Ski Race Rescheduled for March 8
for Deeper Snow Pack on Race Course
The Sawtooth race officials have decided to
postpone this weekends Sawtooth Cross Country
Ski Race due to below normal snow cover on the
Pincushion race course 2 miles from Grand
Marais. The race was originally scheduled
Saturday, January 11. The race is now
rescheduled for Saturday, March 8, 2003. Race
officials are hoping for more normal snowfall in
later Jan. and Feb. to provide a quality ski
race on the new March 8th date.
The same format will be used in the March
race with the 16 km or 8 km Classic technique
event at 10 a.m. The 24 k or 8 k Freestyle event
starts at 11 a.m.
The Pincushion Ski Trail has unusually thin
snow cover this season. A total of only
13" has fallen the entire season to date.
Race organizers wanted to assure the expected
125-200 racers a quality and safe course.
Typically the Pincushion Trail is one of
Minnesota's more dependable trails for early
season snow pack. Currently the trail has about
30% of it's normal snowpack. Measuring 2" -
5 " of average snow cover and packed trail
base of 1/2" - 2 ". A few of the
Pincushion trails are skiable currently, but
reported to be in marginal condition with 11 km
of skating lanes open.
Several other local cross country trails
around Grand Marais are reporting better skiing conditions.
Further inland from Grand Marais (25-30 mi) the
Mid Gunflint Trail area is reporting fair
conditions for cross country skiing on snowpack
measuring from 6"-10" in the woods.
Pre registered racers for the January, 2003
Sawtooth have the option of applying their entry
to the March 8, 2003 race or to the January,
2004 race. You will be automatically entered in
the rescheduled March 8, 2003 race. If you
cannot attend, and wish to apply your entry to
the January, 2004 Sawtooth, please notify the
race organizers of your choice by Feb 28.
Contact the Sawtooth Race at 218-387-1276 or
on email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Pincushion Mountain Trail
Grand Marais, MN