Happy International Mountain Bike Day! Trails are open! A ride Saturday morning found good conditions, few damps spots from morning rain but clearing and with lower dew points everything was drying out fast. The course has weathered all the rain this week nicely and a great rest of the weekend of riding is on tap!
Despite daily rain this week, we have been working on the new trail “Bootleg” and getting close to completing the final segment to be added to the current loop that is now open for riding.
A productive summer working on new trail. We are excited to open phase one of the new loop called “Bullhead Bootlegger”. The new loop is around 3 miles. The trail is slow tech/flow tech. Very smooth but tight turns with fun berms and rollers on the downhills. We are in the process of building another segment of hand build singletrack to the loop we hope to open by the end of this month. For accessing the trail, call or text 218-849-7669 for directions and more information. The new trail will not be part of the Laddies Loppet this year but open for riding outside of racing!
We have also been busy on the trails the past few weeks clearing some of the overgrown areas, cutting trees from summer storms, building bridge in low spot, working on new trail and mowing the ski trail segments.
The trail is closed during rain event but usually an hour or two is all it takes to be back on the trail riding with the nature of the trails at Maplelag being classic old style singletrack.
We opened up two segments that were closed the last two years (Fargo segment and Jakes’s Snake (AMA segments remain closed)
Click here for trail map. Trail starts at the Skaters Waltz ski trail. (look for white sign with Citizen, Kids Comp, Sport, Comp/Expert) All main intersections are now marked and signs at the key intersections for beginner (citizen) or advanced (sport/comp/expert). Please park in far parking lot next to blue dumpsters. There are no services available in the lodge at this time when Concordia Language camps going on. Park and ride!
Summer pass can be purchased online, good for whole season. (There is no charge for Maplelag team members). The Maplelag trails are self supported with no grants or outside assistance. Trail pass revenue helps offset trail maintenance, new trail work and property taxes. Thank you.
Wet weather continues. Rainy week with .10 Saturday morning, .11″ Friday morning, .15″ Thursday morning. and .5″ of rain early Wednesday morning. The woods and trails are lush and green as ever with the damp summer. Despite the daily rain, it has dried enough by the afternoon to be in the woods doing trail work.
We started mowing on the ski trails in June in addition to other trail work. Although we’ve had rain more frequently this summer, has been plenty dry in between the rain for woods work. A handful of trees coming down in recent storms, typical of most summers.
Other trail work includes cleaning deadfall along the side of the trails and cutting firewood for next season for the wood burning stoves at Maplelag. We also planted nearly a 1000 trees earlier this spring and continue to plant potted pines.
We have also been working on the existing mountain bike singletrack clearing and removing deadfall and have resumed new trail build on Maplelag property near Bullhead lake. We will also be making new tweaks to select ski trails including Mother Hen and Double green for new beginner loops for next season.
Little Sugarbush, lake Maplelag is next to, went ice free Thursday April 25th.
Final ski of the year on Friday, April 19th before warm weather moved in melting off all the snow.
Thanks to everyone that came to Maplelag this past season!! A great year with seven months of grooming and skiing!
Total snowfall this past season from November 1st at 96″ Total snowfall from October 1st at 102″. Opening day for the ski season on November 12th after skiing a few days in October and grooming in October. Last day of skiing on April 19th, 2019.
Trails are closed to riding until the frost goes out. Warm and dry weekend melted the remaining snow off. This week we started clearing off some of the singletrack segments. Many segments are dry enough to ride but some low areas are holding water with frost still in the ground. Frost is coming out nicely and we are getting very close to having the trails open under raw conditions, possibly by the weekend. 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.
Gorgeous day! Sun shining incredibly bright and crisp temps keeping the snow fresh. We continue to groom daily working on select trails. For the remainder of the ski season until March 10th, Sap Run, Sukkerbusk, Twin Lakes and JibFly will be tracked for classic. North Loup and Skaters Waltz will be groomed skate only. All other trails are open for bushwhacking, expect variable conditions with areas of deep drifts but overall great powder skiing on trails not recently groomed.
We will also open up the skate trails and Mother North Star to fat biking. Mother North Star leads into the fat bike singletrack nicely making for a good warm up loop. We will groom MNS for fat biking, but open for skiing as well with no tracks set. (packed and combed). Please no fat biking on skate ski trails when conditions are soft or temp above 32 degrees.
32″ new snow past 21 days, 42″ the month of February.
Total snowfall since November 1st around 67″ Total snowfall since October 1st around 74″. October snow melted off but currently the snow depth is 30-46″ and packed base on ski trails is 14-24″. We have been skiing daily since November 12th. Please no walking or hiking on ski or bike trails.
Good to very good ski conditions. Grooming on most of the trail system this week. With colder temps the deck is a bit more firm/hard. Classic tracks in great condition and holding shape nicely.
Skiing has been very nice and reports from skiers have been good. Wind with storm two weeks ago bringing down a lot of leaves and frost bringing down some twigs but grooming cleaning up the tracks. Great weekend of skiing on tap.
Plenty of deep compacted base to work with grooming (5-8″, snow depth 10-16″) to provide good skiing conditions. 15km of skating options, 55km of tracked options. Adventure trails (Bullhead and Lucky’s Loype) with challenging conditions currently, use caution across the board!
Total snowfall since November 1st around 26″ Total snowfall since October 1st around 34″. October snow melted off but currently the packed base on ski trails snowfall is 6-8″. Please no walking or hiking on ski or bike trails.