All posts by Jay Richards

Trail Report

Excellent skiing.  Around 6-7″ of new snow  Tuesday morning. Combined with 3″ of new snow on Sunday, a snowy week! Expect softer conditions compared to skiing the last two weeks.

We packed and tracked most of the inner trails Tuesday and also packed and tracked Twin Lakes trail.  We will be working on the majority of the trail system the rest of the week into the weekend.

Around 50km of trail groomed,  38km of trail tracked 15km groomed for skating. Around 4km with skier made track on the first part of Bullhead trail, sections of Lucky’s Loype, double green and Kristin’s Kutoff. Non AMA segments of Lucky’s groomed. Use caution on north end of Bullhead lake as rough. Lucky’s Loype rough in a few small areas.

Fat Bike trail on Twin Lakes Singletrack open.  Latest report: Fat Bike Report  Please do not walk or snowshoe on fat bike trail.

Total snowfall this season at 40″ Snow depth in the woods 18-26″, compacted base where groomed 5-10″.  

Day skiing is allowed for guests not staying at the resort by purchasing a trail pass. Pass can be purchased online.   Midweek trail pass includes coffee and cookies Weekend trail pass does not include coffee and cookies.

Ski rental available at $15 per day. Snowshoes and fat bikes also available for rent. If not staying at the resort, it is best to contact us during busy times for availability. Lunch is also available for sale for day skiers during MIDWEEK only . Reservation is required.

Please no  walking on the ski trails or fat bike trails. There is also snowshoeing available, on trails and anywhere not on the ski trails.

Setting track on Twin Lakes trail, February 20th, 2018.
Sugar Creek. Twin Lakes crossing. February 20th, 2018.
Rollpack combing on Single Green, February 20th, 2018.
Skaters Waltz after roll compacting. Will need a few more grooming passes to firm up proper. February 20th, 2018.
Fresh cut track on Sap Run. Groomed three times today. February 20th, 2018.
Mother North Star, February 20th, 2018.
Grooming through the Skinny Field, February 20th, 2018. 6-7″ of new snow overnight!
Grooming on Sap Run, February 20th, 2018.
Snowy Lucky’s Loype, February 20th, 2018.

Fat Bike Report

 

 The Twin Lake singletrack is open for fat biking. We groomed this afternoon, making two passes on the loop. Should set up nicely tonight and be great riding before the next round of snow!  Most of the trail groomed Monday afternoon as well in preparation of Tuesday’s snow leveling the edges etc.

 

If you need to walk, please walk on the side and push bike on the trail to preserve the trails for others. Thanks!

The groomed loop is rated intermediate to advanced with quick up and downs and technical sections. Recommended for riders with fat bike experience. The trail has been groomed weekly.

Loon Return ski trail now groomed on the side for fat bikes. It can be used for access to the start of the bridge section which leads to Twin Lakes singletrack loop. Otherwise, access from driveway, look for orange cones and Twin Lakes sign. The return singletrack back to Loon Return after crossing the road also groomed making for close to a 10km loop. Take Loon return on side of ski trail to return to Maplelag!

Big thanks to Ben Olson for taking on the roll of grooming. Grooming done evenings so the deck can set up. If you plan to ride at night, please contact us to make sure we are not grooming so the grooming can be the best possible for the next day.  We will do our best to post on this page. There are also nearby forest roads good for fat biking and the lakes are fun if snowmobile packed. Please no fat biking on the ski trails. In the late winter, we will open up select trails for fat biking after a melt freeze cycle and when the base is basically bomb proof.

Grooming on Twin Lakes singletrack, February 21st, 2018.
Grooming on Twin Lakes singletrack, February 21st, 2018.
Grooming on Twin Lakes singletrack, February 21st, 2018.
Grooming on Twin Lakes singletrack, lakeside. Tight lines! February 21st, 2018.
Fat bike trail grooming. February 19th, 2018.

Fat bike rental available for overnight guests.

 Trail pass for non lodging guests is $10 and can be purchased on the website. We appreciate the purchase of a pass to help offset grooming and trail maintenance costs. The Twin Lakes loops runs on the Maplelag property and is maintained by the Richards family and Maplelag team. We are happy to share the woods and trails with all!

 

Riding in the new snow on the Twin Lakes fat bike trail. February 18th, 2018.
Riding in the new snow on the Twin Lakes fat bike trail. February 18th, 2018.
Dusting of snow on top of velcro like surface. Great riding! Twin Lakes singletrack. February 16th, 2018.
Fat bike trail held out great today. Jonell checking out the trail in the afternoon.  Once freezes tonight should be fantastic riding. Still soft on the edges! February 14th, 2018.
Mike Hess on Twin Lakes singletrack, February 13th, 2018.
Twin Lakes singletrack, February 13th, 2018.
Twin Lakes singletrack, February 13th, 2018.
Sunset over Twin Lakes singletrack, February 12th, 2018. Conditions best of the year!
Ben Olson on Twin Lakes singletrack at sunset, February 9th, 2018.

Peder Arneson, February 9th, 2018.


Light dusting of snow on top of firm, recently groomed fat bike trail. February 7th, 2018.
Light dusting of snow on top of firm, recently groomed fat bike trail. February 7th, 2018.
Light dusting of snow on top of firm, recently groomed fat bike trail. February 7th, 2018.
Peder Arneson on Twin Lakes singletrack, February 4th, 2018.
Peder Arneson lakeside Twin Lakes singletrack, February 4th, 2018.

Tucker and Mandi Hibbert set to enjoy a powder day on the Twin lakes singletrack. February 3rd, 2018.
Ben grooming the fat bike trail. February 4th, 2018.
Great riding Friday. February 2nd, 2018.

Bridge section, February 2nd, 2018.
Peder heading down Loon Return ski trail, January 28th, 2018. Loon Return trails is used to access the start of the Twin Lakes singletrack. The right side is groomed for fat bikers, left side for classic. This is the first ski trail crossing on the Maplelag driveway when you leave Maplelag.
Beautiful day for riding on Sunday, January 28th, 2018. Peder Arneson photo.
Night riding, January 28th, 2018. With full moon on Thursday and catching a clear night, no light needed!
Bryan Schoenberger capturing riders during his outing with friends. January 27th, 2018.

Peder Arneson enjoying fresh grooming and balmy temps before early Friday morning. January 19th, 2018.
Riding through a berm. January 18th, 2018.
Great capture by Peder that shows the dynamics of fat biking on the Twin Lakes singletrack, technical in spots.  Winter riding involves the core so much more compared to summer riding. January 18th, 2019.
Beautiful late afternoon ride on Twin Lakes singletrack, north end of north Twin Lake. January 17th, 2018.
Twin Lakes singletrack rock garden section. The rocks and roots are completely covered with snow. Dusting of new snow on top slated for grooming later this week. January 16th, 2018.
Maplelag team rider Peder Arneson riding in fresh powder on top of groomed deck, January 14th, 2018.
Heading down the bridge!
Maplelag team rider Steve Wenzel riding in fresh powder on top of groomed deck, January 14th, 2018.
Out to the loop! January 15th, 2018.
Snowy fat bike trail, January 14th, 2018. Great seeing the riders today!
Twin Lakes lakeside after fresh grooming. January 12th, 2018.
Ben making second pass on the bridge, January 12th, 2018.
Snow covered singletrack on the Twin Lakes loop. Grooming planned for later in the day on January 12th, 2018.
Despite the warmer weather the past few days, the snow and groomed fat bike loop on Twin Lakes holding out great. Cooler temps and fresh snow moving in Wednesday evening. January 10th, 2018.
Great riding on the fat bike trail over the weekend. January 7th, 2018.
Peder Arneson ready to hit the fat bike trail after a morning ski. January 6th, 2018.
Great fat biking conditions on Twin Lakes singletrack. January 3rd, 2018.
Great fat biking conditions on Twin Lakes singletrack. January 3rd, 2018.
Riders from Texas trying fat biking for the first time. December 28th, 2017.
Matt Johnson heading out for a fat bike ride. December 28th, 2017.
Rolling through Hudson’s Hula segment on Twin Lakes singletrack. December 22, 2017.
Ben Olson ready to head out for a evening groom on the Twin Lakes singletrack. December 21st, 2017.
Fresh snow on the fat bike loop at Twin Lakes singletrack. December 20th, 2017.
Big snowflakes this afternoon. December 20th, 2017.

 

Riding on fresh powder on top of recently groomed base, fantastic conditions, December 18th, 2017.
Evening groom on Twin Lakes singletrack, December 17th, 2017. If planning to night ride, please contact us before to make sure grooming isn’t scheduled for that evening.
Evening groom on the Twin Lakes singletrack, December 16th, 2017.
Night ride on fresh grooming. December 13th, 2017.
Twin Lakes singletrack groomed for fat biking first time this year. December 12th, 2017.
Lakeside Twin Lakes singletrack after fresh grooming by Ben Olson, December 12th, 2017.
Fat biking on Twin Lakes singletrack, December 10th, 2017.

Night riding, December 6th, 2017.

Twin Lakes singletrack, December 1st, 2017. Riding has been good in the mornings when frozen.
Great riding Saturday morning on a frozen sandpaper like surface. November 25th, 2017.
Riding on Twin Lakes singletrack, November 22nd, 2017. Twin Lakes open for early winter riding when frozen.
Riding on Twin Lakes singletrack, November 22nd, 2017. Twin Lakes open for early winter riding when frozen.
Rolling on the Twin Lakes singletrack, frozen down hard! November 16th, 2017.
Ben Olson on Twin Lakes singletrack for a early winter ride before trail close. November 2nd, 2017.
Ben Olson on Twin Lakes singletrack for a early winter ride before trail close. November 2nd, 2017.  Big thanks to Ben for taking on the role of grooming Twin Lakes for fat biking this year.
Peder Arneson on Twin Lakes singletrack for a early winter ride before trail close. November 2nd, 2017.
Peder Arneson on Twin Lakes singletrack for a early winter ride before trail close. November 2nd, 2017.
Ben Olson heading out to pack fat bike trail. Thanks Ben!
Ben Olson heading with the fat bike groomer, December 21st, 2016.

Trail Report

Excellent ski conditions.  Around 3″ of new snow on Sunday. Entire trail system groomed  1-3 times except Bullhead and Lucky’s Loype. These two trails recently groomed and skied in today nicely. New snow mixed in with frozen granulated snow underneath making for ideal skiing. Classic trail touch up grooming today on Twin Lakes and a few inner trails. Skate trails groomed late afternoon yesterday and set up perfect overnight.

Around 60km of trail groomed,  48km of trail tracked 15km groomed for skating. Around 4km with skier made track on the first part of Bullhead trail, sections of Lucky’s Loype, double green and Kristin’s Kutoff. Non AMA segments of Lucky’s groomed. Use caution on north end of Bullhead lake as rough. Lucky’s Loype rough in a few small areas.

Fat Bike trail on Twin Lakes Singletrack open and groomed multiple times already.  Firm deck, great riding.  Latest report: Fat Bike Report  Please do not walk or snowshoe on fat bike trail.

Total snowfall this season at 35″ Snow depth in the woods 13-20″, compacted base where groomed 4-9″.  

Day skiing is allowed for guests not staying at the resort by purchasing a trail pass. Pass can be purchased online.   Midweek trail pass includes coffee and cookies Weekend trail pass does not include coffee and cookies.

Ski rental available at $15 per day. Snowshoes and fat bikes also available for rent. If not staying at the resort, it is best to contact us during busy times for availability. Lunch is also available for sale for day skiers during MIDWEEK only . Reservation is required.

Please no  walking on the ski trails or fat bike trails. There is also snowshoeing available, on trails and anywhere not on the ski trails.

Grooming on Rootin Tootin, February 18th, 2018.
Grooming on Roy’s Run, February 18th, 2018.
Grooming on Twin Lakes, February 18th, 2018.
Skate trail grooming. February 18th, 2018. All skate trails groomed multiple times today.
Skiing through fresh powder on Skaters Waltz extension. February 18th, 2018.
Grooming on Skaters Waltz, February 16th, 2018. Fantastic skating conditions!
Robert and Maryann on Sukkebusk for morning ski. Groomed multiple times the past few days. February 16th, 2018.
Cutting new track on Twin Lakes, February 15th, 2018.
Renovating skate lane on North Loup. Groomed for skate and classic. Classic track solid with dusting of snow on top. February 15th, 2018.

Grouse tracks across North Loup. February 15th, 2018.
Grooming on Skaters Waltz, February 15th, 2018.
Grooming on Skaters Waltz, February 15th, 2018.
Twin Lakes at dusk, February 14th, 2018. Trails held out great today after warm temps.
Skaters Waltz at dusk, February 14th, 2018. Trails held out great today after warm temps.
Weather graph from February 14th, 2018. We are constantly watching the numbers which help us determine the best time to groom. The key thing on this photo is the line that shows the air temp at 44 and dew point at 17.
Skaters Waltz, February 13th, 2018.
Grooming on Skaters Waltz, February 13th, 2018.
Grooming on Single Green, February 13th, 2018.
Rootin Tootin with dusting of new snow on top, February 13th, 2018.
Setting new track on Sukkerbusk, February 13th, 2018.
Rootin Tootin trail after fresh groomed, One way trail, no track set on right coming down hill for snow plowing. February 9th, 2018.
Frosted tops on the high points. February 9th, 2018.
Setting new track on Bootleg Extension of Bullhead Lake trail. February 9th, 2018.
Bullhead lake trail before crossing the north end. Groomed February 9th, 2018.
Suicide Hill after multiple groomings this week. Excellent condition. February 9th, 2018.
Gliss on the skate deck. February 9th, 2018.
Start of Lucky’s Loype with new track before coming around on Little Sugarbush. February 9th, 2018.
Frosty morning at the start of Sap Run ski trail. February 8th, 2018. (Location of one of the cams)
“Gliss” at the start of Sap Run. February 8th, 2018.
Fresh track set today on Roy’s Run. February 8th, 2018,
Fresh track set today on Roy’s Run. February 8th, 2018,
North Loup groomed today, skate and classic. February 8th, 2018.
North Loup groomed today, skate and classic. February 8th, 2018.
Fresh track set today on Roy’s Run. February 8th, 2018,
Gliss at end of Island Lake trail, February 8th, 2018.
Mark and Shirley heading out for afternoon ski. Feburay 8th, 2018.
Island Lake trail, February 7th, 2018.
Fresh cut track on Island Lake trail, February 7th, 2018.
Track set between Twin Lakes, part of Wavy Gravy and Island Lake trails. February 7th, 2018.
Fresh corduroy! February 7th, 2018.
New inner loop grooming on Skaters Waltz extension, February 7th, 2018.
Fresh cord on Skaters Waltz, February 7th, 2018.
Grooming on North Loup. Track set and skate lane. Touch up grooming on the sides planned Thursday morning.
Congrats Denny on Volunteer of the year for Section 8, February 6th, 2018. Well deserved for all the help you have done this winter to keep the trails and skiers in tip top shape!

Racing action for Section 8 Nordic Ski Championships, February 6th, 2018.
Tracks on Mother North Star ready for the racers. February 5th, 2018.
First passes on Skaters Waltz, February 5th, 2018. The middle will be groomed again this evening.
Tracks on JibFly ready for racers tomorrow! February 5th, 2018.
Grooming Suicide Hill, part of Section course, skiers will go down! February 5th, 2018.

Lucky’s Loype, February 5th, 2018.
Friends from the north ready for a morning of skiing. February 5th, 2018. Even with the Section race tomorrow, there is still over 50km of trail to ski.

Bottomless Cookie Jars

The coffee bar at Maplelag featuring the famous five bottomless cookie jars. Available 24 hours a day!

Chef Deb and the kitchen staff make all the cookies from scratch. During the winter season we serve 10’s of thousands of cookies, all part of the Maplelag package and the philosophy of making everyone feel like at home! All meals are prepared from scratch using fresh and as many local ingredients as possible. We are able to accommodate all dietary needs with advance notice. Food is something we take very serious at Maplelag!