Not a grooming report

April 25, 2018;  

Late season schedule in effect.  The trail head building is now closed for the season.  Grooming will now be on an as needed basis (and that may be in November or even later).   Please stay off the trails late in the day if they are too soft to support your skis.

Please send in pictures:  Here is my entry in the “last ski of the season” contest.  If you can’t tell at a glance, look more closely and you will be able to see why the one on the left is the last ski.  More below in the Not a Grooming Report. If anyone has one ski they don’t know what to do with, we should talk.

Not a Grooming Report:  I had a wonderful ski this morning so I must apologize for the tardiness of this communique.  An overnight freeze made for some spectacular crust skiing.  In addition to the traditional back country crust there was spectacular trail crust.  Trails that have laid fallow provided spectacular skiing.

 

Some trails have ruts from skiers that were out past the Goldie Locks zone and that was a disappointment.  If you do see skiers leaving deep ruts on the way out, please suggest they cut their ski short.  I can understand limping back in the slush at the end of a ski; mistakes to happen but please don’t start your ski in the slush.

 

This brings me to my “last ski of the season” picture above.  I was avoiding the ruts and double polling in the slight remnants of classic tracks at the edge of the trail.  I was fairly flying along the pine plantation section when it hit me; my ski that is; right on the nose. One of the perils of spring snow and ice travel is the risk of thin bridge failures.  On a glacier they can be deadly.  Here they can be painful to be sure.  As I heard the snapping fibers I was hoping it was my patella because it was giving me what my physician friends call, “discomfort”; given time it would heal on its own.  Ski fibers are kind of like brain cells, wreck them and they don’t come back.  Fortunately, the tip didn’t fall all the way off and I could limp back to the trail head with my tail firmly tucked between my legs.  I had visions of a run to co rd 510 but with a tip held on by the cosmetic layer discretion was the better part of valor. The section beyond the pine plantation was some of this fallow trail and the part I did ski was spectacular.  I should add, many of the other trails were equally spectacular including the inner loops near the trail head.  I do trust you will get out tomorrow. It will be another hard freeze so crust skiing will be the order of the day again.  I may try to break another pair of skis so maybe I will see you in the morning.

 

SPECIAL NOTE TO SKIERS; Gookookoo, Papasay and the connector from Hemlock Junction to the point where Migizi and Bagwaji meet will be closed for the season effective today:  The majority of our trail system is on commercial forest land.  The land owners allow NTN to use them for ski trails but every 10 to 15 years they harvest some trees.  This year they are logging west of the trail head beginning at the power lines.  As the logging operation moves west, other trails will be effected.  The loggers are working with NTN to keep trails open as long as possible.

 

Now for some nitty gritty details for skiers like me that dearly love to ski Bagwagi and Chiwagi.  They are still open via Migizi!  So, you get an extra two hills in your ski! Go out the Noque 1k past the power lines. Take the first right onto Migizi after the hill at 11k. At the bottom of the hill turn left onto Bagwagi and enjoy for now.

 

Please give the loggers a wide berth.  They are doing difficult and dangerous work. If you come upon any logging equipment in the woods, please stay away.  It is both expensive and dangerous.  One of the reasons our land owners allow ski trails is the help we can provide by making their job easier.  Please help us in that mission.   Your help is greatly appreciated.

 

We should all know, without commercial forest operations we would have no ski trails.  So, if you see a logger or forester, say “thanks”.