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Red Head Visitor

Red Headed woodpecker making a visit to the Maplelag grounds this week. May 11th, 2015.
Red Headed woodpecker making a visit to the Maplelag woods. May 11th, 2015.

It has been a great start to spring with a nice variety of migrating birds and the woods are alive with the sounds and sights of nature. We will be hosting one of the events in the Detroit Lakes Festival of Birds, a presentation by Carrol Henderson on the “Return of the Peregrine Falcon” followed by a dinner featuring Mapelag’s famous pan fried walleye!

Latest trail report from the woods.

Spring Swans

Pair of trumpeter swans on Little Sugarbush lake, March 12th, 2015.
Pair of trumpeter swans on Little Sugarbush lake.

The swans have returned to the immediate area in search of more open water after the warm weather that moved in this week and can be heard “trumpeting” all throughout the woods!

Trail Report

Excellent ski conditions. Morning grooming on Rootin Tootin, Mother North Star, Sukkerbusk and Skaters Waltz.  Snow held out great during warm temps on Friday. Temp below 32 on Saturday and gradually falling throughout the day to the teens.  Friday night/Saturday early morning we set new track on all the western trails, Sukkerbusk and Sap Run. We also groomed the skate trails and Suicide Hill. Grooming during the transition period of temperature we pulled up cold drier snow, keeping the trails fresh. Might be a few areas glazed on other classic tracks not groomed the past 24 hours otherwise great skiing.

16″ of snow past 8 days.  Grooming on 60km of trail this week setting all new track on the recently groomed classic trails and all skate trails groomed 2-3 times.

63km of trail groomed recently groomed. 53km groomed with classic tracks, 15km groomed for freestyle. Bullhead not groomed but has been skied in with a skier made track and fun adventure skiing to mix it up from the groomed trails and part of the 70km of skiing options at Maplelag. (Watch out for downed tree on AMA segment)  Lucky’s Loype groomed (outside of the AMA segments) North Loup now groomed for both skate and classic.

 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 26″ Total snowfall since October 1st around 33″. October snow melted off but currently the packed base on ski trails snowfall is 5-8″.  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. Groomed three times this season, most recent grooming December 23rd. Click here for latest report and information.

Twin Lakes trail at dusk. Snow holding out great today. January 3rd, 2018.
Crossing at Twin Lakes, January 3rd, 2018.
Skaters Waltz at dusk, January 3rd 2018. Some of the best skate conditions of the year reported today by local skiers.
Cutting new track on Mother North Star, January 2nd, 2018. 15km of new track cut today. Additional resetting on tap for January 3rd.
Skiing through the pines on Lucky’s Loype trail, January 1st, 2018.
Island lake trail after new track set, December 31st, 2018.
Start of Roy’s Run, new track set, December 31st, 2018.
North Loup groomed for both skate and classic today, December 31st, 2018.
Hills of North Loup.
North Loup groomed for both skate and classic today, December 31st, 2018.
Roy’s Run after new track set, December 31st, 2018.
Setting double track on Mother North Star, December 31st, 2018.
Packing on North Loup, December 28th, 2018.
Packing on Skaters Waltz extension, December 28th, 2018.
Packing on Single green, a nice option after going down Suicide Hill. December 28th, 2018.
Ski teams from Minnetonka, St Louis Park, Burnsville, Minneapolis Southwest, St Cloud Cathedral, Mound Park Academy and Moorhead. December 28th, 2018. Thanks for helping pack in the fresh snow and skiing in a nice track on Lucky’s Loype.
Sun dogs over slough near Roy’s Run, December 28th, 2018.
Sun dogs over slough near Roy’s Run, December 28th, 2018.
Setting track on Roy’s Run, December 28th, 2018.
Setting track on North Loup, December 28th, 2018. North Loup now groomed for Skate and Classic.
Roll packing on North Loup, December 27th, 2018.
Chef Deb’s husband Doug helping with packing today. Thanks Doug!! December 27th, 2018.
Rollpacking on Skaters Waltz extension. Best kept secret at Maplelag is the inner loop. Around 1km but beautiful with snow flocked trees. December 27th, 2018.
Tracking on Rooting Tootin, December 27th, 2018. Didn’t take long for the snow to cover the tracks!
Tracking on Rooting Tootin, December 27th, 2018. Didn’t take long for the snow to cover the tracks!
Burnsville Nordic Ski team ready to hit the trails. December 27th, 2018. Thanks for skiing on North Loup before the groomer came! Helped a ton.
Moorhead Nordic ski team out for a headlamp ski before breakfast. December 27th, 2018.
Tracking on Roy’s Run, December 27th, 2018. Nearly 2 feet of snow on the deep point.
Tracking on Roy’s Run, December 27th, 2018.
Evening grooming, December 26th, 2018 as snow was falling.
Christmas day ski on Roy’s Run, December 25th, 2018.
Christmas Eve ski fun! December 24th ,2018.
Christmas Eve ski fun! December 24th ,2018.
Fresh snow! Great conditions on the trails after 3-4″ of new snow the past 48 hours. December 23rd, 2018.
Frosty tunnel on Skaters Waltz extension (inner loop) after grooming December 22nd, 2018.
Fresh snow! Cutting new track on Sukkebusk, December 22nd, 2018.