Trail Report

Great day on tap for the last day of February! Snow and trails are holding out great. We have transitioned to spring-like conditions. Usually faster in the morning than slowing down in the afternoon when it warms up. Watch for glazing earlier in the day than softening on the southern exposed areas in afternoon…. otherwise some fantastic skiing to be had!  Deep base of snow to work with on the daily grooming. New track set on JibFly, North Loup and Sukkerbusk this morning, Tuesday evening grooming on Sap Run, Poki Loki, Sukkebusk and skate lanes on Skaters Waltz and North Loup. Suicide Hill and Single Green also groomed Tuesday evening.

Tuesday morning grooming on Sap Run, Sukkerbusk, Twin Lakes, Wavy Gravy,  Loon Return and Rootin Tootin.

Top choices to ski the next few days include North Loup, Sukkerbusk, Skaters Waltz and whatever was groomed additional in the morning. Check board in entry for latest updates.

18″ of new snow from three storms last week.  We have been grooming daily on the trails, focusing on 58km of trail currently. The remaining trails, Roy’s Run, Island Lake,  Lucky’s Loype and Bullhead recently groomed but fresh snow on top from Saturday night and skied in on these trails. Expect softer conditions compared to skiing the last two weeks. Overall beautiful skiing!  We are saving the snow on Island, and Roy’s this week to be groomed in fresh on Friday. These trails are still open and nice skiing nonetheless.

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 44″ Snow depth in the woods 20-30″, compacted base where groomed 8-12″.  

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.  There is no day use for hot tub, sauna or steam room use for non overnight guests. Trail hours for day skiing are 9am to 5pm.

Ski rental available at $15 per day. Snowshoes $5. 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.

Fresh tracks set on JibFly, February 28th, 2918.
Fresh tracks set on JibFly, February 28th, 2918.
Single Green climb. Groomed for skating. A nice option to ski after going down Suicide Hill. Top of single green connects with Skaters Waltz. February 28th, 2018.
Fresh tracks set on JibFly, February 28th, 2918.
North Loup late afternoon, February 27th, 2018. Skate deck groomed in the evening. Track glazed in a few spots, nice skiing across the board.

Skaters Waltz great skiing right now. Groomed again evening February 27th, 2018.
New track cut on Sukkerbusk this morning, February 27th, 2018. Watch south facing slopes in afternoon.
New track cut on Twin Lakes trail this morning, February 27th, 2018. Frosty in the low areas. Temps down to single digits last night.
Bottom of Eagle View on Twin lakes trail this morning, February 27th, 2018. New track cut.
Tamarack tree not only withstanding record cold weather this winter but beaver chewing in the fall as well!
New track cut in between Twin Lakes as part of grooming process on Wavy Gravy trail. February 27th, 2018.
New track cut in between Twin Lakes as part of grooming process on Wavy Gravy trail. February 27th, 2018.
Bente’s Bump on Rootin Tootin. Recent snow harvest today and totally fresh track set. Silky smooth skiing! February 27th, 2018.
North Loup groomed packed yesterday afternoon, than combed and tracked today. Beautiful conditions, albeit a bit soft. February 26th, 2018.
North Loup groomed packed yesterday afternoon, than combed and tracked today. Beautiful conditions, albeit a bit soft. February 26th, 2018.
Grooming on Twin Lakes return, February 25th, 2018.
Fresh tracks on JibFly, February 25th, 2018.
Lucky’s Loype skied in track after Saturday evening snow. February 25th, 2018. Base is solid with tracks defined from grooming.
Sunrise over slough near JibFly, February 25th, 2018.
Sukkerbusk return! February 25th, 2018.

Intersection of Sap Run and Mother North Star, February 25th, 2018.
Mother North Star, February 25th, 2018.

New track between Twin Lakes on island lake and Wavy Gravy trails. February 24th, 2018.
New track being set on Roy’s Run, February 24th, 2018.Temp during grooming -12 helping set the tracks up nicely.
Owl kill on Roy’s Run. Has been an interesting week with Owls! February 24th, 2018.
Setting fresh track on Roy’s Run, February 24th, 2018.
Cutting new track on Wavy Gravy, February 24th, 2018.  Temp during grooming -12 helping set the tracks up nicely.
Skaters Waltz fresh groomed, February 24th, 2018. Firming up but still soft conditions.
Waking up to Winter Wonderland Friday morning, February 23rd, 2018.
Fresh tracks on Sukkerbusk, February 23rd, 2018.
Barred owl at end of Rootin Tootin. We’ve seen 4 different owls on the trail system the past two days. Also on Twin Lakes near the end of the loop and Skaters Waltz extension.
North Loup groomed today for both skate and classic. February 23rd, 2018.
Setting track through poplar pass on North Loup, February 23rd, 2018.
Return of Twin Lakes trail, February 23rd, 2018. When the oak trees here are covered with snow, it makes us think of a Charlie Beck print!
Rootin Tootin after fresh grooming, February 22nd, 2018.
Skaters Waltz after fresh grooming. February 22nd, 2018. Skating firming up with more grooming.
Great winter scene at Twin Lakes. Tracks are from deer. Lots of deer can be seen along the trails. Many using singletrack classic trails for travel now that the snow is getting deep. February 22nd, 2018.
Singletrack in between Twin Lakes, part of Wavy Gravy and Island Lake trails. February 22nd, 2018.
Barred owl along North Loup. February 22nd, 2018.
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.

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.

Bottomless Cookie Jars

The coffee bar at Maplelag featuring the famous five bottomless cookie jars. Available 24 hours a day!

Chef Deb and the kitchen staff make all the cookies from scratch. During the winter season we serve 10’s of thousands of cookies, all part of the Maplelag package and the philosophy of making everyone feel like at home! All meals are prepared from scratch using fresh and as many local ingredients as possible. We are able to accommodate all dietary needs with advance notice. Food is something we take very serious at Maplelag!

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.