Trail Report

A fantastic Presidents weekend of skiing! Thanks everyone who came to Maplelag and patronized the trails. Clear with intense sunshine on Saturday with cool temps after a morning low of -24. Tracks were firm and snappy. Sunday saw fresh snow with over 2″ of new. The new snow was groomed in throughout the entire day, some trails 2-3 times with most of the trail system being groomed. Balmy temps on Monday but below freezing capping off  a full plate of great skiing over the holiday weekend.

Tuesday cooling back down and snow drying out after clear skies early and upper teens for temps. Grooming on select classic trails this 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, North side of Bullhead lake trail and the Bootleg extension, Roy’s Run and JibFly.  Skaters Waltz, the extension and North Loup groomed for skating. Please no skating on trails other than Skaters Waltz, North Loup and the extension of Skaters. North Loup also has a track set. 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=33″, compacted base on trail 7-10″. Snow depth in the woods 18-30″. Total snowfall since December 1st, 39″. Total snowfall since November 20th= 41″. 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. We have been skiing daily and only missed a few days of grooming since December 15th.

The trails are open for public day skiing. Trail access pass is $15. Ski rental is $15 a day. Lunch available for day skiers during the Midweek by reservation. Contact us to reserve and for pricing.

February 15th Trail Report Photos

Janelle Jurek testing out one of the new Maplelag fat bikes

Janelle Jurek testing out one of the new Maplelag fat bikes

First time skiers at Maplelag enjoying the frosty morning

First time skiers at Maplelag enjoying the frosty morning

Presidents weekend Variety show MC Fred from Kentucky testing out the new fat bikes.

Presidents weekend Variety show MC Fred from Kentucky testing out the new fat bikes.

February 14th Trail Report Photos

Groming on Skaters Waltz. Groomed in the morning than at dusk setting up a super deck for Monday

Groming on Skaters Waltz. Groomed in the morning than at dusk setting up a super deck for Monday

Clearing way for the grooming. It's been fun seeing all the families at Maplelag and their kids grow up. Especially neat to see the friendships made from meeting at Maplelag and extend to the trails!

Clearing way for the grooming. It's been fun seeing all the families at Maplelag and their kids grow up. Especially neat to see the friendships made from meeting at Maplelag and extend to the trails!

Grooming on Wavy Gravy trail as it passes through Twin Lakes. Plenty of snow now through here.

Grooming on Wavy Gravy trail as it passes through Twin Lakes. Plenty of snow now through here.

Packing, grooming and tracking on Wavy Gravy

Packing, grooming and tracking on Wavy Gravy

Setting new double track on Twin Lakes Sunday morning

Setting new double track on Twin Lakes Sunday morning

Fresh grooming awaiting Six Swedes skiers skis after Sunday's Smogasbord. Every lodging at Maplelag you can ski right from the door.

Fresh grooming awaiting Six Swedes skiers skis after Sunday's Smogasbord. Every lodging at Maplelag you can ski right from the door.

If you finish up a ski around Mother North Star and want to take a run down the sledding hill, go for it!!

If you finish up a ski around Mother North Star and want to take a run down the sledding hill, go for it!!

Apres ski Maplelag.

Apres ski Maplelag.

February 12th Trail Report Photos

Sukkerbusk ski trail. New track cut both Thursday and Friday mornings.

Sukkerbusk ski trail. New track cut both Thursday and Friday mornings.

Striding on Sukkerbusk!

Striding on Sukkerbusk!

Bootleg extension fresh tracked Thursday. Awesome skiing on Friday!

Bootleg extension fresh tracked Thursday. Awesome skiing on Friday!

Top of Suicide Hill

Top of Suicide Hill

Skaters Waltz. Skating bit slower with colder temps and fresh snow but the deck is firm and solid

Skaters Waltz. Skating bit slower with colder temps and fresh snow but the deck is firm and solid

North side of Bullhead near Loon Dance Ranch

North side of Bullhead near Loon Dance Ranch

 

Bootleg extension Friday morning

Bootleg extension Friday morning

East end of Bullhead

East end of Bullhead

 

Skinny field on Sukkerbusk

Skinny field on Sukkerbusk

Roy's Run after fresh track cut. February 11th, 2016
Roy’s Run after fresh track cut. February 11th, 2016

February 10th Trail Photos

Monte's Movers enjoying the beautiful day

Monte's Movers enjoying the beautiful day

Snowy tamarack trees on north end of Bullhead lake

Snowy tamarack trees on north end of Bullhead lake

 

Fresh track on Bootleg extension. Winter fairyland.

Fresh track on Bootleg extension. Winter fairyland.

 

Working through a drift on Island Lake trail

Working through a drift on Island Lake trail

Fast tracks on Twin Lakes trail

Fast tracks on Twin Lakes trail

February 9th Trail Report Photos

Breaking up and leveling a drift on Twin Lakes trail. Nice size drifts off the lakes and sloughs.

Breaking up and leveling a drift on Twin Lakes trail. Nice size drifts off the lakes and sloughs.

Fresh beaver track from slough to pond across the trail

Fresh beaver track from slough to pond across the trail

Setting fresh track on Twin Lakes

Setting fresh track on Twin Lakes

Setting track on JibFly

Setting track on JibFly

Breaking up a drift and leveling on JibFly

Breaking up a drift and leveling on JibFly

Panoramic view on Rootin Tootin. Awesome winter scenes in the woods right now

Panoramic view on Rootin Tootin. Awesome winter scenes in the woods right now

Heading back to the start area

Heading back to the start area

Skaters waltz after another pass

Skaters waltz after another pass

 

 

Packing and combing on North Loup! After a few passes, the branches slowly making way back to normal state.

Packing and combing on North Loup! After a few passes, the branches slowly making way back to normal state.

Incredible scenes on North Loup once the sun came out

Incredible scenes on North Loup once the sun came out

Second pass with the Ginzu groomer on North Loup trail as it passes Rutherford slough

Second pass with the Ginzu groomer on North Loup trail as it passes Rutherford slough

Packing on Roy's Run. Track to be set Wednesday

Packing on Roy's Run. Track to be set Wednesday

Group of deer on Skaters extension. The deer have been out like crazy snacking on the overhanging branches on all the ski trails. Another reason to let the branches be in their natural state.

Group of deer on Skaters extension. The deer have been out like crazy snacking on the overhanging branches on all the ski trails. Another reason to let the branches be in their natural state.

Rootin Tootin with grooming today

Rootin Tootin with grooming today

Skaters Waltz groomed again today

Skaters Waltz groomed again today

Working through a area of deep snow on Roy's Run

Working through a area of deep snow on Roy's Run

February 8th Trail Report Photos

Rollpacking on Skaters Waltz Monday morning. Even with the wind branches still loaded with snow in some areas

Rollpacking on Skaters Waltz Monday morning. Even with the wind branches still loaded with snow in some areas

Skaters extension

Skaters extension

Working through big drift on Twin Lakes trail near Pete's Porkie

Working through big drift on Twin Lakes trail near Pete's Porkie

 

Return from Twin Lakes

Return from Twin Lakes

Brief moment of sunshine coming through on JibFly

Brief moment of sunshine coming through on JibFly

 

Wave to Jerry. Thanks for coming over to help pack today!

Wave to Jerry. Thanks for coming over to help pack today!

Working through a drift on Mother North Star

Working through a drift on Mother North Star

Rolling through. Later groomed with the Pisten Bully and tracks set.

Rolling through. Later groomed with the Pisten Bully and tracks set.

Winter scene near the lodge

Winter scene near the lodge

Afternoon grooming crew, thanks to a snow day!

Afternoon grooming crew, thanks to a snow day!

Most every piece of grooming equipment used today

Most every piece of grooming equipment used today

Setting track with the Pisten Bully on Sap Run

Setting track with the Pisten Bully on Sap Run

Setting track on Sap Run

Setting track on Sap Run

Late afternoon skier striding through. The wind filled in the tracks quickly in the open areas. We will continue grooming and tracking on through the week.

Late afternoon skier striding through. The wind filled in the tracks quickly in the open areas. We will continue grooming and tracking on through the week.

February 7th Trail Report Photos

With the wind blowing around in the open areas hard to get a accurate measurement but 6-8" blanketting the trails with some pillows of 10-12" in areas.

With the wind blowing around in the open areas hard to get a accurate measurement but 6-8" blanketting the trails with some pillows of 10-12" in areas.

Grooming over a 10" pillow of fresh snow on Sukkerbusk

Grooming over a 10" pillow of fresh snow on Sukkerbusk

Skaters Waltz

Skaters Waltz

Certain pockets there are branches hanging over on the trails. We are not aggressive with our branch cutting as part of our forest management plan so use caution skiing this week!

Certain pockets there are branches hanging over on the trails. We are not aggressive with our branch cutting as part of our forest management plan so use caution skiing this week!

 

 

Didn't take long for tracks to fill in today! Everything is completely covered and will take a good day to get everything groomed proper.

Didn't take long for tracks to fill in today! Everything is completely covered and will take a good day to get everything groomed proper.