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Michigan: Northern Lower Peninsula
North of West Branch; includes Traverse City, Grayling, Gaylord, Tawas
Sun, Apr 12: Nubs Nob (Harbor Springs)
Great skiing this AM at nubs. Only a couple of bare spots on the blue loop. Blue loop was the best. Blue/red loop had lots of leaves and wet spots but still ok skiing. Alpine hill had plenty of coverage as well. It got close to 70 today so trail may have taken a hit this afternoon.

     - JG & RG
Michigan: Upper Peninsula
Michigan: Upper Peninsula
Mon, Apr 13: Noquemanon Trail-Forestville (Marquette)
NO GROOMING TODAY; I expect most of you are saying “…then why the report?”. Well, as I explained in the last “No Grooming Report”, there is a contest underway with fabulous prizes (sorry for the typo earlier, you will receive the fabulous prizes if you take the last ski of the season). So, just as the street musician throws some bills in his/her open guitar case before starting to play, I am priming the pump so others will play the game.

I had a wonderful ski yesterday in the 70° sun. Corn snow has the wonderful ability to shed water as if a duck. The small ice crystals stay ice regardless and the water soaks into the ground. The trail and crust were firm as you can see from the tracks near “Men Working” (for those of you familiar with the Saux Head Loops). There we a few bare spots near the parking area but on the ridge it was all as shown. The run down “The Beast” was ideal.

With ski season beginning with a bang on November 11, we are into our sixth month of great skiing. I doubt we will get into the seventh but not for wont of trying. In a previous life I did ski every month of the year. In July and August we had to strap our skis on the pack for hours before the summit decent. Here it is more likely to be a drive down Co Rd 510 or a walk up The Beast. Regardless that, I have bragging rights until someone else throws something else in the guitar case. Thanks for playing the game.
     - NTN
Mon, Apr 6: Noquemanon Trail-Forestville (Marquette)
With cold nights and not very warm days, skiing looks to be with us for some time yet. Grooming, unfortunately is very difficult in these conditions. The hard base creates a great deal of drag so the snowmobile engines must work quite hard. Then, with no loose snow to blow on the engine they tend to overheat almost immediately. Next time I see a Bombardier engineer I will give him/her a piece of my mind. With luck (well, actually, with money), we will have equipment better suited for such conditions in the future. Wealthy benefactors would not be turned away.

If conditions change I would not rule out additional grooming but looking at this week’s forecast I think nature will be our only grooming device for the rest of the year. For my part, skiing the un-groomed trails Saturday was excellent. We will continue to post a report in case anyone likes to know is there even skiing or enjoys keeping up on the philosophy of ski condition reporting. Given that I will be in a salt pit much of the week, any first hand comments on the trail conditions will be greatly appreciated and will be passed on to both of our readers.
     - NTN
Mon, Apr 6: Warner Creek (Alba)
3 inches of wet fluffy snow on top of icy hardpack at Warner Creek on M32....not bad classic skiing on my "B" waxless skis....

Nubs still has a decent base with only some ice showing through. I skated there Sunday am. Timing is everything right now but it should be skiable there until Wednesday. But any kind of x-c skiing is a real treat in April.
     - Jack Laurent
Michigan: Southeast Lower Peninsula
South of West Branch, East of Lansing; includes Detroit, Flint, Midland

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Michigan: Southwest Lower Peninsula
South of West Branch, West of Lansing; includes Grand Rapids, Kalamazoo, Big Rapids, Cadillac

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States East of Ohio
Includes New York, Pennsylvania, West Virginia

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Ontario, Canada

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