Photo courtesy of Laurie Johnson-Cook County News Herald

Mission

The North Superior Ski and Running Club, Inc., (NSSRC) is a Minnesota member based non-profit corporation incorporated in 1979.  Our mission is to promote outdoor, silent sports for the lifetime enjoyment of all, especially young people.
 
Among its many accomplishments, NSSRC has created and maintained the Pincushion Mountain Trail System in conjunction with the US Forest Service and Cook County.  All work completed on this fine trail system was either volunteer or paid for from club proceeds.  To this day, club members continue to volunteer their time and money to maintain and improve this tremendous trail facility.
 
NSSRC owns and maintains a Pisten Bully trail groomer, snowmobile ski trail grooming equipment, maintenance garage and warming chalet, as well as a waxing building at the Pincushion Trailhead.  The 25 kilometers of trails include 2km of lighted trails and scenic overlooks of Lake Superior.  In addition to grooming the trails for winter ski use, the club mows and maintains the trails for summer use.
 
Other accomplishments include supporting Junior Ski Racing, a Youth Ski League for ages 13 and under, Cook County High Nordic Skiing, Cross Country Running, and Track teams, as well as numerous events at Pincushion.
 
NSSRC is the host of the Sawtooth International Ski Races and the Fisherman’s Picnic Trail Run/Walk held annually on the Pincushion Trail System.

NSSRC was named Outstanding Volunteer Organization for 1999 by the US Forest Service.
 

Trail Conditions

Grooming report for December 15, 2018:

Base 1-3 inches.  Skate lanes were groomed on our wider trails yesterday morning.  The North Advanced loop was combed and tracked for additional skate and classic skiing options.  Morris Maze and Hilfiger Hill were groomed for the first time this season.  These two circuits are in poor condition due to uneven terrain, bare spots and debris poking through thin snow cover.  They should be considered as back-country, classic style routes at this time.  Warming temperatures forecast for the coming week do not bode well for our system.  Although we expect skiing to continue, there will be more bare ground, wet spots and ice patches.  Use caution.

Charlie

 
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Photo courtesy of Laurie Johnson-Cook County News Herald
Grooming report for December 15, 2018:

Base 1-3 inches.  Skate lanes were groomed on our wider trails yesterday morning.  The North Advanced loop was combed and tracked for additional skate and classic skiing options.  Morris Maze and Hilfiger Hill were groomed for the first time this season.  These two circuits are in poor condition due to uneven terrain, bare spots and debris poking through thin snow cover.  They should be considered as back-country, classic style routes at this time.  Warming temperatures forecast for the coming week do not bode well for our system.  Although we expect skiing to continue, there will be more bare ground, wet spots and ice patches.  Use caution.

Charlie