Trail Report

Happy New Year!! Excellent ski conditions. Couldn’t ask for a better day to kick of 2017. Dusting of new snow last night and snow continuing with big flakes of snow gingerly falling down Sunday morning. All skate trails and Suicide Hill renovated and combed and new track set on Sap Run and Mother North Star Sunday morning.

New track set on Roy’s Run, Rootin Tootin, Island Lake, Twin Lake and a few other trails Friday morning.  We have had daily dustings of snow to make for fantastic conditions. No icy spots. Bootleg extension groomed for the first time this year on Thursday bringing the entire groomed segments on the Maplelag trail system 100% open.  Scroll down for photos on details for skiing Bootleg extension.

We are grooming daily on the skate trails, Suicide Hill and  touching up well used areas as needed and resetting tracks as needed. The trails have slightly different conditions to try and accommodate all skier interests.  We received 3″ of new snow from the Christmas Storm. and 2″ since then for 5″ total this week.

Great day for the DL Invite. Photos and results on skinnyski.com

Total snowfall since December 5th at 28″ Season snowfall total that includes November snowfall at 36″. Snow depth in the woods 1-2 feet.

Trails open with track set include Sap Run, Twin Lakes, Wavy Gravy, Island Lake, JibFly, Mother North Star, Rootin Tootin, Roy’s Run,  Sukkerbusk and portions of Bullhead and Lucky’s Loype . Skaters Waltz, North Loup and Skaters Extension including the new loop open for skating. 15km total.  (Please no skating on trails that have a track set).  Suicide Hill also groomed for skating.    Bullhead lake trail open for skiing but like Lucky’s not all sections of groomed or maintained that cross AMA land. (Check at office for more information on AMA use)

We installed a new trail cam at the start of Sap Run ski trail and can be found on the webcam page.

The Twin Lakes singletrack will be open for fat biking. We will also be grooming a short track loop around the lodge and cabins. We have fat bikes for rent. We started packing on the fat bike trails. Full Fat bike report on the the bike trail page.

Trail pass is $15. Lunch and day pass available during midweek outside the Holiday season.  Email for reservations: maplelag@arvig.net

We had a nice run of early season skiing on snowfall from mid November. Photos and report.

January 1st Trail Report Photos

Suicide Hill before grooming Sunday morning. Someone making turns in the dusting of new snow!

Suicide Hill before grooming Sunday morning. Someone making turns in the dusting of new snow!

Suicide Hill after grooming

Suicide Hill after grooming

Grooming on North Loup

Grooming on North Loup

Sap Run mid morning Sunday

Sap Run mid morning Sunday

Skis on the Great Northern cabin waiting for the morning skiers

Skis on the Great Northern cabin waiting for the morning skiers

Snow falling in front of the lodge Sunday morning

Snow falling in front of the lodge Sunday morning

Evening skate on the rink. Flooded later in the evening.

Evening skate on the rink. Flooded later in the evening.

Frosted tamaracks in between Twin Lakes and fresh track on Island Lake trail. December 30th, 2016.
Frosted tamaracks in between Twin Lakes and fresh track on Island Lake trail. December 30th, 2016.

December 29th Trail Report Photos

Morning groom through the Skinny Field

Morning groom through the Skinny Field

Bootleg extension groomed first time this year, north end of Bullhead

Bootleg extension groomed first time this year, north end of Bullhead

 

Setting double track north end of Bullhead Use this trail to access Bootleg extension or bushwhack around Bullhead lake trail which has a skier made track to Bootleg extension

Setting double track north end of Bullhead Use this trail to access Bootleg extension or bushwhack around Bullhead lake trail which has a skier made track to Bootleg extension

December 28th Trail Report Photos

Rootin Tootin

Rootin Tootin

Roy's Run

Roy's Run

Someone getting first tracks on Skaters Waltz before breakfast!

Someone getting first tracks on Skaters Waltz before breakfast!

Roy's Run. Look for deer! Lot of deer moving near the ski trail and many walking on the trail since snow is deep with crust underneath

Roy's Run. Look for deer! Lot of deer moving near the ski trail and many walking on the trail since snow is deep with crust underneath

Ben Olson heading out to pack fat bike trail. Thanks Ben!

Ben Olson heading out to pack fat bike trail. Thanks Ben!

Denny Barry after clipping face slappers on North Loup. Thanks Denny!

Denny Barry after clipping face slappers on North Loup. Thanks Denny!

Awesome! Nice work. Just ski!

Awesome! Nice work. Just ski!

December 27th Trail Report Photos

Earl Johnson ready for a morning of skiing.

Earl Johnson ready for a morning of skiing.

Ski drills in the soccer field

Ski drills in the soccer field

Matt Liebsch helping coach Moorhead Nordic ski team today

Matt Liebsch helping coach Moorhead Nordic ski team today

 

St Cloud Cathedrahl coach Teff

St Cloud Cathedrahl coach Teff

Afternoon skaters

Afternoon skaters

Track in between Twin Lakes at sunset, part of Island Lake and Wavy Gravy Trails

Track in between Twin Lakes at sunset, part of Island Lake and Wavy Gravy Trails

December 26th Trail Photos

Setting new double track
Setting new double track
Sap Run
Sap Run
Edina Nordic Ski team heading out
Edina Nordic Ski team heading out
Burnsville Nordic Ski team
Burnsville Nordic Ski team

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December 25th Trail Report Photos

Christmas day skiers!

Christmas day skiers!

Fat biking in the powder in between the trail

Fat biking in the powder in between the trail

Skating on the rink for the first time this year. The weather this afternoon will require a flooding once it cools down again

Skating on the rink for the first time this year. The weather this afternoon will require a flooding once it cools down again

December 23rd Trail Report Photos

You never know hoot is watching in the woods! Hoot owl near Sukkerbusk!

You never know hoot is watching in the woods! Hoot owl near Sukkerbusk!

Frosty branches at bottom of Suicide Hill

Frosty branches at bottom of Suicide Hill

 

Suicide Hill fresh groomed Friday morning.

Suicide Hill fresh groomed Friday morning.

Great classic skiing on Sukkerbusk Friday

Great classic skiing on Sukkerbusk Friday

 

Groomed segment on Lucky's Loype

Groomed segment on Lucky's Loype

Telemark turning on Suicide hill!

Telemark turning on Suicide hill!

Burning turns!

Burning turns!

Deer crossing on Bullhead lake

Deer crossing on Bullhead lake

Breaking trail on Bullhead lake at second beaver dam crossing

Breaking trail on Bullhead lake at second beaver dam crossing

Pines at north end

Pines at north end

Good coverage on north end

Good coverage on north end

 

Double track on Bulhead return

Double track on Bulhead return

December 21st Trail Report Photos

Bloomington Nordic ski team enjoying fresh snow Wednesday morning

Bloomington Nordic ski team enjoying fresh snow Wednesday morning

Clearing the ice rink after morning snow. We hope to have the ice rink open by Christmas!

Clearing the ice rink after morning snow. We hope to have the ice rink open by Christmas!

Afternoon grooming.

Afternoon grooming.

December 20th Trail Report Photos

Busy morning at the trailhead.

Busy morning at the trailhead.

Setting double track on north end of Bullhead. Only the north end and Bullhead extension will be groomed this year. Marsh crossing is skiable but not groomed.

Setting double track on north end of Bullhead. Only the north end and Bullhead extension will be groomed this year. Marsh crossing is skiable but not groomed.

Segments of Lucky's Loype groomed. Like last year, AMA portions will not be groomed but open for skiing. These areas not patrolled or maintained, ski at own risk.

Segments of Lucky's Loype groomed. Like last year, AMA portions will not be groomed but open for skiing. These areas not patrolled or maintained, ski at own risk.

Lucky's as it passes through the skinny field

Lucky's as it passes through the skinny field

Combing out Single green.

Combing out Single green.

Skiere made track at start of Bullhead. Another AMA area not groomed or maintained.

Skiere made track at start of Bullhead. Another AMA area not groomed or maintained.

Watch for unmarked obstacles etc. if skiing outside the groomed areas.

Watch for unmarked obstacles etc. if skiing outside the groomed areas.

Sunset snowshoe on Twin Lakes singletrack. Snowshoeing is possible at Mapelag anywhere but the ski trails! Snowshoes are welcome on the Twin Lakes singletrack which is currently packed for fat biking

Sunset snowshoe on Twin Lakes singletrack. Snowshoeing is possible at Mapelag anywhere but the ski trails! Snowshoes are welcome on the Twin Lakes singletrack which is currently packed for fat biking

December 19th Trail Report Photos

Breck Nordic Ski team gathered for a time trial on Skaters Waltz

Breck Nordic Ski team gathered for a time trial on Skaters Waltz

No pole skating on Skaters Waltz

No pole skating on Skaters Waltz

 

Minneapolis South skill drills

Minneapolis South skill drills

 

South skiers on Sukkerbusk

South skiers on Sukkerbusk

Minneapolis South principal Ray Aponte enjoying the warm temps and fast snow

Minneapolis South principal Ray Aponte enjoying the warm temps and fast snow

Settign track on Roy's Run for the first time this year

Settign track on Roy's Run for the first time this year

Snow faces in the forest!

Snow faces in the forest!

 

 

 

December 17th Trail Report Photos

Working in new snow on Skaters Waltz, morning December 17th

Working in new snow on Skaters Waltz, morning December 17th

Setting new track on Twin Lakes. Hopefully one day the Lotvola Cup will return!

Setting new track on Twin Lakes. Hopefully one day the Lotvola Cup will return!

Setting new track on Sukkerbusk

Setting new track on Sukkerbusk

Ski drills!

Ski drills!

Cold day on Saturday, but wind was light and sun was out!

Cold day on Saturday, but wind was light and sun was out!

Typical frosty skier from the day.

Typical frosty skier from the day.

Lot of kilometers logged on these skis today!

Lot of kilometers logged on these skis today!

Ski camp fun!

Ski camp fun!

Frosty night ski as temp approached -20.

Frosty night ski as temp approached -20.

December 15th Trail Report Photos

Sun dog over the lodge Wednesday afternoon.

Sun dog over the lodge Wednesday afternoon.

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Skate deck on Skaters Waltz in great shap. Firm skiing well considering cold temps

Skate deck on Skaters Waltz in great shap. Firm skiing well considering cold temps

Setting new track on Sukkerbusk

Setting new track on Sukkerbusk

Animal tracks at culvet on Twin Lakes crossing. Lots of wildlife sightings. Eagle nest in distance.

Animal tracks at culvet on Twin Lakes crossing. Lots of wildlife sightings. Eagle nest in distance.

Setting track on Wavy Gravy

Setting track on Wavy Gravy

Fat bike trail as it passes next to Island lake trail. Just a few short sections the fat bike and ski tracks share trails. Please no fat biking on the ski trail!

Fat bike trail as it passes next to Island lake trail. Just a few short sections the fat bike and ski tracks share trails. Please no fat biking on the ski trail!

Fat bike trail

Fat bike trail

 

 

Packing and widening on Bente's Bump, Rootin Tootin trail. Swamp area freezing down. Use caution at bottom. December 14th, 2016.
Packing and widening on Bente’s Bump, Rootin Tootin trail. Swamp area freezing down. Use caution at bottom. December 14th, 2016.

December 13th Trail Report Photos

Setting a fresh track on Twin Lakes

Setting a fresh track on Twin Lakes

Ground wind today blowing snow off the trees up high and exposed areas but still nice pockets of snowy scenes

Ground wind today blowing snow off the trees up high and exposed areas but still nice pockets of snowy scenes

Setting double track on Mother North Star

Setting double track on Mother North Star

Tamarack junction, Mother North Star

Tamarack junction, Mother North Star

Combing North Loup. Open for skating. Track will be set after the ski camps. Watch for the face slappers!

Combing North Loup. Open for skating. Track will be set after the ski camps. Watch for the face slappers!

North Loup

North Loup

Downed tree on North Loup from last weeks blizzard

Downed tree on North Loup from last weeks blizzard

Clearing out another tree on North Loup

Clearing out another tree on North Loup

Another one!

Another one!

Packing out slush area on Rootin Tootin Monday. Freezing down than packed and combed Tuesday. Use caution through here!

Packing out slush area on Rootin Tootin Monday. Freezing down than packed and combed Tuesday. Use caution through here!

December 11th Trail Report Photos

Rollcombing on Suicide Hill in the morning. Groomed three different times today. Start to firm up well.

Rollcombing on Suicide Hill in the morning. Groomed three different times today. Start to firm up well.

Morning skiers

Morning skiers

Setting new track Sunday morning

Setting new track Sunday morning

Stener out enjoying the fresh snow.

Stener out enjoying the fresh snow.

Heading down Sap Run

Heading down Sap Run

Busy day on the trails!

Busy day on the trails!

Concordia College Moorhead president Dr. Craft enjoying the fresh snow

Concordia College Moorhead president Dr. Craft enjoying the fresh snow

Packing and combing on Skaters Extension today including the new loop

Packing and combing on Skaters Extension today including the new loop

Pine trees flocked in snow

Pine trees flocked in snow

Moon rising

Moon rising

Great moon light skiing Sunday evening

Great moon light skiing Sunday evening

December 10th Trail Report Photos

Moorhead Nordic Ski team working on drills.

Moorhead Nordic Ski team working on drills.

Peder Arneson striding on Twin Lakes

Peder Arneson striding on Twin Lakes

Peder Arneson striding on Twin Lakes

Peder Arneson striding on Twin Lakes

Snow flocked pines in skinny field on Sukkerbusk.

Snow flocked pines in skinny field on Sukkerbusk.

Skaters Waltz packing down nicely from skier traffic today

Skaters Waltz packing down nicely from skier traffic today

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Ski drills

Ski drills

Weekend wedding guests heading out for fat bike ride

Weekend wedding guests heading out for fat bike ride

December 9th Trail Report Photos

Wedding party skiers!

Wedding party skiers!

Awesome classic skiing on Twin Lakes

Awesome classic skiing on Twin Lakes

 

Sunset over Island lake as seen from Twin Lake trail.

Sunset over Island lake as seen from Twin Lake trail.

Great classic skiing for early December. Perfect temps!

Great classic skiing for early December. Perfect temps!

Packing the Fat Bike short track loop. We hope to have the entire loop packed and groomed by next week.

Packing the Fat Bike short track loop. We hope to have the entire loop packed and groomed by next week.

December 8th Trail Report Photos

Packing on Jib Fly December 8th, 2016

Packing on Jib Fly December 8th, 2016

Packing on Twin Lakes. Sun peeking out today in between snow showers.

Packing on Twin Lakes. Sun peeking out today in between snow showers.

Lake effect snow? South twin still with open water. December 8th, 2016

Lake effect snow? South twin still with open water. December 8th, 2016

Slough near Twin Lakes covered nicely with snow

Slough near Twin Lakes covered nicely with snow

Water running at Sugar Creek at Twin Lakes crossing.

Water running at Sugar Creek at Twin Lakes crossing.

Setting track on Sap Run. December 8th, 2016. We will set track Friday mornign on Sukkerbusk, JibFly and Twin Lakes trails.

Setting track on Sap Run. December 8th, 2016. We will set track Friday mornign on Sukkerbusk, JibFly and Twin Lakes trails.

Combing with the Ginzu on Skaters Waltz.

Combing with the Ginzu on Skaters Waltz.

Bruce Adelsman sneaking in a quick ski. Thanks Bruce for getting the cams going and fixing the Maplelag network!

Bruce Adelsman sneaking in a quick ski. Thanks Bruce for getting the cams going and fixing the Maplelag network!

 

 

Fox crossing Sap Run ski trail December 7th. Captured by Maplelag guest from the Sap Run web cam!!

Fox crossing Sap Run ski trail December 7th. Captured by Maplelag guest from the Sap Run web cam!!

December 7th Trail Report Photos

Deep snow in front of the lodge, December 7th, 2016.

Deep snow in front of the lodge, December 7th, 2016.

Packing on Sukkerbusk

Packing on Sukkerbusk

Skaters Waltz.

Skaters Waltz.

Afternoon skiers, December 7th, 2016.

Afternoon skiers, December 7th, 2016.

Grooming fresh snow. December 6th, 2016.
Grooming fresh snow. December 6th, 2016.
Night skiing. December 6th, 2016.
Night skiing. December 6th, 2016.

December 5th Trail Report Photos

Wintry scene front of the lodge. Looking more like winter! Inside and out!

Wintry scene front of the lodge. Looking more like winter! Inside and out!

Roll combing on Sukkerbusk

Roll combing on Sukkerbusk

Intersection of Skaters Waltz and Sukkerbusk. Both roll combed today.

Intersection of Skaters Waltz and Sukkerbusk. Both roll combed today.

Skaters

Skaters

Combing out Suicide Hill

Combing out Suicide Hill

South Twin 90% frozen over. December 5th, 2016

South Twin 90% frozen over. December 5th, 2016

 

Moorhead Nordic ski team after a morning of clearing on the trails. December 3rd, 2016.
Moorhead Nordic ski team after a morning of clearing on the trails. December 3rd, 2016. Big thanks for coming out and helping!

December 1st Trail Report Photos

Start of Bullhead lake trail. December 1st, 2016

Start of Bullhead lake trail. December 1st, 2016

Skinny field, December 1st, 2016

Skinny field, December 1st, 2016

Skaters Waltz, December 1st, 2016

Skaters Waltz, December 1st, 2016

November 30th, Trail Report Photos

Sukkerbusk ski trail, November 30th, 2016

Sukkerbusk ski trail, November 30th, 2016

Intersection of Sap Run and Skaters Waltz, November 30th, 2016

Intersection of Sap Run and Skaters Waltz, November 30th, 2016

Trail acces point near Brant cabin

Trail acces point near Brant cabin

Wintry scene near Brant cabin. November 30th, 2016

Wintry scene near Brant cabin. November 30th, 2016

 

Sukkerbusk ski trail ready for the next round of snow. November 28th, 2016.
Sukkerbusk ski trail ready for the next round of snow. November 28th, 2016.