Trail Report

Trails freezing down well last night after mid teens for lows. Mix of sun and clouds this morning, beautiful morning of skiing on tap. Trails are a bit faster but should slow down just a bit with warming temps. Grooming on Skaters waltz and the extension this morning.

Turned out to be a great day on the trails yesterday! The cold temps today made for faster skiing after Wednesday’s warm up but the trails groomed  (Roy’s Run, Sukkerbusk, Island Lake and Wavy Gravy) were very nice skiing, excellent reports and good reports from the other trails. Looks to warm up on the weekend but that will soften the snow and slow things down. The snow has transformed so the stickiness factor is pretty much eliminated. The coverage is good, should be a nice weekend of skiing! We will be grooming if weather allows only to improve the current conditions, rated good to excellent.

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. Please note portions of certain trails will not be groomed this year due to change in the lease and management on AMA property.

Total snowfall since December 15th=22″, 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 the north end of Bullhead trail when accessing the Bootleg extension on Maplelag property. Total snowfall since December 1st, 28″. Total snowfall since November 20th= 30″. 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.

Current conditions at Maplelag from the Weather Underground Personal Weather Station: Note, the wind speeds are generally a bit lighter than what other sites will report. The Maplelag station more accurate to conditions in our wooded environment.

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.

January 28th Trail Report Photos

Grooming on Wavy Gravy Thursday morning

Grooming on Wavy Gravy Thursday morning

Pileated woodpecker doing nice job keeping wood shavings off the trail thank you very much!

Pileated woodpecker doing nice job keeping wood shavings off the trail thank you very much!

Fresh track on Island Lake trail

Fresh track on Island Lake trail

Heading down Eagle view on Twin Lakes trail

Heading down Eagle view on Twin Lakes trail

Setting new track on Roy's Run

Setting new track on Roy's Run

 

Great afternoon skiing on the fresh groomed

Great afternoon skiing on the fresh groomed

Sukkerbusk late afternoon

Sukkerbusk late afternoon

 

Roy's Run

Roy's Run

Sukkerbusk

Sukkerbusk

Loon Return

Loon Return

January 27th Trail Report Photos

Bemidji Nordic Ski team heading out for a training session during light snow

Bemidji Nordic Ski team heading out for a training session during light snow

Heading down the trail

Heading down the trail

Maplelag staffers Juan and Helen after a freshly made snowman!

Maplelag staffers Juan and Helen after a freshly made snowman!

Rick and Linden heading out for a afternoon ski.

Rick and Linden heading out for a afternoon ski.

Flicking sticks off the trail after windy conditions Wednesday

Flicking sticks off the trail after windy conditions Wednesday

Sunset on Sap Run

Sunset on Sap Run

Light changing fast!

Light changing fast!

 

 

January 24th Trail Report Photos

Mound Park Academy skiers ready to hit the trails Saturday morning

Mound Park Academy skiers ready to hit the trails Saturday morning

Helen ready to lead another group out for ski lessons! Helen will be with us for two more weeks for ski instruction

Helen ready to lead another group out for ski lessons! Helen will be with us for two more weeks for ski instruction

Minneapolis Washburn skier passing in between Twin Lakes on Wavy Gravy trail

Minneapolis Washburn skier passing in between Twin Lakes on Wavy Gravy trail

The "trail" between Twin Lakes which serves access for both Wavy Gravy and Island Lake trails not groomed this year but skiable throughout and always a neat nature setting in the middle. Just ski!

The "trail" between Twin Lakes which serves access for both Wavy Gravy and Island Lake trails not groomed this year but skiable throughout and always a neat nature setting in the middle. Just ski!

Members of the Bismarck crew on Wavy Gravy

Members of the Bismarck crew on Wavy Gravy

Members of the Minneapolis Washburn ski team on Twin Lakes

Members of the Minneapolis Washburn ski team on Twin Lakes

Greg and Paivi after a trip around North Loup Saturday morning

Greg and Paivi after a trip around North Loup Saturday morning

Knut Ronnevik on Roy's Run Saturday morning

Knut Ronnevik on Roy's Run Saturday morning