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Trail Report

Wintry like weather this week. Temps in the lower 20’s Tuesday morning and white on the ground has it feeling like winter!  Another measurable snowfall in October with an inch or so falling Monday evening. Total snowfall this month around 3″.  Looks to be freezing at nights the next week or so which is great for helping set frost in the ground. An important element for preparing the trails for skiing. Few ponds starting to freeze over as a result of the colder weather.

We’ve had great weather for the month of October for trail work. The leaves have come down the trees and clearing them off the main trails in full force.

Having the trails free of leaves, especially at Maplelag with the thick leaf beds of maple leaves, allows the ground to freeze quicker and skiable conditions after the first snowfalls.

October rainfall around 2″  so far.  September rainfall recorded  around 5″. A wet August as well with nearly 7″ of total rainfall during the month.

Trumpeter swans dominant presence with over 25 currently residing on Twin Lakes. Good trail to hike or bike to observe them.

Mountain bike trails  info and latest report on bike trail report page.

First ski of the year. October 27th, 2017.
First ski of the year. October 27th, 2017.

 

Snow started to cover up the forest floor late afternoon on the singletrack. October 26th, 2017. Mountain bike trails now closed for the season. Open again Thanksgiving week.
Snow started to cover up the forest floor late afternoon on the singletrack. October 26th, 2017. Mountain bike trails now closed for the season. Open again Thanksgiving week.
Intersection of Sukkerbusk and Mother North Star as snow was starting to fall. October 26th, 2017.
Intersection of Sukkerbusk and Mother North Star as snow was starting to fall. October 26th, 2017.
Trail clearing right up to the last moment possible. October 26th, 2017.
Trail clearing right up to the last moment possible. October 26th, 2017.
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Trail clearing at intersection of Sap Run and Skaters Waltz, October 25th, 2017.
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Ready for snow! Final clearing on Suicide Hill. October 25th, 2017.

 

Fantastic sunset over Maplelag, October 25th, 2017.
Fantastic sunset over Maplelag, October 25th, 2017.
Great sight lines through the woods after leaves have come down. View towards Little Sugarbush from Sap Run. October 25th, 2017.
Great sight lines through the woods after leaves have come down. View towards Little Sugarbush from Sap Run. October 25th, 2017.
Great sight lines through the woods after leaves have come down. View towards Little Sugarbush from Sap Run. October 25th, 2017.
Great sight lines through the woods after leaves have come down. View towards Little Sugarbush from Sap Run. October 25th, 2017.
One more clearing on Suicide Hill, October 24th, 2017.
Another clearing on Suicide Hill, October 24th, 2017. Suicide Hill has been mowed/cleared more than any trail segment on the trail system. First to be groomed, and last area to hold snow in the spring.
Fall grooming on "Kamikaze" hill, Skaters Waltz ski trail. October 19th, 2017.
Fall grooming on “Kamikaze” hill, Skaters Waltz ski trail. October 19th, 2017.
Sunrise on Island Lake, October 18th, 2017. We still have dreams of building a outpost/eco cabin on the island in the future!
Sunrise on Island Lake, October 18th, 2017. We still have dreams of building a outpost/eco cabin on the island in the future!

 

Tamarack trees in their peak. October 18th, 2017. Tamarack one of species of trees planted at Maplelag over the years. Maplelag has planted nearly a half million trees since 1973!
Tamarack trees in their peak. October 18th, 2017. Tamarack one of species of trees planted at Maplelag over the years. Maplelag has planted nearly a half million trees since 1973!
Trumpeter swans on Rutherford Slough near North Loup ski trail, October 18th, 2017.
Trumpeter swans on Rutherford Slough near North Loup ski trail, October 18th, 2017.
Fall grooming on North Loup, October 17th, 2017.
Fall grooming on North Loup, October 17th, 2017.
Fall scene in skating rink area. Tamarack trees in their peak right now and a few aspen and oak trees still holding color. October 15th, 2017.
Fall scene in skating rink area. Tamarack trees in their peak right now and a few aspen and oak trees still holding color. October 15th, 2017.
Fall grooming on Skaters Waltz, October 11th, 2017.
Fall grooming on Skaters Waltz, October 11th, 2017.

 

Fall grooming on Mother North Star, October 9th, 2017.
Fall grooming on Mother North Star, October 9th, 2017.
Fall grooming on North Loup, October 9th, 2017.
Fall grooming on North Loup, October 9th, 2017.
Golden tunnel on the mountain bike course. October 8th, 2017.
Golden tunnel on the mountain bike course. October 8th, 2017.
Fall scene in the Skinny Field, October 8th, 2017.
Fall scene in the Skinny Field, October 8th, 2017.
Fall scene at Twin Lakes crossing, October 6th, 2017.
Fall scene at Twin Lakes crossing, October 6th, 2017.
Twin Lakes ski trail, October 6th, 2017.
Twin Lakes ski trail, October 6th, 2017.

October 5th Trail Report Photos

Clearing deadfall on North Loup, October 5th, 2017.

Clearing deadfall on North Loup, October 5th, 2017.

Skaters Waltz extension, October 5th, 2017.

Skaters Waltz extension, October 5th, 2017.

 

Skaters Waltz

Skaters Waltz

Clearing on Skaters!

Clearing on Skaters!

Fall scene near the ice skating rink. The poplar trees near their peak, tamarack trees just starting to show signs of  change.

Fall scene near the ice skating rink. The poplar trees near their peak, tamarack trees just starting to show signs of change.

 

Double green ski trail, October 4th, 2017.
Double green ski trail, October 4th, 2017.
Twin Lakes ski trail, September 29th, 2017.
Twin Lakes ski trail, September 29th, 2017.
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First frost of the year on low lying area near Orange caboose, September 29th, 2017.

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Maple tree near Brant cabin displaying brilliant fall color. September 29th, 2017.
Maple tree near Brant cabin displaying brilliant fall color. September 29th, 2017.
First touch of frost of the year on low lying areas and roof tops. September 29th, 2017.
First touch of frost of the year on low lying areas and roof tops. September 29th, 2017.

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Little Sugarbush lake, September 28th, 2017.
Little Sugarbush lake, September 28th, 2017.
Start of Loon Return ski trail, September 28th, 2017.
Start of Loon Return ski trail, September 28th, 2017.

September 22-25 Trail Report Photos

Clearing leaves off the Sukkerbusk ski trail. September 25th.

Clearing leaves off the Sukkerbusk ski trail. September 25th.

 

 

Start of Sukkerbusk ski trail, September 25th

Start of Sukkerbusk ski trail, September 25th

View towards front of lodge, September 22nd.

View towards front of lodge, September 22nd.

 

 

 

 

 

JibFly ski ski trail September 22nd`

JibFly ski ski trail September 22nd`

Sukkerbusk ski trail, September 20th, 2017.
Sukkerbusk ski trail, September 20th, 2017.

September 12th Trail Report Photos

First fall color near the cabooses, September 11th, 2017

First fall color near the cabooses, September 11th, 2017

Maplelag driveway, September 11th, 2017

Maplelag driveway, September 11th, 2017

 

Morning scene on Little Sugarbush, lake Maplelag is next to. September 11th, 2017

Morning scene on Little Sugarbush, lake Maplelag is next to. September 11th, 2017

 

Start of Sukkerbusk ski trail. The woods still very much green with a splattering of fall color. September 12th, 2017

Start of Sukkerbusk ski trail. The woods still very much green with a splattering of fall color. September 12th, 2017

Late afternoon near the main grounds, September 12th, 2017.

Late afternoon near the main grounds, September 12th, 2017.

 

Mountain biking on the ski trail. September 12th, 2017.

Mountain biking on the ski trail. September 12th, 2017.

August 31st Trail Report Photos

Few of the maple tops showing color, August 30th.

Few of the maple tops showing color, August 30th.

Tons of different mushrooms popping up throughout the forest this week after a mositure laden month

Tons of different mushrooms popping up throughout the forest this week after a mositure laden month

 

 

 

August 25th Trail Report Photos

Tuesday night Time Trial riders

Tuesday night Time Trial riders

Mushroom and lichen explosion in the woods after all the rain this month

Mushroom and lichen explosion in the woods after all the rain this month

Wild flowers along the side of Mother North Star. The mowers have been busy keeping the trails mowed!

Wild flowers along the side of Mother North Star. The mowers have been busy keeping the trails mowed!

We didn't see the eclipse last week, just old man winter ready to bring lots of snow this winter!

We didn't see the eclipse last week, just old man winter ready to bring lots of snow this winter!

 

Blowing off the singletrack on the Laddies Loppet mountain bike course.

Blowing off the singletrack on the Laddies Loppet mountain bike course.

Early signs of fall, August 15th, 2017.
Early signs of fall, August 15th, 2017.
Removing rocks and filling in low spots on Sukkerbusk. July 7th, 2017. Trail tuning will continue through the summer and fall until the snow flies.
Removing rocks and filling in low spots and improving drainage on Sukkerbusk. July 7th, 2017. Trail tuning will continue through the summer and fall until the snow flies.

June 27th Trail Report Photos

Beautiful June day, June 26th, 2017.

Beautiful June day, June 26th, 2017.

Wild Iris near slough on Mother North Star

Wild Iris near slough on Mother North Star

Mowing on Mother North Star, June 26th, 2017. The mowers have been running almost daily on the ski trails.

Mowing on Mother North Star, June 26th, 2017. The mowers have been running almost daily on the ski trails.

 

Gorgeous evening, June 26th, 2017.

Gorgeous evening, June 26th, 2017.

Twin Lakes at dusk, June 16th, 2017.
Twin Lakes before an evening rain shower moved in.  June 16th, 2017.

June 6th Trail Report Photos

Yellow slippers in full force this year, scattered all over the forest floor. June 6th, 2017

Yellow slippers in full force this year, scattered all over the forest floor. June 6th, 2017

Also a good crop of columbine flowers this year. June 6th, 2017

Also a good crop of columbine flowers this year. June 6th, 2017

Clearing mountain bike trail, June 6th, 2017

Clearing mountain bike trail, June 6th, 2017

Beautiful summer scene in the woods. June 4th, 2017.
Summer scene in the forest. June 4th, 2017.

June 3rd Trail Report Photos

Bear along JibFly ski trail, June 3rd, 2017.

Bear along JibFly ski trail, June 3rd, 2017.

Up into the tree!

Up into the tree!

 

Sunset over Little Sugarbush, June 2nd, 2017.
Sunset over Little Sugarbush, June 2nd, 2017.
Various mushrooms popping up throughout the forest floor. May 30th, 2017.
Various mushrooms popping up throughout the forest floor. May 30th, 2017.
View of Twin Lakes. May 28th, 2017.
View of Twin Lakes. May 28th, 2017.
Trumpeter swans on South Twin, May 28th, 2017.
Trumpeter swans on South Twin, May 28th, 2017. Swans more visible on smaller lakes now boat traffic has increased on larger lakes.

May 25th Trail Report Photos

Mowing on the ski trails, May 24th, 2017.

Mowing on the ski trails, May 24th, 2017.

Yellow slippers popping up this week in full force.

Yellow slippers popping up this week in full force.

Bluejays frequent visitors at the feeders

Bluejays frequent visitors at the feeders

Mowing on Suicide Hill May 24th, 2017

Mowing on Suicide Hill May 24th, 2017

Trail running on the singletrack, May 24th, 2017

Trail running on the singletrack, May 24th, 2017

 

 

 

 

May 23rd Trail Report Photos

Lakeside, Twin Lakes

Lakeside, Twin Lakes

Pond near Rootin Tootin, May 22nd

Pond near Rootin Tootin, May 22nd

Busy woodpecker on a old birch tree

Busy woodpecker on a old birch tree

Spring scene on a local pond, May 18th, 2017.
Spring scene on a local pond, May 18th, 2017.
Scarlet Tanager making a short appearance on the Maplelag grounds, May 16th, 2017.
Scarlet Tanager making a short appearance on the Maplelag grounds, May 16th, 2017.

 

Twin Lakes singletrack lakeside. May 16th, 2017. The foliage has exploded the past week!
Twin Lakes singletrack lakeside. May 16th, 2017. The foliage has exploded the past week!

May 3rd Trail Report Photos

Morning scene over Little Sugarbush

Morning scene over Little Sugarbush

 

Marsh marigold flowers in full force this week

Marsh marigold flowers in full force this week

 

Water droplet after morning shower pushed through on tamarack bud

Water droplet after morning shower pushed through on tamarack bud

Skaters Waltz greening up

Skaters Waltz greening up

Spring scene over Kohlepp's pond

Spring scene over Kohlepp's pond

Getting ready for tree planting

Getting ready for tree planting

Thanks Kira and friends for helping plant trees this week!

Thanks Kira and friends for helping plant trees this week!

Norway pine seedling

Norway pine seedling

Pines in the skinny field planted as seedlings 10 and 25 years ago growing nicely

Pines in the skinny field planted as seedlings 10 and 25 years ago growing nicely

Riders taking in the beautiful Sunday morning on the mountain bike course. April 30th, 2017.
Riders taking in the beautiful Sunday morning on the mountain bike course. April 30th, 2017.
Singletrack in great shape after drying out from snow earlier in the week. April 28th, 2017.
Singletrack in great shape after drying out from snow earlier in the week. April 28th, 2017. Mountain bike trail open for riding.
April skiing! Skiing through the skinny field, April 27th, 2017.
April skiing! Skiing through the skinny field, April 27th, 2017.
 Frozen pond, April 27th, 2017. Ducks were still nesting on the edge, riding out the cold weather.
Frozen pond, April 27th, 2017. Ducks were still nesting on the edge, riding out the cold weather.

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Suicide Hill, April 27th, 2017.
Suicide Hill, April 27th, 2017.
Mother North Star ski trail with dusting of snow. April 26th, 2017.
Mother North Star ski trail with dusting of snow. April 26th, 2017.

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Marsh marigolds on hold after wintry weather. April 26th, 2017.
Marsh marigolds on hold after wintry weather. April 26th, 2017.

 

Trail work on new mountain bike trail. April 24th, 2017.
Trail work on new mountain bike trail. April 24th, 2017.
Snow Sunday morning April 23rd, 2017 as seen from the Sap Run trail cam.
Snow Sunday morning April 23rd, 2017 as seen from the Sap Run trail cam.
Ski trails starting to green up after rain over the weekend. April 19th, 2017.
Ski trails starting to green up after rain over the weekend. April 19th, 2017.
Early spring flowers, April 13th, 2017.
Early spring flowers, April 13th, 2017.
With not much greening (still early in the spring) mossy areas sticking out nicely. April 13th, 2017.
With not much greening (still early in the spring) mossy areas sticking out nicely. April 13th, 2017.
After a windy few days during the ice out phase, calm conditions Monday night, April 10th, 2017. Official ice out date was April 8th this year.
After a windy few days during the ice out phase, calm conditions Monday night, April 10th, 2017. Official ice out date was April 8th this year.

April 7th Trail Report Photos

Sukkerbusk ski trail, April 7th, 2017.

Sukkerbusk ski trail, April 7th, 2017.

South end of Little Sugarbush still ice covered as of Friday noon, April 7th, 2017.

South end of Little Sugarbush still ice covered as of Friday noon, April 7th, 2017.

Twin Lakes singletrack, April 7th, 2017. Mountain bike trails now open.

Twin Lakes singletrack, April 7th, 2017. Mountain bike trails now open.

Mayflowers in April! April 7th, 2017

Mayflowers in April! April 7th, 2017