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Still skiing on Noquemanon Trail Network trails

Sun, Jan  20, 2008 - By Susan Brian

Marquette, MI- Regardless of the warm and thawing weather conditions, and a full day of rain, the Noquemanon Trail Network (NTN) XC ski trails have held up very well in the Marquette & Munising Communities.

“Our grooming staff worked really hard in the early season to get the base in great shape, and that is the big reason why the trails sustained the weather”, says Susan Brian, Executive Director of the Noquemanon Trail Network.  “We did a lot of packing of the trails, which helps the trail surface keep its solid base, and it really has paid off”.

“The Noquemanon Trail from CR 510 to the Forestville Trailhead is really good skiing right now”, says Brian, “also the Saux Head trails are in great shape.  Valley Spur, located in Munising still has great skiing for skating.” The only trail in the entire NTN system that was affected was the Big Bay Pathway, due to some wet areas.  The hope is that this trail system will be up and running again with the new snow that is predicted for the weekend.

The NTN is a non-profit and is solely funded by memberships, fundraisers and private donations. The NTN spends roughly $60,000 a xc ski season grooming its ski trails for its members to enjoy in the Marquette region.

The NTN encourages the community to ski its trails at the Forestville Trailhead.  There is over 40 km of x-c skiing at the trailhead, with a large parking area, a warming shelter and other amenities such as XC ski rentals & snowshoe rentals.  The Forestville trailhead is located off of Wright Street, turning on Forestville road, across the one-lane bridge and following the blue signs to the trailhead.  The Forestville Trailhead is open Thursday through Sunday from 10am-5pm for XC ski rental assistance.  “We built this trailhead for the community to have a place for silent sports, so we encourage people to come out and enjoy it”, says Craig Stien, President of the NTN.

The Noquemanon Trail Network is a non-profit 501 (c) 3 organization that promotes development of integrated, multi-use, non-motorized trails.  For more information on the NTN, contact Susan Brian at (906)235-6861.