Hanging on to Spring Conditions. Still no freeze down of the trails since Friday night. A few small areas of pooling water but the coverage on the trails remains good and very nice Spring skiing this morning. Soft and slow in the corn snow! Folks staying at Maplelag this week have been enjoying the mild temps and being out in the woods. Looks like slightly cooler temps near the end of the week with chances of light snow possibly which would slow down the melting. We will groom trails again once the snow cools down and sets up.
A great weekend so far of racing. Dry and fast conditions. Should be a great day on Sunday!
The course is open daily for riding and is marked and taped for the bike race weekend. There is no charge to use the trails. The trail starts behind the Great Northern building and follow the maintained trail and white signs with black arrows. The course will be closed Saturday morning during the time trial and open again in the afternoon for pre-riding. Please be aware of the short track racing on Saturday if you select to pre-ride instead of race and check with race officials to avoid race traffic . Click here for a map/gps profile of the Sport/Comp/Expert loop.
Map of 2009 Laddies Loppet course (drawn by Tony Schmitz!)
This Spring, just over 2500 coniferous trees were planted at Maplelag. The trees were planted near and along the ski trails and also in the remaining open areas in the skinny field. The trees planted include Norway pine, spruce and fir balsam. Over the years, close to 100,000 trees have been planted!! It is rewarding to see trees planted as seedlings 25 years ago now tower 20-30f feet high. Around 90% of the 650 acres at Maplelag has been enrolled in the MN Sustainable Forestry Initiative Act (SFIA Program) as of 2005. Photos below of this Spring.