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Significant snows fell on the entire course yesterday and this morning – some of the higher elevations saw 12+ inches.  This is especially good news as there is a significant warm up on the way for Thursday night into the weekend.  Friday’s temperature is forecasted, at this time, to be 42+ degrees with a low above freezing Friday night.  Saturday looks to be mild as well with a temperature around 35 degrees – possibly with a temperature drop through the day.  This wont be a “all of our snow will melt away” issue for us as we have excellent snow coverage in all locations, but, it does present some grooming difficulties.  Lake/water crossings may get a little slushy on the top…it’s hard to say.  During last weekends warm up the lake/water crossings held up really well.  Waxing for maximum glide could be a bit of a fun puzzle this year – we will provide more National Weather Service Marquette station forecasts (which they are graciously doing for the Noquemanon specifically) on Wednesday and Friday afternoon.

All of that said, at this time, we request your assistance in keeping this year’s race trail in race ready condition when you are in the area.  Race grooming at this time is scheduled to be completed early on Friday morning and then we will leave it alone as overnight temperatures will be above freezing. We are asking all to refrain from walking, skiing or biking on any race trail sections from 12:01 AM this Friday January 26 through race day Saturday January 27.  This includes the NTN Forestville trails.  Exceptions to this will be the Junior Noque skiers racing Friday afternoon/evening on the NTN Forestiville trails.  Please pre-ski and wax test at other locations in the area to preserve the trail starting on Friday – Blueberry Ridge is a great close-by option.

Thank you in advance for helping us provide the best course possible.


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