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

Tuesday morning, March 21, 2017

Happy Spring, we’re still skiing,
 
Discussion:  About 4 inches of new snow a couple of days ago gave us new life on the trails, considerably attenuated by the warm day yesterday.  Our base is still pretty good, so we can extend things for just a bit.
 
Grooming Report:  All classic tracks are still generally in place from the last snow.  They are beginning to break down, especially after yesterday, and they are very glazed and fast.  Classic ski with caution.  The skating lanes were scarified early this morning, removing the deep ruts from warm temps skating yesterday.  North Advanced, Canyon Curves and Pincushion Mountain skate lanes are in good shape.  Icy but very skiable with just a few seeps.  Snowmen can be skied, but Upper Snowman bore the brunt of the melting yesterday with many seeps, some with running water.  Again, use caution on steep downhills and turns.
 
Enjoy what very well may be our last few days of skiing.
 
Jim S.
 
Calendar
Mission
Photo courtesy of Laurie Johnson-Cook County News Herald
Tuesday morning, March 21, 2017

Happy Spring, we’re still skiing,
 
Discussion:  About 4 inches of new snow a couple of days ago gave us new life on the trails, considerably attenuated by the warm day yesterday.  Our base is still pretty good, so we can extend things for just a bit.
 
Grooming Report:  All classic tracks are still generally in place from the last snow.  They are beginning to break down, especially after yesterday, and they are very glazed and fast.  Classic ski with caution.  The skating lanes were scarified early this morning, removing the deep ruts from warm temps skating yesterday.  North Advanced, Canyon Curves and Pincushion Mountain skate lanes are in good shape.  Icy but very skiable with just a few seeps.  Snowmen can be skied, but Upper Snowman bore the brunt of the melting yesterday with many seeps, some with running water.  Again, use caution on steep downhills and turns.
 
Enjoy what very well may be our last few days of skiing.
 
Jim S.