be the jerk that drops anyone.  Anyway, yesterday I had a scheduled spider counting session flat!  Now, if that is not a sign that one should not be on the mag trainer…  See you on the slopes.