Grooming Report December 3, 2013

Greetings NTN Members; December 3, 2013

Forestville: Another light dusting of snow this morning will help to keep the surface “new” but base is still very thin. With the exception of grass, sticks, occasional dirt and the infrequent rock, skiing is very good. I have only heard positive comments regarding ski conditions.

A major snow event is forecast for today through Wednesday evening with over 8” expected. We will be grooming through the event so skiing will be good each day although it may be soft and the tracks may be filled in. On the up side, rocks and sticks will be a thing of the past.

Several detailed comments of note:
• Sunday evening we groomed and track set Bagwagi and Chiwagi including the hills and hill by-passes. I would describe “the Wagis” as good to very good but still take care on the big down hills.
• Monday morning we ran the Ginzu up the Noque to the pine plantation at 16k but left the classic tracks alone. They are ok but not great. There was not enough fresh snow to re-set the tracks.
• We cut the large windfall off the Bismarck bridge over the weekend and rolled and rolled to the “Mead Gate” at 19k. Much of the trail between the first bridge at 16k and the Mead Gate is rough due to going through a swamp. More snow is needed to get the Ginzu through. New snow forecast for Tuesday may provide enough snow to groom this area.

Skiers are reminded of our need for volunteer groomers. With another few groomers we would have all trails groomed more often. Remember, it is fun, a chance to see the world, meet interesting people and get cold and wet. Please call Nikki at 906 235 6861 or email us at noquenetwork@gmail.com. Groomer orientation will take place December 7 at 1:00 P.M.

Saux Head: All trails groomed and track set in a few areas but thin snow prevented a full track being set.

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: No report

Big Bay Pathway: No report

Snow Bike Route, South Trails: No report