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Trail Report

Trails are open for skiing. Dusting of dense snow Thursday morning. Thursday  we cut new track on Sap Run, Sukkerbusk, JibFly, Loon Return and Twin Lakes. We also groomed all the skate trails and the 4km loop on the lake.  Trails tracked previously this week still have good definition and the new snow will help cover the thin areas/cover some leaves and be nice skiing. With warmer temps forecasted, please try to ski in the mornings to preserve the base and better skiing conditions.

Grooming Tuesday on Roy’s Run, Rootin Tootin and Mother North Star. We cut a track on all three trails in anticipation of this new snow cover up the thin areas.  All trails have good sections of trail and other areas with thin cover we didn’t set a track but skiable throughout. Monday and  Wednesday we shoveled on the Skaters Waltz trail and a few other segments on the classic trails, building up the base on the high traffic areas.

50km of trail groomed. 35km groomed classic only, 15km groomed skate only. 4km lake loop groomed (skate/no track) for total of 54km groomed. Early season conditions, use caution on the downhills as a few thin/rough/unmarked obstacles exist, especially on the outer trails. Good reports from weekend skiers.

Double track set on Sap Run, Sukkerbusk, Poki Loki, JibFly, and Twin Lakes.  Rootin Tootin, Mother North Star, Wavy Gravy and Island Lake trail single tracked. No grooming between the marsh area. Best to take skis off and walk through but people have been bushwhacking through as well.  Total km tracked around 35km. Skate lanes recently groomed on Skaters Waltz, North Loup and Skaters Extension as well as Suicide Hill for nearly 15km of groomed skate trail.

 Ski rentals available for overnight guests.

Total snowfall since November 1st around 11″ Total snowfall since October 1st around 19″. October snow melted off but currently the base from November snowfall is 2-4″. The trails at Maplelag are maintained as such that we can have good skiing on less snow and we take pride in managing less snow.

Please no walking or hiking on ski or bike trails.

 The Twin Lakes singletrack will be open for winter riding/fat biking once again this season. Most recent grooming November 30th. Click here for latest report and information.

 

Setting new track on Loon Return, December 13th, 2018.
Cutting new track on Sukkerbusk. Both tracks reset today. December 13th, 2018.
Setting second track on access to Twin Lakes. December 13th, 2018.
Island Lake trail with dusting of new snow on top. December 13th, 2018. Island, Wavy Gravy and Roy’s Run all with good track for most of trail and should be nice skiing with new snow on top.

 

 

New track cutting on Loon Return. December 13th, 2018. Temp was around 34 today but snow held out great. Freezing down good tonight and should set up nicely for Friday.

 

Cutting new track on Sap Run, December 13th, 2018.
Grooming skate lane on Skaters Waltz extension, December 13th, 2018.
Grooming skate lane on Skaters Waltz extension, December 13th, 2018.
Grooming skate lane on Skaters Waltz, December 13th, 2018.
Ron and Sandy heading out for a snowshoe hike. December 13th, 2018.
Denny heading out for another day of clipping brush. Thanks for all the help again this week Denny! December 13th, 2018.

Fat Bike Trail Report

Twin Lakes singletrack open to fat biking. Most recent grooming the evening of November 30th.   Dusting of new snow on top. Fun silky riding surface on top of rock solid groomed base . Best conditions of the season!

Once again we are grooming the Twin Lakes loop for fat biking. This is the third year of fat bike grooming at Maplelag.  Thanks Ben Olson for taking on the volunteer role to do this. We also have plans to have a groomed beginner loop closer to Maplelag. There is no fee to use the trails at this time. No rentals or guest services available in lodge until mid December. Park, ride and enjoy! 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.

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

Grooming Tuesday on Roy’s Run, Rootin Tootin and Mother North Star. We cut a track on all three trails in anticipation of this new snow cover up the thin areas.  All trails have good sections of trail and other areas with thin cover we didn’t set a track but skiable throughout. Monday and  Wednesday we shoveled on the Skaters Waltz trail and a few other segments on the classic trails, building up the base on the high traffic areas.

50km of trail groomed. 35km groomed classic only, 15km groomed skate only.   Early season conditions, use caution on the downhills as a few thin/rough/unmarked obstacles exist, especially on the outer trails. Good reports from weekend skiers.

Double track set on Sap Run, Sukkerbusk, Poki Loki, JibFly, and Twin Lakes.  Rootin Tootin, Mother North Star, Wavy Gravy and Island Lake trail single tracked. No grooming between the marsh area. Best to take skis off and walk through but people have been bushwhacking through as well.  Total km tracked around 35km. Skate lanes recently groomed on Skaters Waltz, North Loup and Skaters Extension as well as Suicide Hill for nearly 15km of groomed skate trail.

 Ski rentals available for overnight guests.

Total snowfall since November 1st around 11″ Total snowfall since October 1st around 19″. October snow melted off but currently the base from November snowfall is 2-4″. The trails at Maplelag are maintained as such that we can have good skiing on less snow and we take pride in managing less snow.

Please no walking or hiking on ski or bike trails.

 The Twin Lakes singletrack will be open for winter riding/fat biking once again this season. Most recent grooming November 30th. Click here for latest report and information.

Building up base in open area on JibFly, December 12th, 2018.
Frosty scene. December 12th, 2018.
Cutting track on Roy’s Run, December 11th, 2018. Full depth track where set. Some leafy spots and other forest organic matter but any dusting of new will improve the conditions.
Far north section on Roy’s Run. Those that have skied Roy’s Run no surprise of the marshy segment and unique wildness of the trail. Not indicative of the whole trail. We try to be honest and straightforward as possible on trail conditions.
Cutting second track on Rootin Tootin, December 11th, 2018. Double tracked for the first km or so than singletracked where good coverage rest of trail. Middle section with leafy spots.
Base building on Skaters Waltz, December 10th, 2018.
Building up the base on “Kamikaze” hill, Skaters Waltz trail, December 10th, 2018.
Combing a loop on the lake, December 10th, 2018. The loop on the lake is groomed for the ski camps for instruction.
Combing a loop on the lake for the upcoming ski camp, December 10th, 2018.
Combing a loop on the lake, December 10th, 2018.
Building up base on a downhill segment on Skaters Waltz. Although the base is in great shape, we build it up in anticipation of high volume of skier traffic for the ski camps. December 10th, 2018.
Skaters Waltz, December 8th, 2018. Skiing very nice for early December. Still some bumpy spots but the most recent snow very silky on top of firm base and super fun skiing.
Moorhead skiers heading down Suicide Hill. December 8th, 2018.
Heading up!

Poki Loki double tracked with recent fluff snow on top. December 8th, 2018. Outside some leafy areas, most of the classic trail skiing good. Trails that have been skied more have the track a bit more washed out but still some good skiing to be had.
Moorhead Nordic Ski team after a morning of practice at Maplelag. December 8th, 2018.
Group of skiers enjoying a picture perfect day on JibFly ski trail. December 7th, 2018.
Peder heading down Eagle View downhill as flakes were falling. Twin Lakes trail, December 7th, 2018.
Poling through on Island Lake trail, December 7th, 2018.
Skiing through Twin Lakes. This area called “Mac’s Mess” part of Wavy Gravy and Island Lake trails. Not groomed but skiable throughout on grassy. December 7th, 2018.
Canadian friend Detlev out for morning ski after passing through “Mac’s Mess” December 7th, 2018.
Light dusting of fluff now on top of yesterday’s grooming on Wavy Gravy. December 6th, 2018. Last nights sub zero temps setting the track up firm. Few leafy spots and one rough section otherwise good early season classic skiing.
Double track on Sukkebusk. December 6th, 2018. Last nights sub zero temps setting the track up firm.
Setting track on Wavy Gravy, December 5th, 2018. Some sections groomed up very nice. Other areas bit thinner with leafy material. Still some nice early season skiing to be had!
Local skier and neighbor Carol out with friend Mary for a morning ski. December 5th, 2018. It’s an unusual year for leaves still on the trees in some pockets of the forest. Early freeze in October froze some of the maple and oak leaves and are still falling on the trail.
Bruce ready to hit the trails for the first time this season. December 5th, 2018.
Setting second track on JibFly. December 5th, 2018. Most of JibFly in good early season condition for classic. Like all trails, use caution on the downhills. JibFly is the groomer’s choice trail. Don’t pass it by!
Sunset grooming skate lane on North Loup at dusk at Poplar Pass. December 5th, 2018. The skies cleared for a hour than another round of fluff snow early evening. North Loup has improved but still some rough spots on a few of the downhills. Best to ski where snowmobile track is for best line on downhill.
Fallen red oak on Island Lake trail. December 5th, 2018.
More wood for the sauna! December 5th, 2018.
Rootin Tootin trail, December 4th, 2018. Track holding out well, scattered organic matter otherwise nice early season skiing.
Local skier Bob out for a afternoon ski, December 4th, 2018.
Peder Arneson enjoying fresh cut track on Rootin Tootin trail, November 30th, 2018.
Setting double track on Poki Loki, November 30th, 2018. We set a bit deeper track since double tracking. Few more thin areas to watch out for.
Track on JibFly. Out of all the trails tracked, JibFly skiing the best. November 30th, 2018.
Wolf track on North Loup, November 30th, 2018.
Combing on Skaters Waltz, November 30th, 2018.
Combing skate lane on new Skaters Waltz extension inner loop. November 30th, 2018.
Heading out to Twin Lakes, November 30th, 2018.

Promo Photos

Apres ski Maplelag.

 

Winter scene near the lodge

 

Snow falling in front of the lodge Sunday morning
Snowy scene around the Finish Log and Sava Sauna cabins

 

Peder Arneson enjoying fresh cut track on Rootin Tootin trail, November 30th, 2018.
Scandinavian Smorgasbord

Frosty scene from the west tower

 

Striding on Sukkerbusk!

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Bootleg extension fresh tracked Thursday. Awesome skiing on Friday!
East end of Bullhead
Second pass with the Ginzu groomer on North Loup trail as it passes Rutherford slough
Setting track on JibFly
Start area after fresh grooming Thursday morning.
Trail access at the switchyard. Skiers only please!

JibFly
On way to the western trails
Frosty scene from the west tower
Start of North Loup. Great to see the sun and fresh snow! Beautiful!

Panoramic view from Maplelag parking lot

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