First Fall Color

Posted Thursday, September 18, 2014

Early fall color along the Maplelag driveway, September 17th, 2014.

Early fall color along the Maplelag driveway, September 17th, 2014.

The fall colors are starting to come more vibrant each day. All signs are in store for another spectacular change of seasons.  More photos on the trail report 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!

Mountain Biking at Maplelag

Posted Wednesday, September 17, 2014

 

 Singletrack riding on the mountain bike course. September 17th, 2014.

Singletrack riding on the mountain bike course. September 17th, 2014.

 The mountain bike course is open with beautiful conditions this week. 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. 

 

Weddings at Maplelag

Posted Sunday, September 14, 2014

 

One of the many antique stained glass windows at Maplelag providing back drop for wedding table. September 13th, 2014.

One of the many antique stained glass windows at Maplelag providing back drop for the wedding cake table. September 13th, 2014.

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

Ski Camps

Posted Thursday, September 11, 2014

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Edina Alumni Nordic Ski team members ready to hit the trail. December 21st, 2012.

We still have a few openings for our High School Ski Camps in December.  Contact us for more information.

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.

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!

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.

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.

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.

 

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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