Women's ski was a success on Feb 20th!!
Women's ski was a success on Feb 20th!!
Canyon Curves on Feb 9, 2017
Canyon Curves on Feb 9, 2017
No shortage of snow this year!
No shortage of snow this year!
Photo courtesy of Laurie Johnson-Cook County News Herald
get out and explore...enjoy healthy living
get out and explore...enjoy healthy living
Photo courtesy of Laurie Johnson-Cook County News Herald
stay active year round
stay active year round
Photo courtesy of Laurie Johnson-Cook County News Herald

Latest update on the women's ski this Monday: The event is still on! Tim will be proving kick wax services starting at 1:00. Don't be afraid if it is warm. If it is totally unskiable, we will gather in the chalet for snacks, and talk about skiing. Hope to see you there!





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!

Trail Conditions

Hello Skiers; (Feb 16, 2016)
 
Discussion:  We’re working our way into the 3rd warmest February on record, and if forecasts hold for the next 7-10 days we could be looking at the warmest or second warmest.  Over the past few days we have been tuning the grooming up a bit with the intention of keeping all of our equipment off of the system for the duration of the upcoming warm spell.  Again, we are asking skiers to use good judgement when using the system.  Of course it is tempting to be out during the warmest part of the day, but consider the damage to the trails and do your skiing in the cooler parts of the day, generally earlier and later.  If we can hold things together over the next week or so, there is a long term possibility of more snow after things cool down a bit.
 
Grooming Report:  All trails have been fully tracked and the skate lanes have been combed.  There is still some drifting in some of the classic tracks but we don’t want to regroom them at this point.  There is a fair amount of debris on the trails from the recent winds, but nothing that will prevent good skiing, albeit more like late season than February.  We have good snow, beautiful trails and an opportunity to continue to ski.
 
For those of you who worked the race last weekend I provide the following note:
 
 
From: Paul Haltvick
Sent: Tuesday, February 14, 2017 4:24 PM
To: pincushiontrails@gmail.com
Subject: Classic race
 
Thanks so much to all the volunteers who put on the 32 km classic race
last Sunday. The course was incredible. Huge climbs with roller coaster
like downhills. It flows so great. One of my favorite events of the year.
 
Paul Haltvick
Fischer / Swix
 
See you on the trails,
 
Jim
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Please join us for our annual woman's ski.  2-4PM, Monday Feb.20 (Presidents Day).   Join us for a fun and casual ski on the Pincushion Trails, followed by hot beverages in the warming building.  Everyone is welcome, hope to see you there!
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Hello Skiers; (Feb 16, 2016)
 
Discussion:  We’re working our way into the 3rd warmest February on record, and if forecasts hold for the next 7-10 days we could be looking at the warmest or second warmest.  Over the past few days we have been tuning the grooming up a bit with the intention of keeping all of our equipment off of the system for the duration of the upcoming warm spell.  Again, we are asking skiers to use good judgement when using the system.  Of course it is tempting to be out during the warmest part of the day, but consider the damage to the trails and do your skiing in the cooler parts of the day, generally earlier and later.  If we can hold things together over the next week or so, there is a long term possibility of more snow after things cool down a bit.
 
Grooming Report:  All trails have been fully tracked and the skate lanes have been combed.  There is still some drifting in some of the classic tracks but we don’t want to regroom them at this point.  There is a fair amount of debris on the trails from the recent winds, but nothing that will prevent good skiing, albeit more like late season than February.  We have good snow, beautiful trails and an opportunity to continue to ski.
 
For those of you who worked the race last weekend I provide the following note:
 
 
From: Paul Haltvick
Sent: Tuesday, February 14, 2017 4:24 PM
To: pincushiontrails@gmail.com
Subject: Classic race
 
Thanks so much to all the volunteers who put on the 32 km classic race
last Sunday. The course was incredible. Huge climbs with roller coaster
like downhills. It flows so great. One of my favorite events of the year.
 
Paul Haltvick
Fischer / Swix
 
See you on the trails,
 
Jim