Grooming November 20, 2014

Greetings NTN Members; November 20, 2014 Forestville:

Light snow overnight will be nature’s grooming for skiers today. It is always hard to know what is the perfect plan for the evening’s grooming. With snow in the forecast one hates to waste fuel and manpower when it will go for naught. An ideal world would have about 1.5” of snow every night to fill in the skate marks, freshen the classic surface and yet not so much as to ruin either. I think we may have received that perfect snowfall last night. Please provide feed back by replying to this email if we did or did not have good skiing today. Sadly, I am stuck at the salt mine and not skiing.

Weather looks spectacular tomorrow. Tonight we will groom at least all trails that we groomed Tuesday night (Animoosh, Noque to 14k and Chiwagi via the hill by pass). Those trails should begin to set up and may even be fairly firm in some areas already. I am particularly anxious to get the hills on Chiwagi and all of Bagwagi groomed so they are next on the list. We will concentrate on areas within 14k until after fire arm deer season. The areas beyond 14k are popular hunting grounds.

Skiers are reminded that Michigan’s fire arm Deer Hunting season 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 after the last snow 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.  See the snow bike link .
Saux Head: Saux Head was rolled again Wednesday. Plans are to set track today if firm enough.   .

Valley Spur; See web site for details

Al Quaal: Detailed report and news follow this link.

Fit Strip: The fit strip is groomed and track set. The lights are on for the season. Enjoy. 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 not yet groomed.     

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 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

Grooming Equipment Decoder Ring:  located at this link:

Trail Decoder Ring:  located at this link:

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.