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

TRAIL WORK DAY AND ANNUAL MEETING THIS SUNDAY, oCTOBER 28

A reminder that we have a full day planned for Sunday at Pincushion.  The North Superior Ski and Run Club will kick off its Annual Meeting at 10:30AM in the chalet.  All are welcome to attend.  At 12:00 we'll break for a pot-luck lunch and after that, from 1:00 to 4:00 or so we'll be hosting the annual Pincushion Trail Workday.   We'll convene outside the chalet and Jim Shinners will give a briefing on current status of the trails and priority areas and tasks for clean up.  Jim and other volunteers have been working overtime over the past couple of weeks clearing hundreds of fallen trees following the wind storms, so in addition to regular "brushing" there will be areas where bucked trees need to be rolled or pushed off of the trails.  After Jim's briefing, volunteers can team up with Trail Section Captains (see table below) to head out for trail clean-up on different sections of the trails.  We'll have a sign-in sheet for all volunteers and will ask that each volunteer sign out when they're done so we can keep track.






Celebrating 40 Years of Silent Sports on Pincushion in 2019
It was nearly 40 years ago that a few ambitious locals formed the North Superior Ski and Run Club and began creating ski and hiking trails around Pincushion Mountain.  Thanks to their vision and efforts, as well as many others, we have an amazing trail system of 25 kilometers, used by skiers, skijorers, hikers, runners, bikers, backpackers, and walkers.  To honor this historic event there will be a 40th Anniversary Celebration Fall of 2019 and we hope you join us! 
Starting now in 2018, there will be several events leading up to the fall 2019 gala celebration.  Our first event is a June Full Moon Hike to Pincushion Mountain and Trail Center Open House. We are planning anniversary celebrations at the Pincushion Winter Festival in February 2019, the Fisherman’s Picnic Trail Run in August 2019 and a big gala event in the fall of 2019. Watch this website and our Facebook site for more information on events and how you can participate.

Pincushion Trail Center Renovation Project
To complement trail improvements made in the last few years, we would like to give the Pincushion Trail Center a much-needed facelift, creating a welcoming and comfortable atmosphere where trail users can gather and relax.  A complete description of the project and our wish list is at  THE TOP OF THIS PAGE UNDER THE TRAIL MAINTENANCE AND PROJECTS TAB
Just as Pincushion Trails and the Trail Center were built by community, we hope that the community will continue to come together to upkeep this treasure we share.  If you would like to be involved or have suggestions, contact us at pincushiontrails@gmail.com

Pincushion Trails
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. If you like running through the woods, the hilly terrain will definitely hold your interest. Running, hiking, strolling and just plain ambling on Pincushion Trails are all encouraged – just keep an eye out for pine martens, wolves and deer. You may also encounter a high school cross country runner out training, 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 and be a part of this great trail system.
See you on the trails!

 



 

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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Pincushion Annual Meeting and Trail Maintenance Day (Sunday, Oct. 28
A reminder that we have a full day planned for Sunday at Pincushion.  The North Superior Ski and Run Club will kick off its Annual Meeting at 10:30AM in the chalet.  All are welcome to attend.  At 12:00 we'll break for a pot-luck lunch and after that, from 1:00 to 4:00 or so we'll be hosting the annual Pincushion Trail Workday.   We'll convene outside the chalet and Jim Shinners will give a briefing on current status of the trails and priority areas and tasks for clean up.  Jim and other volunteers have been working overtime over the past couple of weeks clearing hundreds of fallen trees following the wind storms, so in addition to regular "brushing" there will be areas where bucked trees need to be rolled or pushed off of the trails.  After Jim's briefing, volunteers can team up with Trail Section Captains (see table below) to head out for trail clean-up on different sections of the trails.  We'll have a sign-in sheet for all volunteers and will ask that each volunteer sign out when they're done so we can keep track.
 
Pincushion Trails Webcam
Pincushion Trails Webcam
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