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Norpine Trail Association
3719 W. Highway 61
Lutsen, MN 55612
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Building Grant provided by


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In cooperation with

US Forest Service



Cascade River
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    A New Winter Season Takes Shape on the Norpine Trails

    Our trail base is in reasonable condition and the groomers are ready and waiting for enough snow to begin grooming the trails. Pre-season maintenance was accomplished with the help of the North Star Ski Touring Club and other volunteers, who manually cleared trails of encroaching tree branches and downed trees. A wet fall and soggy trail conditions precluded use of our large brush cutting equipment, impairing our ability to complete the job on some sections of the trails. Seasonal winds always complicate the situation by bringing down additional trees and limbs that need to be removed.

    During the 2017-18 season, Norpine will be running a pilot project to look at shared-use of the Connector Trail (Lutsen Ski Hill Road to Cascade Lodge) with fat-tire bikers. This trail segment features both a tracked ski lane for classic skiers and a packed lane for skate-skiers and fat-bikers. Bikers must yield to skiers and are prohibited from using the Hall and Massey loops.

    Because winter fat-tire biking is experiencing such tremendous growth, our hope is that shared-use with fat-bikers will bring additional support to our club and business partners, ensuring that we will have both the financial and volunteer resources needed to keep our trails maintained and available for winter recreation.

    New Equipment Storage Building for Norpine

    If you’ve got big expensive equipment, then you need a place to store it! This past year, Norpine initiated construction for a new garage in which to store all of our trail equipment in one sturdy and safe place. This was a huge undertaking for our small Norpine Trail Association, both financially and physically!

    Financially, the project was made possible by a $15,000 8-year loan from Cook County, by a $5,000 grant from the North Star Ski Touring Club (NSSTC), from state funds generated through DNR ski pass sales, contributions by the Lutsen-Tofte Tourist Association (LTTA), Norpine members, and Norpine business sponsors. Site preparation and construction work has been done by volunteers. Thanks to everyone that has made this building possible, especially Bob Pranis and Pete Harris, who took the lead role for planning and directing this huge project.

    Please show your support by making an additional financial contribution to Norpine. We now have capability to take online donations through Paypal (see DONATE button at top of page) or an old-fashioned check or money order would also light up our life! Send contributions to Norpine Trail Association, 1628 Croftville Rd., Grand Marais MN 55604

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