Loons Return

Posted Thursday, April 23, 2015

Pair of loons enjoying the open waters of Little Sugarbush and a rare still night this spring.

 

25th Anniversary Laddies Loppet

Posted Tuesday, April 21, 2015

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

Race start, Laddies Loppet 2014. (skinnyski.com photo)

Laddies Loppet is a mountain bike race we hold every Labor Day weekend at Maplelag. We have been hosting the event since 1990, making it one of the oldest mountain bike races in Minnesota! This year’s dates are September 5 & 6, 2015. Laddies Loppet 2015 will be our 25th anniversary!

Click here for updated race information on the 25th Anniversary Laddies Loppet

Weddings at Maplelag

Posted Monday, April 20, 2015

Early fall wedding ceremony at Maplelag on shores of Little Sugarbush lake.

Early fall wedding ceremony at Maplelag on shores of Little Sugarbush lake.

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

Mountain Biking at Maplelag

Posted Saturday, April 18, 2015

Thad Schulz riding on the mountain bike course. April 18th, 2015.

Thad Schulz riding on the mountain bike course. April 18th, 2015.

 

Mountain bike trails are now open as of April 8th, 2015. Great riding this week! Mountain bike trail report and information on riding at Maplelag.

Preliminary information on the 25th anniversary mountain bike race at Maplelag, Laddies Loppet, held over Labor day weekend.

Maplelag has a mountain bike team with over 30 riders. Contact Jay  via Maplelag email if you are interested in being part of the team!

 

First Flowers

Posted Wednesday, April 15, 2015

 

Hepatica or "May flowers" blooming in full force this week. April 17th, 2015.

Hepatica or “May flowers” blooming in full force this week. April 17th, 2015.

Little Sugarbush Lake

Posted Monday, April 13, 2015

Ice coverage on Little Sugarbush, Saturday April 11th. Still 95% covered as of Monday morning.

Ice coverage on Little Sugarbush, Saturday April 11th. A few days later, ice was off making April 14th the official ice out date for 2015.

Maplelag sits on east shore of Little Sugarbush lake. During months the lake is free of ice, we have canoes available to use at no charge. It is a good fishing lake and great for jumping in to after the sauna!

Winter Season

Posted Monday, March 30, 2015

 

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Thanks to everyone who came to Maplelag this past season making it another great year! We are very fortunate at Maplelag to have such a loyal customer base and we appreciate every one’s visit. Snow season recap on the trail report page.

 

Two Jays

Posted Sunday, March 29, 2015

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

Pair of blue jays enjoying the morning sun as we slowly transition to spring.

 

Spring Skiing

Posted Monday, March 9, 2015

Jack enjoying spring skiing conditions on Roy's Run. March 8th, 2015.

Jack enjoying spring skiing conditions on Roy’s Run late Sunday afternoon.  March 8th, 2015.

A great weekend of skiing with mid winter conditions to start transitioning to spring skiing over the weekend. Latest trail report on the trail report page. 

Bottomless Cookie Jars

Posted Wednesday, March 4, 2015

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!

Striding Twin Lakes

Posted Sunday, February 22, 2015

Striding on Twin Lakes trail. February 21st, 2015.

Striding on Twin Lakes trail. February 21st, 2015.

Great classic skiing this weekend with some of the best tracks of the year. Latest trail report on the trail report page. 

Pulling the Pulk

Posted Saturday, February 21, 2015

Froehlich family ski with the pulk. February 20th, 2015.

Froehlich family ski with the pulk. February 20th, 2015.

Great weekend of skiing on tap! Latest trail report on the trail report page. 

Skating Rink

Posted Thursday, February 19, 2015

Hockey action on the ice rink, February 18th, 2015.

Hockey action on the ice rink, February 18th, 2015.

The ice rink is in very good condition. Nice to finally have a good pile of snow on the edge!

Loppet Nordic

Posted Sunday, February 15, 2015

Members of the Loppet Nordic Racing group bundled up nicely and ready for a morning on the trails. February 14th, 2015.

Members of the Loppet Nordic Racing group bundled up nicely and ready for a morning on the trails. February 14th, 2015.

Nordic Legend

Posted Thursday, February 5, 2015

Minnesota Nordic Legend Norm Oakvik on the Maplelag trails, March 15th, 2008.

Minnesota Nordic Legend Norm Oakvik enjoying the double track on the Maplelag trails, March 15th, 2008.

We are saddened to hear of the passing of Norm Oakvik this week. Norm helped designed some of the first trails at Maplelag and was heavily  involved with the development and promotion of skiing in Minnesota. 

Ski and Be Yoga Retreat

Posted Saturday, January 31, 2015

Ski and Be Yoga retreat participants doing ski yoga on the trails. January 31st, 2015.

Ski and Be Yoga retreat participants doing ski yoga on the trails. January 31st, 2015.

A great weekend on the trails. Latest trail report on the trail report page. 

Sunny Sunday

Posted Sunday, January 25, 2015

Members of the MPA Nordic Ski Team ready for a sunny morning on the trails. January 25th, 2015.

Members of the MPA Nordic Ski Team ready for a sunny morning on the trails. January 25th, 2015.

Latest trail report on the trail report page. 

Frosted Fun

Posted Friday, January 23, 2015

Skiers enjoying the frosty morning. January 22nd, 2015.

Skiers enjoying the beautiful frosty morning. January 22nd, 2015.

One of the best days of the year on the trails Thursday with beautiful frosty conditions.  Latest trail report on the trail report page. 

Al on Sukkerbusk

Posted Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Al Porter on Sukkerbusk, January 18th, 2015.

Al Porter on Sukkerbusk, January 18th, 2015.

North Star Ski Touring Club member Al Porter (90 years young) had an active MLK weekend at Maplelag, snowshoeing and skiing including a complete trip around Sukkerbusk. Al inspires us all!

 

Rochester Nordic Ski Team

Posted Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Rochester Nordic Ski team together one last time before heading back home. January 11th, 2015.

Rochester Nordic Ski team together one last time before heading back home. January 11th, 2015. Thanks for your visit!

Latest trail report on the trail report page.

Information on the DL Invitational Ski Meet tomorrow.

Classic Skiing

Posted Saturday, January 10, 2015

Double track classic action. January 10th, 2015.

Double track classic action. January 10th, 2015.

Thursday’s snow and grooming allowed us to set about 9km of track. Latest trail report on the trail report page.

Ski Camp

Posted Monday, January 5, 2015

Minnetonka and Minneapolis South Nordic ski teams on a chilly morning. January 4th, 2015.

Minnetonka and Minneapolis South Nordic ski teams on a chilly morning. January 4th, 2015.

Ski teams from Minnetonka, Minneapolis South and Visitation at Maplelag this past weekend for a ski/training camp. Latest trail report on the trail report page.

New Years Day Ski

Posted Thursday, January 1, 2015

Members of the Knudson family ready for a New Years day ski. January 1st, 2015.

Members of the Knudson family ready for a New Years day ski after fresh snow earlier in the morning. January 1st, 2015.

Latest trail report on the trail report page. 

Variety Show

Posted Wednesday, December 31, 2014

The McBean Choral Society performing a Maplelag version of "Let it Snow" at the variety show. December 30th, 2014.

The McBean Choral Society performing a Maplelag version of “Let it Snow” at the variety show. December 30th, 2014.

Another amazing magical variety show last night. Nice job to everyone who contributed!!

Game Time

Posted Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Members of the Pratt family enjoying some game time in the dining room. December 29th, 2014.

Members of the Pratt family enjoying some game time in the dining room. December 29th, 2014.

Kick Sledding

Posted Saturday, December 27, 2014

Members of the Johnson family enjoying winter on Little Sugarbush via kick sled! December 26th, 2014.

Members of the Johnson family enjoying winter on Little Sugarbush via kick sled! December 26th, 2014.

Maplelag has three kick sleds from Norway which has been one of the many activities for winter adventure as we wait for more snow to ski. Latest trail report on the trail report page. 

Family Skate

Posted Friday, December 26, 2014

D'Allessandro family on the ice skating rink for a family skate. December 25th, 2014.

D’Allessandro family on the ice skating rink for a family skate. December 25th, 2014.

Skating on the ice rink and lake have been popular activities in addition to hiking and biking on the trails as we wait for more snow.  Latest trail report on the trail report page. 

Training Camp

Posted Monday, December 22, 2014

Members of the St Paul Highland Park and Cooper Nordic Ski teams. December 21st, 2014.

Members of the St Paul Highland Park and Cooper Nordic Ski teams. December 21st, 2014.

More photos from the training camp and trail report on the trail report page. 

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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.

 

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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