Grooming November 12, 2014

Greetings NTN Members; November 12, 2014 Forestville Grooming:  More snow and more Bombi grooming! So, with all due respect to Saint Josaphat of Polotsk, this storm will always be remembered as the Veteran’s Day Storm. Expect mid-season if not race ready conditions on many trails today. Doug went out with the Bombardier (see the “grooming equipment decoder ring” link below if not familiar with our equipment) for a second straight day and will try to get all trails inside the 16k mark. In any case, there will be lots of great skiing.

Skiers are reminded that Michigan’s fire arm Deer Hunting season begins this Saturday November 15 and runs through the 30th. No grooming is permitted between 7 AM and 5 PM per DNR rules. If you do choose to ski you must wear blaze orange. Please do not disturb hunters. It is not only a courtesy but the law.

Please also see the Trail Name decoder ring below to understand the trails and related names.

Snow Bike Route, South Trails: All 12 miles groomed as needed.  All trails were groomed yesterday but may have drifted in by now. For the most current snow bike trail information follow the snow bike link http://www.noquetrails.org/winter-home/snow-bike-route on our noquetrails site for more information and up to date rider comments on the facebook page. Saux Head: Saux Well begin rolling soon.

Valley Spur; See web site for details www.valleyspur.org and on FB at Valley Spur Trails – National Forest Service 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 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 is groomed as needed.     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. Groomers also are always needed.  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.  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.