Grooming November 14, 2014

Greetings NTN Members; November 14, 2014

Forestville Grooming:
First of all, I must apologize for failing to comment on the difficult road conditions. The County Road Commission concentrates more populated areas before getting the Forestville road. When I was out there last night there were two County trucks plowing and sanding heavily. Still, it will be some time before the road is easy for all passenger vehicles. Rear wheel drive vans will find the going particularly difficult. We are working with the County to get the road in top shape but this has been a good winter start for skiing but not so good for driving. We will post comments on the road going forward.
Yesterday morning skiers enjoyed Bombi groomed trails on all areas inside the 14k mark (except for the 2 steep hill sections on Chiwagi). (see link below for details on what a “Bombi is and other equipment, grooming philosophy and trail name jargon) I should add, the section from 14k to the pine plantation loop was Bombi groomed the previous day so it would have been skiable but I don’t know how much new fell on top. Last night a light dusting fell on all trails. I should add, by “light” I mean the snow was light, not the amount. I expect 4” or more are on the trails this morning. It should be skiable due to the cold type of snow and lack of wind packing but the classic tracks are likely hard to see.
With continued cold temperatures and snow showers through the foreseeable future we will groom regularly for your skiing pleasure. We will be out with the ginzu equipment tonight.
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 rolled on Tuesday 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.