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Fat Bike Trail Report

The Fat Bike trail can be described as a bowl of powder chowder! Riding is doable but very technical and challenging. The climbs are not rideable and expect a lot of hike and bike if venturing out (please walk on side as much as possible)  Once the fat bike groomer is repaired, Ben will groom out the loop. We have been shoveling and packing old school style, trying to improve the riding on the very beginning and end of the loop.  A few folks have been venturing out and having fun.

Lot of snow in the woods and should be a some great riding to come the second half of February.

This is the third year of fat bike grooming at Maplelag.  Thanks Ben Olson for taking on the volunteer role to do this.  Trail fee is winter pass, good for the season.  Trail fees help cover grooming and property tax expenses. To access the trail, take either loon return ski trail to access the start of the bridge section for twin lakes or take the driveway all the way down to the bridge section and enter where the orange cones are. Please monitor tire pressure and only 3.8″ or wider tires please to keep the trail deck smooth as much as possible. If you need to walk, please push bike on the trail and walk on the side. Finally, if temps forecasted above 32, please do not ride. This will  ensure good riding for others. Thanks!

Marcel checking out the fat bike trail, February 16th, 2019.
Powder Chowder!! Dusk ride, February 14th, 2019.
Evening ride trying to pack in snow. February 13th, 2019.
Shoveling snow off the bridge. February 11th, 2019.

 

Shoveling snow off the singletrack on the bridge segment, February 11th, 2019.
Riding shoveled area at dusk, February 11th, 2019. The rest of the loop was rideable but another 4-5″ after grooming will make for slow going.
Deep snow grooming! February 10th, 2019. Unfortunately trouble with the groomer prevented a complete groom and riding on hold for now.
Snow deep on the fat bike trail. February 10th, 2019.
Sunday afternoon ride, February 3rd, 2019.
Sunset ride, February 1st, 2019.
Twin Lakes singletrack lakeside, February 1st, 2019.
Ben fat bike trail grooming, January 31st, 2019.
Night ride to close out January!
Derek Chinn taking a break to enjoy the beautiful scene on groomed Twin Lakes singletrack, January 26th, 2019.
Powder conditions but very rideable. Once the weather settles down, trail will be groomed again later in week. January 28th, 2019.

Good to see the groomer Ben Olson out riding today, enjoying his efforts of grooming. January 27th, 2019.
Finishing up a lap, January 27th, 2019. Snow starting to fall and another dump of fresh powder by evening.
Incredible fat biking conditions on the groomed Twin Lakes singletrack, January 26th, 2019.
Fresh grooming awaits first riders! Twin Lakes singletrack, January 25th, 2019.

 

Ben Olson ready for fat bike grooming, January 24th, 2019. Thanks again Ben!
Snow Dog grooming Twin Lakes singletrack, January 24th, 2019.
Late afternoon ride on Twin Lakes singletrack, January 19th, 2019.
Late afternoon ride on Twin Lakes singletrack, January 19th, 2019.
Late afternoon ride on Twin Lakes singletrack, January 19th, 2019.
Frosty fat biking! January 16th, 2019.
Frosty fat biking! January 16th, 2019.
Fat bike trail grooming, January 16th, 2019.
Members of the Maplelag Mountain bike team ready to head out for a evening fat bike ride. January 14th, 2019. Super fun ride!
Great riding on Twin Lakes singletrack, January 12th, 2019.
Twin Lakes singletrack, January 9th, 2019. Dusting of new snow on top, rider packed, on top of rock solid base. Great riding!
Twin Lakes singletrack, January 9th, 2019. Dusting of new snow on top, rider packed, on top of rock solid base. Great riding! Stay left at this point to pick up main loop of Twin Lakes.
Great riding, Sunday January 6th, 2019.
Start of Twin Lakes singletrack. Fresh groomed yesterday evening. January 3rd, 2018.
Start of Twin Lakes singletrack. Fresh groomed yesterday evening. January 3rd, 2018.
Great fat bike conditions. December 26th, 2018.
Twin Lakes singletrack fresh groomed after fresh snowfall! December 23rd, 2018.
Riding in fresh powder, December 23rd, 2018.
Riding in fresh powder, December 23rd, 2018.
Cutting through fresh snow on groomed Fat bike trail. December 22nd, 2018. Base rock solid underneath. Great riding!
Fresh snow on top of groomed Fat Bike trail. December 22nd, 2018. Base rock solid underneath. Great riding!
Local rider out enjoying the frosty and frozen day. December 20th, 2018.
Rolling through groomed Twin Lakes singletrack, December 16th, 2018. Most of the trail still holding good coverage. South facing areas thin but frozen and good riding.
Rolling through groomed Twin Lakes singletrack, December 16th, 2018. Most of the trail still holding good coverage. South facing areas thin but frozen and good riding.
Forest trail riding north of Maplelag. December 16th, 2018.
Great lake riding, December 16th, 2018.
Riding into the sunset on Little Sugarbush Lake, December 16th, 2018.
Morning rider, December 15th, 2018. JC Larson photo.

Rolling through a trail feature, December 15th, 2018. Wayne Carlson photo.
Rolling through a trail feature, December 15th, 2018. Wayne Carlson photo.
Dusting of snow with a few rider passes on top of groomed Twin Lakes singletrack, December 14th, 2018.
Beautiful sunny days as of late. Light coating of silky snow on top of firm base on groomed Twin Lakes singletrack. December 9th, 2018.
Twin Lakes singletrack in very good condition for fat biking. Light dusting of snow on top of rock solid level base with a few bumpy spots…..waiting for riders! December 8th, 2018.
Twin Lakes singletrack in very good condition for fat biking. Light dusting of snow on top of rock solid level base with a few bumpy spots. December 6th, 2018.
Rolling through the forest on Twin Lakes singletrack, December 2nd, 2018. Arneson photo.
Rolling through the Twin Lakes singletrack, December 2nd, 2018.
Rolling down the bridge section, December 2nd, 2018. (Ben Olson photo)
Ben Olson on the evening groom, November 30th, 2018.
Frosty morning at the Twin Lakes Sugarbush creek crossing. December 2nd, 2018. Fat bikers please stay on side where no track. Thanks!
Heading out for a night ride. November 27th, 2018.
Twin Lakes singletrack in good to excellent winter riding conditions. November 27th, 2018. Solid mostly level base from recent grooming with dusting of snow on top that is rider packed.
Rolling along Twin Lake singletrack lakeside, November 24th, 2018.
Railing the velcro! November 24th, 2018.
Ski trail segment on Pete’s Porkie. This segment open for fat biking until more snow than it will be groomed/tracked for skiing and usual winter loop. Just ride and follow signs !
Snow Dog groomer ready to groom Twin Lakes singletrack. Thanks Ben Olson for taking on the role of grooming again this year! November 21st, 2018.
Lakeside singletrack fresh groomed, November 21st, 2018.
Beautiful moonlight riding. November 20th, 2018.

Sunday riders! November 18th, 2018. (Peder Arneson photo)
Twin Lakes singletrack lakeside, November 18th, 2018.
Coverage holding out on Twin Lakes singletrack after two days of warmth, November 15th, 2018.
Rock garden on Twin Lakes singletrack, November 15th, 2018. Won’t be long until it’s covered with snow!

 

Start of Twin Lakes singletrack. Open for fat biking! November 13th, 2018.
Night ride! November 13th, 2018.

Trail Report

Great Presidents weekend of skiing! Excellent ski conditions and nice to see the sun this weekend. The entire trail system groomed daily this past week. Total re-groom of the entire trail system Thursday afternoon and all day Friday. Touch up grooming on through the weekend including all skate trails being combed and select classic trails being reset on Sunday and Sap Run reset with tracks on Monday.  Deep base of snow in the woods and on the trails.

Please note due to the high demand of ski rentals this weekend, there is limited availability today.

Skaters Waltz and the extension, Suicide Hill and Single Green trail groomed for skating.

24″ new snow past 14 days, 32″ new snow past 27 days.

10km of groomed skating options, 55km of groomed tracked options. Adventure trails (Bullhead and Lucky’s Loype) groomed on most trail segments and conditions very good with the new snow. Watch for deep snow/few rough spots on AMA segments.

Twin Lakes singletrack groomed for Fat Biking (3.8″ or wider tires please) Latest report click here.

 Ski rentals available for overnight guests. Day pass for non overnight guests is $20 and can be purchased online.

Total snowfall since November 1st around 51″  Total snowfall since October 1st around 59″. October snow melted off but currently the snow depth is 30-46″ and packed base on ski trails is 12-16″.  We have been skiing daily since November 12th. Please no walking or hiking on ski or bike trails.

Skaters Waltz extension, February 17th, 2019.
Roy’s Run, February 15th, 2019.
Start of Lucky’s Loype, February 15th, 2019.
Snow cones in field near Skaters Extension. Recent snow very light and dry and settling 3-4″ already. February 15th, 2019.
Still some high bush cranberries in the woods. Pileated woodpeckers like them! February 15th, 2019.
Sukkerbusk mid day, February 15th, 2019.
North end of Bullhead, February 15th, 2019.
Shoveling out drift on Island Lake trail, February 15th, 2019.
North end of Bullhead, February 15th, 2019.
Dusting of snow on Skaters Waltz after yesterday afternoon grooming. February 14th, 2019.
Dusting of snow on North Loup after grooming yesterday. February 14th, 2019. Blustery in the open area but nice in the woods!
Shoveling out a drifted section, afternoon February 14th, 2019.
Snow globe scene on Island Lake trail, February 13th, 2019.
Canadian week at Maplelag. Winnipeg area group enjoying the wonderland conditions on the western trails. February 13th, 2019.
Canadian Week at Maplelag, West Hawk Lake group ready for another outing, February 13th, 2019.
Frosty scene at the trail head, February 13th, 2019.
Sap Run, February 13th, 2019.
Sap Run, February 13th, 2019.
Sap Run, February 13th, 2019.
Frosted tamaracks, February 13th, 2019.
Ice skating rink, February 13th, 2019.
Start of Roy’s Run, February 13th, 2019.
Lovely snow banks on Wavy Gravy, February 13th, 2019.
Fantastic snow coverage between Twin Lakes, February 13th, 2019.
Suicide Hill combed out, February 13th, 2019.
Larry and Nancy sharing their love for winter. Thank you! February 13th, 2019.
Great way to spend the last morning of vacation….skiing in fresh snow! February 12th, 2019.
Jigsaw puzzle masters out for a morning ski. February 12th, 2019.
Setting track on final climb Twin Lakes, February 12th, 2019.
Adventure trail segment on Lucky’s Loype. Nice skied in track! February 12th, 2019.
Sava Sauna and Finish Log cabins. February 12th, 2019.
Snow piling up around the Norwegian Log cabin, February 12th, 2019.
Great snowshoeing conditions, February 12th ,2019.
Combing inner loop Skaters Waltz extension, February 11th, 2019. Skate skiing continues to improve with daily grooming and warming temps.
Island Lake trail, February 9th, 2019.
Lucky’s Loype on the edge of the Skinny Field, February 9th,
Lucky’s Loype, February 9th, 2019.
North end of Bullhead Lake, February 9th, 2019.
Fresh track on Bootleg Extension, February 9th, 2019.
Diamond over the Orange Caboose, February 8th, 2019.
Fantastic sun dogs morning February 8th, 2019.
-20 air temp not stopping the “Loonies” from a morning ski. February 8th, 2019.
Combing skaters waltz, February 8th, 2019. Slow conditions skating. Should improve daily with warmer temps.
Setting double track on North Loup. February 8th, 2019. Double tracks will remain until further notice.
New track cutting on JibFly. February 8th, 2019. All the sloughs and ponds completely filled in with snow now.
Grooming on Twin Lakes, February 7th, 2019.
Grooming Skaters extension, February 6th, 2019. We made multiple passes on Skaters and Extension, focusing on the these trails for skating for the weekend. North Loup will be double tracked for classic for the weekend.
Setting new track on Sukkerbusk for third time in past 24 hours, February 5th, 2019.
Twin Lakes groomed again after initial grooming yesterday, February 5th, 2019.
Combing skaters waltz, February 5th, 2019.
New track on Lucky’s Loype, February 5th, 2019.
North end Bullhead looking better after each snowfall, February 5th, 2019.
Cutting new track on Bootleg extension of Bullhead lake trail, February 5th, 2019.
Grooming through the pines in the skinny field on Lucky’s Loype, February 5th, 2019.
Setting fresh track at trail head, February 4th, 2019.
Roy’s Run filled in nicely at north end, February 4th, 2019.
Snow filling in the marsh area nicely in between Twin Lakes, February 4th, 2019.
Roy’s Run after fresh grooming, February 4th, 2019.
Ladies of “Memories of Birch” group ready to snowshoe. February 4th, 2019.
Grooming on Sukkebusk, February 4th, 2019.
Sap Run February 4th, 2019.
Snowshoe trail, February 4th, 2019.
Afternoon sun dog over north Twin Lake. February 4th, 2019.
Grooming in between Twin Lakes. February 1st, 2019. Snow is getting deep when it covers all the marsh areas!
North Loup at dusk, February 2nd, 2019. Classic track nice skiing. Skate lane firming up after repetitive grooming.
Love seeing wood skis on the trails! February 1st, 2019.
New track cut on Roy’s Run, February 1st, 2019.
North end Bullhead trail after new track set, February 1st, 2019.
New track on Twin Lakes crossing, January 31st, 2019. Island and Wavy trails on tap for grooming today.
Grooming on Twin Lakes, January 31st, 2019.
Grooming on Mother North Star, January 31st, 2019.
Beautiful afternoon skiing. Sun out, no wind taking the edge of the cooler temps. January 30th, 2019.
Beautiful afternoon skiing. Sun out, no wind taking the edge of the cooler temps. January 30th, 2019.
Cutting new track on Sukkerbusk, January 30th, 2019.
Roll packing Suicide Hill, January 29th, 2019.
Packing through the square field, January 29th, 2019.
Polar Vortex skiers!! January 29th, 2019.
Rollpacking on Skaters Waltz extension new inner loop, January 29th, 2019.
Skiing at -30 air temp!! January 29th, 2019.
Roll packing on North Loup, January 29th, 2019. All skate trails will be combed on Thursday or Friday.
Setting new double track on Twin Lakes. Sun popped out for a few hours! January 28th, 2019.
Setting new double track on Mother North Star, January 28th, 2019.
Family Ski time! Embrace the Polar Vortex! January 28th, 2019.

 

Setting track on Island Lake trail, January 28th, 2019.
Setting new track on Roy’s Run, January 28th, 2019. Snow getting deeper!
Washburn Nordic Ski Team ready for a Sunday Funday on the trails, January 27th, 2019.
Heading out to the trails, January 27th, 2019.
North end of Bullhead lake trail after fresh grooming, January 26th, 2019.
North end of Bullhead lake trail after fresh grooming, January 26th, 2019.
Grooming on Lucky’s Loype, January 26th, 2019.
Skaters Waltz groomed once again, January 26th, 2019.
Incredible fat biking conditions on the groomed Twin Lakes singletrack, January 26th, 2019.
Bootleg extension of Bullhead lake trail after fresh grooming, January 26th, 2019.
Bullhead lake trail after fresh grooming, January 26th, 2019.
North end of Bullhead lake trail after fresh grooming, January 26th, 2019.
Grooming on Lucky’s Loype, January 26th, 2019.
New track cut between Twin Lakes, January 25th, 2019.
New track cut on Roy’s Run, January 25th, 2019.
Track reset and skate lane combed on North Loup. January 25th, 2019. Recommended to classic with cooler temps.
Sun dog over Maplelag! January 24th, 2019.
Fresh tracks on Sukkerbusk, January 24th, 2019.
Sun dogs over grooming on JibFly, January 24th, 2019.
Coming in from a afternoon ski! Dress properly and some great skiing to be had. January 24th, 2019.
Grooming on Skaters Waltz, January 23rd, 2019.
Inner loop of Skaters Waltz extension fresh groomed, January 23rd, 2019.
Resetting track and combing skate lane on North Loup, January 23rd, 2019.
Resetting track on Sap Run, January 23rd, 2019.
Mother North Star with dusting of new snow on top of recent grooming, January 23rd, 2019.
Lucky’s Loype skier packed 6″ new snow on top of recent grooming, January 23rd, 2019.
Suicide Hill waiting for skiers to turn up fresh powder. January 23rd, 2019. Groomed after first 3″, will be groomed again before weekend.
Setting new track on Roy’s Run, January 22nd, 2019.
Setting new track on Sukkerbusk, January 22nd, 2019.
Snow formations! January 22nd, 2019.
Setting track on North Loup, January 22nd, 2019. Skate lane packed, will be combed this week.

Winter scene near Sukkerbusk, January 22nd, 2019.
Fresh track on JibFly, January 22nd, 2019.
Setting new track on Island lake trail, January 22nd, 2019.

Maplelag Trails

Frosty conditions on Sap Run, February 13th, 2019.

Great ski conditions!  Click here for the latest trail reports and more information. Please note due to high demand this weekend there are limited ski rentals available today February 17th.

Maplelag has nearly 70km of trails for skiing, fat biking and snowshoeing in the winter time. In the heart of the season up to 50km groomed for classic skiing, and 15km groomed for skate skiing.  We also groom around 10km of trail for fat biking and have 100 acres of terrain to explore snowshoeing along with designated trails. We also have access to at least 10km of trail for bushwhacking.  Ski rentals and ski lessons available for overnight guests.  Skates available for the ice skating rink and sleds available for the sledding hill at no charge for overnight guests. Ice fishing is byo equipment but we do have two portable fish houses available. Day passes are available for day skiing if not staying at the resort. Lunch and day ski package will be available Midweek after New Years.

Click here for the latest trail reports.

Cancelled-North Star Conference Nordic Ski Meet

January 28, 2019
10:00 amto3:00 pm

Due to forecasted inclement weather, the meet has been cancelled. Looking to reschedule for a later date.

Varsity and JV skiers will be using Sukkerbusk west to Twin lakes than return back on Sukkerbusk west to start. JR High will be Skaters Waltz minus Kamikaze Hill segment.

10:30AM – Coaches Meeting in the lodge.

11AM – Varsity Boys
11:30AM – Varsity Girls
12:00PM – JV Boys
12:30PM – JV Girls
1:00PM – JH Boys
1:30PM – JH Girls
2PM – Awards