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Bike Trail Report

Trails are open. Beautiful weekend of riding.  Fall riding conditions. Light rain on Monday will have the trails damp until Tuesday afternoon than should be good riding again.

The trails will be open this fall for mountain biking until early November. Some of the best riding of the year on tap the next 4-6 weeks. We will blow leaves off the trail every 7-10 days on most of the course. We are also building new trail near Bullhead lake on Maplelag property.

Awesome weekend of racing for the Laddies Loppet mountain bike weekend. Thanks to everyone who came to the making it another fun weekend!

Check out the coverage on Skinnyski.com  for Saturday

Sunday Coverage

We completed a new starter loop for the full Laddies Loppet loop which was used in the Expert race but is open for riding to all classes/riders the remainder of the season for daily riding. The new starter loop heads out on Mother North Star ski trail than right on Skaters Waltz ski trail , heading up to Kamikaze hill before picking up singletrack than making way to the lakeside singletrack.  Starter loop includes a little bit of new and existing singletrack, doubletrack and singletrack ski trail. The starter loop can be bypassed by heading left on Skaters Waltz. The starter loop is around 2 miles in length. The loop is signed and marked.

Click here for trail map.

The mountain bike trails are open outside of rain/wet conditions.  The “nature” of the mountain bike trails at Maplelag allow for quick drying and rideable conditions 6-12 hours after any precip. The trails can be described as classic, old school singletrack. Some sections are very technical with roots and rocks and a great test of skills! The Twin Lakes loop is recommended first for first time visitors to Maplelag with mountain bike experience and for first time or beginner riders, the Citizen loop is recommended.

Every Labor day weekend we host a mountain bike race. 2018 marks the 28th year of hosting this event. We are proud to be part of the Minnesota Mountain Bike series. A fun weekend, click here for more information.

Season pass is $10. Park in far parking lot, click in and enjoy! Maplelag maintains, builds, manages and funds the trails privately with no outside assistance (grants etc.)  but we are happy to share the trail. We appreciate season pass purchases to keep the trails maintained and build new for others to enjoy.

Click here for trail map. Trail starts just past the flag pole, head towards skaters waltz ski trail for the beginner loop (Citizen/TT), advanced loop (sport/comp/expert) starts near start of Sap Run and Lucky’s Loype ski trails. Singletrack sections can be bypassed on the east side.  To access Twin Lakes loop, take either the east side or main loop and follow red signs or head down the driveway and look for orange cones just past the gate and red signs indicating the start of Twin Lakes singletrack.  Any questions on riding or conditions, email Jay at jrichard@arvig.net or text 218-849-7669. We typically will have the trails open sooner than expected after wet weather, feel free to contact us for more information.

Fall riding September 22nd, 2018.
Fall riding September 22nd, 2018.
Jake and Ben Olson original lakeside singletrack,September 22nd, 2018.
Testing new trail near Bullhead Lake on Maplelag property, September 20th, 2018.
Testing new trail near Bullhead Lake on Maplelag property, September 20th, 2018.
Denny Barry helping out with trail work on new trail. September 19th, 2018. We hope to open the new trail yet this fall.
Testing new trail near Bullhead lake. September 19th, 2018.
Start of Roy’s Run and North Loup ski trails. September 19th, 2018.

Beautiful fall riding, September 18th, 2018.
Ski trail segment, September 16th, 2018.
Colorful singletrack, September 16th, 2018.
Scattered leaves on the bike trail, September 14th, 2018.
New singletrack segment, “North Star Extension” cleared out yesterday. New section has set up nicely over the summer and riding superb. September 14th, 2018.
Fantastic early fall riding continues. Twin Lakes lakeside, September 11th, 2018.
Fall grooming on Lucky’s Loype part of the bike trail, September 11th, 2018.
Fall scene on the bike course, September 9th, 2018.
Singletrack segment on bike course, September 9th, 2018.
Great forest riding on local trails this time of year, Sugar Creek rd. September 6th, 2018.
Sugarbush trail north of Maplelag, September 6th, 2018.

 

Forest road riding north and east of Maplelag. September 8th, 2018.
Early fall color as seen on Sukkerbusk ski trail which is part of the bike course. September 5th, 2018.
Steve Wenzel rounding a turn in the singletrack, Laddies Loppet September 1st, 2018. Steve the only rider to compete in every Laddies Loppet since 1990!
Great night for the Wednesday night time trial, August 29th, 2018.
Great fall like riding, August 28th, 2018.
Trail check later afternoon on Friday found tacky and firm conditions. The areas we tuned (as above) the past few weeks benefited greatly from the rain. August 24th, 2018.

Twin Lakes singletrack tuned and riding well. August 22nd, 2018.

Trail tuning at the start of Twin Lakes, August 20th, 2018.
Great riding on Sunday with cooler temps and light rain shower. Surface remains hardpacked and dry. August 19th, 2018.
Corey out for a long distance training ride. August 18th, 2018.
Section of Twin Lakes singletrack after trail tuning/buffing. White ribbon of hardened clay indicator of hard and fast conditions! August 16th, 2018.
Trail tuning. August 10th, 2018.
Great riding over the weekend, August 5th, 2018.

Great riding over the weekend, August 5th, 2018.

 

Singletrack tuning, August 7th, 2018.
NW Wolves high school cycling team practicing Thursday evening. August 2nd, 2018. (Ben Olson photos)

NW Wolves high school cycling team practicing Thursday evening. August 2nd, 2018.
Great conditions for evening ride, hours before downpour came through. July 31st, 2018.
Beautiful morning ride, July 28th, 2019.

Lush forest floor on the ski trail, July 28th, 2019.

Beautiful morning ride, July 28th, 2018.
Tuning berm on the singletrack, July 27th, 2018.

Blowing out a section of singletrack, July 27th, 2018.
Another beautiful evening ride. July 24th, 2018.

Another beautiful evening ride. July 24th, 2018.
Keith rolling Twin Lakes lakeside, July 21st, 2018.

Morning ride, July 21st, 2018.
Main loop Lakeside drops, July 17th, 2018.
Ski trail riding Kohlepp’s pond. July 17th, 2018.
Riders from Oregon visiting the area, out for ride. Great to see new faces on the trail. July 5th, 2018.
Beautiful evening and great conditions July 5th, 2018. Pat back on trail.
Twin Lakes rock garden. July 5th, 2018.
Jake rolling through rock garden on Twin Lakes singletrack, July 3rd, 2018.
Having fun on Hudson’s Hula segment, July 3rd, 2018

Pat Climbing Suicide Hill, July 1st, 2018.

Pat lakeside, July 1st, 2018.
Forest singletrack, July 1st, 2018.

Clearing deadfall off the trail, June 30th, 2018.
Rolling through Twin Lakes rock garden, June 30th, 2018.
Kieth rolling through Twin Lakes rock garden, June 30th, 2018.
Beautiful evening ride. June 26th, 2018.

Twin Lakes, June 26th, 2018.
Into the woods! June 26th, 2018.
Trail check late afternoon found hard and tacky conditions on majority of the trail. June 18th, 2018.
Singletrack segment east side, June 18th, 2018.
Rolling along lakeside, main loop. June 12th, 2018.
Keith Twin Lakes lakeside, June 12th, 2018.
Brushing/blowing out the bridge section, June 12th, 2018.
Ready to blow out the trail after brushing the sides. The main lakeside segments on both the main and western loops completed this week. June 7th, 2018.
Clearing deadfall from wind on Tuesday night, June 7th, 2018.

Keith out for midweek ride, May 30th, 2018.
Memorial day riding, May 28th, 2018.
Forest road riding north of Maplelag, May 28th, 2018.
Memorial day riding, May 28th, 2018. Deep woods feel in the forest!
Maplelag team members Matt and Steve out on the trail for a training ride Saturday morning. May 26th, 2018.
Denny Barry on course Saturday morning. May 26th, 2018.

Maplelag team members on course Saturday morning. May 26th, 2018.
Peder evening ride lakeside, May 23rd, 2018.
Steve rolling out of new singletrack segment, May 23rd, 2018.
Wayne lakeside Twin Lakes, May 23d, 2018.

 

Wednesday night group ride. Keep the wheels moving…the mosquitoes are out! May 23rd, 2018.
Keith rolling through Twin Lakes lakeside on a beautiful evening. May 22nd, 2018.

Start of singletrack lakeside, May 20th, 2018. The woods have filled out with deep lush green.
Peder Arneson rolling along lakeside on main loop. May 18th, 2018.

Peder rolling along Twin Lakes singletrack lakeside, May 18th, 2018.
Jake at start of new trail “North Star Extension”. May 18th, 2018.
Final berm, May 18th, 2018.
North Star segment, May 18th, 2018.

Bente’s Bump segment, May 18th, 2018.
Ski trail segment on bike course. May 17th, 2018.
Berm work on new trail. We completed enough tuning to have this new segment open. We will continue to fine tune but the more riders to ride in the better! May 14th, 2018.
Another great weekend of early season riding, May 13th, 2018.
Ideal riding Wednesday late afternoon, May 9th, 2018.
Fresh clearing on Hudson’s Hula segment, west side on Twin Lakes singletrack. May 8th, 2018.
Fresh clearing on Hudson’s Hula segment, west side on Twin Lakes singletrack. May 8th, 2018.
Fresh clearing on Hudson’s Hula segment, west side on Twin Lakes singletrack. May 8th, 2018.
Fresh clearing on Hudson’s Hula segment, west side on Twin Lakes singletrack. May 8th, 2018.
David J on trail, May 7th, 2018.

Ben O on trail, May 7th, 2018.
Ben on Lakeside drop, May 7th, 2018.
Weekend riding, May 6th, 2018.
Fresh cleared singletrack on the east side, May 6th, 2018.
Group of riders heading out to the trail, May 6th, 2018.
Twin Lakes lakeside, May 3rd, 2018.
New course tape! May 3rd, 2018.
Ski trail segment, May 3rd, 2018. Ski trail portions of course in great shape.

Checking out Twin Lakes singletrack, lakeside. April 25th, 2018. Most singletrack segments are dry and ready for riding but the ski trails need a few more days to dry out.
Clearing leaves from singletrack, April 23rd, 2018.
Cleared!
Moss growing on the side, April 23rd, 2018.
Singletrack drying out nicely, April 23rd, 2018. Weather permitting, we hope to open the trails by May 3rd weekend.
One last winter ride on the Twin Lakes singletrack, April 21st, 2018.

Trail Report

Beautiful fall weather.  The colors are really coming along as we are nearing our peak of fall color on the maple trees. Great time of the year to be in the woods.  We have been on the trails almost every day mowing, clearing deadfall/brush and trail tuning. We will continue working on the trails right up until the snow flies!

Lakes busy with loons, swans and other waterfowl. Many swans on Twin Lakes.

Mountain bike trails open.  Click on the bike trail report for latest update and photos. Ski trails open for hiking/trail running. Contact us for available use. The trails are closed to horses and motorized traffic.

Twin Lakes ski trail, September 23rd, 2018.
Sunrise at Island Lake, September 22nd, 2018.
Fall colors along forest road north of Maplelag, September 22nd, 2018.
Fall colors as seen looking down Maplelag driveway, September 22nd, 2018.
Fall colors as seen looking down Maplelag driveway, September 22nd, 2018.
Skaters Waltz ski trail, September 22nd, 2018.
Start of Roy’s Run and North Loup ski trails. September 19th, 2018.
September sunset, September 19th, 2019.
Scattered leaves on the trails, September 14th, 2018.
Fall color in front of the lodge lakeside. September 14th, 2018.
Top of maple trees displaying fall color, September 12th, 2018.
Fall grooming on Sukkerbusk ski trail, leaves changing and falling already! September 11th, 2018.
Fall grooming on Lucky’s Loype, September 11th, 2018.
Fall color across from the Maplelag driveway near the start of North Loup ski trail. September 9th, 2018.
Touch of color on top of maples near Red Caboose. September 9th, 2018.
Early fall color as seen on Sukkerbusk ski trail, September 5th, 2018.
Suicide Hill after fresh mowing, August 13th, 2018.
Early signs of fall from poplar tree. August 13th, 2018.
Acorns starting to fall, August 13th, 2018.
Early fall color near the Brant cabin, August 13th, 2018.
Wood for the sauna! August 8th, 2018.
Singletrack tuning, August 7th, 2018.
Orange sulfur shelf fungi on side of trail. August 7th, 2018.
Hauling a deadfall birch out for sauna firewood. August 5th, 2018.

 

Clearing oak deadfall off Skaters Waltz, August 8th, 2018.
Lush green on the ski trail forest floor, July 28th, 2019.
Colorful ski after passing storm, July 23rd, 2018.
Awesome evening paddleboard under rising moon. July 25th, 2018.
Clearing deadfall off Lucky’s Loype ski trail. Typical summer of clearing. July 27th, 2018.
Variety of mushrooms popping up on the forest floor. July 28th, 2018.

Tuning berm on the singletrack, July 27th, 2018.
Another mowing on Suicide Hill. June 27th, 2018.
Summer sunset, June 19th, 2018.
Rootin Tootin ski trail after fresh mowing. We have been busy mowing the ski trails almost daily. June 19th, 2018.
Mowing on Sukkerbusk ski trail. We have been mowing daily on the trails when dry. June 13th, 2018.
Another great batch of pink slippers this year near Bullhead lake trail.  June 19th, 2018.

Beautiful summer sunset, June 12th, 2018.
Color in the woods! June 8th, 2018.

Trail run. June 8th, 2019.
Bumblebee on wild raspberry, June 8th, 2018.
Vibrant forest floor. June 8th, 2018.
Columbine flowers in bloom, June 3rd, 2018.
Beautiful evening on Little Sugarbush, May 30th, 2018.
Yellow slippers blooming in recent days, May 27th, 2018.
Sunset over Little Sugarbush, May 23rd, 2018.
Spring clouds, May 13th, 2018.
Peder rolling along Twin Lakes singletrack lakeside, May 18th, 2018. Great riding this spring.
Wild flowers on the forest floor. May 13th, 2018.
Marsh marigolds popping up in recent days. May 13th, 2018.
Spring sunset, May 12th, 2018.
Ski trails greening up and leaves starting to fill out on the trees. Sukkerbusk ski trail, May 11th, 2018.
Blood root flowers emerging from the forest floor. May 9th, 2018.
Turtles making a presence the past few days thanks to warmer temps. Snapping turtle crossing the road this afternoon, May 8th, 2018.
Sukkerbusk ski trail, May 3rd, 2018.
Pair of trumpeter swans on local slough. Many swans again this year and other species of waterfowl. April 27th, 2018.
Snow cleared on mossy segment of Skaters Waltz. April 25th, 2018.
Wild flowers popping up from the warm day on Monday, April 23rd, 2018.
Clearing leaves from singletrack, April 23rd, 2018.
Mountain bike singletrack drying out nicely after clearing, April 23rd, 2018. We hope to open the trails for mountain biking May 4th.
One last ski, April 21st, 2018.

One more ski on North Loup, April 20th, 2018.
Great early morning transition skiing on North Loup, April 19th, 2018.
Great early morning transition skiing on North Loup,April 19th, 2018.
Great early morning transition skiing on North Loup, April 19th, 2018.
Outside of one south facing area, most of North Loup still holding excellent coverage, morning April 19th, 2018.
Late afternoon ski on Sukkerbusk, April 18th, 2018.
Grooming on Skaters Waltz, early evening April 18th, 2018.
Grooming on North Loup, early evening April 18th, 2018.
Grooming on North Loup, early evening April 18th, 2018.
Late afternoon ski on Sukkerbusk, April 18th, 2018.

Trail Report

Trails are now closed for the season. Warm weather and sunshine beginning of the week has melted out  the snow. We had an incredible last week of spring skiing, skiing until April 22nd and logging the last grooming on April 20th. Great seeing everyone out the end of the season to enjoy the special end of year conditions. Thanks everyone that helped make it a memorable season! Check back for updates and spring photos as we transition to spring and summer!

We hope to open the mountain bike trails May 4th weekend.  Click on the bike trail report for latest update and photos.

 Total snowfall this season at 67″.

Wild flowers popping up from the warm day along the side of the bike trail. Monday, April 23rd, 2018.
Peder sneaking in one more ski, April 21st, 2018.
Peder out for one more ski on North Loup, April 20th, 2018.
Outside of a couple thin areas, great coverage on entire North Loup trail, April 20th, 2018.

Ending up with a lake ski on Little Sugarbush, April 20th, 2018.
Great early morning transition skiing on North Loup, April 19th, 2018.
Great early morning transition skiing on North Loup,April 19th, 2018.
Great early morning transition skiing on North Loup, April 19th, 2018.
Outside of one south facing area, most of North Loup still holding excellent coverage, morning April 19th, 2018.
Grooming on North Loup, early evening April 18th, 2018.
Grooming on North Loup, early evening April 18th, 2018.
Grooming on Skaters Waltz, early evening April 18th, 2018.
Grooming on Skaters Waltz, early evening April 18th, 2018. Just a few small slush water areas to watch out for.
Grooming on Skaters Waltz, early evening April 18th, 2018.
Late afternoon ski on Sukkerbusk, April 18th, 2018.
Late afternoon ski on Sukkerbusk, April 18th, 2018.
Temps in the 50’s and sunshine opening up a few more spots on the trails. Sukkerbusk, April 18th, 2018.
Denny crust skiing on Wavy Gravy, morning April 17th, 2018.
Fantastic crust skiing on Island Lake, April 17th, 2018.
Denny crust skiing on Twin Lakes, morning April 17th, 2018.
Taking in the gorgeous morning, south end of Twin Lakes south. April 17th, 2018.
Finishing up on the groomed on Skaters Waltz, April 17th, 2018.
Tracks holding out on Mother North Star. Late afternoon April 16th, 2018.
Late afternoon corn snow classic ski on Sap Run, April 16th, 2018.
Grooming Skaters Waltz late afternoon, April 16th, 2018.
Grooming Single Green late afternoon, April 16th, 2018.
Grooming skate lane on North Loup, April 16th, 2018. Track still holding out well.
North Loup late afternoon, April 15th, 2018. Great spring skiing!
Sukkerbusk late afternoon, April 15th, 2018.
Fast skating on North Loup, April 13th, 2018.
Bear tracks on the tracks! April 13th, 2018.
Peder striding on Mother North Star. April 13th, 2018. Great spring conditions on trails groomed last week that have the new snow from yesterday that transformed to corn snow. Ski it to believe it!
Heading down the hill. April 18th, 2018.
Turkey tracks! April 18th, 2018.
Great crust skiing conditions. April 13th, 2018.
Setting second track on east side of Sukkerbusk. Use Sukkerbusk to access North Loup for classic. April 12th, 2018.
Setting track on North Loup, April 12th, 2018.
Setting second track on east side of Sukkerbusk. Use Sukkerbusk to access North Loup for classic. April 12th, 2018.
Grooming skate lane on North Loup, April 12th, 2018.
Grooming skaters waltz, April 12th, 2018.
Fresh turkey tracks, April 12th, 2018.
Fresh bear tracks on Sap Run, April 12th, 2018.
Fisher tracks on side of Sukkerbusk, April 12th, 2018.
Ben and Denny enjoying spring skiing conditions, April 11th, 2018.
Ben on North Loup, April 11th, 2018.
Heading down Skaters Waltz, April 11th, 2018.
Single Green climb, April 11th, 2018.
Tracks on Sap Run, late morning April 11th, 2018.
Grooming skate lane on North Loup, April 10th, 2018. Track still holding out fine. Will not be reset this week.
Grooming Skaters Waltz early evening, April 10th, 2018.

 

North Loup striding, late afternoon April 9th, 2018.
Heading down the hills, April 9th, 2018.

Great skating on Sunday all day. April 8th, 2018.
Fantastic late afternoon classic ski on Mother North Star, April 8th, 2018.
Jonell striding on Sukkerbusk trail, late afternoon April 7th, 2018.
Setting double track on Mother North Star, April 7th, 2018. Other than a few thin areas, the entire loop in good shape.
Late afternoon grooming on Skaters Waltz, April 7th, 2018.
Fresh tracks on Mother North Star, April 7th, 2018. First time tracks been set on North Star last few weeks. Watch for a few thin areas near end of loop.
Fat Bike grooming on Twin Lakes singletrack, April 7th, 2018.
Late afternoon grooming on Skaters Waltz, April 7th, 2018.
Incredible April skiing, late afternoon April 7th, 2018.
Peder and Ben skiing in fresh powder on Skaters Waltz, April 6th, 2018.
Fresh powder skiing, April 6th, 2018.
Skiing in the tracks and fresh powder, April 6th, 2018.
Grooming early afternoon on Sukkerbusk, April 6th, 2018.
Grooming early afternoon on Sukkerbusk, April 6th, 2018.
Grooming early afternoon on North Loup for both skate and classic, April 6th, 2018.
Skate lane grooming on North Loup late afternoon, April 5th, 2018. We will leave classic track to be skied in.
Heading down JibFly in fresh snow, April 5th, 2018.
Grooming Twin Lakes singletrack for fat biking late afternoon, April 5th, 2018.
Jonell skiing in fresh fluff snow, late afternoon April 5th, 2018.
Sukkerbusk, April 4th, 2018. Fantastic late season classic skiing in the morning!
Skaters Waltz, April 4th, 2018. Fantastic skating in the morning before sun softened the surface afternoon.
Skaters Waltz, April 4th, 2018. Fantastic skating in the morning before sun softened the surface afternoon.
Double track skiing on JibFly, April 3rd, 2018.
Fantastic classic skiing on North Loup for any time of the year! April 3rd, 2018.
Local skiers enjoying the nice late season conditions. April 3rd, 2018.
Setting track on North Loup, April 3rd, 2018. Best trail to classic ski right now.
Evening skate lane grooming on North Loup, April 2nd, 2018. Track will be set on side in the morning.
Skating up Single Green, April 2nd, 2018.
Heading out for a ski in fresh snow, April 2nd, 2018.
Heading down final hill on Sap Run, April 2nd, 2018.
Fun afternoon ski in fresh powder, April 2nd, 2018.
Grooming on Skaters Waltz, April 2nd, 2018.
Kristin and Mary skiing in fresh snow on Little Sugarbush, March 31st, 2018.
Sara and John at top of Suicide Hill, enjoying late season skiing. March 29th, 2018. (Denny Barry photo)
Skaters Waltz, morning March 28th, 2018. Nice skiing in the morning on a glazed surface.
Other than a few small areas exposed to the sun, coverage is holding out well on the trails and with cooler temps next 7-9 days should be spring skiing for another couple weeks.
Skaters Waltz, morning March 28th, 2018.
Trailhead, March 28th, 2018.
Sukkerbusk morning March 28th, 2018. Enough track for nice spring skiing with proper timing.
Incredible late March skiing in the morning before warming up and softening. March 27th, 2018.
Winter wonderland conditions, morning March 27th, 2018.
Late afternoon groom on Skaters Waltz, March 26th, 2018.
Late afternoon groom on Skaters Waltz, March 26th, 2018.
Late afternoon groom on Skaters Waltz, March 26th, 2018.

Bike Trail Report

Trails are now closed. The trails will be open again for mountain biking after the snow melts and frost goes out, hopefully early May. Even if the snow is completely gone and temps are in the 60’s, the frost still takes a few extra weeks. Riding on trails when frost is not out will damage the trails. Check back for updates! 

 

One last ride on the Twin Lakes singletrack, April 21st, 2018.
Still good coverage on majority of Twin Lakes singletrack, morning April 18th, 2018.
Few more spots opening up on the trail, April 18th, 2018.
Great spring riding continues. Morning April 16th, 2018.
Great spring riding continues. Morning April 16th, 2018.
Great crust riding the past few days. Area snowmobile trail, April 16th, 2018.
Great crust riding on area lakes, April 16th, 2018.
Great crust riding the past few days. Area snowmobile trail, April 16th, 2018.
Peder sneaking in yet another winter/spring ride. April 13th, 2018.
April 13th, 2018.
Grooming on side of Sukkebusk, April 12th, 2018. Use Sukkerbusk to access Twin Lakes singletrack. (West side Sukkerbusk)
Grooming Twin Lakes singletrack, April 12th, 2018.
Fresh grooming Twin Lakes singletrack, April 12th, 2018.
Grooming Twin Lakes singletrack, April 12th, 2018.
Incredible riding early morning on the Twin Lakes singletrack, April 11th, 2018.
Ben bermin’ through, April 11th, 2018.
Great riding continues on the Twin Lakes singletrack. Peder getting in one more ride,, April 9th, 2018.
Mandi and Tucker enjoying the late season conditions. April 8th, 2018.

 

Fat Bike grooming on Twin Lakes singletrack, April 7th, 2018.
Grooming late afternoon April 7th, 2018.
Peder rolling through on the Twin Lakes singletrack, April 6th, 2018.
Majority of the loop rideable on firm deck with fresh snow on top. April 6th, 2018.

Another drifted section, April 6th, 2018.
Drifted section on Twin Lakes singletrack, April 6th, 2018.
Grooming Twin Lakes singletrack late afternoon, April 5th, 2018.
Another great morning for fat biking! April 5th, 2018.

Outside a couple of thin areas, still great coverage overall on the riding deck.  April 5th, 2018.
Fantastic fat bike conditions on Twin Lakes singletrack, April 4th, 2018.
Fantastic fat bike conditions on Twin Lakes singletrack, April 4th, 2018.
Loon return groomed for fat biking to access Twin Lakes singletrack. April 4th, 2018.
Grooming Twin Lakes singletrack, April 3rd, 2018. Lots of snow still on most of the trail.
Grooming Twin Lakes singletrack, April 3rd, 2018.
Grooming Twin Lakes singletrack, April 3rd, 2018.
Other than one short section on the singletrack, the loop has good to excellent coverage. April 3rd, 2018.

 

Grooming fresh snow on Twin Lakes singletrack, March 27th, 2018.
Grooming fresh snow on Twin Lakes singletrack, March 27th, 2018.
Awesome conditions, morning March 23rd, 2018.
Crust riding, March 23rd, 2018.
Snow falling on firm deck. Fantastic conditions for March 21st!
Finishing up on Loon Return, now groomed for fat biking. March 21st, 2018.
Twin Lakes singletrack fresh groomed early evening, March 20th, 2018.
Twin Lakes singletrack fresh groomed early evening, March 20th, 2018.
Fresh snow on the Twin Lakes singletrack on top of firm base, morning March 20th, 2018.
Group of fat bikers enjoying the firm skate deck on the skate trails before hitting up the Twin Lakes singletrack. March 18th, 2018. We will have the ski trails open for fat biking in the mornings if it freezes down the night before and no new snow. Contact us if any questions.
Andy rolling through Twin Lakes singletrack, March 18th, 2018.
Great day to explore off the trail! Area snowmobile trail riding that crosses on Maplelag property, March 16th, 2018.
Lake riding is great in the mornings. March 16th, 2018.
Twin Lakes singletrack. Fantastic riding Friday morning. March 16th, 2018.
Skate trail riding. The skate trails are open for riding in the early mornings when frozen. March 16th, 2018.
Twin Lakes singletrack. Fantastic riding Friday morning. March 16th, 2018.
Fantastic fat biking conditions, morning March 15th, 2018. Velcro like surface on majority of trail.
Fantastic late season fat biking conditions on Twin Lakes singletrack, March 13th, 2018.
Fantastic late season fat biking conditions on Twin Lakes singletrack, March 13th, 2018.
Matt E. rolling on the Twin Lakes singletrack, March 11th, 2018.
Always good to see Ben out enjoying the trail after all the work he does grooming! March 10th, 2018.
Using the body to keep the bike on the middle of trail.

Kemp from North Carolina on snow for the first time riding on the Twin Lakes singletrack, March 8th, 2018.
Peder on trail, March 2nd, 2018. Cloudy conditions in the morning keeping the snow fresh.
Peder on trail, March 2nd, 2018.
Fantastic conditions on the Twin Lakes fat bike loop, March 1st, 2018.
Velcro like surface on some sections. Great stuff! March 1st, 2018.
Riding on Loon Return trail, left side groomed for fat biking, right side for skiing. February 28th, 2018.
Deck is maturing nicely, great riding in the mornings. February 28th, 2018.
Deck is maturing nicely, great riding in the mornings. February 28th, 2018.
Mid morning ride on the Twin Lakes singletrack, February 26th, 2018.
Mid morning ride on the Twin Lakes singletrack, February 26th, 2018.
Twin Lakes singletrack after grooming this afternoon. February 25th, 2018. Please ride in the mornings this week.
Great riding on the Twin Lakes singletrack, February 22nd, 2018.
Great riding on the Twin Lakes singletrack, February 22nd, 2018.
Great riding on the Twin Lakes singletrack, February 22nd, 2018.
Grooming on Twin Lakes singletrack, February 21st, 2018.
Grooming on Twin Lakes singletrack, February 21st, 2018.
Grooming on Twin Lakes singletrack, February 21st, 2018.
Grooming on Twin Lakes singletrack, lakeside. Tight lines! February 21st, 2018.
Fat bike trail grooming. February 19th, 2018.

 

Riding in the new snow on the Twin Lakes fat bike trail. February 18th, 2018.
Riding in the new snow on the Twin Lakes fat bike trail. February 18th, 2018.
Dusting of snow on top of velcro like surface. Great riding! Twin Lakes singletrack. February 16th, 2018.
Fat bike trail held out great today. Jonell checking out the trail in the afternoon.  Once freezes tonight should be fantastic riding. Still soft on the edges! February 14th, 2018.
Mike Hess on Twin Lakes singletrack, February 13th, 2018.
Twin Lakes singletrack, February 13th, 2018.
Twin Lakes singletrack, February 13th, 2018.
Sunset over Twin Lakes singletrack, February 12th, 2018. Conditions best of the year!
Ben Olson on Twin Lakes singletrack at sunset, February 9th, 2018.

Peder Arneson, February 9th, 2018.


Light dusting of snow on top of firm, recently groomed fat bike trail. February 7th, 2018.
Light dusting of snow on top of firm, recently groomed fat bike trail. February 7th, 2018.
Light dusting of snow on top of firm, recently groomed fat bike trail. February 7th, 2018.
Peder Arneson on Twin Lakes singletrack, February 4th, 2018.
Peder Arneson lakeside Twin Lakes singletrack, February 4th, 2018.

Tucker and Mandi Hibbert set to enjoy a powder day on the Twin lakes singletrack. February 3rd, 2018.
Ben grooming the fat bike trail. February 4th, 2018.
Great riding Friday. February 2nd, 2018.

Bridge section, February 2nd, 2018.
Peder heading down Loon Return ski trail, January 28th, 2018. Loon Return trails is used to access the start of the Twin Lakes singletrack. The right side is groomed for fat bikers, left side for classic. This is the first ski trail crossing on the Maplelag driveway when you leave Maplelag.
Beautiful day for riding on Sunday, January 28th, 2018. Peder Arneson photo.
Night riding, January 28th, 2018. With full moon on Thursday and catching a clear night, no light needed!
Bryan Schoenberger capturing riders during his outing with friends. January 27th, 2018.

Peder Arneson enjoying fresh grooming and balmy temps before early Friday morning. January 19th, 2018.
Riding through a berm. January 18th, 2018.
Great capture by Peder that shows the dynamics of fat biking on the Twin Lakes singletrack, technical in spots.  Winter riding involves the core so much more compared to summer riding. January 18th, 2019.
Beautiful late afternoon ride on Twin Lakes singletrack, north end of north Twin Lake. January 17th, 2018.
Twin Lakes singletrack rock garden section. The rocks and roots are completely covered with snow. Dusting of new snow on top slated for grooming later this week. January 16th, 2018.
Maplelag team rider Peder Arneson riding in fresh powder on top of groomed deck, January 14th, 2018.
Heading down the bridge!
Maplelag team rider Steve Wenzel riding in fresh powder on top of groomed deck, January 14th, 2018.
Out to the loop! January 15th, 2018.
Snowy fat bike trail, January 14th, 2018. Great seeing the riders today!
Twin Lakes lakeside after fresh grooming. January 12th, 2018.
Ben making second pass on the bridge, January 12th, 2018.
Snow covered singletrack on the Twin Lakes loop. Grooming planned for later in the day on January 12th, 2018.
Despite the warmer weather the past few days, the snow and groomed fat bike loop on Twin Lakes holding out great. Cooler temps and fresh snow moving in Wednesday evening. January 10th, 2018.
Great riding on the fat bike trail over the weekend. January 7th, 2018.
Peder Arneson ready to hit the fat bike trail after a morning ski. January 6th, 2018.
Great fat biking conditions on Twin Lakes singletrack. January 3rd, 2018.
Great fat biking conditions on Twin Lakes singletrack. January 3rd, 2018.
Riders from Texas trying fat biking for the first time. December 28th, 2017.
Matt Johnson heading out for a fat bike ride. December 28th, 2017.
Rolling through Hudson’s Hula segment on Twin Lakes singletrack. December 22, 2017.
Ben Olson ready to head out for a evening groom on the Twin Lakes singletrack. December 21st, 2017.
Fresh snow on the fat bike loop at Twin Lakes singletrack. December 20th, 2017.
Big snowflakes this afternoon. December 20th, 2017.

 

Riding on fresh powder on top of recently groomed base, fantastic conditions, December 18th, 2017.
Evening groom on Twin Lakes singletrack, December 17th, 2017. If planning to night ride, please contact us before to make sure grooming isn’t scheduled for that evening.
Evening groom on the Twin Lakes singletrack, December 16th, 2017.
Night ride on fresh grooming. December 13th, 2017.
Twin Lakes singletrack groomed for fat biking first time this year. December 12th, 2017.
Lakeside Twin Lakes singletrack after fresh grooming by Ben Olson, December 12th, 2017.
Fat biking on Twin Lakes singletrack, December 10th, 2017.

Night riding, December 6th, 2017.

Twin Lakes singletrack, December 1st, 2017. Riding has been good in the mornings when frozen.
Great riding Saturday morning on a frozen sandpaper like surface. November 25th, 2017.
Riding on Twin Lakes singletrack, November 22nd, 2017. Twin Lakes open for early winter riding when frozen.
Riding on Twin Lakes singletrack, November 22nd, 2017. Twin Lakes open for early winter riding when frozen.
Rolling on the Twin Lakes singletrack, frozen down hard! November 16th, 2017.
Ben Olson on Twin Lakes singletrack for a early winter ride before trail close. November 2nd, 2017.
Ben Olson on Twin Lakes singletrack for a early winter ride before trail close. November 2nd, 2017.  Big thanks to Ben for taking on the role of grooming Twin Lakes for fat biking this year.
Peder Arneson on Twin Lakes singletrack for a early winter ride before trail close. November 2nd, 2017.
Peder Arneson on Twin Lakes singletrack for a early winter ride before trail close. November 2nd, 2017.
Ben Olson heading out to pack fat bike trail. Thanks Ben!
Ben Olson heading with the fat bike groomer, December 21st, 2016.

Trail Report

Trails are open for day skiing.

Services in the lodge will no longer be available (ski rental, lodging etc.) There is no lodging available for the remainder of the season.

Grooming on select trails and skiing will continue for season pass holders until the snow is completely gone.  There will be no services available in the lodge.  Park the car and Just Ski!   Trail hours for day skiing are 8am to 6pm. Ski at own risk. No evacuation or ski patrol services available now.

Fat Bike trail on Twin Lakes Singletrack is open!  Latest report: Fat Bike Report  Please do not walk or snowshoe on fat bike trail and bike in the mornings to preserve the trail for riding the next morning.

Total snowfall this season at 58″ Snow depth in the woods 4-24″, compacted base where groomed 6-10″.

Winter wonderland conditions, morning March 27th, 2018.
Incredible late March skiing in the morning before warming up and softening. March 27th, 2018.
Late afternoon groom on Skaters Waltz, March 26th, 2018.
Late afternoon groom on Skaters Waltz, March 26th, 2018.
Late afternoon groom on Skaters Waltz, March 26th, 2018.
Morning grooming on Skaters Waltz after first 2″ of snow. March 26th, 2018.
Fresh snow on Skaters Waltz, March 26th, 2018.
Snowy pines in the skinny field, March 26th, 2018.
Thick snow! March 26th, 2018.
Snowy on single green trail, March 26th, 2018.
Fun afternoon ski on North Loup, March 25th, 2018.
Sukkerbusk, mid afternoon March 24th, 2018. Tracks stayed hard and faster bit longer today until sun softened the snow. Nice spring skiing!
Morning grooming on North Loup, March 24th, 2018.
Morning grooming on North Loup, March 24th, 2018.
Crust skiing on Bullhead lake. Lots of fun adventure to be had when everything freezes down. March 23rd, 2018.
Jonell on Sap Run, late afternoon March 22nd, 2018.

Setting new track on North Loup, March 22nd, 2018.
Setting new double track on Sukkerbusk, March 22nd, 2018.
Combing out Suicide Hill, March 22nd, 2018.
Fantastic skate conditions for March 20th!
Track on North Loup about as good as it gets for March 20th. Should be great skiing in the morning Wednesday once it cools overnight again.
Grooming skate lane on North Loup after track set on first pass. March 20th, 2018.
Grooming skate lane on North Loup by Dry Lake after track set on first pass. March 20th, 2018.
Setting one new track on Sukkerbusk. Other track groomed Sunday and should ski nicely with fresh snow on top. Second track corn snow blended with new snow. March 20th, 2018.
Grooming Skaters Waltz. March 20th, 2018.
Moorhead Nordic coach Tom Dooher on Roy’s Run, morning March 18th, 2018.
Moorhead Nordic coach Tom Dooher on North Loup, morning March 18th, 2018.
Setting new track on one side of Sap Run at dusk, March 17th, 2018.
Setting new track on one side of Sukkerbusk at dusk, opposite of yesterday, March 17th,
Grooming on Skaters Waltz at dusk, March 17th,
Sukkerbusk, late afternoon March 16th, 2018.
Jonell striding on Sukkerbusk late afternoon, March 16th, 2018.
Skaters Waltz late afternoon, March 16th, 2018.Structure holding well on most segments after yesterday’s grooming. Groomed Friday evening as well.
Setting new track on Sukkerbusk late afternoon, March 16th, 2018. Top classic trails to ski include Sukkerbusk on the east side, North Loup and Roy’s Run.
Grooming skaters waltz at dusk, March 15th, 2018.
Grooming North Loup at dusk, March 15th, 2018.
Grooming North Loup at dusk, March 15th, 2018.
Twin Lakes ski trail, morning March 15th, 2018. Fast and glazed but great skiing with “skin” or fish scaled skis. Softening as day passed.
Start of Roy’s Run ski trail, morning March 15th, 2018. Fast and glazed but great skiing with “skin” or fish scaled skis. Softening as day passed.
Skaters Waltz fast and firm in the morning. March 15th, 2018. Scheduled for grooming this late afternoon.
Glazed tracks on Sukkerbusk but track well defined for most of trail and great spring skiing. March 15th, 2018.
Pair of trumpeter swans flying over the trails, March 15th, 2018. Trumpeter swans returned to nearby open water and can be seen and heard flying above the trails.
Fantastic fat biking conditions, morning March 15th, 2018. Velcro like surface on majority of trail.
Fisher tracks crossing Skaters Waltz, March 15th, 2018.
Roy’s Run at noon. March 14th, 2018
Start of Roy’s Run, March 14th, 2018. Great spring skiing in the morning before slowing down in the afternoon.
North Loup top pick for spring skiing. March 14th, 2018. Track holding out well skate lane a bit softer than Skaters Waltz. Skate lane scheduled for grooming Thursday late afternoon.
Fantastic skating on Skaters Waltz morning March 14th, 2018. Groomed the previous evening. Next grooming planned evening of the 15th.
Season pass holders enjoying the nice late season skiing on North Loup, March 14th, 2018.
Maplelag team member Denny Barry no stranger to the fun skiing to be had during springlike conditions. Denny logs many days late season. March 13th, 2018.
Grooming skaters waltz late afternoon, March 13th, 2018.
Grooming skaters waltz late afternoon, March 13th, 2018.
Climbing the Single Green trail, March 12th, 2018. Fantastic skate skiing conditions this morning.
Incredible late afternoon classic skiing conditions. Roy’s Run, March 11th, 2018.
Skaters Waltz late afternoon. March 11th, 2018. Groomed both mornings Saturday and Sunday. Should be great skate ski conditions in the mornings Monday-Wednesday.
Fresh track set on Roy’s Run, March 11th, 2018. Great seeing all the skiers out enjoying Roy’s today!
Combing Suicide Hill as part of skate trail grooming on Skaters Waltz. March 11th, 2018.
Singletrack set on Twin Lakes this morning, March 10th, 2018.
Jonell skiing through the Skinny Field on Sukkebusk trail, March 7th, 2018. Cold dry snow, warm beautiful sunshine!
Sukkerbusk, March 7th, 2018.
Setting track on Sukkebusk, March 6th, 2018.
North Loup groomed groomed skate and classic, March 6th, 2018.
Snowy scene in middle of Skinny Field, Lucky’s Loype ski trail. March 6th, 2018.
Skaters Waltz combing, March 6th, 2018.
Combing skate lane on North Loup. Track also set this morning. March 6th, 2018.
North Loup after fresh grooming, March 6th, 2018.
Grooming JibFly, March 6th, 2018.
Snowy scene on Sukkebusk after another packing run. Tracks set later, March 6th, 2018. Although it was very windy on Monday’s storm, the snow remained on the lower half of the forest providing some incredible winter scenes in the snow pockets.
Snowy scene on JibFly after packing, March 6th, 2018. Tracks to be set later this morning.
Bushwhacking through the square field, dusk March 5th, 2018.
Setting track on Sap Run, March 5th, 2018. Tracks will be set again Tuesday and Wednesday.
Afternoon grooming on Skaters Waltz during snow storm, March 5th, 2018.
Afternoon grooming on North Loup during snow storm, March 5th, 2018.
Afternoon grooming on Sukkerbusk during snow storm, March 5th, 2018.
Out for a morning ski! Fast in the morning but slowing down as the day passed. March 4th, 2018.
Afternoon skate ski on Skaters Waltz extension, March 4th, 2018.
Setting new track on Sukkerbusk, March 4th, 2018.
Renovating Skaters Waltz, March 4th, 2018.
Renovating Suicide Hill, March 4th, 2018.
Setting new track on Sukkerbusk, March 4th, 2018.
North facing section of JibFly still over 2 feet of snow. March 3rd, 2018.
JibFly, March 3rd, 2018. Fast in the early to mid morning than slowing down as the day warmed.
Mother North Star, March 3rd, 2018. Fast in the early to mid morning than slowing down as the day warmed.
North Loup late morning, March 3rd, 2018. Great skiing for both skate and classic. Fast in the early to mid morning than slowing down as the day warmed.
Jens climbing Single Green trail, March 2nd, 2018.
Making the turn at bottom of Suicide Hill, March 2nd, 2018.
Grooming on Skaters Waltz extension, March 2nd, 2018. Should be great skiing in the morning Saturday!
Frosty scene on Mother North Star trail, freshly groomed this morning. March 1st, 2018.
Frosty scene off the side of Mother North Star trail, March 1st, 2018.
Frosty scene on Mother North Star trail, freshly groomed this morning. March 1st, 2018.
Frosty scene off the side of Mother North Star trail, March 1st, 2018.
Frosty scene on Mother North Star trail, freshly groomed this morning. March 1st, 2018.
Skaters Waltz. Skating is primo in the mornings than late afternoon again. March 1st, 2018.
Skaters Waltz. Skating is primo in the mornings than late afternoon again. March 1st, 2018.
Skaters Waltz at dusk, March 1st, 2018.
South facing areas groomed at dusk on Skaters Waltz, March 1st, 2018.