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Pincushion Mountain Trail
Grand Marais, MN
Trail Length: 25.0k  Maps: |
Groomed: Skating/Classical    Lighted: Yes Snowmaking: No
Contact: 218-387-1276    Weather: [ NWS ]  
Notes:   Well designed trail 2 miles north of Grand Marais. Dependable classical and skating grooming by dedicated ski club. Gentle rolling beginner and intermediate terrain through birch, aspen and pine forest with expert options. Nice overlooks of North Shore far below. Separate snowshoe trail. Public warming building. 1.6 K lighted xc trail on each night.

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Saturday, March 18, 2017  posted: 3/18/2017 8:00:43 PM
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: Partial, Good skis ]
  Only the Snowman and Pincushion loops had been groomed after the Friday snow of a few inches. No classic tracks. Skating was great, a bit slow as temps were around freezing, but wonderful to be out this time of year. Thanks to all the groomers whose efforts made for a great year.
(Tim Nelson)
Sunday, March 05, 2017  posted: 3/5/2017 12:03:49 PM
Firsthand 
[ Good skis ]
  Craig and I classic skied North Advanced, Canyon Curves and Pincushion Loop this morning. A little depris under the pines in a few spots, but the deck and track are in great condition. Nice track placement on Pincushion Loop. Kudos to our dream team groomers: Jim, Chris, Charlie and Bob.
(Mona Hunter)
Saturday, February 25, 2017  posted: 2/25/2017 11:09:13 AM
Grooming 
[ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
  For some of you, sorry about the Birkie. Put in some of those K's at Pincushion, the trails are groomed and ready. Discussion: We have survived temps just short of 50 degrees and an inch and a half of rain. The base hung tough and we have enough snow to start getting our trails back into shape. The snow is crystalline and there are a few ice patches and low spots, but we can ski. Grooming Report: We have been working the trails with a combination of Pisten Bully tiller and Ginzu Groomer to work out some of the rough spots. In general the skating deck is in fine condition, classic tracks are fair but generally skiable. East and West Overlooks, Snowmen, and Lynn's Loop have all been tracked and combed. Pincushion Mountain base has gotten a bit thin but it is still skiable. The short interior trails, Ole Hyvaa and Hilfiker have been groomed for skating but no classic -- skiable, but caution is advised. North Advanced is groomed along with Canyon Curves and the skiing should be decent. This is not mid-season skiing, please use caution conditions can be quite fast. Be safe and enjoy your skiing.
(Jim Shinners)
Monday, February 13, 2017  posted: 2/13/2017 12:26:50 PM
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
  We just had our best ski of the year at Pincushion this morning. It was perfection for both the classic tracks and the skate deck! The Pin has some of the best trails in the state for hills and scenery---and plenty of snow! Hats off to the grooming crew for regrooming all the trails so soon after their race day yesterday. Excellent grooming!
Photos:  
(Bill Lundberg)
Saturday, February 11, 2017  posted: 2/11/2017 1:56:06 PM
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
  Conditions continue to look great for tomorrows race here at Pincushion. Still very good hard wax skiing here. I used Start RF red (23-30F) and it worked quite well. Should be similar conditions tomorrow, with temps in the low to mid 20's.
Photos:  
(Timothy Lederle)

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