Our Annual Women's Ski
Our Annual Women's Ski
Pincushion Chalet
Pincushion Chalet
Come Ski the Annual Winter Festival Race
Come Ski the Annual Winter Festival Race
Photo courtesy of Laurie Johnson-Cook County News Herald
Skiing has Begun this Year
Skiing has Begun this Year
Photo courtesy of Laurie Johnson-Cook County News Herald
Beautifully Groomed Trails
Beautifully Groomed Trails
Photo courtesy of Laurie Johnson-Cook County News Herald

April 8, 2018
 
Another ski season has come to an end at Pincushion, with maybe just this last day to get out there.  Charlie tilled Pincushion Mountain Trail to the Overlook with the Pisten Bully last evening, and I set the second set of tracks this morning.  If you need to get that last classic ski in at Pincushion, today is the day to do it.  Pincushion Mountain Trail is groomed with 2 sets of classic tracks which are in pretty good condition.  The grooming stops at the Overlook with no grooming beyond that point, so the return trip would be back the way you came.
 
We have a few repairs to make to the Pisten Bully, otherwise all of the equipment is intact.  A special thanks to Chris and Charlie who were out there in all weather at all times of the day and night, with assists from Bob and Jane.  Also thanks to Elise, who got the chalet opened and closed through the season.  Well done.
 
We have next winter to look forward to.
 
Jim S.


We're conducting our annual end of the year membership drive, and we're inviting you to join us if you haven't in the past, or to renew your membership to help support the work we do.

The North Superior Ski and Run Club is primarily involved in 3 activities;


In partnership with the US Forest Service we maintain the Pincushion Mountain Trail System.  We mow in the spring, summer and fall, and groom the trails for skiing in the winter.  We provide a warming chalet in the winter season and sponsor various winter activities there.

Youth activities are a large focus for us.  We support the high school track team, cross country running, and nordic ski teams, either through hiring coaches, providing volunteers or assisting with support activities for these sports.  We also host Y Ski, a nordic ski training program for kids.

Finally, we directly host competitive events, including the Fisherman's Picnic Run, Winter Festival and various high school events.

If you believe that time spent outdoors is worthwhile and should be encouraged join us.  






We think it’s the most spectacular view of Lake Superior anywhere– if you hike to the Pincushion Mountain overlook on a sunny day you will agree. The Cook County High School holds their fall cross country meet on these trails – if you like running through the woods the hilly terrain will definitely hold your interest. But running, hiking, strolling and just plain ambling are all encouraged – keep an eye out for pine martens, wolves and the occasional moose.

The annual Fisherman’s Picnic Trail Run and the Pincushion Family Ski Festival are the two big community gatherings each year, young kids ski on the weekends in the Y-ski league, the high school runners are on the trails a lot, you may encounter a high school cross country ski race in the winter or an informal fall leaf hike in September, or you may find blissful solitude.

The trails have been developed by the NSSRC in conjunction with the USFS and Cook County. NSSRC was named Outstanding Volunteer Organization for 1999 by the US Forest Service. We invite you to join the NSSRC, be a part of this great trail system.

See you on the trails!





November and December Membership Drive is On!

Trail Conditions

Greetings skiers;
 
Following is a preliminary grooming report that will actually be in effect tomorrow evening.  We are holding off grooming until Friday evening so that we have good conditions for the weekend.  However, I wanted to get this grooming report out now so that it is clear to interested parties that we are groomed and ready to go.  I have seen a great deal of interest in the fact that only Northeastern Minnesota has good ski and snowmobile conditions.  I expect to see quite a few skiers here this weekend (and hikers too).
 
In addition, the Pisten Bully is again up and running with thanks to Greg Olsen for the quick turnaround and excellent welding job.  As usual Charlie Curry made himself available for the job of pulling the broken stinger off of the PB and working to reassemble the unit.  Final tests today show that hydraulics are working and Charlie will be out tomorrow evening for the groom.
 
Here is the report:
 
Current Base:  15 inches
 
New Snow:  None
 
Spring skiing at Pincushion is very good right now.  Trail conditions can be variable based on exposure to the sun and temperature, but all trails are classic tracked and the skate deck has been tilled, compacted and combed.  This weekend will be some of the best spring skiing in a while with temperatures staying on the cooler side.
 
See you on the trails,
 
Jim S
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A high school nordic ski team is again in place thanks to supportive parents, cooperation between schools, the participation of the North Superior Ski and Run Club, and most importantly, kids who want to get out and ski.

We're pleased to have the team in place, and good luck ski team!
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Greetings skiers;
 
Following is a preliminary grooming report that will actually be in effect tomorrow evening.  We are holding off grooming until Friday evening so that we have good conditions for the weekend.  However, I wanted to get this grooming report out now so that it is clear to interested parties that we are groomed and ready to go.  I have seen a great deal of interest in the fact that only Northeastern Minnesota has good ski and snowmobile conditions.  I expect to see quite a few skiers here this weekend (and hikers too).
 
In addition, the Pisten Bully is again up and running with thanks to Greg Olsen for the quick turnaround and excellent welding job.  As usual Charlie Curry made himself available for the job of pulling the broken stinger off of the PB and working to reassemble the unit.  Final tests today show that hydraulics are working and Charlie will be out tomorrow evening for the groom.
 
Here is the report:
 
Current Base:  15 inches
 
New Snow:  None
 
Spring skiing at Pincushion is very good right now.  Trail conditions can be variable based on exposure to the sun and temperature, but all trails are classic tracked and the skate deck has been tilled, compacted and combed.  This weekend will be some of the best spring skiing in a while with temperatures staying on the cooler side.
 
See you on the trails,
 
Jim S