Trails are open. Cooler temps than average making for nice riding conditions. We are in the process of fine tuning the course and will continue daily up until Laddies Loppet weekend. As always, heads up for any branches or trees from recent storms. We are clearing on course today.
Next Wednesday, August 28th we will be holding a Timed Trial on the course in advance of the Laddies Loppet race. All courses will be marked. Riders can choose between Kids Comp/Citizen or the Sport/Comp/Marathon/Expert loop. The expert starter loop will also be included for those that want to do a full lap. Meet at 6pm near flag pole, mass start at 6:15pm.
We recently completed a new loop called”Bullhead Bootleg” on the Maplelag property. The new trail loop is around around 3.5 miles in length. The trail is slow tech/flow tech. Very smooth but tight turns with fun berms and rollers on the downhills. The trail is accessed off county hiway 34 about 1/2 south of end of goat ranch road across from blue adopt a highway sign. Limited parking, best to ride to the trail from Maplelag. Call or text 218-849-7669 if more information needed. The new trail will not be part of the Laddies Loppet this year but open for riding outside of racing!
We have also been busy on the trails the past few weeks clearing some of the overgrown areas, cutting trees from summer storms, building bridge in low spot, working on new trail and mowing the ski trail segments.
The trail is closed during rain event but usually an hour or two is all it takes to be back on the trail riding with the nature of the trails at Maplelag being classic old style singletrack.
We opened up two segments that were closed the last two years (Fargo segment and Jakes’s Snake (AMA segments remain closed)
Click here for trail map. Trail starts at the Skaters Waltz ski trail. (look for white sign with Citizen, Kids Comp, Sport, Comp/Expert) All main intersections are now marked and signs at the key intersections for beginner (citizen) or advanced (sport/comp/expert). Please park in far parking lot next to blue dumpsters. There are no services available in the lodge at this time when Concordia Language camps going on. Park and ride!
Summer pass can be purchased online, good for whole season. (There is no charge for Maplelag team members). The Maplelag trails are self supported with no grants or outside assistance. Trail pass revenue helps offset trail maintenance, new trail work and property taxes. Thank you.
Crisp and cool conditions and beautiful weather in place after a wet start Monday which saw over an inch of rain. August has been a wet month so far with over 9″ of rain the first half! Woods are as green and lush as ever.
We have been busy mowing on the trails in addition to other trail work. Although we’ve had rain more frequently this summer, has been plenty dry in between the rain for woods work. A handful of trees coming down in recent storms, typical of most summers.
Other trail work includes cleaning deadfall along the side of the trails and cutting firewood for next season for the wood burning stoves at Maplelag. We also planted nearly a 1000 trees earlier this spring and continue to plant potted pines.
We have also been working on the existing mountain bike singletrack clearing and removing deadfall and finished new trail build on Maplelag property near Bullhead lake. We will also be making new tweaks to select ski trails including Mother Hen and Double green for new beginner loops for next season.
Little Sugarbush, lake Maplelag is next to, went ice free Thursday April 25th.
Final ski of the year on Friday, April 19th before warm weather moved in melting off all the snow.
Thanks to everyone that came to Maplelag this past season!! A great year with seven months of grooming and skiing!
Total snowfall this past season from November 1st at 96″ Total snowfall from October 1st at 102″. Opening day for the ski season on November 12th after skiing a few days in October and grooming in October. Last day of skiing on April 19th, 2019.