MARQUETTE TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WLUC) - Great news for the Noquemanon Ski Marathon--that last round of snow over the weekend is just what the trails needed. It's been a tough winter so far for Noque volunteers keeping the trails groomed.
The biggest problem has been the thousands of bowed, broken and downed trees on the trails.
Race Director Jason Rolling estimates they've removed between 10,000 and 15,000 small trees. Those have all been taken care of now and thanks to nearly two feet of light fluffy snow and a new groomer, race officials say this might be the best year for trail conditions.
"On the top side of the course we got almost two feet of fresh powder in the last storm which I wasn't expecting, that included with all of the work we've done and the times we've been on that trail, I would argue that it's going to be the best ski trail we've ever had maybe in the history of the Noquemanon," said Rolling.
The Noquemanon Ski Marathon is this Saturday, January 25. There will be an expo and bib pick up for the skiers this Friday at the Northern Michigan University Superior Dome.