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 with great late fall conditions. There is no charge to ride on the trails the remainder of the riding season. 

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. 

 

Ski Clubs

Posted Wednesday, October 15, 2014

 

Hubbard ski club ready for a day of skiing and snowshoeing. January 25th, 2011.

Hubbard ski club ready for a day of skiing and snowshoeing. January 25th, 2011.

Maplelag is a great place for ski clubs to meet. We have special group pricing during the Midweek and unique packages.  Contact us for more information.

Snow Covered Pines

Posted Tuesday, October 14, 2014

"Iowa Jack" skiing through the snow covered pines in the square field, February 2nd, 2013.

“Iowa Jack” skiing through the snow covered pines in the square field on double green ski trail, February 2nd, 2013.

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.

Weddings at Maplelag

Posted Monday, September 22, 2014

 

Turning out to be a nice afternoon on Saturday for outside wedding ceremony. September 20th, 2014.

Turning out to be a nice afternoon on Saturday for outside wedding ceremony. September 20th, 2014.

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

Laddies Loppet 2014

Posted Monday, September 1, 2014

Start of one of the Comp class races. Laddies Loppet 2014. (skinnyski.com photo)

Start of one of the Comp class races. Laddies Loppet 2014. (skinnyski.com photo)

Despite rain falling early Sunday morning, another great day for the Laddies Loppet stage race capping off a great mountain bike weekend. Nearly 500 racers over the three races.  Click here for Sunday coverage and click here for Saturday coverage on skinnyski.com

   Click here for more information and a list of all our sponsors who help make this happen.

Ride for Cookies

Posted Saturday, August 30, 2014

Doesn't get much better, riding with your friends and having a cookie from one of the five bottomless cookie jars afterwards! Laddies Lopppet August 29th, 2014.

Doesn’t get much better, riding with your friends and having a cookie from one of the five bottomless cookie jars afterwards! Laddies Lopppet August 29th, 2014.

 

 

Morning Dew

Posted Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Fog rolling off the lake this morning, thanks to temps in the lower 40's. August 26th, 2014.

Fog rolling off the lake Monday morning, thanks to temps in the lower 40′s. August 26th, 2014.

Snowy Sunrise

Posted Thursday, August 21, 2014

 

Sunrise over the skinny field, January 26th, 2014.

Sunrise over the skinny field, January 26th, 2014.

Thanks to everyone who has confirmed their winter reservation for the 2014-15 season! Check availability online and contact us to confirm or make a reservation.

 

Water Lily

Posted Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Nice crop of water lilies on the edge of Little Sugarbush this year. August 4th, 2014.

Nice crop of water lilies on the edge of Little Sugarbush this year. August 4th, 2014.

Happy Trails

Posted Monday, August 4, 2014

Members of the Minneapolis South Nordic Ski team all smiles on the trail. January 4th, 2014.

Members of the Minneapolis South Nordic Ski team all smiles on the trail. January 4th, 2014.

 

The Nordic Ski camp weekends are starting to fill at Maplelag. Contact us for more information on bringing a ski team to Maplelag!

Wild Mushroom

Posted Friday, August 1, 2014

Interesting mushroom growing on the side of JibFly ski trail.

Interesting mushroom growing on the side of JibFly ski trail.

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

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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.

 

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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