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Trail Report

Excellent skiing.  Around 6-7″ of new snow overnight. Combined with 3″ of new snow on Sunday, a snowy week!

We packed and tracked most of the inner trails today and also packed and tracked Twin Lakes trail.  We will be working on the majority of the trail system the rest of the week into the weekend.

Around 60km of trail groomed,  48km of trail tracked 15km groomed for skating. Around 4km with skier made track on the first part of Bullhead trail, sections of Lucky’s Loype, double green and Kristin’s Kutoff. Non AMA segments of Lucky’s groomed. Use caution on north end of Bullhead lake as rough. Lucky’s Loype rough in a few small areas.

Fat Bike trail on Twin Lakes Singletrack open.  Latest report: Fat Bike Report  Please do not walk or snowshoe on fat bike trail.

Total snowfall this season at 40″ Snow depth in the woods 18-26″, compacted base where groomed 5-10″.  

Day skiing is allowed for guests not staying at the resort by purchasing a trail pass. Pass can be purchased online.   Midweek trail pass includes coffee and cookies Weekend trail pass does not include coffee and cookies.

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 MIDWEEK only . Reservation is required.

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 track on Twin Lakes trail, February 20th, 2018.
Sugar Creek. Twin Lakes crossing. February 20th, 2018.
Rollpack combing on Single Green, February 20th, 2018.
Skaters Waltz after roll compacting. Will need a few more grooming passes to firm up proper. February 20th, 2018.
Fresh cut track on Sap Run. Groomed three times today. February 20th, 2018.
Mother North Star, February 20th, 2018.
Grooming through the Skinny Field, February 20th, 2018. 6-7″ of new snow overnight!
Grooming on Sap Run, February 20th, 2018.
Snowy Lucky’s Loype, February 20th, 2018.

Fat Bike Report

 

 The Twin Lake singletrack is open for fat biking. Powder day! 6″ of new snow overnight. Around 3″ of new snow Sunday.  We will be focusing on the ski trails today and plan to groom the fat bike trail Wednesday. Most of the trail groomed Monday afternoon in preparation of the snow this morning, leveling the edges etc.

 

If you need to walk, please walk on the side and push bike on the trail to preserve the trails for others. Thanks!

The groomed loop is rated intermediate to advanced with quick up and downs and technical sections. Recommended for riders with fat bike experience. The trail has been groomed weekly.

Loon Return ski trail now groomed on the side for fat bikes. It can be used for access to the start of the bridge section which leads to Twin Lakes singletrack loop. Otherwise, access from driveway, look for orange cones and Twin Lakes sign. The return singletrack back to Loon Return after crossing the road also groomed making for close to a 10km loop. Take Loon return on side of ski trail to return to Maplelag!

Big thanks to Ben Olson for taking on the roll of grooming. Grooming done evenings so the deck can set up. If you plan to ride at night, please contact us to make sure we are not grooming so the grooming can be the best possible for the next day.  We will do our best to post on this page. There are also nearby forest roads good for fat biking and the lakes are fun if snowmobile packed. Please no fat biking on the ski trails. In the late winter, we will open up select trails for fat biking after a melt freeze cycle and when the base is basically bomb proof.

Fat bike trail grooming. February 19th, 2018.
Fat bike trail grooming. February 19th, 2018.
Fat bike trail grooming. February 19th, 2018.

Fat bike rental available for overnight guests.

 Trail pass for non lodging guests is $10 and can be purchased on the website. We appreciate the purchase of a pass to help offset grooming and trail maintenance costs. The Twin Lakes loops runs on the Maplelag property and is maintained by the Richards family and Maplelag team. We are happy to share the woods and trails with all!

 

Riding in the new snow on the Twin Lakes fat bike trail. February 18th, 2018.
Riding in the new snow on the Twin Lakes fat bike trail. February 18th, 2018.
Dusting of snow on top of velcro like surface. Great riding! Twin Lakes singletrack. February 16th, 2018.
Fat bike trail held out great today. Jonell checking out the trail in the afternoon.  Once freezes tonight should be fantastic riding. Still soft on the edges! February 14th, 2018.
Mike Hess on Twin Lakes singletrack, February 13th, 2018.
Twin Lakes singletrack, February 13th, 2018.
Twin Lakes singletrack, February 13th, 2018.
Sunset over Twin Lakes singletrack, February 12th, 2018. Conditions best of the year!
Ben Olson on Twin Lakes singletrack at sunset, February 9th, 2018.

Peder Arneson, February 9th, 2018.


Light dusting of snow on top of firm, recently groomed fat bike trail. February 7th, 2018.
Light dusting of snow on top of firm, recently groomed fat bike trail. February 7th, 2018.
Light dusting of snow on top of firm, recently groomed fat bike trail. February 7th, 2018.
Peder Arneson on Twin Lakes singletrack, February 4th, 2018.
Peder Arneson lakeside Twin Lakes singletrack, February 4th, 2018.

Tucker and Mandi Hibbert set to enjoy a powder day on the Twin lakes singletrack. February 3rd, 2018.
Ben grooming the fat bike trail. February 4th, 2018.
Great riding Friday. February 2nd, 2018.

Bridge section, February 2nd, 2018.
Peder heading down Loon Return ski trail, January 28th, 2018. Loon Return trails is used to access the start of the Twin Lakes singletrack. The right side is groomed for fat bikers, left side for classic. This is the first ski trail crossing on the Maplelag driveway when you leave Maplelag.
Beautiful day for riding on Sunday, January 28th, 2018. Peder Arneson photo.
Night riding, January 28th, 2018. With full moon on Thursday and catching a clear night, no light needed!
Bryan Schoenberger capturing riders during his outing with friends. January 27th, 2018.

Peder Arneson enjoying fresh grooming and balmy temps before early Friday morning. January 19th, 2018.
Riding through a berm. January 18th, 2018.
Great capture by Peder that shows the dynamics of fat biking on the Twin Lakes singletrack, technical in spots.  Winter riding involves the core so much more compared to summer riding. January 18th, 2019.
Beautiful late afternoon ride on Twin Lakes singletrack, north end of north Twin Lake. January 17th, 2018.
Twin Lakes singletrack rock garden section. The rocks and roots are completely covered with snow. Dusting of new snow on top slated for grooming later this week. January 16th, 2018.
Maplelag team rider Peder Arneson riding in fresh powder on top of groomed deck, January 14th, 2018.
Heading down the bridge!
Maplelag team rider Steve Wenzel riding in fresh powder on top of groomed deck, January 14th, 2018.
Out to the loop! January 15th, 2018.
Snowy fat bike trail, January 14th, 2018. Great seeing the riders today!
Twin Lakes lakeside after fresh grooming. January 12th, 2018.
Ben making second pass on the bridge, January 12th, 2018.
Snow covered singletrack on the Twin Lakes loop. Grooming planned for later in the day on January 12th, 2018.
Despite the warmer weather the past few days, the snow and groomed fat bike loop on Twin Lakes holding out great. Cooler temps and fresh snow moving in Wednesday evening. January 10th, 2018.
Great riding on the fat bike trail over the weekend. January 7th, 2018.
Peder Arneson ready to hit the fat bike trail after a morning ski. January 6th, 2018.
Great fat biking conditions on Twin Lakes singletrack. January 3rd, 2018.
Great fat biking conditions on Twin Lakes singletrack. January 3rd, 2018.
Riders from Texas trying fat biking for the first time. December 28th, 2017.
Matt Johnson heading out for a fat bike ride. December 28th, 2017.
Rolling through Hudson’s Hula segment on Twin Lakes singletrack. December 22, 2017.
Ben Olson ready to head out for a evening groom on the Twin Lakes singletrack. December 21st, 2017.
Fresh snow on the fat bike loop at Twin Lakes singletrack. December 20th, 2017.
Big snowflakes this afternoon. December 20th, 2017.

 

Riding on fresh powder on top of recently groomed base, fantastic conditions, December 18th, 2017.
Evening groom on Twin Lakes singletrack, December 17th, 2017. If planning to night ride, please contact us before to make sure grooming isn’t scheduled for that evening.
Evening groom on the Twin Lakes singletrack, December 16th, 2017.
Night ride on fresh grooming. December 13th, 2017.
Twin Lakes singletrack groomed for fat biking first time this year. December 12th, 2017.
Lakeside Twin Lakes singletrack after fresh grooming by Ben Olson, December 12th, 2017.
Fat biking on Twin Lakes singletrack, December 10th, 2017.

Night riding, December 6th, 2017.

Twin Lakes singletrack, December 1st, 2017. Riding has been good in the mornings when frozen.
Great riding Saturday morning on a frozen sandpaper like surface. November 25th, 2017.
Riding on Twin Lakes singletrack, November 22nd, 2017. Twin Lakes open for early winter riding when frozen.
Riding on Twin Lakes singletrack, November 22nd, 2017. Twin Lakes open for early winter riding when frozen.
Rolling on the Twin Lakes singletrack, frozen down hard! November 16th, 2017.
Ben Olson on Twin Lakes singletrack for a early winter ride before trail close. November 2nd, 2017.
Ben Olson on Twin Lakes singletrack for a early winter ride before trail close. November 2nd, 2017.  Big thanks to Ben for taking on the role of grooming Twin Lakes for fat biking this year.
Peder Arneson on Twin Lakes singletrack for a early winter ride before trail close. November 2nd, 2017.
Peder Arneson on Twin Lakes singletrack for a early winter ride before trail close. November 2nd, 2017.
Ben Olson heading out to pack fat bike trail. Thanks Ben!
Ben Olson heading with the fat bike groomer, December 21st, 2016.

Trail Report

Excellent ski conditions.  Around 3″ of new snow on Sunday. Entire trail system groomed  1-3 times except Bullhead and Lucky’s Loype. These two trails recently groomed and skied in today nicely. New snow mixed in with frozen granulated snow underneath making for ideal skiing. Classic trail touch up grooming today on Twin Lakes and a few inner trails. Skate trails groomed late afternoon yesterday and set up perfect overnight.

Around 60km of trail groomed,  48km of trail tracked 15km groomed for skating. Around 4km with skier made track on the first part of Bullhead trail, sections of Lucky’s Loype, double green and Kristin’s Kutoff. Non AMA segments of Lucky’s groomed. Use caution on north end of Bullhead lake as rough. Lucky’s Loype rough in a few small areas.

Fat Bike trail on Twin Lakes Singletrack open and groomed multiple times already.  Firm deck, great riding.  Latest report: Fat Bike Report  Please do not walk or snowshoe on fat bike trail.

Total snowfall this season at 35″ Snow depth in the woods 13-20″, 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.   Midweek trail pass includes coffee and cookies Weekend trail pass does not include coffee and cookies.

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 MIDWEEK only . Reservation is required.

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.

Grooming on Rootin Tootin, February 18th, 2018.
Grooming on Roy’s Run, February 18th, 2018.
Grooming on Twin Lakes, February 18th, 2018.
Skate trail grooming. February 18th, 2018. All skate trails groomed multiple times today.
Skiing through fresh powder on Skaters Waltz extension. February 18th, 2018.
Grooming on Skaters Waltz, February 16th, 2018. Fantastic skating conditions!
Robert and Maryann on Sukkebusk for morning ski. Groomed multiple times the past few days. February 16th, 2018.
Cutting new track on Twin Lakes, February 15th, 2018.
Renovating skate lane on North Loup. Groomed for skate and classic. Classic track solid with dusting of snow on top. February 15th, 2018.

Grouse tracks across North Loup. February 15th, 2018.
Grooming on Skaters Waltz, February 15th, 2018.
Grooming on Skaters Waltz, February 15th, 2018.
Twin Lakes at dusk, February 14th, 2018. Trails held out great today after warm temps.
Skaters Waltz at dusk, February 14th, 2018. Trails held out great today after warm temps.
Weather graph from February 14th, 2018. We are constantly watching the numbers which help us determine the best time to groom. The key thing on this photo is the line that shows the air temp at 44 and dew point at 17.
Skaters Waltz, February 13th, 2018.
Grooming on Skaters Waltz, February 13th, 2018.
Grooming on Single Green, February 13th, 2018.
Rootin Tootin with dusting of new snow on top, February 13th, 2018.
Setting new track on Sukkerbusk, February 13th, 2018.
Rootin Tootin trail after fresh groomed, One way trail, no track set on right coming down hill for snow plowing. February 9th, 2018.
Frosted tops on the high points. February 9th, 2018.
Setting new track on Bootleg Extension of Bullhead Lake trail. February 9th, 2018.
Bullhead lake trail before crossing the north end. Groomed February 9th, 2018.
Suicide Hill after multiple groomings this week. Excellent condition. February 9th, 2018.
Gliss on the skate deck. February 9th, 2018.
Start of Lucky’s Loype with new track before coming around on Little Sugarbush. February 9th, 2018.
Frosty morning at the start of Sap Run ski trail. February 8th, 2018. (Location of one of the cams)
“Gliss” at the start of Sap Run. February 8th, 2018.
Fresh track set today on Roy’s Run. February 8th, 2018,
Fresh track set today on Roy’s Run. February 8th, 2018,
North Loup groomed today, skate and classic. February 8th, 2018.
North Loup groomed today, skate and classic. February 8th, 2018.
Fresh track set today on Roy’s Run. February 8th, 2018,
Gliss at end of Island Lake trail, February 8th, 2018.
Mark and Shirley heading out for afternoon ski. Feburay 8th, 2018.
Island Lake trail, February 7th, 2018.
Fresh cut track on Island Lake trail, February 7th, 2018.
Track set between Twin Lakes, part of Wavy Gravy and Island Lake trails. February 7th, 2018.
Fresh corduroy! February 7th, 2018.
New inner loop grooming on Skaters Waltz extension, February 7th, 2018.
Fresh cord on Skaters Waltz, February 7th, 2018.
Grooming on North Loup. Track set and skate lane. Touch up grooming on the sides planned Thursday morning.
Congrats Denny on Volunteer of the year for Section 8, February 6th, 2018. Well deserved for all the help you have done this winter to keep the trails and skiers in tip top shape!

Racing action for Section 8 Nordic Ski Championships, February 6th, 2018.
Tracks on Mother North Star ready for the racers. February 5th, 2018.
First passes on Skaters Waltz, February 5th, 2018. The middle will be groomed again this evening.
Tracks on JibFly ready for racers tomorrow! February 5th, 2018.
Grooming Suicide Hill, part of Section course, skiers will go down! February 5th, 2018.

Lucky’s Loype, February 5th, 2018.
Friends from the north ready for a morning of skiing. February 5th, 2018. Even with the Section race tomorrow, there is still over 50km of trail to ski.

Trail Report

Excellent ski conditions. Dusting of snow overnight.   3-4″ fresh snow on Saturday. Grooming on select classic trails today including Wavy Gravy, Island Lake, Mother North Star, Sap Run, and Loon Return. Skate trail grooming on Single Green, Skaters Waltz, Suicide Hill, Skaters Waltz Extension and North Loup. Sukkerbusk, Twin Lakes, Roy’s Run and Rootin Tootin on tap for grooming Thursday morning.

Fantastic day for the Section 8 Nordic Ski Championships. Photos and results on skinnyski.com

Powder on top of firm deck on North Loup skate lane and Skaters Waltz extension. Classic trails not groomed Saturday/Sunday have the new snow on top of firm deck and have been skied on and very nice skiing. The entire trail system will be re-groomed Wednesday-Friday.

Around 60km of trail groomed,  48km of trail tracked, 9km groomed for skating. Around 8km with skier made track on the first part of Bullhead trail, sections of Lucky’s Loype, double green and Kristin’s Kutoff. Non AMA segments of Lucky’s groomed. Use caution on north end of Bullhead lake as rough. Lucky’s Loype rough in sections with a few icy spots.

Fat Bike trail on Twin Lakes Singletrack open and groomed multiple times already. Groomed evening February 3rd.  Firm deck, great riding.  Latest report: Fat Bike Report  Please do not walk on fat bike trail.

Total snowfall this season at 33″ 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.   Midweek trail pass includes coffee and cookies Weekend trail pass does not include coffee and cookies.

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 MIDWEEK only . Reservation is required.

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.

Track set between Twin Lakes, part of Wavy Gravy and Island Lake trails. February 7th, 2018.
Fresh cut track on Island Lake trail, February 7th, 2018.
Island Lake trail, February 7th, 2018.
Grooming on North Loup. Track set and skate lane. Touch up grooming on the sides planned Thursday morning.
Fresh cord on Skaters Waltz, February 7th, 2018.
New inner loop grooming on Skaters Waltz extension, February 7th, 2018.
Fresh corduroy! February 7th, 2018.
Racing action for Section 8 Nordic Ski Championships, February 6th, 2018.

Congrats Denny on Volunteer of the year for Section 8, February 6th, 2018. Well deserved for all the help you have done this winter to keep the trails and skiers in tip top shape!
Friends from the north ready for a morning of skiing. February 5th, 2018. Even with the Section race tomorrow, there is still over 50km of trail to ski.
Lucky’s Loype, February 5th, 2018.

Grooming Suicide Hill, part of Section course, skiers will go down! February 5th, 2018.
Tracks on JibFly ready for racers tomorrow! February 5th, 2018.
First passes on Skaters Waltz, February 5th, 2018. The middle will be groomed again this evening.
Tracks on Mother North Star ready for the racers. February 5th, 2018.
Lucky’s Loype Saturday morning as snow was starting to fall. February 3rd, 2018.
Powder skiing! February 3rd, 2018.

Moon dogs over Kohlepp slough during the evening groom, February 4th, 2018.
Cutting new track on north side Bullhead Lake. February 2nd, 2018.
Cutting new track on north side Bullhead Lake. February 2nd, 2018.

Deer activity galore off Bullhead lake trail on Bootleg extension. February 2nd, 2018.
Tracks on Sukkerbusk ski trail in great shape. Solid and firm. Light coating of frost snow slowing down the glide. February 1st, 2018.
Grooming Single green for skating. Part of Section course, February 1st, 2018. Open for skiing! Nice switchback like climb from bottom of Suicide Hill.
Grooming on Skaters Waltz, January 31st, 2018.
Bemidji HS Nordic ski team out for a  day of training inspecting the section courses. January 31st, 2018.

Grooming on Single Green for skate skiing. January 29th, 2018.
Great tracks and classic skiing on JibFly. Part of section classic course. January 29th, 2018.
Members of the Detroit Lakes Bantam A team set for a late afternoon skate ski. January 29th, 2018.
Heading out to the trails. January 29th, 2018.
Grooming on Suicide Hill, January 29th, 2018.
Cutting new track on JibFly at dusk, January 26th, 2018.
Cutting new track on Sap Run in the morning, January 26th, 2018.
Morning grooming on skate lane on North Loup. January 26th, 2018. Track resetting on tap for Saturday morning. One of the groomer’s choice for the weekend!
Touching up the middle on Skaters Waltz Friday morning, January 26th, 2018. Fantastic skate ski conditions right now.
Midweek guests deep in the woods on the snowshoe trail. January 25th, 2018.
Frosty morning on Skaters Waltz, January 25th, 2018. High humidity and frost snow making for silky feeling skiing and great conditions.
Skiing action from a great day for the North Star Conference ski meet. January 25th, 2018. Handful of photos below. More photos to be posted on Skinnyski later today. 

Lee in between Twin Lakes which is part of Wavy Gravy and Island Lake trails, January 23rd, 2018.
Grooming out Suicide Hill, January 23rd, 2018. Suicide Hill has been groomed more than any other segment at Maplelag.
Weekend HS Teams at the trail head Saturday morning, January 20th, 2018.
Ready to hit the snowshoe trail! January 20th, 2018.
Mound Park Academy skiers reading for a sunshiny afternoon. January 20th, 2018.
Bloomington Nordic Ski Team skiers enjoying the pleasant temps and great conditions on Skaters Waltz at dusk, January 19th, 2018.
Robert and Maryann Eliason enjoying the double track on Mother North Star after a morning ski around Twin Lakes. January 18th, 2018.
Touching up the edge on Skaters Waltz, January 17th, 2018. Skate trails will be renovated in the evenings during the weekend.
Last group to bushwhack on Bullhead before grooming today! January 17th, 2018.
Bullhead lake trail before it crosses the north end after fresh grooming, January 17th, 2018. Heads up when the track disappears as the marsh area fast approaches.
Setting track on north end of Bullhead Lake trail. January 17th, 2018. Great vistas of the lake along the north side!
Using the new Skaters Waltz extension on the to round the northeast corner of “Roy’s Field”. January 16th, 2018.
Skinny field on Sukkerbusk trail, January 16th, 2018.
Striding on Twin Lakes, January 16th, 2018.
Setting new track on Twin Lakes early morning January 16th, 2018.
Snow “cones” forming around the forest floor. Indication of the recent dry fluffy snow settling. January 16th, 2018.
Striding under the sun dog on Mother North Star trail. January 15th, 2018.
Sap Run striding, January 15th, 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.
Members of the North Star Ski Touring club out on Sukkerbusk during the light snow today. January 14th, 2018. North Star club has been coming to Maplelag for 40 years straight!
Gliding down one of the last hills of North Loup. Great double track skiing! January 13th, 2018.
Striding on Roy’s Run. January 13th, 2018.
First downhill on Roy’s Run, January 13th, 2018.
Peder Arneson out for a sunset ski, 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.
Fresh track set on Roy’s Run. January 12th, 2018.
Fresh wolf tracks on big pond near Roy’s Run. January 12th, 2018.
Fresh grooming to the Coop cabin. January 12th, 2018. Ski right from you door from all the lodging units at Maplelag.
New track on Island Lake trail. Wavy Gravy also set with new track to complete new grooming on all western trails. January 12th, 2018.
Setting new track on Twin Lakes, January 12th, 2018.
Kristina and Kristin finishing up a morning ski around Twin Lakes -14 air temp. “Skiing was great” January 12th, 2018.
Ed out for a morning ski. -14 air temp! January 12th, 2018.
Ski lessons with Anna! January 12th, 2018.
Sundog over Twin Lakes trail. Photo by Maplelag guest Kris Miller, January 11th, 2018.
Sundog as seen from Skaters Waltz extension trail. January 11th, 2018.
Grooming past the Finish Log cabin. January 11th, 2018.
Varsity skiers heading out to North Loup as part of the 8km classic race during the DL Invite. January 9th, 2017.
Firm and fast deck on Skaters Waltz. January 6th, 2018.
Start of Rochester Area Ski Club time trial. January 6th, 2018.
Singletrack grooming through the skinny field, January 5th, 2018.

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.