News Archive

A collection of news stories from Maplelag…

Spring Swans

Posted Friday, March 13, 2015 by Jay Richards

Pair of trumpeter swans on Little Sugarbush lake, March 12th, 2015.
The swans have returned to the immediate area in search of more open water after the warm weather that moved in this week.
Warm weather this week has all but melted the trails and are now closed until more snow or until it dries out and […]

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Active Living Field Trip

Posted Tuesday, March 3, 2015 by Jay Richards

Roosevelt 4th graders having fun on the trail as part of the active living field trip. March 3rd, 2015.
More photos from the day and latest trail report on the trail report page. 

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Smiling Through

Posted Tuesday, March 3, 2015 by Jay Richards

Craig Stolen all smiles after the morning ski under beautiful early March conditions. March 2nd, 2015.
Fresh snow Tuesday morning! Latest trail report on the trail report page.

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Upside Down

Posted Friday, February 27, 2015 by Jay Richards

Local pileated woodpecker working the angles for best feeding position possible. We have sighted over a half dozen pileated around Maplelag this season. February 26th, 2015.

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Fun with Friends

Posted Friday, February 6, 2015 by Jay Richards

Kris and friends heading out for the morning ski on Sukkerbusk. February 6th, 2015.
Great day of skiing on Friday kicking off a nice weekend!  Latest trail report on the trail report page. 

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Nordic Legend

Posted Thursday, February 5, 2015 by Jay Richards

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. 

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Transition

Posted Friday, November 21, 2014 by Jay Richards

Slough near JibFly ski trail showing signs of winter and the fading fall. November 21st, 2014.
Winter has come early this year with a nice coating of white in the woods and very few signs of fall. We have select trails open for skiing with the new snow and from daily grooming. Latest trail report on the […]

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Officially Frozen

Posted Friday, November 14, 2014 by Jay Richards

Panoramic view of Little Sugarbush lake as seen from the tower of the lodge. Frozen over completely early morning November 14th, 2014.
Latest trail and weather report on the trail report page.

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First Ski

Posted Wednesday, November 5, 2014 by Jay Richards

Jack out for the first ski of the year. November 5th, 2014.
Around 3″ of snow fall today was enough to get out for the first ski of the year! Photos and report on the trail report page.

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First Snow

Posted Wednesday, November 5, 2014 by Jay Richards

Fresh snow on Sukkerbusk ski trail. November 5th, 2014.
First accumulating snowfall of the year today! More photos and report on the trail report page. 
Check out the snow falling via the webcam!

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Maplelag Signs

Posted Saturday, November 1, 2014 by Jay Richards

One hallway of the many unique and unusual signs at Maplelag in the main lodge including Cleveland neon clocks!
 
Check out the recent WCCO feature on the signs at Maplelag!

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Snowshoeing at Maplelag

Posted Saturday, October 18, 2014 by Jay Richards

 
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!

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Fall Scene

Posted Wednesday, October 15, 2014 by Jay Richards

 
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 […]

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Fall Bluejay

Posted Friday, October 3, 2014 by Jay Richards

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.

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Scrapbooking at Maplelag

Posted Monday, September 29, 2014 by Jay Richards

 
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.

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First Down

Posted Saturday, September 6, 2014 by Jay Richards

With cooler nights, the leaves have slowly started to change color. A handful of leaves already making their way to the ground. September 5th, 2014.
 
Latest trail report on the trail report page. Watch the change in color on the Maplelag webcam.

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Laddies Loppet 2014

Posted Wednesday, August 20, 2014

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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Risk Taker

Posted Friday, June 20, 2014 by Jay Richards

Snapping turtle taking a double risk taking the time to lay eggs on the driveway.  
 

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Calm Waters

Posted Friday, June 13, 2014 by Jay Richards

Sill morning on Little Sugarbush, June 13th 2014.
 
 

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Yellow Slipper

Posted Thursday, May 29, 2014 by Jay Richards

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!

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Spring Sunset

Posted Saturday, May 24, 2014 by Jay Richards

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.

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Deep Woods Nesting

Posted Wednesday, May 21, 2014 by Jay Richards

 
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.
 

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Tree Planting

Posted Thursday, May 15, 2014 by Jay Richards

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 […]

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Two Jays

Posted Wednesday, May 14, 2014 by Jay Richards

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. 

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Spring Flowers

Posted Wednesday, May 7, 2014 by Jay Richards

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.
 

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Dollars for Scholars

Posted Friday, May 2, 2014 by Jay Richards

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.

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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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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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