Birds on the Water

Posted Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Blue heron watching a pair of loons and trumpeter swans enjoy a rare section of open water, May 3rd, 2013.

Open water has been hard to come by with the extended winter and cool spring. The few areas that are open, mainly inlets and outlets, are busy with waterfowl, waiting for the lakes to open.

Speaking of “birds”, the Detroit Lakes Festival of Birds has opened registration. Maplelag will be hosting one of the events, featuring its famous pan fried walleye meal!

Sugarbush Swans

Posted Saturday, April 12, 2014

Trumpeter swans enjoying  water from the recent snow melt in a nearby field. April 11th, 2014.

Trumpeter swans enjoying water from the recent snow melt in a nearby field. April 11th, 2014.

 

After nearly becoming extinct, the trumpeter swan story has been a huge success in our area and a treat to have nearly 100 around Maplelag cruising and passing over the local waters. Swan photos on Little Sugarbush on our Facebook page.

 

 

Last Ski

Posted Thursday, April 10, 2014

Getting in one last ski for the year. April 10th, 2014.

Getting in one last ski for the year. April 10th, 2014.

Warm temps this week have all but melted the snow. Just enough patches here and there for one last ski Thursday morning. Trail report on the trail report page.

 

Still Skiing

Posted Monday, April 7, 2014

Nice spring skiing on corn snow, Sukkerbusk ski trail around noon. April 7th, 2014.

Nice spring skiing on corn snow, Sukkerbusk ski trail around noon. April 7th, 2014.

The start area at the trail head is almost free of snow but in the woods, still plenty of coverage for a nice ski.

Maple Syrup Season

Posted Sunday, April 6, 2014

Sap dripping from a branch turning to a icicle, April 23rd, 2013.

We no longer “sugar” at Maplelag but many locals in the area collect sap to be boiled down for maple syrup. We serve pure maple syrup at Maplelag with our syrup coming from the Kroll’s Zuckerwald in Long Prairie, MN. Check out the trail report page for a few photos of collecting sap at Maplelag in the early years.

Click here to read a nice article about Kroll’s operation.

Through the Woods and Fields

Posted Thursday, April 3, 2014

Denny Barry and Terry Olson enjoying a skate ski adventure on the Maplelag trails. April 3rd, 2014.

Denny Barry and Terry Olson enjoying a skate ski adventure on the Maplelag trails. April 3rd, 2014.

Latest trail report on the trail report page. 

Laddies Loppet

Posted Thursday, April 3, 2014

Riders competing in the exciting short track during the Laddies Loppet weekend. Labor Day weekend 2013. (www.skinnyski.com photo)

Riders competing in the exciting short track during the Laddies Loppet weekend. Labor Day weekend 2013. (www.skinnyski.com photo)

With fresh snow falling today and 1-2 feet of snow in the woods, the mountain bike season seems far away. But we have been busy planning for this annual mountain bike event held over labor day weekend which is also part of the Minnesota Mountain Bike Series(MNMBS). The MNMBS opened registration today along with news of changes for the series this year.   Click here for more information including a list of sponsors who help make this possible.

April Skiing

Posted Thursday, April 3, 2014

Incredible skate ski conditions morning of April 2nd, 2014.

Incredible skate ski conditions morning of April 2nd, 2014.

We are enjoying great spring skiing conditions so far this month of April. Latest trail report on the trail report page.

April Grooming

Posted Tuesday, April 1, 2014

No fooling, grooming on Skaters Waltz, April 1st, 2014.

No fooling, grooming on Skaters Waltz, April 1st, 2014.

 

A complete change in 24 hours, going from 40 and rain with thunder and lightning yesterday to 18 degrees, fresh snow and grooming, today. Latest trail report on the trail report page.

Saturday Skiing

Posted Sunday, March 30, 2014

John Pfund enjoying the beautiful Saturday morning. March 29th, 2014.

John Pfund enjoying the beautiful Saturday morning. March 29th, 2014.

Spring Striding

Posted Saturday, March 29, 2014

Jonell out on Sukkerbusk, enjoying the late season spring conditions. March 28th, 2014.

Jonell out on Sukkerbusk, enjoying the late season spring conditions. March 28th, 2014.

Winter hanging on all through March with more snow on the way to start April! Latest trail report.

 

Floating on the Crust

Posted Wednesday, March 26, 2014

With a dusting of new snow on top of the crust, the crust cruising around Maplelag this week has been fantastic. March 25th, 2014.

With a dusting of new snow on top of the crust, the crust cruising around Maplelag this week has been fantastic. March 25th, 2014.

March Skiing

Posted Sunday, March 23, 2014

Beth and Dave Franklin out for a Sunday ski enjoying the nice late March conditions. March 23rd, 2014.

Beth and Dave Franklin out for a Sunday ski enjoying the nice late March conditions. March 23rd, 2014.

Grooming on select trails Sunday morning. We will have the trails open this coming week for late season skiing. More information on the trail report page.

Top Trails

Posted Thursday, March 20, 2014

Fresh snow and fresh grooming refreshing the trails nicely today. January 14th, 2014.

Fresh snow and fresh grooming refreshing the trails nicely. January 14th, 2014.

Thanks to everyone who voted in the WCCO poll for best trails! No new snow this past week but the base is holding on strong thanks to cooler temps.

 

Pileated Woodpeckers

Posted Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Couple of pileated woodpeckers poking around the Maplelag bird feeders. This distinct woodpeckers are easy to identify by their call, flight and appearance and wood chip piles left on the ski trail!

 

Weddings at Maplelag

Posted Sunday, March 16, 2014

Lakeside wedding ceremony at Maplelag, October 4th, 2008.

Lakeside wedding ceremony at Maplelag, October 4th, 2008.

We still have a few select weekends available for weddings in 2014 and are booking in to 2015. More wedding photos on the wedding album page.

Super Sunrise

Posted Thursday, March 13, 2014

Sunrise over Roy's slough. March 13th, 2014.

Sunrise over Roy’s slough. March 13th, 2014.

Beautiful week of spring like weather. Latest trail report on the trail report page.

Crust Cruising

Posted Monday, March 10, 2014

Crust cruising on Little Sugarbush lake with Hudson. March 10th, 2014.

Crust cruising on Little Sugarbush lake with Hudson. March 10th, 2014.

Some of the best skiing of the year is off the beaten path with “crust skiing”. With multiple melt/freeze cycles and a good base of snow, skiing can be possible anywhere with the right timing! Just ski! We are closed for the season! Thanks to everyone who came to Maplelag this past year making it a great season! Trail status on the trail report page. 

MooseJaw Jam

Posted Sunday, March 9, 2014

One of the fun things about  MooseJaw are all the little jams going on throughout the lodge. March 8th, 2014.

One of the fun things about MooseJaw are all the little jams going on throughout the lodge. March 8th, 2014.

MooseJaw is an annual event at Maplelag featuring old tyme music, dance, clogging and workshops. Hosted by the Wild Goose Chase Cloggers!

Filtering Through

Posted Friday, March 7, 2014

March sun filtering through the clouds near eagles nest on north end of Little Sugarbush. March 5th, 2014.

March sun filtering through the clouds near eagles nest on north end of Little Sugarbush. March 5th, 2014.

Fantastic March skiing on tap this weekend. Mid winter conditions Saturday and Sunday morning before getting softer and slower on Sunday afternoon. This is the last weekend we are open! Latest trail report on the trail report page.

 

Mother on North Star

Posted Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Judy and Sara Florell enjoying the beautiful day and fresh snow on Mother North Star, March 4th, 2014.

Judy and Sarah Florell enjoying the beautiful day and fresh snow on Mother North Star, March 4th, 2014.

Fantastic early March conditions. This is the last week and weekend we will be open at Maplelag! Latest trail report on the trail report page.

On the Rink

Posted Monday, March 3, 2014

Skating on the ice rink, March 2nd, 2014.

Skating on the ice rink, March 2nd, 2014.

 

It has been a great season on the ice rink with cold temps keeping the ice in good condition.

Trail Grooming

Posted Friday, February 28, 2014

Pisten Bully grooming with the front end renovator on Sap Run trail, February 27th, 2014.

Pisten Bully grooming with the front end renovator on Sap Run trail, February 27th, 2014.

 

Trails groomed after the wind on Wednesday shaping up nicely. Latest trail report on the trail report page.

Fresh Bagels

Posted Thursday, February 27, 2014

A batch of Deb’s fresh baked bagels. Becoming a big hit for Friday’s lunch!

Sunrise Over Maplelag

Posted Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Sunrise over Maplelag on a frosty morning.

Sunrise over Maplelag on a frosty morning.

 

With the colder winter this season, we haven’t had as many frosty mornings as other winters. We still have been treated to some great sunrises and sunsets however!

Busy Beaver

Posted Friday, February 21, 2014

Beaver walking down the ski trail with a fresh cut sapling. Photo taken by Ron Refsnider, February 19th, 2014.

Beaver walking down the ski trail with a fresh cut sapling. Photo taken by Ron Refsnider, February 19th, 2014.

 

Click on the photo for a larger view and read Ron’s encounter report on the trail report page. 

All the Trails

Posted Monday, February 17, 2014

Dylan, Adam and Berit on the trails early. Nicely done to these three who skied the entire trail system today! February 17th, 2014.

Dylan, Adam and Berit on the trails early. Nicely done to these three who skied the entire trail system today! February 17th, 2014.

One of the best President’s days of skiing in recent years. 3″ of fresh snow early morning giving way to bright sunshine and deep blue skies. Latest trail report on the trail report page. 

 

Tracks

Posted Friday, February 14, 2014

Plenty of deep snow in the woods for snowshoeing on and off the beaten path. February 14th, 2014.

Plenty of deep snow in the woods for snowshoeing on and off the beaten path. February 14th, 2014.

 

With the snowpack  getting deeper and deeper, there are a lot more animal tracks on the ski trails. Few photos including a up close and personal picture of one such critter on the trail report page.

Nordic Fox Ski Club

Posted Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Members of the Nordic Fox ski club enjoying the beautiful day. February 12th, 2014.

Members of the Nordic Fox ski club enjoying the beautiful day. February 12th, 2014. 

Dusting of new snow and fresh grooming. Latest trail report on the trail report page

 

 

Winnipeg Warm

Posted Monday, February 10, 2014

Ken Goodridge leading fellow Winnipeg skiers after a morning ski around Twin Lakes trail. February 10th, 2014.

Ken Goodridge leading the Coles after a morning ski around Twin Lakes trail. February 10th, 2014.

Add Winnipeg to the top of the list of areas that has experienced one of the coldest winters on record this year. But to these hearty folks visiting from north of the border, -15 felt quite warm this morning after skiing in  -30 temps frequently this season.  Latest trail report on the trail report page.

 

Recent Highlights

Maplelag — A destination cross country ski resort: overnight accommodations, American Plan, home cooked meals served family style, 64 km of Pisten Bully groomed trails.

“People rarely come to Maplelag only once, and now I understand why” — Pamela Hill Nettleton, Minnesota Monthly “Maplelag lures its customers with a simple combination: great food, good skiing, camaraderie, and lots of fun” — Will Goddard, Cross Country Skier Magazine “In the winter, there is no place like Maplelag” Beth Gauper, MidwestWeekends.Com

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