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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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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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