Grooming Report March 29, 2015

Grooming Report March 29, 2015

Kirby and Laurie


Short Version:


Thank you NTN’s Volunteer of the Year, Kirby Juntila.   As you can see in the picture above you can see the highlight of our Volunteer Appreciation Day celebration; Kirby Juntila’s recognition of his major efforts on our behalf.  (way)More details in the Way-too-long section below.    


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.
Some additional trail closures have occurred this week.  The only access to trails beyond 14k are can only be accessed by Bagwagi, Please don’t cross the downed tree and flags on the Noque’ near 13k.  So, you can still ski to 18k you just have to take the last cutover and ski the last 1/2k of Bagwagi.  It is a beautiful trail if you have not skied it.


Grooming Comments:  Yesterday all skiable trails to 18k were Bombi groomed.  With the race ready hard conditions yesterday and light skier traffic we elected to park the groomers.  You will still find excellent if not race ready conditions on all trails to 18k.


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.    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:

Not being one prone to under communicating, I have to tell you about skiing yesterday.  Things are rarely “just right”.  Last Thursday’s snow combined with Friday’s cold temperatures and the Bombi grooming left classic tracks firm as concrete, a silky smooth, lightning fast, wide hard skate lane and corduroy so uniform as to be mesmerizing. I would try to disown the sitzmark on the hill at 10k but based on the anatomic shape responsibility would be hard to deny.  As I crested the hill I was hypnotized by the corduroy’s uniformity and my skis shot out like a fat man stepping on a banana peel in the cartoons.  Every trail was perfect.  In addition, the full sun and light air made the mid-day 20s feel like 40.  Cross country skiing, being an aerobic sport, is most often not actually “fun”.  Yesterday was so good even the fat men had fun.

After a thrilling run up the trail we feted our Volunteers at the annual year end celebration.  For those that couldn’t make it, Doug was the chef and kept us well fed, Laurie was the wine steward and keep us satiated, Cary was the Treasure that funded fabulous prized for the assembled throng.  Last year we received some deserved criticism for failure to adequately fund the prize pool.  Not so this year.  So, although the promised car was down sized to a motor cycle, the cruise ship and dream house were as advertised.  Of course, I should add, they were all Legos. As for the ultimate disposition of the prizes  I am reminded of Lindsay Vonn’s winning of a dairy cow at Val d’Isere.  After the race everyone figured she would give it back.  No, she now has a big pet and the organizers are out a cow.  So, if any of the winners don’t actually want their loot we can hold it for them.

Sorry to run on so but I did feel an obligation to help you all understand what you missed in order to prevent  such an oversight next year.


Road Conditions:  The Forestville road is now muddy with pot holes.  I expect once the full thaw takes hold there will be standing water.  Still, all passenger vehicles should be fine, albeit a wash may be in order at the end of the day.


Snow Bike Route, South TrailsSee the snow bike facebook link for current conditions.


Saux Head: Trails were fully groomed yesterday.   I do hope some folks get out and enjoy this great spring skiing.




Valley Spur; See web site for details


Al Quaal: Detailed report and news follow this link.


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 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

Grooming Equipment Decoder Ring:  located at this link:

Trail Decoder Ring:  located at this link:

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.