Light snow falling early Sunday morning. Mild temps below freezing, great day of skiing on tap! Mid winter ski conditions! Great skiing this week with moderate temps. Frost snow falling on the most recent groom with a few snow showers sprinkled on top making for special skiing. Conditions couldn’t be much better and now is the time to come to Maplelag if you haven’t made winter plans!
Wednesday saw grooming on all the double track trails. Tuesday we set track on Roy’s Run for the first time this year and the entire loop groomed up nicely. Just a very short section at the north end with one small rough area. Grooming on Wavy Gravy and Island Lake on Thursday. Skaters Waltz and the extension groomed Thursday as well and Skaters Waltz groomed Friday evening. Touch up grooming Saturday morning.
Trails that have been groomed and open with tracks set: Sukkerbusk, Twin Lakes, North Loup, Rootin Tootin, Mother North Star, Sap Run, Wavy Gravy, Island Lake, Roy’s Run and JibFly. Skaters Waltz, the extension groomed for skating. Please no skating on trails other than Skaters Waltz, and the extension of Skaters. Trails open with skier made track include Lucky’s Loype and Bullhead. Please note portions of certain trails will not be groomed this year due to change in the lease on AMA property.
Total snowfall since December 15th=21″, compacted base on trail 4-7″. Snow depth in the woods 12-16″. Overall the trails have very good coverage, a few rough spots on the marsh/lake crossings to use caution, especially on Bullhead trail. Total snowfall since December 1st, 27″. Total snowfall since November 20th= 29″. We had a warm spell that melted most of the snow from November 20th and December 1st other than the north facing areas. First grooming of the season on November 20th after 2″ of snowfall.
The trails are open for public day skiing. Trail access pass is $15. Ski rental is $15 a day. After January 3rd, lunch will be available for day skiers during the Midweek by reservation. Contact us to reserve and for pricing.
Jeanne and Mark ready to hit the trails proper
Grooming Skaters Extension
Robert and Maryann heading out for a afternoon ski
Beth and Collin on Sukkerbusk
John and Mary on Sukkerbusk
Island lake trail as it passed by the west side of south twin lake!
Group of tamarack trees on west side of north twin lake.
Twin Lakes crossing. Another incredible frosty day.
Frosty birch tree
Canadian guests JoAnne and Harvey enjoying the frost and fresh snow.
Setting fresh double track on North Loup. The feedback has been to keep NL double tracked.
Every tiny little branch and stem coated in frost today
Twin Lakes crossing. The low areas near the sloughs and ponds coated heavy.
Paul Johnson enjoying a late afternoon ski on Skaters Waltz. On tap for grooming Thursday morning.
Morning skate on the ice rink. We finally got the rink ready for ice skating! Various sizes of skates available in the warming house.
Setting new track on Roy's Run Tuesday morning
Area on Roy's Run with the deepest snow back on the trail system, measuring around 15" of snow after Tuesday evening fresh snow.
Detroit Lakes Nordic ski team members enjoying an extended MLK holiday weekend skiing on the trails.
Heading out during a trademark "praire clipper" snow event that would drop 2-3" of snow Tuesday late afternoon early evening.
Snow covered pines in the Square field.
Benilde St Margaret ski team Saturday morning
Members of the North Star Ski Touring Club out snowshoeing
Track set at the start of Lucky's Loype. Middle sections of Lucky's not groomed (AMA parcel)
Through the pines and protected from the chill!
Holy Family Catholic Skiers ready for the afternoon ski
Morning scene at the trail head
Fresh tracks on Sukkerbusk
Sunrise over slough near Island Lake trail
Fresh grooming at Twin lakes crossing
Smoothing out skaters waltz
Double track on North Loup. We set tracks with cooler temps on the weekend. Skate lane will return either this weekend or early next week.
Peder ready to hit the trails
Setting new track on Wavy Gravy
Mink tracks at twin lakes crossing
Return from western trails
On way to the western trails
Eddy Lawther getting a ski in on Rootin Tootin upon arrival