Grooming November 21, 2014

Greetings NTN Members; November 21, 2014

Mark your calendars for this year’s Gala “Snow Ball” December 5th. See details below.

Forestville:

We groomed Noque to 14k, Animoosh and Mukwa last night for skate and re-set the classic tracks. Although not likely to be “race ready” hard, trails must be firming up by now after the heavy snow. Very cold temperatures last night will have aided that process. Today looks to spectacular weather so I trust some of us will play hooky. Tonight through Monday evening look to be a thaw so groomers will have to be parked. It looks to be a short lived affair with cloud cover so we will weather it just fine. Monday evening is forecast to snow so we may not even get the icy back end of the freeze/thaw cycle.

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 http://www.noquetrails.org/winter-home/snow-bike-route .

Saux Head: Saux Head was groomed and track set yesterday.   .

Valley Spur; See web site for details www.valleyspur.org

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 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 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.
Snow Ball Reception

Winter and all the fun events that come with it are now upon us! Make your holiday party the Noquemanon Trail Network Snow-Ball this year, featuring outstanding food, silent/live auction items, excellent music and community friends. Please join us in semi-formal or festive attire on Friday December 5th, 2014 from 7:00p.m.-11:00p.m.

Silent auction items this year will include lodging at private cabins, great restaurant certificates and of course great gear from awesome local businesses such as Sports Rack, Down Wind Sports, Lakeshore Bike and Quick Stop Bike Shop!

Individual tickets are available at the Sports Rack, Downwind Sports and through NTN Board members, Snowball Committee members, and at the door. Tickets are $60 per person or $100 per couple. Tickets come with drink coupon and a commemorative glass.

All proceeds go to the Noquemanon Trail Network: a non-profit 501 (c) 3 organization that promotes development of integrated, multi-use, non-motorized trails.

Winter and all the fun events that come with it are now upon us! Make your holiday party the Noquemanon Trail Network Snow-Ball this year, featuring outstanding food, silent/live auction items, excellent music and community friends. Please join us in semi-formal or festive attire on Friday December 5th, 2014 from 7:00p.m.-11:00p.m.

Silent auction items this year will include lodging at private cabins, great restaurant certificates and of course great gear from awesome local businesses such as Sports Rack, Down Wind Sports, Lakeshore Bike and Quick Stop Bike Shop!

Individual tickets are available at the Sports Rack, Downwind Sports and through NTN Board members, Snowball Committee members, and at the door. Tickets are $60 per person or $100 per couple. Tickets come with drink coupon and a commemorative glass.

All proceeds go to the Noquemanon Trail Network: a non-profit 501 (c) 3 organization that promotes development of integrated, multi-use, non-motorized trails.