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A collection of news stories from Maplelag…

Sugarbush Swans

Posted Saturday, April 12, 2014 by Jay Richards

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.

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Maple Syrup Season

Posted Sunday, April 6, 2014 by Jay Richards

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 [...]

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Laddies Loppet 2014

Posted Thursday, April 3, 2014 by Jay Richards

Laddies Loppet is a mountain bike stage 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 years dates are August 30st and 31st, 2014. Saturday’s racing includes a time trial & short track, and Sunday’s [...]

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Super Sunrise

Posted Thursday, March 13, 2014 by Jay Richards

Sunrise over Roy’s slough. March 13th, 2014.
Beautiful week of spring like weather. Latest trail report on the trail report page.

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MooseJaw Jam

Posted Sunday, March 9, 2014 by Jay Richards

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!

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Filtering Through

Posted Friday, March 7, 2014 by Jay Richards

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.

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Mother on North Star

Posted Wednesday, March 5, 2014 by Jay Richards

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.

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On the Rink

Posted Monday, March 3, 2014 by Jay Richards

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.

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Trail Grooming

Posted Friday, February 28, 2014 by Jay Richards

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.

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Sunrise Over Maplelag

Posted Tuesday, February 25, 2014 by Jay Richards

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!

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Busy Beaver

Posted Friday, February 21, 2014 by Jay Richards

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. 

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All the Trails

Posted Monday, February 17, 2014 by Jay Richards

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 [...]

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Posted Friday, February 14, 2014 by Jay Richards

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.

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Winnipeg Warm

Posted Monday, February 10, 2014 by Jay Richards

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 [...]

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Nordic Ski Bench

Posted Friday, February 7, 2014 by Jay Richards

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.

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Section 8 Nordic Ski Championships

Posted Wednesday, February 5, 2014 by Jay Richards

Classic pursuit racing action during the Section 8 Nordic Ski championships at Maplelag. February 4th, 2014.
A great day for the Section 8 races despite the chilly temps. More photos from the day on the event page. Results and coverage from other sectional races on

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Norwegian Pancakes

Posted Thursday, January 30, 2014 by Jay Richards

Norwegian Pancakes served every Saturday morning during the winter and most fall and spring weekends, featuring imported lingonberries, sour cream, pure maple syrup and farm sausage along with home made 7 grain hot cereal.

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Winter Wonderland

Posted Sunday, January 19, 2014 by Jay Richards

Winter wonderland skiing conditions after 6″ of fresh snow early Saturday morning. January 18th, 2014.
Great skiing for MLK weekend after fresh snow in the early morning hours Saturday morning. Latest trail report on the trail report page. 

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Maplelag Signs

Posted Monday, January 13, 2014 by Jay Richards

One hallway of the many unique and unusual signs at Maplelag. More added the past few months! November 18th, 2013.
Check out the recent WCCO feature on the signs at Maplelag!

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Weddings at Maplelag

Posted Monday, December 9, 2013 by Jay Richards

Outside photo shoot for last weekend’s wedding in subzero temps! December 7th, 2013.
Thanks to everyone who has chosen Maplelag for a wedding weekend destination. If you would like more information on weddings at Maplelag, please contact us at 800-654-7711 or email us at
Wedding photos on the wedding album page

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Relax at Maplelag

Posted Saturday, November 30, 2013 by Jay Richards

One of the new of the many nooks and crannies to relax at Maplelag. November 30th, 2013.

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Wooden Skis

Posted Friday, November 22, 2013 by Jay Richards

Maplelag’s wooden ski collection on display in the lounge are in the main lodge.
Maplelag has one of the largest antique wooden ski collections in the country with most skis on display in the lodge.

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Red Pine Quilt Shop Quilting Retreat

Posted Sunday, November 10, 2013 by Jay Richards

Quilt display in the main conference room, November 10th, 2013.
Couple more photos from the weekend on the event page.

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Scrapbooking at Maplelag

Posted Monday, September 30, 2013 by Jay Richards

Scrapbooking in one of the lower level meeting rooms. September 28th, 2013.
More September 28th scrapbooking photos on the event page.

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2013 Laddies Loppet Mountain Bike Stage Race Weekend

Posted Wednesday, August 28, 2013 by Jay Richards

[ August 30, 2013 5:00 pm to September 2, 2013 11:00 am. ] Laddies Loppet is a mountain bike stage race we hold every Labor Day weekend at Maplelag. Laddies Loppet 2013 will be August 31st and September 1st. Saturday’s racing includes a time trial and short track and Sunday’s racing features the main event of cross country racing.  Once again we are proud to be a part [...]

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Fall Happenings

Posted Saturday, August 10, 2013 by Jay Richards

Fantastic fall color in front of the lodge, September 20th, 2012.
Maplelag keeps busy in the Fall season with weddings, different conferences, retreats, meetings and dinners. Fall at Maplelag is one of the most beautiful times of the year with the changing of the maple trees and is a great time to be in the woods [...]

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Aura Memorial Service

Posted Monday, May 27, 2013 by Jay Richards

Memorial service at the Aura cemetery along the Goat Ranch rd. (photo by Mary)
The Maplelag driveway is located south of the Goat Ranch rd! Goat ranch is named from the large goat farm settlers established in the early days.
We hope everyone had a safe Memorial day, remembering those that had fallen and currently serve.

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Glad Syttende Mai

Posted Friday, May 17, 2013 by Jay Richards

Two of the antique Norwegian immigrant folk art pieces in the main lodge.
Maplelag wishes all our Norwegian friends good cheer on their National holiday. The word Maplelag is a made up Norwegian word meaning “maple community”.  There are also many ties between Maplelag and  Norway with over 40 students who helped at Maplelag in the [...]

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Festival of Birds

Posted Monday, May 6, 2013 by Jay Richards

Red breasted grosbeaks at the Maplelag bird feeders this week.
With more seasonable weather and many birds migrating back, the bird feeders and woods have been festive with sights and sounds.

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Missing Carlos

Posted Thursday, April 18, 2013 by Jay Richards

Carlos along for the ride, summer 2012.
We wish we had good news to report about Carlos, the Maplelag mascot that has been missing since late December of 2o12, but we still have not had any word on his whereabouts. Still hoping he comes flying through the woods one day.

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