Mountain Biking at Maplelag
Posted Monday, April 21, 2014
Jake testing out the new singletrack built last fall near Twin Lakes. April 21st, 2014.
Dry, windy and warm conditions the past 7-10 days has dried out the mountain bike course to the point we can open the mountain bike specific trail. Full report and riding details on the bike trail report page.
Weddings at Maplelag
Posted Friday, April 18, 2014
Lakeside wedding ceremony on the shores of Little Sugarbush. August 24th, 2013.
We still have a few select weekends available for weddings in 2014 and are booking in to 2015. Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information on weddings at Maplelag. Weddding photos on the wedding album page.
Posted Saturday, April 12, 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!
Posted Thursday, April 10, 2014
Getting in one last ski for the year. April 10th, 2014.
Warm temps this week have all but melted the snow. Just enough patches here and there for one last ski Thursday morning. Trail report on the trail report page.
Posted Monday, April 7, 2014
Nice spring skiing on corn snow, Sukkerbusk ski trail around noon. April 7th, 2014.
The start area at the trail head is almost free of snow but in the woods, still plenty of coverage for a nice ski.
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.
Through the Woods and Fields
Posted Thursday, April 3, 2014
Denny Barry and Terry Olson enjoying a skate ski adventure on the Maplelag trails. April 3rd, 2014.
Latest trail report on the trail report page.
Posted Thursday, April 3, 2014
Riders competing in the exciting short track during the Laddies Loppet weekend. Labor Day weekend 2013. (www.skinnyski.com photo)
With fresh snow falling today and 1-2 feet of snow in the woods, the mountain bike season seems far away. But we have been busy planning for this annual mountain bike event held over labor day weekend which is also part of the Minnesota Mountain Bike Series(MNMBS). The MNMBS opened registration today along with news of changes for the series this year. Click here for more information including a list of sponsors who help make this possible.
Posted Thursday, April 3, 2014
Incredible skate ski conditions morning of April 2nd, 2014.
We are enjoying great spring skiing conditions so far this month of April. Latest trail report on the trail report page.
Posted Tuesday, April 1, 2014
No fooling, grooming on Skaters Waltz, April 1st, 2014.
A complete change in 24 hours, going from 40 and rain with thunder and lightning yesterday to 18 degrees, fresh snow and grooming, today. Latest trail report on the trail report page.
Posted Sunday, March 30, 2014
John Pfund enjoying the beautiful Saturday morning. March 29th, 2014.
Posted Saturday, March 29, 2014
Jonell out on Sukkerbusk, enjoying the late season spring conditions. March 28th, 2014.
Winter hanging on all through March with more snow on the way to start April! Latest trail report.
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.
Posted Sunday, March 23, 2014
Beth and Dave Franklin out for a Sunday ski enjoying the nice late March conditions. March 23rd, 2014.
Grooming on select trails Sunday morning. We will have the trails open this coming week for late season skiing. More information on the trail report page.
Posted Thursday, March 20, 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.
Posted Tuesday, March 18, 2014
Couple of pileated woodpeckers poking around the Maplelag bird feeders. This distinct woodpeckers are easy to identify by their call, flight and appearance and wood chip piles left on the ski trail!
Posted Thursday, March 13, 2014
Sunrise over Roy’s slough. March 13th, 2014.
Beautiful week of spring like weather. Latest trail report on the trail report page.
Posted Monday, March 10, 2014
Crust cruising on Little Sugarbush lake with Hudson. March 10th, 2014.
Some of the best skiing of the year is off the beaten path with “crust skiing”. With multiple melt/freeze cycles and a good base of snow, skiing can be possible anywhere with the right timing! Just ski! We are closed for the season! Thanks to everyone who came to Maplelag this past year making it a great season! Trail status on the trail report page.
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.
MooseJaw is an annual event at Maplelag featuring old tyme music, dance, clogging and workshops. Hosted by the Wild Goose Chase Cloggers!
Posted Friday, March 7, 2014
March sun filtering through the clouds near eagles nest on north end of Little Sugarbush. March 5th, 2014.
Fantastic March skiing on tap this weekend. Mid winter conditions Saturday and Sunday morning before getting softer and slower on Sunday afternoon. This is the last weekend we are open! Latest trail report on the trail report page.
Mother on North Star
Posted Wednesday, March 5, 2014
Judy and Sarah Florell enjoying the beautiful day and fresh snow on Mother North Star, March 4th, 2014.
Fantastic early March conditions. This is the last week and weekend we will be open at Maplelag! Latest trail report on the trail report page.
On the Rink
Posted Monday, March 3, 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.
Posted Friday, February 28, 2014
Pisten Bully grooming with the front end renovator on Sap Run trail, February 27th, 2014.
Trails groomed after the wind on Wednesday shaping up nicely. Latest trail report on the trail report page.
Posted Thursday, February 27, 2014
A batch of Deb’s fresh baked bagels. Becoming a big hit for Friday’s lunch!
Sunrise Over Maplelag
Posted Tuesday, February 25, 2014
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!
Posted Friday, February 21, 2014
Beaver walking down the ski trail with a fresh cut sapling. Photo taken by Ron Refsnider, February 19th, 2014.
Click on the photo for a larger view and read Ron’s encounter report on the trail report page.
All the Trails
Posted Monday, February 17, 2014
Dylan, Adam and Berit on the trails early. Nicely done to these three who skied the entire trail system today! February 17th, 2014.
One of the best President’s days of skiing in recent years. 3″ of fresh snow early morning giving way to bright sunshine and deep blue skies. Latest trail report on the trail report page.
Posted Friday, February 14, 2014
Plenty of deep snow in the woods for snowshoeing on and off the beaten path. February 14th, 2014.
With the snowpack getting deeper and deeper, there are a lot more animal tracks on the ski trails. Few photos including a up close and personal picture of one such critter on the trail report page.
Nordic Fox Ski Club
Posted Wednesday, February 12, 2014
Members of the Nordic Fox ski club enjoying the beautiful day. February 12th, 2014.
Dusting of new snow and fresh grooming. Latest trail report on the trail report page
Posted Monday, February 10, 2014
Ken Goodridge leading the Coles after a morning ski around Twin Lakes trail. February 10th, 2014.
Add Winnipeg to the top of the list of areas that has experienced one of the coldest winters on record this year. But to these hearty folks visiting from north of the border, -15 felt quite warm this morning after skiing in -30 temps frequently this season. Latest trail report on the trail report page.
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