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
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: email@example.com
We had a nice run of early season skiing on snowfall from mid November.
Photos and report.
Suicide Hill before grooming Sunday morning. Someone making turns in the dusting of new snow!
Suicide Hill after grooming
Grooming on North Loup
Sap Run mid morning Sunday
Skis on the Great Northern cabin waiting for the morning skiers
Snow falling in front of the lodge Sunday morning
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.
Morning groom through the Skinny Field
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
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
Ben Olson heading out to pack fat bike trail. Thanks Ben!
Denny Barry after clipping face slappers on North Loup. Thanks Denny!
Awesome! Nice work. Just ski!
Earl Johnson ready for a morning of skiing.
Ski drills in the soccer field
Matt Liebsch helping coach Moorhead Nordic ski team today
St Cloud Cathedrahl coach Teff
Track in between Twin Lakes at sunset, part of Island Lake and Wavy Gravy Trails
December 26th Trail Photos
Setting new double track
Edina Nordic Ski team heading out
Burnsville Nordic Ski team
Christmas day skiers!
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
You never know hoot is watching in the woods! Hoot owl near Sukkerbusk!
Frosty branches at bottom of Suicide Hill
Suicide Hill fresh groomed Friday morning.
Great classic skiing on Sukkerbusk Friday
Groomed segment on Lucky's Loype
Telemark turning on Suicide hill!
Deer crossing on Bullhead lake
Breaking trail on Bullhead lake at second beaver dam crossing
Pines at north end
Good coverage on north end
Double track on Bulhead return
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!
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.
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
Combing out Single green.
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.
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
Breck Nordic Ski team gathered for a time trial on Skaters Waltz
No pole skating on Skaters Waltz
Minneapolis South skill drills
South skiers on Sukkerbusk
Minneapolis South principal Ray Aponte enjoying the warm temps and fast snow
Settign track on Roy's Run for the first time this year
Snow faces in the forest!
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 Sukkerbusk
Cold day on Saturday, but wind was light and sun was out!
Typical frosty skier from the day.
Lot of kilometers logged on these skis today!
Ski camp fun!
Frosty night ski as temp approached -20.
Sun dog over the lodge Wednesday afternoon.
Skate deck on Skaters Waltz in great shap. Firm skiing well considering cold temps
Setting new track on Sukkerbusk
Animal tracks at culvet on Twin Lakes crossing. Lots of wildlife sightings. Eagle nest in distance.
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
Packing and widening on Bente’s Bump, Rootin Tootin trail. Swamp area freezing down. Use caution at bottom. December 14th, 2016.
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
Setting double track on 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!
Downed tree on North Loup from last weeks blizzard
Clearing out another tree on North Loup
Packing out slush area on Rootin Tootin Monday. Freezing down than packed and combed Tuesday. Use caution through here!
Rollcombing on Suicide Hill in the morning. Groomed three different times today. Start to firm up well.
Setting new track Sunday morning
Stener out enjoying the fresh snow.
Heading down Sap Run
Busy day on the trails!
Concordia College Moorhead president Dr. Craft enjoying the fresh snow
Packing and combing on Skaters Extension today including the new loop
Pine trees flocked in snow
Great moon light skiing Sunday evening
Moorhead Nordic Ski team working on drills.
Peder Arneson striding on Twin Lakes
Peder Arneson striding on Twin Lakes
Snow flocked pines in skinny field on Sukkerbusk.
Skaters Waltz packing down nicely from skier traffic today
Weekend wedding guests heading out for fat bike ride
Wedding party skiers!
Awesome classic skiing on Twin Lakes
Sunset over Island lake as seen from Twin Lake trail.
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 on Jib Fly December 8th, 2016
Packing on Twin Lakes. Sun peeking out today in between snow showers.
Lake effect snow? South twin still with open water. December 8th, 2016
Slough near Twin Lakes covered nicely with snow
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.
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!
Fox crossing Sap Run ski trail December 7th. Captured by Maplelag guest from the Sap Run web cam!!
Deep snow in front of the lodge, December 7th, 2016.
Packing on Sukkerbusk
Afternoon skiers, December 7th, 2016.
Grooming fresh snow. December 6th, 2016.
Night skiing. December 6th, 2016.
Wintry scene front of the lodge. Looking more like winter! Inside and out!
Roll combing on Sukkerbusk
Intersection of Skaters Waltz and Sukkerbusk. Both roll combed today.
Combing out Suicide Hill
South Twin 90% frozen over. December 5th, 2016
Moorhead Nordic ski team after a morning of clearing on the trails. December 3rd, 2016. Big thanks for coming out and helping!
Start of Bullhead lake trail. December 1st, 2016
Skinny field, December 1st, 2016
Skaters Waltz, December 1st, 2016
Sukkerbusk ski trail, November 30th, 2016
Intersection of Sap Run and Skaters Waltz, November 30th, 2016
Trail acces point near Brant cabin
Wintry scene near Brant cabin. November 30th, 2016
Sukkerbusk ski trail ready for the next round of snow. November 28th, 2016.