Grooming Report March 26, 2015

Grooming Report March 26, 2015

Forestville:

Short Version:

Please join us for Volunteer Appreciation day at the trail head Saturday the 28th from 11:30 to 1:30.  Food and beverages are provided.  Please come and thank the tireless volunteers that have made this year’s skiing so wonderful. We will have an autograph signing session and photos can be taken. There will be fun and games for revelers of all ages.  In addition, door prizes will be lavish.  As we did last year, a car, dream house and world cruse will be awarded to lucky members of the audience.  ( I should add, due the restrictions placed by our budget director, we can’t go into details as to the model or make of the car, the size of the dream house and or length or duration of the cruse).

RSVP: The courtesy of a reply is requested for the party this Saturday.  The chef hates to see sashimi grade tuna go to waste and I hate to see revelers go away hungry.  So, a fair head count is important.  You may also feel free to bring a dish to pass (I am bringing liver and onions).  NTN is a social club of folks that enjoy silent sports year round.  Please do come and celebrate the winding down of one great season and the start of another.  See you all (or is it “both”) Saturday.

Please note: some trails are affected by logging operation.

Skiers are reminded that most of the U.P. is a commercial forest.  This is a great thing because it allows us to play in the woods.  The land owners practice the highest form of sustainable forestry and selectively harvest the high quality northern hardwood.  If you see them in the woods, thank them for their stewardship.

Some trails are marked “CLOSED”.  Please DO NOT ski around these marks.  We are able to groom these ski trails because the land owners recognize the value of skiing in the community.  We need to reciprocate and make their job as easy as possible.  Winter logging is the best for the forest in that the ground is not disturbed.  The effects of the logging will be minimal and we will enjoy skiing here again next year and for years to come.
At present the Noque and Animoosh from 13k to 14k are affected.  This means we will be able to ski between 14k and Co rd 510 as well as the loop trails to the north of the Noque. As the logging work continues this section may be cut off as well so enjoy it now.

Grooming Comments:  Groomers were out in force after the snow event.  Skiers will find fresh skate and classic grooming on Animoosh/Noque to 18k plus Chiwagi hills and the by pass as well as Bagwagi.  Enjoy.

A note on dogs: Due to the closure of parts of Animoosh, we have opened up a path to the pine plantation via the Chiwagi hill bypass.  Dog skiers and non dog skiers are encouraged to use caution and all will be fine.

For skiers that wish to know exactly when each trail was groomed last please follow this link to our interactive map page. http://www.noquetrails.org/trails/noquemanon    We have added a grid and the groomers will update when an individual trail was groomed last.  I should add, if you have not used the interactive map you must do so.  You “hover” over a trail section and click and a video of skiing that section will launch.  It is like magic.

The Way Too Long Version:

On a day us Scots (or as my associates call me, Scotch) celebrate the coronation of  Robert the Bruce, we were pulling for yesterday to be remembered as a named storm.  I expect in this post modern age there are grooming report writers that will make such an assignment.  Yet, without the accompanying wind driven snow the traditional rules call for no less than 6” of calm snow.  Still, this snow event will make for mid winter conditions into the weekend.  Continued lake effect snow and the obligatory wind are forecast for today and tomorrow.  So, I expect weather journalists and grooming chroniclers alike will be thumbing through their feast day registry as we speak.

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 plowed the road and the parking lot but bald tires, rear wheel drive and low clearance vehicles will likely have a rough go.

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 TrailsSee the snow bike facebook link for current conditions. https://www.facebook.com/pages/NTN-Singletrack/147765491905204

 Saux Head: Trails were groomed Saturday.  Classic tracks could not be reset however due to the hard old snow.  Trails still have a 6” base so lots of skiing left but very light traffic may spell an end to grooming at Saux Head.  Let us know if that will negatively affect your life.

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 as needed.  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 Now Open!: Big Bay trails are groomed as needed. Big Bay trails are for classic skiing.  Please come out for an enjoyable rustic experience.

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 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. 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.