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Mountain Bike Trail Report

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.

To access the main loop, look for white sign in between the two log cabins on Maplelag grounds. Stay in between orange tape and follow white or red signs.
Beautiful morning ride, July 20th, 2019.
Switchback climb on Twin Lakes singletrack, July 20th, 2019.
Deck setting up nicely on new trail “Bootleg”, July 20th, 2019.
Rock garden on main loop, July 20th, 2019.

Twin Lakes singletrack, July 20th, 2019.
Nice riding Friday evening on new trail “Bootleg”. July 19th, 2019.
Great riding on the new trail Tuesday evening, July 16th, 2019.

Beautiful evening ride after a wet few days, July 11th, 2019.
Bridge crossing on additional new singletrack segment added to new “Bullhead Bootleg” singletrack loop. July 11th, 2019.
Hand building another section of singletrack to be added to new “Bootleg” loop, July 10th, 2019.
Berm action on new trail, July 7th, 2019.
Rolling on the ski trail, July 7th, 2019.
Rolling through on the new trail, July 7th, 2019.
Sunny Saturday ride, July 6th, 2019.
Lakeside singletrack, July 6th, 2019.
Checking out the new trail “Bullhead Bootleg”. July 6th, 2019.
Rolling on the ski trail, July 6th, 2019.
One of the bridges on new trail, July 4th, 2019.
Summer scene along the bike trail, July 4th, 2019.
“Fern Gully” singletrack segment on new mountain bike trail near Bullhead lake, July 3rd, 2019.
Riding through a berm on new trail. July 3rd, 2019.
Bridge crossing on new trail, July 3rd, 2019.
Fun on the new trail, July 3rd, 2019.
Berm tuning on new trail, June 30th, 2019.
Lush singletrack in the deep woods. June 28th, 2019.
Testing trail tuning on new trail, June 25th, 2019. Planning to have “officially” open by the weekend!
Building and tuning last major berm on phase 1 Bullhead Bootleg loop, June 26th, 2019.
Building and tuning last major berm on phase 1 Bullhead Bootleg loop, June 26th, 2019.
Great riding Sunday afternoon, Twin Lakes singletrack June 23rd, 2019.
Great riding Sunday afternoon, June 23rd, 2019.
Testing out new trail, June 23rd, 2019. Getting closer to be officially opened!
Testing out new trail, June 23rd, 2019. Getting closer to be officially opened!
Testing out new trail, June 23rd, 2019. Getting closer to be officially opened!
Berm work on new trail, June 22nd, 2019.
Another gorgeous June evening for riding. June 18th, 2019.
Berm tuning on new trail near Bullhead lake. June 21st, 2019.
Great dirt to work with on new trail “Bootleg” near Bullhead lake on Maplelag property, June 20th, 2019.

Deep woods singletrack, June 18th, 2019.
Brothers on the trail! June 17th, 2019.
Beautiful evening ride, June 13th, 2019.

Twin Lakes singletrack, June 13th, 2019.

Yellow slippers along the side of the singletrack, June 12th, 2019.
Clearing overgrown area, June 12th, 2019.
Singletrack on the doubletrack! Signature Maplelag trails. June 12th, 2019.
Suicide hill mowed today, part of all bike courses. June 12th, 2019.
Evening ride, June 11th, 2019. Even with rain earlier in the day, track absorbs and dries out quickly enough hour or two after.
Rolling down the ski trail, June 5th, 2019.
Deep woods singletrack riding, June 5th, 2019.
Deep woods singletrack riding, June 5th, 2019.
Berm work on new trail, May 31st, 2019.
Pat checking out new trail. May 30th, 2019. We are slowly making progress on new trail. Hope to officially open most of the loop late next month.
Forest road riding on Sugarbush trail, May 30th, 2019.
Working on new trail, May 30th, 2019.
Fun times on the trail! May 28th, 2019.
Riding the berm high. May 28th, 2019.
Pat rolling through the Twin Lakes rock garden, May 28th, 2019.
Pat rolling through the Twin Lakes rock garden, May 28th, 2019.
Checking out new mountain bike trail segment near Bullhead lake, May 20th, 2019. We still have 4-6 weeks of tuning and bridge building before we officially open the trail.
Checking out new mountain bike trail segment near Bullhead lake, May 20th, 2019.
Damp but good riding on the weekend. May 19th, 2019.
Testing out a segment on new trail, May 19th, 2019.
Twin Lakes singletrack, May 18th, 2019.
Weaving along lakeside singletrack, May 18th, 2019.
Hudson’s Hula singletrack, May 17th, 2019.
Trail work on new singletrack. Thanks Denny and Peder for your help! May 17th, 2019.

Tuning on new trail build new Bullhead lake, May 15th, 2019.
Twin Lakes lakeside singletrack, May 14th, 2019.
Woods slowly starting to green up. May 14th, 2019.
New trail work near Bullhead lake. May 13th, 2019.
Rolling along Lakeside singletrack, May 10th, 2019.
Lakeside singletrack Twin Lakes, May 7th, 2019.
Rolling on the singletrack, May 7th, 2019.
Lakeside singletrack Twin Lakes, May 7th, 2019.
Technical section on the singletrack, May 7th, 2019.
Twin Lakes singletrack, May 4th, 2019.
Trail work on new singletrack, May 3rd, 2019.
Keith rolling through the “Fargo” singletrack, May 1st, 2019. This segment has been closed the past few years but now it is cleared and open for riding! Segment branches off near the end of the east side loop.
Trail work on new trail near Bullhead lake. May 2nd, 2019.
Twin Lakes lakeside on “Pete’s Porkie” segment. April 28th, 2019.
Rolling through Twin Lakes rock garden, April 28th, 2019.
Great riding Saturday April 27th, 2019.
Great riding Saturday April 27th, 2019.
Lance S rolling along lakeside, April 25th, 2019.
Trail feature on the singletrack, April 25th, 2019.
Twin Lakes rock garden, April 25th, 2019. Twin Lakes needs a few more days to dry out. Couple low areas holding water.

Ski trail segment on bike course, April 25th, 2019.
Riding into sunset, April 25th, 2019.
Keith dropping in for the first dirt ride of the year, April 23rd, 2019.
Singletrack, April 23rd, 2019.
Clearing singletrack, April 22nd, 2019.

Trail Report

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!

Mountain bike trails are now open: Latest report click here.

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.

Mushrooms exploding everywhere on the forest floor after all the rain this summer. July 20th, 2019.
Summer sunset, July 16th, 2019.

 

Great riding on the new mountain bike trail Tuesday evening, July 16th, 2019.

 

Lush green carpet on the ski trail forest floor! July 5th, 2019.

 

Clearing deadfall on ski trail, July 5th, 2019.

 

Wild iris flowers near Mother North Star ski trail, July 5th, 2019.

 

Summer scene along the bike trail, July 4th, 2019.

 

“Fern Gully” singletrack segment on new mountain bike trail near Bullhead lake, July 3rd, 2019. The loop is now open for riding! Check out mountain bike trail report for more info.

 

Calm waters on Little Sugarbush, June 30th, 2019.

 

Beautiful evening to paddleboard, June 30th, 2019.

 

Summer sunset over Bullhead Bay (Skaters Waltz to the left). June 23rd, 2019.

 

Many mushrooms popping up in recent weeks thanks to damp conditions. June 24th, 2019.

 

Another gorgeous June evening for riding. June 18th, 2019.

 

Great dirt to work with on new trail “Bootleg” near Bullhead lake on Maplelag property, June 20th, 2019.

 

Fresh tracks on Mother North Star ski trail! June 17th, 2019.

 

Singletrack on the doubletrack! Rootin Tootin ski trail after clearing. Also part of the bike course. June 12th, 2019.

 

First mowing of the year on Suicide Hill. June 12th, 2019.

 

Yellow slippers along the side of the singletrack, June 12th, 2019.

 

Clearing mountain bike singletrack. Quickly overgrown! June 12th, 2019.

Baby snapping turtles on the move, June 3rd, 2019.

 

Cedar Waxwings making a rare appearance at Maplelag this week, enjoying the blooming “snow tree”. May 31st, 2019.

 

Beautiful spring scene at Twin Lakes crossing, May 20th, 2019.

 

Trail work on new singletrack. Thanks Denny and Peder for your help! May 17th, 2019.

 

Marsh marigolds blooming in full force the past few days in local sloughs. May 16th, 2019.

 

Tuning work on new mountain bike trail, May 17th, 2019.

 

Another beautiful spring sunset, May 8th, 2019.

 

Slowly spring, May 8th, 2019.

 

Tree planting along the bike trail, May 8th, 2019.

 

Tree planting along the bike trail, May 8th, 2019.

 

Beautiful evening lakeside Twin Lakes mountain bike singletrack, May 7th, 2019.

 

Bloodroot flower trying to stay warm, May 4th, 2019.

 

Calm waters as seen on the south side of Bullhead Lake looking towards Suicide Hill, May 2nd, 2019.

 

MTB trail work on new trail near Bullhead lake. May 2nd, 2019.

 

Great time of year to clear deadfall for sauna firewood. April 27th, 2019.

 

Wild flowers sprouting up with warm weather. Back to dormant mode now with cooler weather in place. April 26th, 2019.

 

Little Sugarbush free of ice, April 25th, 2019. Loons returned shortly after as usual!

 

Poplar blooms floating on low area holding water. April 25th, 2016.

 

First wild flower of the season popping up along the singletrack, April 23rd, 2019.

 

Keith dropping in for the first dirt ride of the year, April 23rd, 2019. The east side loop now open for the season under early season conditions.

 

Clearing singletrack, April 22nd, 2019. Ideal drying conditions has  allowed us to work on the mountain bike trail. Getting very close to having portion of the trail open!

 

East side of Skaters Waltz,April 19th, 2019 providing enough snow for the last ski of the year.

 

Top of Suicide Hill, April 19th, 2019.

 

Bottom of Suicide Hill, April 19th, 2019.

 

East side of Skaters Waltz,April 19th, 2019.

 

Flooded water at start of JibFly, April 19th, 2019.

 

Few ponds open water now. April 19th, 2019.

 

JibFly at dusk, April 19th, 2019.

 

Little Sugarbush lake, lake Maplelag is next to, still 95% covered in ice. April 19th, 2019.

 

Start of Sap Run ski trail, April 14th, 2019.

 

Denny and Aaron out for a morning ski. April 10th, 2019.

 

One more ski! Just Ski! April 10th, 2019.

 

Skirting across a thin area, April 10th, 2019.

 

Grooming on Skaters Waltz, April 9th, 2019.

 

Grooming on Skaters Waltz, April 9th, 2019.

 

Sapsicle. April 9th, 2019.

 

Grooming on Suicide HIll, April 9th, 2019.

 

Skaters Waltz early evening, April 7th, 2019.

 

North Loup early evening, April 7th, 2019.

 

Spring skiers! Glenn and Knute heading out to Twin Lakes for a late season ski, April 6th, 2019.

 

Nice section of trail on JibFly, April 5th, 2019.

 

Single green with plenty of coverage, April 5th, 2019.

 

Nice section of Skaters Waltz, April 5th, 2019. A few thin areas on the west side otherwise nice wet corn snow skiing. (Best to avoid the Kamikaze segment and use Poki Loki as a connector)

 

JibFly ski trail, April 5th, 2019.

 

North Loup, April 5th, 2019. 95% of North Loup with very good coverage. Always the last trail to lose snow.

 

Mary on JibFly, heading down the hill! April 3rd, 2019.

Mary on JibFly! Great morning on the trails. April 3rd, 2019.

 

Fantastic skate skiing, morning April 3rd, 2019.

 

Great crust skiing on North Loup, April 3rd, 2019.

 

Cutting new track on Rootin Tootin at dusk, April 2nd, 2019.

 

Snowy morning on Sukkerbusk, (S.Schumacher photo) April 2nd, 2019.

 

Rootin Tootin with a fresh dusting of snow, April 2nd, 2019.

 

Cutting new track on Sap Run, April 1st, 2019.

 

Combing skate lane on North Loup, April 1st, 2019.

 

Combing Skaters Waltz, April 1st, 2019.

 

North Loup, April 1st, 2019.

 

Fresh tracks! April 1st, 2019.

 

Sunset spring ski on Sap Run, March 31st, 2019.

 

Sunset spring ski on Sap Run, March 31st, 2019.

 

Striding on Sukkerbusk, March 29th, 2019.

 

Still some track definition on Sap Run, March 29th, 2019.

 

Feeder to Skaters Waltz with lots of snow, March 29th, 2019.

 

Setting new track on Sap Run, March 29th, 2019.

 

Grooming kamikaze hill section on Skaters Waltz, March 29th, 2019.

 

Peder A climbing Single Green trail, March 22nd, 2019. The Thursday evening groomed trails skiing fast until 11am or so.

 

Cruising on Skaters Waltz extension, March 22nd, 2019. Trails not recently groomed are best crust skiing from sunrise to 11am.

 

Crust skiing on Dry Lake off North Loup, March 22nd, 2019. The lakes and ponds great from sunrise to 1pm.

 

Twin Lakes ski trail, March 22nd, 2019. Still track definition from grooming last week. Still some great spring skiing to be had. Best in the morning.

 

Grooming on Skaters Waltz at dusk, March 21st, 2019.

 

Cutting new track on Sap Run, March 21st, 2019.

 

Cutting new track on Sukkebusk, March 21st, 2019.

 

Peder A. enjoying a spring ski, March 16th, 2019.

 

Heading down Eagle View, March 16th, 2019.

 

Spring skate skiing, March 15th, 2019.

 

Jonell enjoying the spring conditions on JibFly, March 15th, 2019.

 

Setting track on Twin Lakes, March 15th, 2019. All the classic trails groomed today singletrack except the two way segments.

 

Grooming on Skaters Waltz, March 15th, 2019.

 

Setting track on Sukkerbusk, March 15th, 2019.

 

Area ponds and sloughs should be some great crust skiing the next few weeks provided it freezes hard at night. March 15th, 2019.

 

Grooming Mother North Star for fat biking, March 15th, 2019.

 

Skiing in dusting of new snow, March 14th, 2019.

 

Late season ski fun with chef Deb! March 11th, 2019.

 

Afternoon ski on Sukkerbusk, March 11th, 2019.

 

Sunset grooming on Poki Loki, March 11th, 2019.

 

Skied in track on Mother North Star, March 11th, 2019.

 

Chef Deb out for a ski after last day in the kitchen for the winter season. March 11th, 2019.

 

Top of Suicide Hill, March 10th, 2019.

 

JibFly, March 10th, 2019.

 

Turning on Suicide Hill, March 10th, 2019.

 

Skiing through the skinny field, March 9th, 2019. Great winter scenes with all the fresh snow!

 

Grooming Saturday afternoon, March 9th, 2019. Didn’t take long for the grooming to get covered up!

 

Great groomed classic skiing today, March 7th, 2019.

 

Snow getting deep! March 7th, 2019.

 

Even though not recently groomed, nice skiing on Lucky’s Loype. March 7th, 2019.

 

Even though not recently groomed, nice skiing on Lucky’s Loype. March 7th, 2019.

 

Twin Lakes ski trail, March 6th, 2019. Single tracked for the weekend.

 

Grooming on North Loup, March 6th, 2019.

 

Combing North Loup for skating and fat biking, March 5th, 2019.

 

Combing Skaters Waltz for skating, March 5th, 2019.

 

Cutting new double track on Sukkerbusk, March 5th, 2019.

 

Fresh snow on North Loup before grooming, March 5th, 2019.

 

Grooming for skate and fat biking on North Loup, March 4th, 2019.

 

Setting double track on Sap Run, March 4th, 2019. Dusting of snow with areas of wind blown after grooming. Grooming on tap for more classic trails Wednesday and Thursday.

 

Lucky’s Loype March 3rd, 2019.

 

Wavy Gravy with 2-3″ new snow on top of recent grooming. March 2nd, 2019.

 

Twin Lakes February 28th, 2019. Double tracked until the main loop than single tracked on main loop.

 

Dr Bob finishing up a recovery skate ski, February 28th, 2019. Congrats Bob on the second place finish in the 70-74 age category at the Birkie 50km skate race. Bob put a lot of hours on the Maplelag trails this season.

 

Grooming Skaters Waltz, February 27th, 2019.

 

Grooming North Loup for skate and fat biking, February 27th, 2019.

 

Coating of gliss on the trail, February 27th, 2019.

 

Paulo and GiGi heading out. February 27th, 2019.

 

Skaters Waltz at dusk. Firm deck but slow snow with cold temps. February 27th, 2019.

 

Start of Twin Lakes filled in with snow after blizzard like conditions. February 24th, 2019. Trails not recently groomed will be good skiing with variable snow cover conditions.

Bike Trail Report

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. 

Clearing singletrack, April 22nd, 2019.

Section of singletrack still snow covered, April 19th, 2019.

Top of Suicide Hill, April 19th, 2019. Bike course comes up Suicide Hill.

Portion of Lakeside drop segment free of snow on south facing slope. April 4th, 2019. Hard freeze the night before making riding possible everywhere.

Twin Lakes singletrack still covered in 1-2 feet of snow, April 4th, 2019.

“Petes Porkie” segment has areas of at least 2 feet of snow, April 4th, 2019. This segment always the last to lose snow.

Hard freeze and solid crust making riding possible anywhere. April 4th, 2019.

Lake riding, April 4th, 2019.

Twin Lakes singletrack after fresh snow this morning, April 2nd, 2019.

Mother North Star, fresh snow on top of firm deck after freezing down good the night before. April 2nd, 2019.

Twin Lakes singletrack, March 29th, 2019.

Great crust riding on the lakes, March 29th, 2019.

Great conditions on Twin Lakes singletrack, March 22nd, 2019.

Great conditions on Twin Lakes singletrack, March 22nd, 2019.

Rolling on Skaters Waltz, March 22nd, 2019. Both Skaters Waltz and Mother North Star open to fat biking please ride before noon, preferably 11am.

Crust cruising on Bulhead Lake, March 22nd, 2019.

Still deep base of snow in the woods. March 21st, 2019. Deer using the singletrack

Saturday morning group ride! March 16th, 2019.

John M. heading out for late morning ride, March 16th, 2019.

Morning ride, March 10th, 2019.

Morning ride, March 10th, 2019.

Fun in the snow!

Twin Lakes lakeside singletrack, March 6th, 2019.

Twin Lakes lakeside singletrack, March 6th, 2019.

Night ride! March 5th, 2019.

Grooming Mother North Star. March 4th, 2019. Now open to fat biking, nice starter loop before the Twin Lakes singletrack or continue on straight back to Maplelag.

Mother North Star ski trail, groomed for fat biking. March 2nd, 2019.

Twin Lakes singletrack lakeside, March 2nd, 2019.

Dusting of snow on top of recent grooming on Twin Lakes singletrack, March 2nd, 2019.

Mother North Star combed Friday evening. Set up overnight and nice riding on Saturday. March 2nd, 2019.

Start of Twin Lakes groomed for fat biking. Snow getting deep! February 28th, 2019.

Group ride rolling on Skaters Waltz, February 28th, 2019.

Night ride on the fresh groomed singletrack. February 28th, 2019. Thanks Ben!

Frosty night! February 28th, 2019.

Ben grooming on Twin Lakes singletrack, February 27th, 2019.

Fresh grooming on the Twin Lakes singletrack, February 27th, 2019.

Snow shortage of snow on the Twin Lakes singletrack! February 25th, 2019.

Shoveled corner riding nice! February 25th, 2019. Thanks Keith!

Shoveling out a corner/uphill while packing yesterday on the Twin Lakes singletrack. February 24th, 2019. Thanks Keith for your help!

Cleaning out the edge lakeside. February 24th, 2019.

Groomed singletrack in deep snow! Few softs, naturally, from all the recent snow but pretty amazing we can ride through the woods with this snow depth! February 21st, 2019.

Busting through a berm! Ben heading out to groom, February 20th, 2019.

Working the powder, February 20th, 2019.

Snowshoe trail has been nice riding. Deek Surly testing it out. February 19th, 2019.

Great night ride under the snow moon. February 19th, 2019.

Testing the skills on the Twin Lakes singletrack. February 18th, 2019.

Late afternoon ride on the Fat Bike trail, February 18th, 2019.

Derek Chinn heading out for a afternoon ride, February 18th, 2019.

Marcel checking out the fat bike trail, February 16th, 2019.

Powder Chowder!! Dusk ride, February 14th, 2019.

Evening ride trying to pack in snow. February 13th, 2019.

Shoveling snow off the bridge. February 11th, 2019.

 

Shoveling snow off the singletrack on the bridge segment, February 11th, 2019.

Riding shoveled area at dusk, February 11th, 2019. The rest of the loop was rideable but another 4-5″ after grooming will make for slow going.

Deep snow grooming! February 10th, 2019. Unfortunately trouble with the groomer prevented a complete groom and riding on hold for now.

Snow deep on the fat bike trail. February 10th, 2019.

Sunday afternoon ride, February 3rd, 2019.

Sunset ride, February 1st, 2019.

Twin Lakes singletrack lakeside, February 1st, 2019.

Ben fat bike trail grooming, January 31st, 2019.

Night ride to close out January!

Derek Chinn taking a break to enjoy the beautiful scene on groomed Twin Lakes singletrack, January 26th, 2019.

Powder conditions but very rideable. Once the weather settles down, trail will be groomed again later in week. January 28th, 2019.

Good to see the groomer Ben Olson out riding today, enjoying his efforts of grooming. January 27th, 2019.

Finishing up a lap, January 27th, 2019. Snow starting to fall and another dump of fresh powder by evening.

Incredible fat biking conditions on the groomed Twin Lakes singletrack, January 26th, 2019.

Fresh grooming awaits first riders! Twin Lakes singletrack, January 25th, 2019.

 

Ben Olson ready for fat bike grooming, January 24th, 2019. Thanks again Ben!

Snow Dog grooming Twin Lakes singletrack, January 24th, 2019.

Late afternoon ride on Twin Lakes singletrack, January 19th, 2019.

Late afternoon ride on Twin Lakes singletrack, January 19th, 2019.

Late afternoon ride on Twin Lakes singletrack, January 19th, 2019.

Frosty fat biking! January 16th, 2019.

Frosty fat biking! January 16th, 2019.

Fat bike trail grooming, January 16th, 2019.

Members of the Maplelag Mountain bike team ready to head out for a evening fat bike ride. January 14th, 2019. Super fun ride!

Great riding on Twin Lakes singletrack, January 12th, 2019.

Twin Lakes singletrack, January 9th, 2019. Dusting of new snow on top, rider packed, on top of rock solid base. Great riding!

Twin Lakes singletrack, January 9th, 2019. Dusting of new snow on top, rider packed, on top of rock solid base. Great riding! Stay left at this point to pick up main loop of Twin Lakes.

Great riding, Sunday January 6th, 2019.

Start of Twin Lakes singletrack. Fresh groomed yesterday evening. January 3rd, 2018.

Start of Twin Lakes singletrack. Fresh groomed yesterday evening. January 3rd, 2018.

Great fat bike conditions. December 26th, 2018.

Twin Lakes singletrack fresh groomed after fresh snowfall! December 23rd, 2018.

Riding in fresh powder, December 23rd, 2018.

Riding in fresh powder, December 23rd, 2018.

Cutting through fresh snow on groomed Fat bike trail. December 22nd, 2018. Base rock solid underneath. Great riding!

Fresh snow on top of groomed Fat Bike trail. December 22nd, 2018. Base rock solid underneath. Great riding!

Local rider out enjoying the frosty and frozen day. December 20th, 2018.

Rolling through groomed Twin Lakes singletrack, December 16th, 2018. Most of the trail still holding good coverage. South facing areas thin but frozen and good riding.

Rolling through groomed Twin Lakes singletrack, December 16th, 2018. Most of the trail still holding good coverage. South facing areas thin but frozen and good riding.

Forest trail riding north of Maplelag. December 16th, 2018.

Great lake riding, December 16th, 2018.

Riding into the sunset on Little Sugarbush Lake, December 16th, 2018.

Morning rider, December 15th, 2018. JC Larson photo.

Rolling through a trail feature, December 15th, 2018. Wayne Carlson photo.

Rolling through a trail feature, December 15th, 2018. Wayne Carlson photo.

Dusting of snow with a few rider passes on top of groomed Twin Lakes singletrack, December 14th, 2018.

Beautiful sunny days as of late. Light coating of silky snow on top of firm base on groomed Twin Lakes singletrack. December 9th, 2018.

Twin Lakes singletrack in very good condition for fat biking. Light dusting of snow on top of rock solid level base with a few bumpy spots…..waiting for riders! December 8th, 2018.

Twin Lakes singletrack in very good condition for fat biking. Light dusting of snow on top of rock solid level base with a few bumpy spots. December 6th, 2018.

Rolling through the forest on Twin Lakes singletrack, December 2nd, 2018. Arneson photo.

Rolling through the Twin Lakes singletrack, December 2nd, 2018.

Rolling down the bridge section, December 2nd, 2018. (Ben Olson photo)

Ben Olson on the evening groom, November 30th, 2018.

Frosty morning at the Twin Lakes Sugarbush creek crossing. December 2nd, 2018. Fat bikers please stay on side where no track. Thanks!

Heading out for a night ride. November 27th, 2018.

Twin Lakes singletrack in good to excellent winter riding conditions. November 27th, 2018. Solid mostly level base from recent grooming with dusting of snow on top that is rider packed.

Rolling along Twin Lake singletrack lakeside, November 24th, 2018.

Railing the velcro! November 24th, 2018.

Ski trail segment on Pete’s Porkie. This segment open for fat biking until more snow than it will be groomed/tracked for skiing and usual winter loop. Just ride and follow signs !

Snow Dog groomer ready to groom Twin Lakes singletrack. Thanks Ben Olson for taking on the role of grooming again this year! November 21st, 2018.

Lakeside singletrack fresh groomed, November 21st, 2018.

Beautiful moonlight riding. November 20th, 2018.

Sunday riders! November 18th, 2018. (Peder Arneson photo)

Twin Lakes singletrack lakeside, November 18th, 2018.

Coverage holding out on Twin Lakes singletrack after two days of warmth, November 15th, 2018.

Rock garden on Twin Lakes singletrack, November 15th, 2018. Won’t be long until it’s covered with snow!

 

Start of Twin Lakes singletrack. Open for fat biking! November 13th, 2018.

Night ride! November 13th, 2018.

Trail Report

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.

Twin Lakes singletrack groomed for Fat Biking (3.8″ or wider tires please) Latest report click here.

 Ski rentals available for overnight guest until March 10th . Day pass for non overnight guests is $20 and can be purchased online.

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.

Grooming Skaters Waltz, February 27th, 2019.

Grooming North Loup for skate and fat biking, February 27th, 2019.

Coating of gliss on the trail, February 27th, 2019.

 

Paulo and GiGi heading out. February 27th, 2019.

Skaters Waltz at dusk. Firm deck but slow snow with cold temps. February 27th, 2019.

Start of Twin Lakes filled in with snow after blizzard like conditions. February 24th, 2019.

Beating the Blizzard! February 24th 2019.

Engaged on the trail! Congrats Bobby and Raquel. February 24th, 2019.

Morning snowshoe! February 24th, 2019.

Sap Run after fresh grooming February 24th, 2019. Skiing just fine in the woods. Yes, blowing in the open areas.

Setting track on Sap Run under the solar lights, late evening, February 22nd, 2019.

Ready for a fresh snow ski on Rootin Tootin! February 21st, 2019.

Grooming on Skaters Waltz, February 21st, 2019.

Setting track on North Loup, February 21st, 2019. North Loup now groomed skater and classic for the weekend. After the weekend North Loup will be groomed skate only for the remainder of the snow skiing season. Also open to fat bikes when firm and temp below freezing.

Rootin Tootin after fresh grooming, February 21st, 2019.

Chicken Express! February 21st, 2019. We will be adding a new finish to Mother Hen for 2020. Currently Mother Hen is a skier made track.

Setting track on North Loup after grooming the skate lane earlier. February 20th, 2019. North Loup will be groomed for skate and classic on the weekend than groomed skate only after the weekend.

Start of Bullhead lake trail after new track cut, February 19th, 2019.

Chinn boys after a run around Lucky’s Loype. February 19th, 2019.

Snowshoe trail packed nicely after the weekend. February 18th, 2019.

Cutting new track on Sap Run, February 18th, 2019.

Skaters Waltz extension, February 17th, 2019.

Roy’s Run, February 15th, 2019.

Start of Lucky’s Loype, February 15th, 2019.

Snow cones in field near Skaters Extension. Recent snow very light and dry and settling 3-4″ already. February 15th, 2019.

Still some high bush cranberries in the woods. Pileated woodpeckers like them! February 15th, 2019.

Sukkerbusk mid day, February 15th, 2019.

North end of Bullhead, February 15th, 2019.

Shoveling out drift on Island Lake trail, February 15th, 2019.

North end of Bullhead, February 15th, 2019.

Dusting of snow on Skaters Waltz after yesterday afternoon grooming. February 14th, 2019.

Dusting of snow on North Loup after grooming yesterday. February 14th, 2019. Blustery in the open area but nice in the woods!

Shoveling out a drifted section, afternoon February 14th, 2019.

Snow globe scene on Island Lake trail, February 13th, 2019.

Canadian week at Maplelag. Winnipeg area group enjoying the wonderland conditions on the western trails. February 13th, 2019.

Canadian Week at Maplelag, West Hawk Lake group ready for another outing, February 13th, 2019.

Frosty scene at the trail head, February 13th, 2019.

Sap Run, February 13th, 2019.

Sap Run, February 13th, 2019.

Sap Run, February 13th, 2019.

Frosted tamaracks, February 13th, 2019.

Ice skating rink, February 13th, 2019.

Start of Roy’s Run, February 13th, 2019.

Lovely snow banks on Wavy Gravy, February 13th, 2019.

Fantastic snow coverage between Twin Lakes, February 13th, 2019.

Suicide Hill combed out, February 13th, 2019.

Larry and Nancy sharing their love for winter. Thank you! February 13th, 2019.

Great way to spend the last morning of vacation….skiing in fresh snow! February 12th, 2019.

Jigsaw puzzle masters out for a morning ski. February 12th, 2019.

Setting track on final climb Twin Lakes, February 12th, 2019.

Adventure trail segment on Lucky’s Loype. Nice skied in track! February 12th, 2019.

Sava Sauna and Finish Log cabins. February 12th, 2019.

Snow piling up around the Norwegian Log cabin, February 12th, 2019.

Great snowshoeing conditions, February 12th ,2019.

Combing inner loop Skaters Waltz extension, February 11th, 2019. Skate skiing continues to improve with daily grooming and warming temps.

Island Lake trail, February 9th, 2019.

Lucky’s Loype on the edge of the Skinny Field, February 9th,

Lucky’s Loype, February 9th, 2019.

North end of Bullhead Lake, February 9th, 2019.

Fresh track on Bootleg Extension, February 9th, 2019.

Diamond over the Orange Caboose, February 8th, 2019.

Fantastic sun dogs morning February 8th, 2019.

-20 air temp not stopping the “Loonies” from a morning ski. February 8th, 2019.

Combing skaters waltz, February 8th, 2019. Slow conditions skating. Should improve daily with warmer temps.

Setting double track on North Loup. February 8th, 2019. Double tracks will remain until further notice.

New track cutting on JibFly. February 8th, 2019. All the sloughs and ponds completely filled in with snow now.

Grooming on Twin Lakes, February 7th, 2019.

Grooming Skaters extension, February 6th, 2019. We made multiple passes on Skaters and Extension, focusing on the these trails for skating for the weekend. North Loup will be double tracked for classic for the weekend.

Setting new track on Sukkerbusk for third time in past 24 hours, February 5th, 2019.

Twin Lakes groomed again after initial grooming yesterday, February 5th, 2019.

Combing skaters waltz, February 5th, 2019.

New track on Lucky’s Loype, February 5th, 2019.

North end Bullhead looking better after each snowfall, February 5th, 2019.

Cutting new track on Bootleg extension of Bullhead lake trail, February 5th, 2019.

Grooming through the pines in the skinny field on Lucky’s Loype, February 5th, 2019.

Setting fresh track at trail head, February 4th, 2019.

Roy’s Run filled in nicely at north end, February 4th, 2019.

Snow filling in the marsh area nicely in between Twin Lakes, February 4th, 2019.

Roy’s Run after fresh grooming, February 4th, 2019.

Ladies of “Memories of Birch” group ready to snowshoe. February 4th, 2019.

Grooming on Sukkebusk, February 4th, 2019.

Sap Run February 4th, 2019.

Snowshoe trail, February 4th, 2019.

Afternoon sun dog over north Twin Lake. February 4th, 2019.

Grooming in between Twin Lakes. February 1st, 2019. Snow is getting deep when it covers all the marsh areas!

North Loup at dusk, February 2nd, 2019. Classic track nice skiing. Skate lane firming up after repetitive grooming.

Love seeing wood skis on the trails! February 1st, 2019.

New track cut on Roy’s Run, February 1st, 2019.

North end Bullhead trail after new track set, February 1st, 2019.

New track on Twin Lakes crossing, January 31st, 2019. Island and Wavy trails on tap for grooming today.

Grooming on Twin Lakes, January 31st, 2019.

Grooming on Mother North Star, January 31st, 2019.

Beautiful afternoon skiing. Sun out, no wind taking the edge of the cooler temps. January 30th, 2019.

Beautiful afternoon skiing. Sun out, no wind taking the edge of the cooler temps. January 30th, 2019.

Cutting new track on Sukkerbusk, January 30th, 2019.

Roll packing Suicide Hill, January 29th, 2019.

Packing through the square field, January 29th, 2019.

Polar Vortex skiers!! January 29th, 2019.

Rollpacking on Skaters Waltz extension new inner loop, January 29th, 2019.

Skiing at -30 air temp!! January 29th, 2019.

Roll packing on North Loup, January 29th, 2019. All skate trails will be combed on Thursday or Friday.

Setting new double track on Twin Lakes. Sun popped out for a few hours! January 28th, 2019.

Setting new double track on Mother North Star, January 28th, 2019.

Family Ski time! Embrace the Polar Vortex! January 28th, 2019.

 

Setting track on Island Lake trail, January 28th, 2019.

Setting new track on Roy’s Run, January 28th, 2019. Snow getting deeper!

Washburn Nordic Ski Team ready for a Sunday Funday on the trails, January 27th, 2019.

Heading out to the trails, January 27th, 2019.

North end of Bullhead lake trail after fresh grooming, January 26th, 2019.

North end of Bullhead lake trail after fresh grooming, January 26th, 2019.

Grooming on Lucky’s Loype, January 26th, 2019.

Skaters Waltz groomed once again, January 26th, 2019.

Incredible fat biking conditions on the groomed Twin Lakes singletrack, January 26th, 2019.

Bootleg extension of Bullhead lake trail after fresh grooming, January 26th, 2019.

Bullhead lake trail after fresh grooming, January 26th, 2019.

North end of Bullhead lake trail after fresh grooming, January 26th, 2019.

Grooming on Lucky’s Loype, January 26th, 2019.

New track cut between Twin Lakes, January 25th, 2019.

New track cut on Roy’s Run, January 25th, 2019.

Track reset and skate lane combed on North Loup. January 25th, 2019. Recommended to classic with cooler temps.

Sun dog over Maplelag! January 24th, 2019.

Fresh tracks on Sukkerbusk, January 24th, 2019.

Sun dogs over grooming on JibFly, January 24th, 2019.

Coming in from a afternoon ski! Dress properly and some great skiing to be had. January 24th, 2019.

Grooming on Skaters Waltz, January 23rd, 2019.

Inner loop of Skaters Waltz extension fresh groomed, January 23rd, 2019.

Resetting track and combing skate lane on North Loup, January 23rd, 2019.

Resetting track on Sap Run, January 23rd, 2019.

Mother North Star with dusting of new snow on top of recent grooming, January 23rd, 2019.

Lucky’s Loype skier packed 6″ new snow on top of recent grooming, January 23rd, 2019.

Suicide Hill waiting for skiers to turn up fresh powder. January 23rd, 2019. Groomed after first 3″, will be groomed again before weekend.

Setting new track on Roy’s Run, January 22nd, 2019.

Setting new track on Sukkerbusk, January 22nd, 2019.

Snow formations! January 22nd, 2019.

Setting track on North Loup, January 22nd, 2019. Skate lane packed, will be combed this week.

Winter scene near Sukkerbusk, January 22nd, 2019.

Fresh track on JibFly, January 22nd, 2019.

Setting new track on Island lake trail, January 22nd, 2019.

Trail Report

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.

Fun day for the 25th annual DL Invite and using Sap Run, Mother North Star and Skaters Waltz. Nice job to all the skiers. Click here for photos and results.

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!

 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 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.

FAT BIKE (3.8″ tire width or wider please) trail on Twin Lakes singletrack open and riding well. Latest report click here. 

Tracks on Sukkerbusk holding out well, January 20th, 2019.

Morning grooming on Skaters Waltz, January 20th, 2019. All skate trails including Suicide Hill groomed in the morning.

Full moon rising over the woods, January 20th, 2019. Another great night of moonlit skiing!

Full moon rising over the woods, January 20th, 2019.

Sukkebusk striding, January 19th, 2019.

Downhill cruising, Bootleg extension, January 19th, 2019.

Grooming on Lucky’s Loype, January 18th, 2019.

Setting new track on Sukkerbusk, January 18th, 2019.

Frosty conditions at end of Sap Run and start of Sukkerbusk. January 16th, 2019. Reminder Sap Run is a one way trail, skied counter clockwise.

Trailhead at sunrise, January 16th, 2019.

Sunrise over Sap Run, January 16th, 2019.

Sunrise over Skaters Waltz, January 16th, 2019.

Frosty trees on Mother North Star, January 16th, 2019.

Frosty scene between Twin Lakes on Wavy Gravy trail, January 15th, 2019.

Frosty scene north end of Bullhead lake, January 15th, 2019.

Mother North Star trail, January 15th, 2019.

Setting track on north end of Bullhead lake trail, January 14th, 2019.

Bootleg extension of Bullhead lake now groomed with set track, January 14th, 2019.

Frosty scene on Bullhead lake, January 14th, 2019.

AMA segment of Bullhead lake trail, January 14th, 2019. Skier made track, from skiers this winter. Uneven surface but skiable and part of the adventure ski!

North end of Bullhead lake crossing, January 14th, 2019. Bushwhack mode or walk across. Makes for fun adventure!

Kamikaze hill on Suicide hill at dusk. Daily grooming keeping the deck fresh. January 11th, 2019.

New track cut on Roy’s Run, January 11th, 2019. Lot of leaves down in spots but careful grooming to set a new clean track as much as possible. January 11th, 2019.

New track on Roy’s Run, January 11th, 2019.

New track on Roy’s Run, January 11th, 2019.

New track cut on Island Lake trail, January 11th, 2019.

Start of Girls Varsity, 25th DL Invite Nordic Ski Race. January 10th, 2019.

Mother North Star after a morning of racing. MNS is great shape, one of the groomer’s choices. January 10th, 2019.

Skate deck on Skaters Waltz in fantastic shape and skiing very nice. January 10th, 2019.

Skiers heading down the trail, DL Invite, January 10th, 2019.

Sun dogs over the Lag! January 9th, 2019.

Twin Lakes in great shape and skiing nice after grooming past few days. January 9th, 2019.

Cleaning and setting new track on Twin Lakes, January 9th, 2019.

Grooming on Skaters Waltz, January 9th, 2019. All skate trails groomed today and will be groomed again on Friday morning.

Sunset while setting track on Mother North Star. January 9th, 2019. Part of the DL Invite course. Tracks in fantastic condition!

Sunset on a gorgeous day, January 9th, 2019.

Sticking flicks off Skaters Waltz at dusk, January 8th, 2019.

Denny clipping face slappers on Sap Run! Thanks again Denny! January 9th, 2019.

Skate grooming, January 9th, 2019.

Conditioning snow and setting new track on Sukkerbusk, January 8th, 2019.

Conditioning snow and setting new track on Twin Lakes, January 8th, 2019.

Skiers on on Twin Lakes. Blustery day today but trails busy with skiers. Nice job! January 8th, 2019.

Testing section of trail Pisten Bully groomed earlier in day, January 7th, 2018.

Skaters Waltz connector through soccer field, groomed earlier in day and super skiing where groomed. January 7th, 2018.

Sap Run at dusk, January 7th, 2018. Fast glazed tracks with leaf matter from wind but still some softness underneath which will be tapped into when grooming.