Training Camp

Posted Saturday, December 20, 2014

Members of the St Paul Highland Park Nordic ski team training on Little Sugarbush Lake. December 20th, 2014.

Members of the St Paul Highland Park Nordic ski team training on Little Sugarbush Lake. December 20th, 2014.

More photos and trail report on the trail report page. 

High School Nordic Ski Racing

Posted Friday, December 19, 2014

Maplelag's Jack Richards racing at the Grand Rapids Invite at Mt Itasca. December 18th, 2014

Maplelag’s Jack Richards racing at the Grand Rapids Invite at Mt Itasca. December 18th, 2014

Maplelag is proud to be a supporter of the growing and expanding high school Nordic ski racing in Minnesota. We provide scholarships and donations for many teams in Minnesota. We were disappointed to have to cancel last weekends ski camp but appreciate the teams coming this weekend and look forward to all the ski teams coming the remainder of the season.

We caught the action at the Grand Rapids Invite yesterday and  photos and results are posted on skinnyski.com 

Bottomless Cookie Jars

Posted Sunday, December 14, 2014

The coffee bar at Maplelag featuring the famous five bottomless cookie jars. Available 24 hours a day!

Chef Deb and the kitchen staff make all the cookies from scratch. During the season we serve 10’s of thousands of cookies, all part of the Maplelag package! All meals are prepared from scratch using fresh and as many local ingredients as possible. We are able to accommodate all dietary needs with advance notice. Food is something we take very serious at Maplelag!

Early Season Skiing

Posted Thursday, December 11, 2014

stevan Gombocz enjoying the frosty morning on the trails. December 10th, 2014.

Istevan Gombocz enjoying the frosty morning on the trails. December 10th, 2014.

 

Latest trail report on early season skiing on the trail report page. 

Check availability online for openings for this upcoming winter season and contact us to make a reservation! Deposits can be made online.

Click here to purchase gift certificates.

Frosty Crossing

Posted Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Frosty morning on the trails. Twin Lakes crossing, December 9th, 2014.

Frosty morning on the trails. Twin Lakes crossing, December 9th, 2014.

Latest trail report on the trail report page. 

Check availability online for openings for this upcoming winter season and contact us to make a reservation! Deposits can be made online.

Click here to purchase gift certificates.

Saturday Skier

Posted Sunday, December 7, 2014

Tom Dwyer out for a early morning Saturday ski en route to Suicide Hill. December 6th, 2014.

Tom Dooher out for a early morning Saturday ski en route to Suicide Hill. December 6th, 2014.

Latest trail report on the trail report page. 

Fat Biking at Maplelag

Posted Monday, December 1, 2014

Ben Olson out on the trail recently November 30th, 2014 (photo from Ben)

Fat Biking on the Twin Lakes single track. November 30th, 2014 (photo by Ben Olson)

 

We will have select trails open for fat biking at Maplelag this winter. Full details on the Fat bike Trail report.

Happy Thanksgiving

Posted Thursday, November 27, 2014

Thanksgiving dinner with family and friends. November 27th, 2014.

Thanksgiving dinner with family and friends in the Maplelag dining room. November 27th, 2014.

Thanks to all our family, friends and Maplelag guests who support and help make Maplelag a wonderful place! We appreciate all of you!

 

Weddings at Maplelag

Posted Monday, November 24, 2014

Kate and Alex wedding ceremony. November 22nd, 2014.

Kate and Alex wedding ceremony. November 22nd, 2014.

Contact us at maplelag@arvig.net for more information on weddings at Maplelag.  Weddding photos on the wedding album page.

Ready to Ski

Posted Sunday, November 23, 2014

Ready to hit the trails! November 22nd, 2014.

Ready to hit the trails! November 22nd, 2014.

Good to see folks on the trails yesterday enjoying the early season skiing. We did get warm yesterday but the trails are holding on to some coverage and we froze down last night keeping the base intact. Latest trail report on the trail report page.

Transition

Posted Friday, November 21, 2014

Slough near JibFly ski trail showing signs of winter and the fading fall. November 21st, 2014.

Slough near JibFly ski trail showing signs of winter and the fading fall. November 21st, 2014.

Winter has come early this year with a nice coating of white in the woods and very few signs of fall. We have select trails open for skiing with the new snow and from daily grooming. Latest trail report on the trail report page.

Check availability online for openings for this upcoming winter season and contact us to make a reservation! Deposits can be made online.

Ginzu Grooming

Posted Thursday, November 20, 2014

Combing with the Ginzu groomer on the return from Twin Lakes trail. November 20th, 2014.

Combing with the Ginzu groomer on the return from Twin Lakes trail. November 20th, 2014.

We have been grooming select trails this week after off and on snow showers and have a few trails open for early season “rock” skiing. Latest trail report on the trail report page.

 

Quilting at Maplelag

Posted Sunday, November 16, 2014

Creating a quilt during the Red Pine quilting retreat, November 15th, 2014.

Creating a quilt during the Red Pine quilting retreat, November 15th, 2014.

Another great quilting retreat at Maplelag! Thanks to everyone who attended. Contact us at Maplelag for more information on future quilting retreats.

Officially Frozen

Posted Friday, November 14, 2014

Panoramic view of Little Sugarbush lake as seen from the tower of the lodge. Frozen over completely early morning November 14th, 2014.

Panoramic view of Little Sugarbush lake as seen from the tower of the lodge. Frozen over completely early morning November 14th, 2014.

Latest trail and weather report on the trail report page.

First Skate

Posted Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Skating on the pond near the start and finish of Rootin Tootin ski trail. November 11th, 2014.

Skating on the pond near the start and finish of Rootin Tootin ski trail. November 11th, 2014.

We missed out on the big snow that hit central MN yesterday but well below sub freezing temps the past 4 days has resulted in ice on the area ponds and even smaller lakes around Maplelag allowing for early season family skating on the smaller ponds. Latest trail and snow report on the trail report page.

Island Lake Sunrise

Posted Sunday, November 9, 2014

Sunrise over Island lake as seen from the island. November 9th, 2014.

Sunrise over Island lake as seen from the island. November 9th, 2014.

Fresh Bagels

Posted Friday, November 7, 2014

Deb with a fresh batch of home made bagels!

Deb with a fresh batch of home made from scratch bagels!

Deb’s home made bagels are served for lunch most Fridays during the winter months! Happy Birthday to Deb on Saturday!

All meals are prepared from scratch using fresh and as many local ingredients as possible. We are able to accommodate all dietary needs with advance notice. Food is something we take very serious at Maplelag! If any questions on having special diets accommodated, please contact us.

First Ski

Posted Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Jack out for the first ski of the year. November 5th, 2014.

Jack out for the first ski of the year. November 5th, 2014.

Around 3″ of snow fall today was enough to get out for the first ski of the year! Photos and report on the trail report page.

Out to the Trails

Posted Monday, November 3, 2014

Members of the "Klackers" (ski and knitting group) heading out to the trails to enjoy fresh grooming and new snow. January 14th, 2014.

Members of the “Klackers” (ski and knitting group) heading out to the trails to enjoy fresh grooming and new snow. January 14th, 2014.

Check availability online for openings for this upcoming winter season and contact us to make a reservation!

 

Maplelag Signs

Posted Saturday, November 1, 2014

One hallway of the many unique and unusual signs at Maplelag. More added the past few months! November 18th, 2013.

One hallway of the many unique and unusual signs at Maplelag in the main lodge including Cleveland neon clocks!

 

Check out the recent WCCO feature on the signs at Maplelag!

Ski Camps

Posted Thursday, October 30, 2014

 

Members of the Mound/Westonka ski team enjoying fresh powder and fun times on Lucky's Loype. January 5th, 2013.

Members of the Mound/Westonka ski team enjoying fresh powder and fun times on Lucky’s Loype. January 15th, 2014.

Just a few spots remain for our ski camp weekends. Contact us for more information.

Mountain Biking at Maplelag

Posted Wednesday, October 22, 2014

 

Mike Hess enjoying beautiful late fall conditions. October 21st, 2014.

Mike Hess enjoying beautiful late fall conditions. October 21st, 2014.

 The mountain bike course is open for fat biking until more snow. We are hoping to maintain the twin lakes single track and additional trail for 10km of trail for fat biking this winter. 

Full mountain bike report and riding details on the bike trail report page. 

 

Knitting at Maplelag

Posted Monday, October 20, 2014

Prairie Yarns knitting group in the library area of the lodge. October 19th, 2014.

Prairie Yarns knitting retreat in the library area of the lodge. October 19th, 2014.

Snowshoeing at Maplelag

Posted Saturday, October 18, 2014

 

Matthews family on the snowshoe trail. January 4th, 2012,

Matthews family on the snowshoe trail. January 4th, 2012,

Maplelag has designated snowshoe trails for snowshoeing and snowshoeing is also allowed anywhere except for the groomed ski trails!

Check availability online and contact us to make a reservation for the upcoming winter season! Thanks to everyone who has already confirmed!

Fall Scene

Posted Wednesday, October 15, 2014

 

Poplar and tamarack trees hitting their peak this week. October 15th, 2014.

Poplar and tamarack trees hitting their peak this week. October 15th, 2014.

Incredible fall weather this week as the poplar and tamarack trees are in their peak of fall color. Even though the days have been warm, we have had frost the past 6 days, cooling down the soil nicely as we continue to prepare for the winter months.

We hit our peak of fall colors  around September 23rd at Maplelag  but there is some still great autumn scenes deep in the woods on the ski trails and the swamps and sloughs with tamaracks are most colorful.

 More photos on the trail report page. 

 

Fall Bluejay

Posted Friday, October 3, 2014

Bluejay surrounded by fall color. October 2nd, 2014.

Bluejay surrounded by fall color. October 2nd, 2014.

Cold front moving through today bringing a big time change in the weather. Temps in the lower 30’s and our first flakes of snow!! Latest trail report on the trail report page.

Fall Fishing

Posted Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Maplelag guests enjoying the beautiful fall morning on Little Sugarbush. September 28th, 2014.

Maplelag guests enjoying the beautiful fall morning on Little Sugarbush. September 28th, 2014.

The leaves have  been coming down quick since our peak of fall color last week but still some patches of nice autumn scenes in the woods. Fall color photos and trail report on the trail report page.

 

Scrapbooking at Maplelag

Posted Monday, September 29, 2014

 

Scapbooking in one of the lower level meeting rooms. September 28th, 2014.

Scapbooking in one of the lower level meeting rooms. September 28th, 2014.

Weekend scrapbooking photos on the event page.

September 2013 scrapbooking photos on the event page.

Morning Frost

Posted Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Fallen maple leaf with a touch of frost. September 16th, 2014.

Fallen maple leaf with a touch of frost. September 16th, 2014.

 

The fall color around Maplelag is becoming more colorful each day with still a nice background of greens. At Maplelag we feel this is the best time of year to take in the change of seasons. Be sure to check back for early fall color photos later this week and watch live on the webcam on the trail report page!

September Sunsets

Posted Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Sunset over Little Sugarbush, August 31st, 2014.

Sunset over Little Sugarbush, August 31st, 2014.

The month of September always provides some of the best sunrises and sunsets of the year as we were reminded this past weekend. Couple more photos 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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