A repeat of yesterday, a cold day with temp having a hard time getting above -20 but folks out skiing all day. Taking short loops and outings. Sunshine, no wind in the woods and low dew point helping take off the edge and making for another great day on the trails. We will be open through the cold weather and people will be out skiing. The wind is generally a non factor at Maplelag and don’t pay attention to windchill when winds are light and factors such as the dew point make more of a difference in how it “feels”. Dress proper, take shorter runs and no reason not to ski and enjoy great conditions! Wind forecasted to be light which helps big time and we are protected in the forest as well.
Ski conditions rated very good to excellent for early season. Around 11″ of new snow the past 8 days.
11″ of new snow past 8 days. Total snowfall this season at 21″ Snow depth in the woods 6-12″, compacted base where groomed 3-6″.
Day skiing is allowed 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 (Dec.26-Jan10 and weekends) for availability.
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”.
The Twin Lakes singletrack open for fat biking again this year and has been groomed multiple times. Please no fat biking or walking on the ski trails or fat bike trails. There is also snowshoeing available, on trails and anywhere not on the ski trails.
It’s a bit rough on the north end of Roy’s Run but take skis off and walk through. Is it worth it for skiing the rest of the 10km loop when starting at Maplelag and return? Yes. Dusting of snow after grooming helping out with coverage, just and inch or two will greatly improve in this area.
A check of the trails this morning on Skaters Waltz found fast conditions, very close to “good” or “b” ski conditions. Just a couple areas to pay attention to. We have transported snow to the thin areas and with the precip early this morning and snow falling this afternoon, skiing was good. We also skied on the lake and found fast and fun conditions. Good coverage on the edges.
10km of groomed trail now open for skiing. Skaters Waltz open for skating and Sukkerbusk, Sap Run trails open for no track classic skiing. Be advised there are areas of thin cover in the start area and open but in the woods skiing is to good to fair for early season, “Rock ski” conditions. No tracks set but we will set tracks on Sukkerbusk, JibFly and Twin Lakes after next snowfall. Other trails are skiable but caution must be used if venturing out on other trails.
Just under two inches of wet snow early Monday morning that was groomed on 30km of the trail system. Temp fell during the day which allowed the base to harden up nicely. Grooming Tuesday the 12th, smoothing out the trails groomed yesterday with the “Ginzu” groomer. Wednesday we will be moving snow to the thin areas.
In total we have packed on 45 of 65km of trail. Snow depth in the woods 2-4″, compacted base where groomed 1-3″. Trails not groomed (Roys’ Run, Island Lake, Wavy Gravy/Bullhead) providing a bushwhacking type experience. Use extra caution if skiing these trails until groomed.
The Twin Lakes singletrack will be open for fat biking again this year. Groomed on Tuesday, December 12th
We have been grooming on select trails this week after Sunday night storm. We will be packing select trails Saturday morning after the dusting of snow Friday night. Friday we packed out Rootin Tootin’ Mother North Star JinFly. Thursday we packed on North Loup and Skaters Waltz extension and made another pass on Skaters Waltz, Suicide Hill and Sukkerbusk. We packed Sap Run, Sukkerbusk, JibFly, Skaters Waltz and Suicide Hill ski trails Tuesday. Wednesday we packed out Twin lakes and made additional passes on Sap Run, Sukkerbusk and Skaters Waltz. Still need 2-5″ of additional snow to open the trails but a good start. Thin cover in open areas. We will continue working on the trails daily, adding snow to thin areas and clearing deadfall from the recent wind on outer trails.
A mixed bag of weather today as .25″ of rain fell this morning than dry until light snow started falling around dusk along with falling temps. Total accumulation expected around 2-3″. We will pack any snow that accumulates over 2″. Windy conditions accompanying the snow. Check out the cams for snowfall.
Mild weather last week but we still froze at nights, keeping the frost we have in the ground and the ice on the lakes, ponds and sloughs. Ideal conditions this past week for last minute trail tuning as we prepare for the return of winter and snow!
Fun Thanksgiving weekend in the woods hiking, skating on the lake and fat biking on the Twin Lakes singletrack. Despite the mild weather, there is almost 8″ of ice on the lake. The trails are in great shape and ready for snow! Thanks to the Moorhead Nordic Ski team for coming out to help clear on the trails last Saturday.
We had just enough snow for the first grooming of the year on the early season loop the beginning of November. We had a few people out skiing but need 3-4″ of new snow before we can officially open the trails for skiing. We will be working on the trails as we can clearing small branches and any deadfall after recent winds. Think Snow!!