Grooming November 18, 2014

Greetings NTN Members; November 18, 2014

Forestville:
Sorry for the radio silence yesterday. This morning we awoke to 3” of very fluffy snow on the trails. We will groom it tonight so skiers will have some additional work today as grooming is not permitted during the daylight hours during fire arm deer season.

Skiers are reminded that Michigan’s fire arm Deer Hunting season began on the 15th and runs through the 30th. 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.

If interested in understanding grooming equipment and trail names, please see the “Decoder Ring” links below.

Road Conditions: The Forestville road is now plowed and sanded but still snow covered and bumpy. I expect most passenger cars could drive on this section. The gravel portion after the rail road tracks was plowed this morning (the 18th) and is in good “mid-winter” shape. Bald tires, rear wheel drive and low clearance vehicles may still have some difficulty. We will post comments on the road going forward.

Snow Bike Route, South Trails: All 12 miles groomed as needed. 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 will 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 and grooming 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.