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Section 8 Nordic Ski Championships

February 6, 2018
7:00 amto5:00 pm

Girls Varsity: Freestyle 10:00am

Boys Varsity:  Freestyle 11:00am

Girls Varsity: Classic Pursuit 1:30pm

Boys Varsity:  Classic Pursuit 2:30pm

Awards Ceremony: Approximately 4:00 – 4:15

Two different courses will be used for both Freestyle and Classic.

Freestyle will be Skaters Waltz and include Suicide Hill.

Classic Course starts on Sap Run, takes right on Mother North Star, ski most of Mother North Star than left on Rootin Tootin for 50 feet to access JibFly, JibFly back to start opposite normal direction. Back on Mother North Star until Sukkerbusk. Return and finish on Sukkerbusk.

Spectators are welcome and encouraged to attend the races. Spectators are not allowed to ski on the course during the race. Once the race has started, until the completion of the race, spectators are asked to remove their skis while they watch the race. Spectators are not allowed to walk on the groomed ski trails. Thank you.

Lunch will be provided for coaches, bus drivers and media personal and available for sale for spectators

North Star Conference Ski Meet

January 25, 2018
1:00 pmto5:00 pm

Classic course will be held on Sukkerbusk and Twin Lakes.

Skate Race will be held on Skaters Waltz (minus Kamikaze Hill segment)

All trails not used in the race will be open for skiing.  All trails, including the course, will be open for skiing until 1:30pm. Please be aware of any course marking and not to disturb. Thank you. No lunch available for sale but complimentary coffee and cookies for parents, spectators, bus drivers, media personal etc.

 

2:00PM – Boys Varsity 7K Classic

 

2:30PM – Girls Varsity 7K Classic  

 

3:00PM – Boys Junior Varsity 7K Classic – mass start

 

3:30PM – Girls Junior Varsity 7K Classic – mass start

 

4:00PM – Boys Junior High 4K Skate – mass start

 

4:30PM – Girls Junior High 4K skate – mass start

 

5:00PM – Awards –

 

  • All races will run on time.

Trail Report

Warming up to above 0!! Light wind and sunshine for most of the day making for great conditions on the trail today. Around 15km of track reset on select trails and all skate trails groomed including Suicide Hill.  On tap for grooming Wednesday will be the bootleg extension of Bullhead lake trail.

Around 4″ of light fluffy snow on Saturday.  Entire trail system groomed 1-4 times the past five days. Only trail not groomed is Bullhead lake trail.  Bullhead lake trail has skier made track for old school type skiing and a nice adventure ski to mix things up from the groomed.  Bootleg extension on tap for grooming Wednesday.

Spectacular day for the DL Invite on Tuesday the 8th with sunshine, light wind and balmy temps. Temperature was in the mid 30’s but favorable dew points and cold base underneath kept the snow dry and silky.  Photos and results from meet yesterday on Skinnyski.com

Around 60km of trail groomed,  48km of trail tracked, 9km groomed for skating. Around 8km with skier made track on Bullhead trail, Lucky’s Loype, single and double green and Kristin’s Kutoff. Non AMA segments of Lucky’s groomed. Bootleg extension of Bullhead lake trail slated for grooming next week.

Fat Bike trail on Twin Lakes Singletrack open and groomed multiple times already.  Latest grooming January 12th. Latest report: Fat Bike Report  Please do not walk on fat bike trail.

Total snowfall this season at 28″ Snow depth in the woods 13-24″, 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.  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 the midweek. Reservation is required.

Even though our snow totals might be lower, we can provide good skiing on less snow. We spend every day possible in the spring, summer and fall clearing key trails to be able to open on low snow. We groom the first snowfalls even if not skiable after, to prepare the base for future snowfalls and earlier skiing on less snow.  We take pride and use decades of experience when grooming and preparing the trails for skiing to have them in the best condition possible “whatever the weather”.

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 new track on Twin Lakes early morning January 16th, 2018.
Striding on Twin Lakes, January 16th, 2018.
Skinny field on Sukkerbusk trail, January 16th, 2018.
Afternoon skate around Roy’s field on the new Skaters extension. January 16th, 2018.
Snow “cones” forming around the forest floor. Indication of the recent dry fluffy snow settling. January 16th, 2018.
Morning groom on North Loup setting new double track. We will continue to keep North Loup double tracked through the week. January 15th, 2018.
Striding under the sun dog on Mother North Star trail. January 15th, 2018.
Sap Run striding, January 15th, 2018.
Members of the North Star Ski Touring club out on Sukkerbusk during the new snow today, January 14th, 2018. North Star club has been coming to Maplelag for 40 years straight!
Striding on Rootin Tootin January 13th, 2018.
First downhill on Roy’s Run, January 13th, 2018.
Striding on Roy’s Run. January 13th, 2018.
Gliding down one of the last hills of North Loup. Great double track skiing! January 13th, 2018.
Ski lessons with Anna! January 12th, 2018.
Ed out for a morning ski. -14 air temp! January 12th, 2018.
Kristina and Kristin finishing up a morning ski around Twin Lakes -14 air temp. “Skiing was great” January 12th, 2018.
Setting new track on Twin Lakes, January 12th, 2018.
New track on Island Lake trail. Wavy Gravy also set with new track to complete new grooming on all western trails. January 12th, 2018.
Fresh grooming to the Coop cabin. January 12th, 2018. Ski right from you door from all the lodging units at Maplelag.
Fresh wolf tracks on big pond near Roy’s Run. January 12th, 2018.
Fresh track set on Roy’s Run. January 12th, 2018.
Setting second track on North Loup. Double tracked for the weekend. Groomers choice is left track first half, than right track second half. January 12th, 2018.
Peder Arneson out for a sunset ski, January 12th, 2018.
Grooming past the Finish Log cabin. January 11th, 2018.
Sundog as seen from Skaters Waltz extension trail. January 11th, 2018.
Sundog over Twin Lakes trail. Photo by Maplelag guest Kris Miller, January 11th, 2018.
Singletrack grooming through the skinny field, January 5th, 2018.
Skinny field pines. January 6th, 2018.
Start of Rochester Area Ski Club time trial. January 6th, 2018.
Firm and fast deck on Skaters Waltz. January 6th, 2018.
Setting new track on Rootin Tootin, January 4th, 2018.
New track set on JibFly trail, January 4th, 2018.
Skate lane groomed on Skaters Extension, January 4th, 2018. Be sure to ski both loops!
Skate deck being renovated on North Loup. Track in great shape as well. January 4th, 2018.
Snowshoe trail seeing good use. January 4th, 2018.
Snowshoe trail. Watch for obstacles on non maintained areas on AMA segments. January 4th, 2018.
Setting new track on Twin Lakes. The left track reset few days ago and holding out great. Twin Lakes is groomer’s choice! January 3rd, 2018.
New track set on Sukkerbusk morning January 3rd, 2018. Took three passes to erase old track and set new one. Sukkerbusk holding out great after 10’000’s of skier passes the past week.
Grooming on Twin Lakes, January 3rd, 2018. The Lotvola Cup is always on our mind and some day will return.
Mound Westonka Nordic ski team ready for relays. January 3rd, 2018.
Minneapolis South Nordic ski team working on balance before the afternoon ski. January 3rd, 2018.
Great fat biking conditions on Twin Lakes singletrack. January 3rd, 2018.
Grooming on Skaters Waltz in the morning. January 2nd, 2018.
Mound Westonka Skiers set for a full day of skiing. January 2nd, 2018.

Full day of fun whatever the weather! December 31st, 2017.
Heading out for one more ski….”The skiing is beautiful” December 31st, 2017.
Frosty day on the trails! December 31st, 2017.
Striding on North Loup. December 30th, 2017.
Skiers on Sukkerbusk, December 30th, 2017. Busy afternoon on Sukkerbusk. Tracks in great shape and just right length to get a nice ski in colder weather. Great job everyone that got out!
Eden Prairie Nordic ski team set for the afternoon ski. 20-30 minute outings. Warmed up, back out for another run. December 30th, 2017.
Getting first tracks on Sap Run! December 30th, 2017.
Dusk on North Loup ski trail. Both track and skate deck in great shape. December 29th, 2017.