Michigan: Upper Peninsula

 

Fri, Mar 24: Valley Spur (Munising)

We still have 6-8" base, so drizzle last night had little effect. Groomers will cover most of the skate lanes in a.m. with ginzu. Cooler overnight, so groomers will ginzu skate lanes in the a.m. Weatherman promising dry air tomorrow and full sun, so should be great Spring skiing. I was able to re-set some classic tracks. Skin and no-wax classic were working.

- John Gierke

Fri, Mar 24: Valley Spur (Munising)

Very nice spring conditions. I used my new classic mohair skis which were great. No icy or bare spots. It was well worth the drive north. Don't give up on skiing yet. I will be back for more tomorrow.

- Jim stark

Thu, Mar 23: Valley Spur (Munising)

Just skated this morning and yesterday afternoon with Mariah. Still lots and lots of snow up here! Skating conditions near perfect - groomer did great job of erasing day-old skate marks. Classic tracks looked really good too.

- Stu Colie

Wed, Mar 22: Noquemanon Trail-Forestville (Marquette)

Real Grooming Report Forestville: Groomers are out with the Ginzu equipment again today cleaning up the skate lanes inside 14k. Classic tracks will be left as is from the weekend as the old hard surface will not allow a re-set. As the season winds down, our grooming efforts are being adjusted. Groomers are now focused on the trails inside the 14k mark. That leaves a great many “k” of great skiing. On the weekends we will work on additional “K” up to or even beyond 17k.

Saux Head:
Grooming is done as needed but at least weekly at Saux Head

Fit Strip Trails: Fit strip groomed and tracked as needed but at least weekly.

Big Bay Trails: Grooming is done weekly at Big Bay for Classic only.

Way Too Long Grooming Report: We are now into the Goldie Locks zone reporting. You know, not too cold, not too hot, just right. Today looks to be in the “too cold” zone all day. The rest of the week calls for an overnight freeze and thaw during the day. This situation can last for months. We will lose little or no base in such conditions. Early in the day skiers will find rock hard and lightning fast conditions. Late in the day, if too warm, skiers will find slow slushy conditions. However, for some or even most of the day, skiers may find the Goldie Locks zone and enjoy true bliss.

We will focus on forecasting this ideal ski time. The Grooming Report scientists and philosophers continue to fine tune the formulae. The key drivers are known but the exact relationship remains as elusive as finding Higgs boson babies. We know they primary drivers are slope of the temperature climb and cloud cover but present work is focused on the importance of humidity and wind. In any case, we will begin to forecast the Goldie Locks hours as warranted. However, I am reminded of the sage words of Yogi Berra, “predictions are hard…especially about the future”.

- NTN