Weddings at Maplelag

Posted Monday, July 21, 2014

 

Fall wedding in the back bowl at Maplelag. October 1st, 2012.

Fall wedding in the back bowl at Maplelag. October 1st, 2012.

 

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

Winter Wonderland

Posted Sunday, July 20, 2014

Mark and Pam Redlinger enjoying the snowy conditions on Sukkerbusk.

Mark and Pam Redlinger enjoying the snowy conditions on Sukkerbusk, January 31st, 2010.

Thanks to everyone who has made new reservations this week for the upcoming winter season! Book a new reservation by July 26th, 2014 for last season pricing! Look for deposit letters the end of this month for those with existing reservations.

After a cool start to July, hot and humid conditions this week have us thinking of days like above!

Laddies Loppet

Posted Saturday, July 12, 2014

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Start of one of the exciting short track races, Laddies Loppet 2013. (skinnyski.com) photo.

Just over a month away to Maplelag’s annual mountain bike race over labor day weekend! Thanks to everyone who has made reservations for this fun filled weekend. We still have select openings. Click here for more information and a list of all our sponsors who help make this happen.

Click here for the latest mountain bike trail report.

Sen Lin Hu-Concordia Language Villages Chinese Village

Posted Thursday, July 10, 2014

Authentic Chinese dragon boat on the waters of Little Sugarbush, lake Maplelag is located on.

During the months of June, July and  August, we are host to the Concordia Language Villages, hosting the Chinese camp. More information on the Concordia Language Villages. 

 

Twin Lakes Sunset

Posted Thursday, July 3, 2014

Sunset from the top of "Pete's Porkie" on south end of Twin Lakes. July 2nd, 2014.

Sunset from the top of “Pete’s Porkie” on south end of Twin Lakes. July 2nd, 2014.

 

Latest trail and mountain bike reports, click here.

Mysterious Mushrooms

Posted Saturday, June 28, 2014

A wide variety of mushrooms, moss and lichens in the woods from the wet spring. June 27th, 2014.

A wide variety of mushrooms, moss and lichens in the woods from the wet spring. June 27th, 2014.

Latest trail report on the trail report page.

 

Smooth Wild Rose

Posted Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Great crop of wild rose flowers this year along Twin Lakes ski trail. June 25th, 2014.

Great crop of wild rose flowers this year along Twin Lakes ski trail. June 25th, 2014.

Trail report on the trail report page.

 

Morning Dew

Posted Monday, June 23, 2014

Tamaracks covered with morning dew highlighted by the sun rise. June 23rd, 2014.

Tamaracks covered with morning dew highlighted by the sun rise. June 23rd, 2014.

Mountain Biking at Maplelag

Posted Friday, June 20, 2014

 

Riding on the mountain bike course, June 20th, 2014.

Riding on the mountain bike course, June 20th, 2014.

The mountain bike specific trail is open with good conditions. Full report and riding details on the bike trail report page. 

Information on the Laddies Loppet mountain bike stage race weekend over Labor day weekend.

Risk Taker

Posted Friday, June 20, 2014

Snapping turtle taking a double risk taking the time to lay eggs on the driveway. We are watching the area where the eggs were laid to see if baby snapping turtles hatch soon.

Snapping turtle taking a double risk taking the time to lay eggs on the driveway.  

 

Calm Waters

Posted Friday, June 13, 2014

Sill morning on Little Sugarbush, June 13th 2014.

Sill morning on Little Sugarbush, June 13th 2014.

 

 

Yellow Slipper

Posted Thursday, May 29, 2014

First yellow slippers of the year. May 29th, 2014.

First yellow slippers of the year. May 29th, 2014.

Warm temps the past week has brought to life the forest floor with the first  yellow slippers coming out today. Amazing change in the woods from 10 days ago where it looked more like mid April to now looking like mid June!

Spring Sunset

Posted Saturday, May 24, 2014

Passing rain shower lit up by the setting sun to the west. May 23rd, 2014.

Passing rain shower over Maplelag lit up by the setting sun to the west. May 23rd, 2014.

 

Couple more photos from last night’s beautiful sunset on the trail report page.

Deep Woods Nesting

Posted Wednesday, May 21, 2014

 

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Hen mallard nesting deep in the woods off Loon return ski trail. May 20th, 2014.

We stumbled across this nest by accident while working in the woods and keeping an eye out for the ducklings to emerge any day.

 

Marsh Marigolds

Posted Monday, May 19, 2014

Marsh marigolds in a local slough. May 18th, 2014.

A few more wild flowers popping out over the weekend after warmer temps.

Tree Planting

Posted Thursday, May 15, 2014

Anna and Kira Reoh planting trees at Maplelag. May 14th, 2014.

Anna and Kira Reoh planting trees at Maplelag. May 14th, 2014.

Anna and Kira planted around 1500 trees on the Maplelag property this week, adding to the 600 or so we will be planting ourselves this spring. All part of the  forest management program at Maplelag. Since Maplelag first started, we have planted around a half million trees!!

Two Jays

Posted Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Pair of blue jays enjoying the morning sun. May 14th, 2014.

Pair of blue jays enjoying the morning sun. May 14th, 2014.

The Maplelag bird feeders have seen a nice variety of birds this week. A few photos on the trail report page. 

Spring Flowers

Posted Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Blood root flowers emerging from the forest floor. May 6th, 2014.

Blood root flowers emerging from the forest floor. May 6th, 2014.

Signs of spring are slowly emerging from the forest floor with early spring flowers like the bloodroots.

 

Dollars for Scholars

Posted Friday, May 2, 2014

Detroit Lakes Nordic skier Zach Foltz climbing suicide hill during the Section 8 Nordic ski championships. Februray 4th, 2014.

Detroit Lakes Nordic skier Zach Foltz climbing suicide hill during the Section 8 Nordic ski championships. Februray 4th, 2014.

Congratulations to Zach on winning the $500 scholarship from Maplelag through the Detroit Lakes Dollars for Scholars. Monday we will be announcing another scholarship opportunity for high school Nordic seniors.

Bottomless Cookie Jars

Posted Sunday, April 27, 2014

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

 

Keeping Watch

Posted Thursday, April 24, 2014

Resident bald eagle taking in the scene on the shores of Little Sugarbush. April 24th, 2014.

Resident bald eagle taking in the scene on the shores of Little Sugarbush on a rainy day. April 24th, 2014.

 

Wind and rain the past 24 hours has moved a lot of the ice off the lake and won’t be long until the lake is completely ice free. Latest trail report on the trail report page.

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.

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!

 

 

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.

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.

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.

 

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.

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!

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.

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!

Nordic Ski Bench

Posted Friday, February 7, 2014

New ski bench at Maplelag, custom built with retired Nordic skis. Made by Maplelag's mechanic and welder, Arne Kiehl. February 6th, 2014.

New Nordic ski bench at Maplelag, custom built with retired Nordic skis. Made by Maplelag’s mechanic and welder, Arne Kiehl. February 6th, 2014.

 

Daily grooming continues…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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