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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.

Trail Report

A repeat of yesterday, a cold day with temp having a hard time getting above -20 but folks out skiing all day. Taking short loops and outings.  Sunshine, no wind in the woods and low dew point helping take off the edge and making for another great day on the trails. We will be open through the cold weather and people will be out skiing. The wind is generally a non factor at Maplelag and don’t pay attention to windchill when winds are light and factors such as the dew point make more of a difference in how it “feels”. Dress proper, take shorter runs and no reason not to ski and enjoy great conditions! Wind forecasted to be light which helps big time and we are protected in the forest as well.

Ski conditions rated very good to excellent for early season.  Around 11″ of new snow the past 8 days. 

Fat Bike trail on Twin Lakes Singletrack open and groomed multiple times already.  Latest grooming December 28th. Latest report: Fat Bike Report

11″ of new snow past 8 days. Total snowfall this season at 21″ Snow depth in the woods 6-12″, compacted base where groomed 3-6″.  

Day skiing is allowed 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 (Dec.26-Jan10 and weekends) for availability.

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”.

The Twin Lakes singletrack open for fat biking again this year and has been groomed multiple times. Please no fat biking  or walking on the ski trails or fat bike trails. There is also snowshoeing available, on trails and anywhere not on the ski trails.

Fat Bike Trail Report

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.
Getting first tracks on Sap Run! December 30th, 2017.
Eden Prairie Nordic ski team set for the afternoon ski. 20-30 minute outings. Warmed up, back out for another run x 3. 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!
Striding on North Loup. December 30th, 2017.
Minnetonka Nordic Ski team set for afternoon of skiing. December 29th, 2017.
Dusk on North Loup ski trail. Both track and skate deck in great shape. December 29th, 2017.
Pre breakfast ski complete! December 28th, 2017.
New track set on Sukkerbusk early morning. Track reset again at dusk. December 28th, 2017.
Ski drills in the soccer field, December 28th, 2017.
Minneapolis Southwest Skiers enjoying fresh tracks on Wavy Gravy, December 28th, 2017.
Setting track on Roy’s Run. Other than the north end segment that is about 50 meters and a little rough, rest of trail in great shape. December 28th, 2017.
Maplelag team members Ben and Denny on Skaters Waltz. Good to see these guys enjoying the trails after all their help with the trails. Ben groomed the fat bike trail this evening. December 28th, 2017.
Night skiing! December 28th, 2017.
Another spectacular morning of winter scene. December 26th, 2017.
Heading out to the trails! Trails busy today despite sub double digit temps. No wind and sunshine helps big time! December 26th, 2017.
Minneapolis Southwest Nordic ski team at the trail head. December 26th, 2017.
Sun dog scene, December 25th, 2017.
Christmas skate, December 25th, 2017. 50% of the ice in good shape. Cold weather this week will be good for expanding.
Setting track at dusk, December 25th, 2017.
Sunset stride. Decmeber 25th, 2017.
Grooming skate lane on Skaters Waltz, December 24th, 2017.
Grooming skate lane on North Loup, December 24th. Track set last night, dusting of new snow on top.
Skaters Waltz extension fresh groomed December 24th, 2017. Be sure to ski both loops on the extension!
Snow clinging to everything, December 24th, 2017.

Skaters Waltz, December 24th, 2017.
Setting track on Roy’s Run, December 23rd, 2017.
Setting track on North Loup at Poplar Pass. December 23rd, 2017. Skate lane will be groomed Sunday morning, tomorrow. Please respect/be mindful of the classic track if skating on North Loup. Thanks!

 

 

Striding on Rootin Tootin, December 23rd, 2017.
Twin Lakes, December 23rd, 2017.
Sap Run, December 23rd, 2017.

It’s a bit rough on the north end of Roy’s Run but take skis off and walk through. Is it worth it for skiing the rest of the 10km loop when starting at Maplelag and  return? Yes.  Dusting of snow after grooming helping out with coverage, just and inch or two will greatly improve in this area.

Peder and Denny heading out for a fresh snow ski. Around 2″ of new snow today, December 22nd, 2017. Thanks Denny for helping clear brush on the outer trails!
Final group shot of Breck Nordic ski team after morning time trial. Thanks for your visit! December 22nd, 2017.
Cutting double track on Sap Run, December 21st, 2017.
Cutting double track on JibFly, December 21st, 2017.
Fresh double track on Rootin Tootin, December 21st, 2017.
Skate deck combing on North Loup, December 21st, 2017.
Setting singletrack on Wavy Gravy. December 21st, 2017. Few thin areas to watch out for, easily skied around.
Fresh track on Island Lake trail, December 21st, 2017. Few thin areas to watch out for, easily skied around.
Breck Nordic ski team members enjoying the fresh snowfall. December 20th, 2017.
Grooming in fresh snow at dusk at the start area. December 20th, 2017.
Big snowflakes this afternoon. December 20th, 2017.
St Paul Academy Nordic Ski team read to hit the trails for the afternoon, December 19th, 2017.
Track on JibFly, December 19th, 2017.
Testing the fresh track on Sap Run, December 19th, 2017.
Roll combing on Skaters Waltz extension, December 19th, 2017.
SPA parents enjoying fresh grooming, December 19th, 2017.
Grooming on Poplar Pass on North Loup, December 19th, 2017.
Rutherford Slough near North Loup ski trail. Great Horned owl sighted today. December 19th, 2017. Tons of tracks of all different types of animals along North Loup. Keep eyes out!
Roll combing on North Loup, December 19th, 2017.

 

Denny Barry heading out to the trails to clip face slappers. Thanks Denny for your help! December 19th, 2017.
SPA skiers heading out on Twin Lakes and new track, December 18th, 2017.
Setting new track on Twin lakes. Track set all the way through. Caution on some thin areas otherwise nice early season skiing. December 18th, 2017.
Combing in fresh snow on Suicide Hill, December 18th, 2017.
Skier made track on top of packed base, Island Lake trail. December 18th, 2017.
Setting new track on JibFly. Snow after grooming covering thin areas. December 18th, 2017.
Skate trail grooming. December 18th, 2017.
St Paul Academy skiers on Skaters Waltz. December 18th, 2017.
SPA skiers on Sukkerbusk, December 18th, 2017.
Beautiful frosty day as skiers enjoy the excellent conditions on Little Sugarbush Lake. December 17th, 2017.
Moorhead Nordic ski team classic skiing on Sukkerbusk, December 16th, 2017.
Heading out to the trails, Highland Park time trial. December 16th, 2o17.

Having fun on the skate train on Skaters Waltz, December 16th, 2017.
St Paul Highland Park ski team ready to hit the trails. December 15th, 2017.

Classic skiing on Sukkerbusk. December 15th, 2017.

Lined up for ski games! December 15th, 2017.
Spectacular sunrise over Sap Run as seen from the webcam, December 15th, 2017.
Roll combing the dusting of new snow from last night on Skaters Waltz, December 15th, 2017.
Packing on Island Lake trail. Crusty base. Use caution skiing on Wavy Gravy or Island Lake trail. Tracks will be set after 2-3″ of snow. December 14th, 2017.
Late afternoon skiers! December 14th, 2017.
Maplelag team member Denny Barry out for a early season ski today. December 13th, 2017.
Great skiing on the lake! Fast and fun! December 13th, 2017.
Southern faced segment with good coverage on Skaters Waltz, December 13th, 2017.
Skaters Waltz with good coverage throughout. Firm base with added moisture this week. December 13th, 2017.
Night ride on fresh grooming. December 13th, 2017. Latest Fat Bike grooming trail report.
Building up the base on a downhill on Skaters Waltz, December 12th, 2017.
Lakeside Twin Lakes singletrack after fresh grooming for fat biking. Thanks  Ben Olson!  December 12th, 2017.
Checking out Sap Run trail at dusk, December 11th, 2017.
Grooming on Twin Lakes trail, top of Eagles View. December 11th, 2017.
Grooming through the Skinny field, pressing new snow from last night. December 11th, 2017.

Trail Report

A check of the trails this morning on Skaters Waltz found fast conditions, very close to “good” or “b” ski conditions. Just a couple areas to pay attention to. We have transported snow to the thin areas and with the precip early this morning and snow falling this afternoon, skiing was good. We also skied on the lake and found fast and fun conditions. Good coverage on the edges.

10km of groomed trail now open for skiing. Skaters Waltz open for skating and Sukkerbusk, Sap Run trails open for no track classic skiing. Be advised there are areas of  thin cover in the start area and open but in the woods skiing is to good to fair for early season, “Rock ski” conditions. No tracks set but we will set  tracks on Sukkerbusk, JibFly and Twin Lakes after next snowfall. Other trails are skiable but caution must be used if venturing out on other trails.

Just under two inches of wet snow early Monday morning that was groomed on 30km of the trail system. Temp fell during the day which allowed the base to harden up nicely. Grooming  Tuesday the 12th, smoothing out the trails groomed yesterday with the “Ginzu” groomer. Wednesday we will be moving snow to the thin areas.

In total we have packed on 45 of 65km of trail.  Snow depth in the woods 2-4″, compacted base where groomed 1-3″. Trails not groomed (Roys’ Run, Island Lake, Wavy Gravy/Bullhead) providing a bushwhacking type experience. Use extra caution if skiing these trails until groomed.

The Twin Lakes singletrack will be open for fat biking again this year. Groomed on Tuesday, December 12th

Fat Bike Trail Report

Denny Barry out for a early season ski today. December 13th, 2017.
Skaters Waltz with good coverage throughout. Firm base with added moisture this week. December 13th, 2017.
Southern faced segment with good coverage on Skaters Waltz, December 13th, 2017.
Great skiing on the lake! Fast and fun! December 13th, 2017.

 

Grooming through the Skinny field, pressing new snow from last night. December 11th, 2017.
Grooming on Twin Lakes trail, top of Eagles View. December 11th, 2017.
Checking out Sap Run trail at dusk, December 11th, 2017 . Webcam screen shot!

 

Lakeside Twin Lakes singletrack after fresh grooming by Ben Olson, December 12th, 2017.

 

Building up the base on a downhill on Skaters Waltz, December 12th, 2017.
Roll packing on Sap Run, December 9th, 2017.
Roll packing on Skaters Waltz, December 9th, 2017.
Sections of Skaters Waltz very skiable, need a few more inches before entire loop can be open. December 9th, 2017.