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Grand Marais, MN
25.0k
Skating/Classic
Yes
No
218-387-1276
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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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Reports 1 to 10 of 20    Month: Feb | Jan
Friday, February 9, 2024
Evening
Firsthand: Classic 
[ Trails Open: Most, B skis ]
Received about 1/4 inch of fresh snow over the rained on trails and they're actually pretty good, not too shabby. I skied on my A- skis and even over a few tree roots. Only a few bad bare spots mostly whenever the trail curves to left or right. A few slushy areas to ski through and the tracks are still good in most sections too.
(Dave Bartol)
Wednesday, January 31, 2024
Evening
Firsthand: Classic 
[ Trails Open: All, Rock skis ]
North Advanced, Canyon Curves, and West Overlook were in pretty good shape, including the bridges, with just some mashed potato snow and occasional bare spots. East Overlook had a lot of exposed bedrock to dodge, though.
(Cory Quirk)
Tuesday, January 30, 2024
Morning
Grooming 
[ Trails Open: Most, Rock skis ]
Surface Conditions: Variable with minimal bare spots and debris. Some undulations and icy spots are developing. Last grooming day Tuesday, January 30th. East Overlook, B and B, Pincushion Loop, North Advanced, Morris Maze, Hilfiker and Canyon Curves groomed for skating and classic this morning. Skate deck is well packed but narrow in some areas. Tracks are solid. Freeze/thaw conditions will occur this week so ski with caution.
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(Timothy Lederle, Pincushion Ski and Run Club)
Sunday, January 28, 2024
Afternoon
Firsthand: Classic 
[ Good skis ]
Skied east and west overlook trails (and another off the west I can't recall) Sunday afternoon. Trails seemed to have plenty of snow. East overlook had some paw prints and another connector trail was not groomed. Loved getting out in the beautiful weather and sunshine.
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(Laura Ferry)
Saturday, January 27, 2024
Morning
Grooming 
[ Trails Open: Most, Rock skis ]
Stadium, West Overlook, Lower Snowman and Upper Snowman were groomed this morning for classic and skate skiing. Extra classic and skate lanes are set in the stadium for today's Women's Ski Clinic.
(Timothy Lederle, Pincushion Ski and Run Club)
Thursday, January 25, 2024
Afternoon
Firsthand: Classic 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
Classic skied all the trails at Pincushion this afternoon. There is complete coverage, no stuble or dirt after 1-2 inches of wet snow that was not yet groomed in. Tracks are shallow and my skin skis did not grip in them at all so I skied mostly out of the track up all the hills, but double poled the flats and screamed thru the downhills. Skate deck was solid underneath the new snow but not sure how it glided. Overall, much better conditions that I was expecting in this low snow year.
(Timothy Nelson)
Thursday, January 25, 2024
Morning
Observation 
[ Trails Open: Most, Rock skis ]
We are holding off on grooming the 1-2" of snow we received this week to try to preserve skiing as much as possible as temperatures rise in the week ahead. All trails are open and ski conditions are good.
(Timothy Lederle, Pincushion Ski and Run Club)
Wednesday, January 24, 2024
Evening
Firsthand: Classic 
[ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
I skied Snowman and Canyon. Tracks were in good shape and I saw no bare spots. I expected the snow to be a lot slower and stickier but for 32F it wasn't too bad.
(Cory Quirk)
Friday, January 19, 2024
Afternoon
Firsthand: Classic 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
Skied North Advanced, Hilfiker and Canyon Curves. Tracks were well set and fast after overnight grooming. Deck was firm and even with fast, fresh corduroy. Great conditions considering current base depth. Get out there and hit it hard before the warm up!
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(Josh Wenck)
Thursday, January 18, 2024
Evening
Grooming 
[ Trails Open: Most, B skis ]
Pincushion Loop, North Advanced Loop, Hilfiker Hill, Morris Maze, Canyon Curves and the B and B Loop have been re-groomed for skating and classic styles. West Overlook has its skating lane re-set. Conditions are good to very good, considering the low-snow conditions. Packed base depth: 1-3".
(Timothy Lederle, Pincushion Ski and Run Club)

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