Grooming November 30, 2014

Greetings NTN Members and others; November 30, 2014 Mark your calendars for this year’s Gala “Snow Ball” December 5th. It is a highlight of the season and a regular sellout. Join us for great food, live music and socializing with an energetic gang of NTN supporters. See details below.

Forestville:

Short Version: No grooming today due to warm tempuratures. Yesterday morning’s Bombi grooming on all trails inside 19k will still be in fairly good shape however.

The Way Too Long Version: As thaw events go this one isn’t very bad. No sun and no rain and less than 24 hours means the snow crystals will not have fully transformed into “old snow”; a tired middle age maybe but the rapid fall in temperatures today will be just in time. Groomers will be out tonight so Monday morning skiers will find very good, even excellent skiing.

As for the best skiing today; the groomer recommendation is to go before things get too cold. Afternoon skiers will find temperatures in the teens and 20s and an uneven glazed trail. If you ski afternoon you are likely to hear a fat middle aged bald guy say “you should have been here yesterday”. I do hope you all got to enjoy epic skiing. I would have skied another two hours but my adrenal couldn’t take another drop down “Talladega”. I trust everyone is skiing the Wagis these days. The views, hills and thrills are second to none (and there are hill by passes on Chiwagi for the faint of heart).

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, priorities and trail names, please see the “Decoder Ring” links below.

Road Conditions: The Forestville road is plowed and sanded after all residential areas so expect winter driving every day. The NTN plows after the paved road beyond the rail road crossing. We have pledged to have our plowing/sanding crews out whenever needed. If you find it unplowed or icy please call or email the office. We will get the trucks out asap. In general I expect most passenger cars will be fine but 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 is groomed and track set for skiers today. Expect excellent skiing.

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. Skiers are reminded that the Fit Strip trails see a great deal of foot traffic despite encouragement to the contrary. As such, skiers will tend to find less than ideal condition on most days. 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.  We have more than doubled our grooming budget this year and skiers should notice it. Our current plan calls for more regular Bombi grooming and daily grooming of more kilometers on a regular basis. 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 Wagis. Given our addition grooming budget skiers will find the Wagis groomed with more regularity.   Following the Wagi loop we will run to Co Rd 510. Once the pond ice is sound we can begin grooming into Marquette to the tourist park trail head. Grooming all of the above listed trails takes close to 11 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.