Trail Report

Wintry like weather this week. Temps in the lower 20’s Tuesday morning and white on the ground has it feeling like winter!  Another measurable snowfall in October with an inch or so falling Monday evening. Total snowfall this month around 3″.  Looks to be freezing at nights the next week or so which is great for helping set frost in the ground. An important element for preparing the trails for skiing. Few ponds starting to freeze over as a result of the colder weather.

We’ve had great weather for the month of October for trail work. The leaves have come down the trees and clearing them off the main trails in full force.

Having the trails free of leaves, especially at Maplelag with the thick leaf beds of maple leaves, allows the ground to freeze quicker and skiable conditions after the first snowfalls.

October rainfall around 2″  so far.  September rainfall recorded  around 5″. A wet August as well with nearly 7″ of total rainfall during the month.

Trumpeter swans dominant presence with over 25 currently residing on Twin Lakes. Good trail to hike or bike to observe them.

Mountain bike trails  info and latest report on bike trail report page.

First ski of the year. October 27th, 2017.
First ski of the year. October 27th, 2017.

 

Snow started to cover up the forest floor late afternoon on the singletrack. October 26th, 2017. Mountain bike trails now closed for the season. Open again Thanksgiving week.
Snow started to cover up the forest floor late afternoon on the singletrack. October 26th, 2017. Mountain bike trails now closed for the season. Open again Thanksgiving week.
Intersection of Sukkerbusk and Mother North Star as snow was starting to fall. October 26th, 2017.
Intersection of Sukkerbusk and Mother North Star as snow was starting to fall. October 26th, 2017.
Trail clearing right up to the last moment possible. October 26th, 2017.
Trail clearing right up to the last moment possible. October 26th, 2017.
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Trail clearing at intersection of Sap Run and Skaters Waltz, October 25th, 2017.
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Ready for snow! Final clearing on Suicide Hill. October 25th, 2017.

 

Fantastic sunset over Maplelag, October 25th, 2017.
Fantastic sunset over Maplelag, October 25th, 2017.
Great sight lines through the woods after leaves have come down. View towards Little Sugarbush from Sap Run. October 25th, 2017.
Great sight lines through the woods after leaves have come down. View towards Little Sugarbush from Sap Run. October 25th, 2017.
Great sight lines through the woods after leaves have come down. View towards Little Sugarbush from Sap Run. October 25th, 2017.
Great sight lines through the woods after leaves have come down. View towards Little Sugarbush from Sap Run. October 25th, 2017.
One more clearing on Suicide Hill, October 24th, 2017.
Another clearing on Suicide Hill, October 24th, 2017. Suicide Hill has been mowed/cleared more than any trail segment on the trail system. First to be groomed, and last area to hold snow in the spring.
Fall grooming on "Kamikaze" hill, Skaters Waltz ski trail. October 19th, 2017.
Fall grooming on “Kamikaze” hill, Skaters Waltz ski trail. October 19th, 2017.
Sunrise on Island Lake, October 18th, 2017. We still have dreams of building a outpost/eco cabin on the island in the future!
Sunrise on Island Lake, October 18th, 2017. We still have dreams of building a outpost/eco cabin on the island in the future!

 

Tamarack trees in their peak. October 18th, 2017. Tamarack one of species of trees planted at Maplelag over the years. Maplelag has planted nearly a half million trees since 1973!
Tamarack trees in their peak. October 18th, 2017. Tamarack one of species of trees planted at Maplelag over the years. Maplelag has planted nearly a half million trees since 1973!
Trumpeter swans on Rutherford Slough near North Loup ski trail, October 18th, 2017.
Trumpeter swans on Rutherford Slough near North Loup ski trail, October 18th, 2017.
Fall grooming on North Loup, October 17th, 2017.
Fall grooming on North Loup, October 17th, 2017.
Fall scene in skating rink area. Tamarack trees in their peak right now and a few aspen and oak trees still holding color. October 15th, 2017.
Fall scene in skating rink area. Tamarack trees in their peak right now and a few aspen and oak trees still holding color. October 15th, 2017.
Fall grooming on Skaters Waltz, October 11th, 2017.
Fall grooming on Skaters Waltz, October 11th, 2017.

 

Fall grooming on Mother North Star, October 9th, 2017.
Fall grooming on Mother North Star, October 9th, 2017.
Fall grooming on North Loup, October 9th, 2017.
Fall grooming on North Loup, October 9th, 2017.
Golden tunnel on the mountain bike course. October 8th, 2017.
Golden tunnel on the mountain bike course. October 8th, 2017.
Fall scene in the Skinny Field, October 8th, 2017.
Fall scene in the Skinny Field, October 8th, 2017.
Fall scene at Twin Lakes crossing, October 6th, 2017.
Fall scene at Twin Lakes crossing, October 6th, 2017.
Twin Lakes ski trail, October 6th, 2017.
Twin Lakes ski trail, October 6th, 2017.

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Double green ski trail, October 4th, 2017.
Double green ski trail, October 4th, 2017.
Twin Lakes ski trail, September 29th, 2017.
Twin Lakes ski trail, September 29th, 2017.
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First frost of the year on low lying area near Orange caboose, September 29th, 2017.

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Maple tree near Brant cabin displaying brilliant fall color. September 29th, 2017.
Maple tree near Brant cabin displaying brilliant fall color. September 29th, 2017.
First touch of frost of the year on low lying areas and roof tops. September 29th, 2017.
First touch of frost of the year on low lying areas and roof tops. September 29th, 2017.

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Little Sugarbush lake, September 28th, 2017.
Little Sugarbush lake, September 28th, 2017.
Start of Loon Return ski trail, September 28th, 2017.
Start of Loon Return ski trail, September 28th, 2017.

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Sukkerbusk ski trail, September 20th, 2017.
Sukkerbusk ski trail, September 20th, 2017.

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Early signs of fall, August 15th, 2017.
Early signs of fall, August 15th, 2017.
Removing rocks and filling in low spots on Sukkerbusk. July 7th, 2017. Trail tuning will continue through the summer and fall until the snow flies.
Removing rocks and filling in low spots and improving drainage on Sukkerbusk. July 7th, 2017. Trail tuning will continue through the summer and fall until the snow flies.

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Twin Lakes at dusk, June 16th, 2017.
Twin Lakes before an evening rain shower moved in.  June 16th, 2017.

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Beautiful summer scene in the woods. June 4th, 2017.
Summer scene in the forest. June 4th, 2017.

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Sunset over Little Sugarbush, June 2nd, 2017.
Sunset over Little Sugarbush, June 2nd, 2017.
Various mushrooms popping up throughout the forest floor. May 30th, 2017.
Various mushrooms popping up throughout the forest floor. May 30th, 2017.
View of Twin Lakes. May 28th, 2017.
View of Twin Lakes. May 28th, 2017.
Trumpeter swans on South Twin, May 28th, 2017.
Trumpeter swans on South Twin, May 28th, 2017. Swans more visible on smaller lakes now boat traffic has increased on larger lakes.

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Spring scene on a local pond, May 18th, 2017.
Spring scene on a local pond, May 18th, 2017.
Scarlet Tanager making a short appearance on the Maplelag grounds, May 16th, 2017.
Scarlet Tanager making a short appearance on the Maplelag grounds, May 16th, 2017.

 

Twin Lakes singletrack lakeside. May 16th, 2017. The foliage has exploded the past week!
Twin Lakes singletrack lakeside. May 16th, 2017. The foliage has exploded the past week!

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Riders taking in the beautiful Sunday morning on the mountain bike course. April 30th, 2017.
Riders taking in the beautiful Sunday morning on the mountain bike course. April 30th, 2017.
Singletrack in great shape after drying out from snow earlier in the week. April 28th, 2017.
Singletrack in great shape after drying out from snow earlier in the week. April 28th, 2017. Mountain bike trail open for riding.
April skiing! Skiing through the skinny field, April 27th, 2017.
April skiing! Skiing through the skinny field, April 27th, 2017.
 Frozen pond, April 27th, 2017. Ducks were still nesting on the edge, riding out the cold weather.
Frozen pond, April 27th, 2017. Ducks were still nesting on the edge, riding out the cold weather.

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Suicide Hill, April 27th, 2017.
Suicide Hill, April 27th, 2017.
Mother North Star ski trail with dusting of snow. April 26th, 2017.
Mother North Star ski trail with dusting of snow. April 26th, 2017.

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Marsh marigolds on hold after wintry weather. April 26th, 2017.
Marsh marigolds on hold after wintry weather. April 26th, 2017.

 

Trail work on new mountain bike trail. April 24th, 2017.
Trail work on new mountain bike trail. April 24th, 2017.
Snow Sunday morning April 23rd, 2017 as seen from the Sap Run trail cam.
Snow Sunday morning April 23rd, 2017 as seen from the Sap Run trail cam.
Ski trails starting to green up after rain over the weekend. April 19th, 2017.
Ski trails starting to green up after rain over the weekend. April 19th, 2017.
Early spring flowers, April 13th, 2017.
Early spring flowers, April 13th, 2017.
With not much greening (still early in the spring) mossy areas sticking out nicely. April 13th, 2017.
With not much greening (still early in the spring) mossy areas sticking out nicely. April 13th, 2017.
After a windy few days during the ice out phase, calm conditions Monday night, April 10th, 2017. Official ice out date was April 8th this year.
After a windy few days during the ice out phase, calm conditions Monday night, April 10th, 2017. Official ice out date was April 8th this year.

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