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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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Monday, March 23, 2020
Evening
Firsthand: Classic 
[ Trails Open: Most, Good skis ]
Two inches of fresh snow made for some wild yet safe classic skiing later this afternoon into early evening. The ski tracks set a few days ago are still visible and after skied in made for some great classic skiing using racing skin skis. Shaded areas were a little slower but the snow was still more powdery than transformed and wet. Practiced my double pole classic technique a lot.
(Dave Bartol)
Sunday, March 22, 2020
Afternoon
Firsthand: Classic 
[ Trails Open: Most, Good skis ]
Skiing conditions are rated very good to excellent. Most trails have been re-groomed for both classic and skate skiing following this weeks snowfall. Surface conditions are packed powder with some fresh snow mixed in. Classic skiing was solid on violet hard wax today and skate skiing is good on any warmer fluoro glider from -4 to +2 C. There is still 18+ of snow on all trails with only a little sign of melting along some of the bridges.
(Dave Bartol)
Tuesday, March 17, 2020
Afternoon
Grooming 
[ Trails Open: Most, Good skis ]
Base 14 to 18 inches. 4 to 5 inches of new snow on Sunday-Monday. All of our trails except Morris Maze and Hilfiker Hill were groomed for classic and skate skiing on Tuesday. These two trails will not be groomed for the remainder of the season due to cost/benefit considerations.
(Chas Curry)
Saturday, March 14, 2020
Evening
Grooming 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
Base 12 to 16 inches. The classic tracks on all of our trails except North Advanced, Morris Maze and Hilfiker Hill were reset Saturday evening. Sections of West Overlook, Lower Snowman and Pincushion Mountain were double tracked for North Superior Ski and Run Club’s annual Women’s Ski event which will take place Sunday afternoon.
(Chas Curry)
Friday, March 13, 2020
Afternoon
Grooming 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
Base 12 to 16 inches. A half inch of new snow fell last night, but was mostly blown off the trails by high winds. The skate lanes of all trails except Morris Maze and Hilfiker Hill were groomed this afternoon. New classic tracks on a few trails will be set tomorrow evening in preparation for our annual ‘Women’s Ski’ event on Sunday afternoon.
(Chas Curry)
Tuesday, March 10, 2020
Morning
Grooming 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
Base 12 to 18 inches. All of our trails were groomed for skate skiing on Monday and Tuesday mornings. Classic tracks on some trails were reset as well with inconsistent results. We have entered the time of year when days are often above 32F followed by colder nighttime temperatures. Snow conditions are highly variable. Skiers may encounter fast and icy trails at times and/or slow, sticky conditions. Surface irregularities are common and widespread. Like Sergeant Phil Esterhaus says “Let’s be careful out there”.
(Chas Curry)
Thursday, March 5, 2020
Evening
Grooming 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
Base 13 to 19 inches. 4 to 5 inches of new snow on Thursday. All of our trails were groomed for classic and skate skiing on Thursday evening. Heavy winds during the night blew some snow into the fresh corduroy and newly set tracks in a few places, but skiing should be very good at Pincushion through the weekend.
(Chas Curry)
Tuesday, March 3, 2020
Evening
Grooming 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
Base 12 to 18 inches. 1 inch of new snow. The skate lanes on most of our trails were groomed on Tuesday evening. The classic tracks have held up well since the last time they were set and the new snow covered up glazing that resulted from recent thaw/refreeze episodes.
(Chas Curry)
Tuesday, March 3, 2020
Morning
Firsthand: Classic 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
Nice skiing this morning at Pincushion. We received about 3/4 of an inch of snow last night, and temps were around 29 degrees while skiing. Skin skis worked great in these conditions, and the new snow covered up what little debris was in the tracks. Skate lane looked firm, but able to edge with this little bit of new snow. Base is still good, so if the weather cooperates we should still have good skiing for a while longer.
(Timothy Lederle, North Superior Ski & Run Club)
Monday, March 2, 2020
Afternoon
Firsthand: Freestyle 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
Skated the entire Pincushion system this afternoon. Temps started about 33 at 2pm and were 38 by 4pm. The skate deck was firm frozen granular and was not softening thru the afternoon. I was able to get a good edge on the hills and the downhills were consistently fast. Very little debris in the skate lane or classic track in spite of the old snow. Tracks looked glazed but I did not try them. Tons of snow but a refresh and cooler temps would be nice.
(Tim Nelson)

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