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Bike Trail Report

Trails are closed to riding until the snow melts and the frost goes out. Based on the current  snow and ice coverage as of April 19th and looking at the long term forecast, we hope to be riding early May. A good indicator when the frost is out is when the ice is off the lakes. Check back for updates on the spring melt as we move closer to the month of May.

Thanks everyone for a great winter riding season and a huge thanks to Ben Olson for grooming the Twin Lakes singletrack for fat biking. 

Section of singletrack still snow covered, April 19th, 2019.
Top of Suicide Hill, April 19th, 2019. Bike course comes up Suicide Hill.
Portion of Lakeside drop segment free of snow on south facing slope. April 4th, 2019. Hard freeze the night before making riding possible everywhere.
Twin Lakes singletrack still covered in 1-2 feet of snow, April 4th, 2019.
“Petes Porkie” segment has areas of at least 2 feet of snow, April 4th, 2019. This segment always the last to lose snow.
Hard freeze and solid crust making riding possible anywhere. April 4th, 2019.
Lake riding, April 4th, 2019.
Twin Lakes singletrack after fresh snow this morning, April 2nd, 2019.
Mother North Star, fresh snow on top of firm deck after freezing down good the night before. April 2nd, 2019.
Twin Lakes singletrack, March 29th, 2019.

Great crust riding on the lakes, March 29th, 2019.
Great conditions on Twin Lakes singletrack, March 22nd, 2019.
Great conditions on Twin Lakes singletrack, March 22nd, 2019.
Rolling on Skaters Waltz, March 22nd, 2019. Both Skaters Waltz and Mother North Star open to fat biking please ride before noon, preferably 11am.
Crust cruising on Bulhead Lake, March 22nd, 2019.
Still deep base of snow in the woods. March 21st, 2019. Deer using the singletrack
Saturday morning group ride! March 16th, 2019.

John M. heading out for late morning ride, March 16th, 2019.
Morning ride, March 10th, 2019.
Morning ride, March 10th, 2019.
Fun in the snow!
Twin Lakes lakeside singletrack, March 6th, 2019.
Twin Lakes lakeside singletrack, March 6th, 2019.
Night ride! March 5th, 2019.
Grooming Mother North Star. March 4th, 2019. Now open to fat biking, nice starter loop before the Twin Lakes singletrack or continue on straight back to Maplelag.
Mother North Star ski trail, groomed for fat biking. March 2nd, 2019.
Twin Lakes singletrack lakeside, March 2nd, 2019.
Dusting of snow on top of recent grooming on Twin Lakes singletrack, March 2nd, 2019.
Mother North Star combed Friday evening. Set up overnight and nice riding on Saturday. March 2nd, 2019.
Start of Twin Lakes groomed for fat biking. Snow getting deep! February 28th, 2019.
Group ride rolling on Skaters Waltz, February 28th, 2019.
Night ride on the fresh groomed singletrack. February 28th, 2019. Thanks Ben!
Frosty night! February 28th, 2019.
Ben grooming on Twin Lakes singletrack, February 27th, 2019.
Fresh grooming on the Twin Lakes singletrack, February 27th, 2019.
Snow shortage of snow on the Twin Lakes singletrack! February 25th, 2019.
Shoveled corner riding nice! February 25th, 2019. Thanks Keith!
Shoveling out a corner/uphill while packing yesterday on the Twin Lakes singletrack. February 24th, 2019. Thanks Keith for your help!
Cleaning out the edge lakeside. February 24th, 2019.
Groomed singletrack in deep snow! Few softs, naturally, from all the recent snow but pretty amazing we can ride through the woods with this snow depth! February 21st, 2019.
Busting through a berm! Ben heading out to groom, February 20th, 2019.
Working the powder, February 20th, 2019.
Snowshoe trail has been nice riding. Deek Surly testing it out. February 19th, 2019.
Great night ride under the snow moon. February 19th, 2019.
Testing the skills on the Twin Lakes singletrack. February 18th, 2019.
Late afternoon ride on the Fat Bike trail, February 18th, 2019.
Derek Chinn heading out for a afternoon ride, February 18th, 2019.
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

Still patches of ice and snow base from the season, enough for one more ski on Friday! Snow slowly melting off as rain and warmer temps helping with the thaw process.

Trails are now closed for the season. We will open the trails again for mountain biking once the snow melts off and frost goes out, hopefully by early May.

Thanks to everyone that came to Maplelag this past season!! A great year with seven months of grooming and skiing!

Mountain biking update: Latest report click here.

Total snowfall since November 1st around 95″  Total snowfall since October 1st around 101″.  Opening day for the ski season on November 12th after skiing a few days in October and grooming in October. 7 months of skiing!  Please no walking or hiking on ski or bike trails.

East side of Skaters Waltz,April 19th, 2019.
Top of Suicide Hill, April 19th, 2019.
Bottom of Suicide Hill, April 19th, 2019.
East side of Skaters Waltz,April 19th, 2019.

 

Flooded water at start of JibFly, April 19th, 2019.
Few ponds open water now. April 19th, 2019.
JibFly at dusk, April 19th, 2019.
Little Sugarbush lake, lake Maplelag is next to, still 95% covered in ice. April 19th, 2019.
Start of Sap Run ski trail, April 14th, 2019.
Denny and Aaron out for a morning ski. April 10th, 2019.
One more ski! Just Ski! April 10th, 2019.
Skirting across a thin area, April 10th, 2019.
Grooming on Skaters Waltz, April 9th, 2019.
Grooming on Skaters Waltz, April 9th, 2019.
Sapsicle. April 9th, 2019.
Grooming on Suicide HIll, April 9th, 2019.
Skaters Waltz early evening, April 7th, 2019.
North Loup early evening, April 7th, 2019.
Spring skiers! Glenn and Knute heading out to Twin Lakes for a late season ski, April 6th, 2019.
Nice section of trail on JibFly, April 5th, 2019.
Single green with plenty of coverage, April 5th, 2019.
Nice section of Skaters Waltz, April 5th, 2019. A few thin areas on the west side otherwise nice wet corn snow skiing. (Best to avoid the Kamikaze segment and use Poki Loki as a connector)
JibFly ski trail, April 5th, 2019.
North Loup, April 5th, 2019. 95% of North Loup with very good coverage. Always the last trail to lose snow.
Mary on JibFly, heading down the hill! April 3rd, 2019.

Mary on JibFly! Great morning on the trails. April 3rd, 2019.
Fantastic skate skiing, morning April 3rd, 2019.
Great crust skiing on North Loup, April 3rd, 2019.
Cutting new track on Rootin Tootin at dusk, April 2nd, 2019.
Snowy morning on Sukkerbusk, (S.Schumacher photo) April 2nd, 2019.
Rootin Tootin with a fresh dusting of snow, April 2nd, 2019.
Cutting new track on Sap Run, April 1st, 2019.
Combing skate lane on North Loup, April 1st, 2019.
Combing Skaters Waltz, April 1st, 2019.
North Loup, April 1st, 2019.
Fresh tracks! April 1st, 2019.
Sunset spring ski on Sap Run, March 31st, 2019.
Sunset spring ski on Sap Run, March 31st, 2019.
Striding on Sukkerbusk, March 29th, 2019.
Still some track definition on Sap Run, March 29th, 2019.
Feeder to Skaters Waltz with lots of snow, March 29th, 2019.
Setting new track on Sap Run, March 29th, 2019.
Grooming kamikaze hill section on Skaters Waltz, March 29th, 2019.
Peder A climbing Single Green trail, March 22nd, 2019. The Thursday evening groomed trails skiing fast until 11am or so.
Cruising on Skaters Waltz extension, March 22nd, 2019. Trails not recently groomed are best crust skiing from sunrise to 11am.
Crust skiing on Dry Lake off North Loup, March 22nd, 2019. The lakes and ponds great from sunrise to 1pm.
Twin Lakes ski trail, March 22nd, 2019. Still track definition from grooming last week. Still some great spring skiing to be had. Best in the morning.
Grooming on Skaters Waltz at dusk, March 21st, 2019.
Cutting new track on Sap Run, March 21st, 2019.
Cutting new track on Sukkebusk, March 21st, 2019.
Peder A. enjoying a spring ski, March 16th, 2019.
Heading down Eagle View, March 16th, 2019.
Spring skate skiing, March 15th, 2019.
Jonell enjoying the spring conditions on JibFly, March 15th, 2019.
Setting track on Twin Lakes, March 15th, 2019. All the classic trails groomed today singletrack except the two way segments.
Grooming on Skaters Waltz, March 15th, 2019.
Setting track on Sukkerbusk, March 15th, 2019.
Area ponds and sloughs should be some great crust skiing the next few weeks provided it freezes hard at night. March 15th, 2019.
Grooming Mother North Star for fat biking, March 15th, 2019.
Skiing in dusting of new snow, March 14th, 2019.
Late season ski fun with chef Deb! March 11th, 2019.
Afternoon ski on Sukkerbusk, March 11th, 2019.
Sunset grooming on Poki Loki, March 11th, 2019.
Skied in track on Mother North Star, March 11th, 2019.
Chef Deb out for a ski after last day in the kitchen for the winter season. March 11th, 2019.
Top of Suicide Hill, March 10th, 2019.
JibFly, March 10th, 2019.
Turning on Suicide Hill, March 10th, 2019.
Skiing through the skinny field, March 9th, 2019. Great winter scenes with all the fresh snow!
Grooming Saturday afternoon, March 9th, 2019. Didn’t take long for the grooming to get covered up!
Great groomed classic skiing today, March 7th, 2019.
Snow getting deep! March 7th, 2019.
Even though not recently groomed, nice skiing on Lucky’s Loype. March 7th, 2019.
Even though not recently groomed, nice skiing on Lucky’s Loype. March 7th, 2019.
Twin Lakes ski trail, March 6th, 2019. Single tracked for the weekend.
Grooming on North Loup, March 6th, 2019.
Combing North Loup for skating and fat biking, March 5th, 2019.
Combing Skaters Waltz for skating, March 5th, 2019.
Cutting new double track on Sukkerbusk, March 5th, 2019.
Fresh snow on North Loup before grooming, March 5th, 2019.
Grooming for skate and fat biking on North Loup, March 4th, 2019.
Setting double track on Sap Run, March 4th, 2019. Dusting of snow with areas of wind blown after grooming. Grooming on tap for more classic trails Wednesday and Thursday.
Lucky’s Loype March 3rd, 2019.
Wavy Gravy with 2-3″ new snow on top of recent grooming. March 2nd, 2019.
Twin Lakes February 28th, 2019. Double tracked until the main loop than single tracked on main loop.
Dr Bob finishing up a recovery skate ski, February 28th, 2019. Congrats Bob on the second place finish in the 70-74 age category at the Birkie 50km skate race. Bob put a lot of hours on the Maplelag trails this season.
Grooming Skaters Waltz, February 27th, 2019.
Grooming North Loup for skate and fat biking, February 27th, 2019.
Coating of gliss on the trail, February 27th, 2019.
Paulo and GiGi heading out. February 27th, 2019.
Skaters Waltz at dusk. Firm deck but slow snow with cold temps. February 27th, 2019.
Start of Twin Lakes filled in with snow after blizzard like conditions. February 24th, 2019. Trails not recently groomed will be good skiing with variable snow cover conditions.