Grooming Report February 1, 2018

February 1, 2018;  

Forestville Real Grooming Report:  A quarter inch of light snow fell over night.  Groomers are out on the Wagis and will also get tracks set on Bagwagi and Chiwagi.  They will also clean the skate lanes on the other trails inside 14k.  they will also re-set classic tracks in areas where needs be.

Special note to skiers:  Nighttime skiing is brighter at the Forestville Trail Head now that the stadium and campground loop have lighting. Thanks to the Exchange Club, Rotary West and Kiwanis, we installed several new light fixtures. The lighted area is perfect for practicing your technique or to bring those new to skiing. The loop is groomed for classical and skate skiing. The lodge is open until ten pm when it locks automatically.

Saux Head: Tim groomed the skate lane on all trails Sunday and set classic tracks on the 5k race loop. Saux Head trails are groomed for classic and skate skiing.  They are located 15 miles west of Marquette just off Co Rd 550; follow the signs.  Trails are as spectacular as the views.

Fit Strip: Groomed Sunday

Big Bay Pathway: Saturday 1/27/18.    All trails are groomed. Meditation and Hidden Grin are in great shape.  Bear Mountain is groomed open for skiing.  It is rough in spots.

Big Bay trails are groomed for classic skiing.  Trails are just off Co Rd 550 in Big Bay.

Way Too Long Grooming Report:   I was reading the great grooming report writer, Edward Pellham’s seminal work and came across his now familiar (although slightly altered) quip, “as the days began to lengthen, so the cold began to strengthen”.  As a youngster I always thought my dad came up with these pearls of wisdom.  Of course  I now know, the key to creativity is having a poor memory as to where  one first hears something.  In any case, Pellham’s reports went unread for almost a year. He and seven crew mates’ open boat missed the mark and were marooned on Greenland in 1630.  Long given up for dead, imagine Captain Goodlea’s surprise when the fleet sailed into Bell Sound.  Ski season was over and the reports were of no use, save, posterity.  So, as I look at the single digit temperatures and below zero wind chills, I am reminded of the depravity and ultimate deliverance he recounted in God’s Power and Providence.    I fear I am not the only one that still has the rubber band and valet tag on my skis in the basement.  I feel spoiled by central heat and store bought food.  I’m going to bundle up and ski today.  See you out there.



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