Trail Report

Misty morning as the snow from this past weekend slowly melts off. Looks to be dry this afternoon and on through the weekend which will allow us to resume trail work. Many branches coming down from snow load on the leafy trees we will clear.

Around 5-6″ accumulating on the trails from snow storm Friday night and Saturday morning. We groomed an out and back segment Saturday morning including Suicide Hill. We were able to ski a few days and good to see a few other folks out enjoying. This is one day later than last year in October when we had snow enough to groom and ski.

The snow making for beautiful scenes and we always get excited to see the white stuff even if it delays trail work and creates more trail clearing.

Fall/winter scene at start of JibFly ski trail. October 14th, 2019. Usually this low area is dry!

Landon and Sofie out for a ski Monday afternoon on the last remaining snow from weekend storm. Nice job getting out! Just Ski! October 14th, 2019.
Still lots of snow at bottom of Suicide Hill morning October 14th, 2019.
Few hours of good crust skiing before softening and melting, October 14th, 2019.
Tracks from the neighbor! Fall and winter scene, October 14th, 2019.
Bending branches slowly popping back up, October 14th, 2019.
One of the downed trees from snow load, October 14th, 2019.
First grooming of the year on Sukkerbusk, October 12th, 2019.
Grooming Suicide Hill, October 12th, 2019.
Skiing through the Skinny Field, October 12th, 2019.
Bottom of Suicide Hill, October 12th, 2019.
Skiing through fall color on Sukkerbusk, October 12th, 2019.
As expected, unfortunately a handful of trees falling due to heavy snow, October 12th, 2019.
Many branches folding over with leaves catching snow. October 12th, 2019.
Start of Roy’s Run and North Loup late Friday afternoon, October 11th, 2019.


Skaters Waltz extension late afternoon, October 11th, 2019.

Bending branches from the wet snow collecting on the leaves. October 11th, 2019.

Tree art in the woods! October 11th, 2019.

Beautiful start to the week with pleasant temps and incredible golden Autumn scenes deep in the woods. Despite the mostly wet weather this fall, we getting out on the trails as much as we can, preparing for the winter season. We are waiting for conditions to dry to get north for trail work but unusually high water tables making it challenging to access certain areas.

It has been another beautiful fall with great color scenes. We should have a another week or so of color even though many maples have peaked and leaves have fallen. The oak, tamarack and poplar trees still have yet to reach their peak. With leaves falling down rapidly, we have already started clearing select trails. It will be a process continued right up until the snow flies. Doing this allows us to open select trails on with minimum snow.

Last week we did cat work on Mother Hen, making a new return and also made a new return on Wavy Gravy trail. We are excited to have Mother Hen back on the grooming plan for this coming winter season!

Other trail work includes cleaning deadfall along the side of the trails and cutting firewood for next season for the wood burning stoves at Maplelag. We also planted nearly a 1000 trees earlier this yearand continue to plant potted pines

We have been working on the mountain bike trails continuously, tuning and also adding nearly 5 miles of new singletrack this summer and fall. We plan to add 3 more miles yet this fall. Latest mountain bike report click here.

Fall grooming, top of Suicide Hill, October 9th, 2019.
Fall grooming, bottom of Suicide Hill, October 9th, 2019.
Golden scene on Skaters Waltz, October 7th, 2019.
Clearing leaves on Poki Loki trail, October 7th, 2019.
Fall scene on the Maplelag driveway, October 7th, 2019. Mostly oak trees with color along the sides.
Start of Northern Trails, North Loup and Roy’s Run. Low areas holding water after excessive rain this fall. October 5th, 2019.
Start of Roy’s Run ski trail, October 5th, 2019.
Autumn scene off the ski trail, October 3rd, 2019.
Fall grooming on Mother North Star, October 3rd, 2019.

Maple with fall color in front of Six Swedes, October 3rd, 2019.


Maples alive with color behind cabins at Maplelag. October 3rd, 2019.
Fall scene on south Twin Lake. At least a dozen trumpeter swans have been residing on the Twin Lakes. October 1st, 2019.
Fall scene near slough off Mother North Star. Nice to see the sun for a few hours after all the rain yesterday, September 30th, 2019.
Lakeside mountain bike Twin Lakes singletrack, September 30th, 2019.
Fall scene on north side of Bullhead Lake, September 28th, 2019.
Round two for these beavers on birch tree, September 28th, 2019.
Trumpeter swans in slough along Goat Ranch Rd. September 29th, 2019.
Sunrise scene on Island Lake, September 28th, 2019.
Intersection of Rootin Tootin and Skaters Waltz, September 27th, 2019.
Leaf bed on Rootin Tootin. Still some deep pockets of solid green, September 27th, 2019.
Mother North Star ski trail cleared multiple times this week, part of the bike course. September 27th, 2019.
Meadow near trail head, September 27th, 2019.
Fall scene on Bullhead lake. Trumpeter swans enjoying a piece of floating bog, September 26th, 2019.
Tuning new return for Mother Hen trail. We are excited to have this beginner trail back on the grooming plan for this upcoming winter season.
Clearing leaves on Sukkebusk, September 23rd, 2019.
Clearing leaves on Sukkebusk, September 23rd, 2019.
Cat work on the trails, September 23rd, 2019.
New return added to Wavy Gravy ski trail, September 23rd, 2019.
Fall color around the Finish Log and Sava Sauna cabins, September 19th, 2019.
Fall color scene in the switchyard, September 18th, 2019.

Trail head at Maplelag, September 18th, 2019.
Beautiful evening ride, Maplelag driveway, September 18th, 2019. The colors have exploded this week!
Sukkerbusk ski trail, September 18th, 2019.
Rootin Tootin ski trail, September 18th, 2019.

Rootin Tootin ski trail, September 18th, 2019.
Slough along Mother North Star, September 17th, 2019.
Fall grooming on Mother North Star, September 17th, 2019.
Crossing at driveway from Twin Lakes ski trail, September 17th, 2019.
Fall color scene in the switchyard, September 16th, 2019.
Fall color scene as scene from the tower of the main lodge, September 16th, 2019.
Fall color scene on the driveway, September 16th, 2019.
Fall riding on the mountain bike course, September 15th, 2019.