We post regular updates on our trail conditions, along with some nature observations…
Thursday, April 17, 2014 - Ski Trail
The recent storm that moved through Minnesota stayed south of us, leaving only a trace of snow that melted off from the intense April sun. The trails are slowly drying up (frost coming out of the ground) but not gaining much ground with sub freezing nights! Should dry up nicely the next few days and be that much closer to opening the mountain bike trails.
The big time warm up last week put an end to the ski season. A check of the coverage on North Loup last Thursday morning found enough sections with good coverage for some back and forth skiing. However, the trails are now closed as we wait for the frost to come out and earth to dry up for the mountain bike season. Even though the trails might be free of snow and appear dry, some of the worst damage can occur while the frost releases from the ground. Please stay off the trails until we post as open. Thanks! It won’t be long until we can weave through the singletrack. We had a fantastic ski year with great snow from early December up until April 8th. Thanks to everyone who patronized Maplelag!!
Total snowfall this season at 59″.
Just a fe patches of ice at start of North Loup Thursday morning
Skiing on the last good stretch of snow. Final ski! Great season!
North facing section still covered
The gates and trails are closed until the mountain bike season! Thanks for a great ski year!
Good coverage on Suicide Hill Monday around noon
Beaver dam at end of Bullhead lake
Almost 2 feet of base on ski trail on south side of Bullhead lake.
Bootleg extension with good coverage early Monday afternoon
North end of Bullhead. Hudson discovered the water is no longer possible to walk on!
Most of skaters waltz with good coverage Monday early afternoon
Nice spring skiing on corn snow. Sukkerbusk ski trail
Intersection of Rootin Tootin, Mother North Star and JibFly. Snow melting off in woods but still covered on trails from grooming.
We no longer “sugar” at Maplelag but many locals in the area collect sap to be boiled down for maple syrup. We serve pure maple syrup at Maplelag with our syrup coming from the Kroll’s Zuckerwald in Long Prairie, MN. A few photos below from the early years at Maplelag setting taps to collect sap.
Jim drilling holes for the taps
Mary "tapping" taps in to a maple tree
Getting ready to put buckets on the taps
Collecting sap in the early years at Maplelag. Circa 1981
Fresh grooming on Skaters Waltz Friday morning
Start area ready for the day!
Fresh tracks set on Sukkerbusk Friday morning
Otter moving through the woods?!?
Setting fresh track on Twin Lakes from top of Eagles View
Double nests. The eagles nest in the background is active!
Thin area but still plenty of base to groom and ski
Setting fresh track on Sukkerbusk
Trail softening up quickly but still great April skiing. Might be a bit choppy Sat morning before softening up again
Twin lakes Friday early afternoon
Top of Eagle View early Friday afternoon
Denny Barry and Terry Olson enjoying a skate ski adventure on the Maplelag trails. April 3rd, 2014.
Incredible skate ski conditions for April 2nd
Crust cruising through Roy's Field. Seedlings planted 15 years ago doing well!
Lots of tracks on the snow with the solid crust base underneath
North Loup, April 1st, 2014.
Skaters Waltz seeing skate traffic today. April 1st, 2014.
Great crust skiing conditions after new snow and base freezing down again. Pretty much can ski anywhere. April 1st, 2014.
No fooling, grooming on Skaters Waltz, April 1st, 2014.
Fresh grooming on Skaters Waltz, April 1st, 2014.
John Pfund enjoying the beautiful Saturday morning. March 29th, 2014.
Jonell out on Sukkerbusk, enjoying the late season spring conditions. March 28th, 2014.
North Loup after fresh grooming. March 28th, 2014.
Skaters Waltz after fresh groom. March 28th, 2014.
Grooming for skate on North Loup with the Ginzu groomer
Beth and Dave Franklin out to enjoy the late March ski conditions.
Pisten Bully grooming with the front end renovator on Twin Lakes trail
Fresh tracks on Twin Lakes
Fresh grooming on Skaters Waltz
Great classic skiing for March 23rd!!
Slick tracks on Sukkerbusk!
Bullhead bay to the left of Skaters Waltz
Top of Kamikaze hill on Skaters Waltz
Mother North Star Monday morning
Maplelag driveway getting "interesting" Spring break up!
Mother North Star Thursday morning
Sap Run in great shape Thursday morning
Fantastic spring skate skiing in the mornings this week
Grooming Skaters Waltz Thursday evening
Setting new track Thursday evening on Sap Run and Sukkerbusk
Sunrise over Roy’s slough.
Great skate ski conditions on Sunday morning.
Flying down skaters waltz on a hard frozen base...spring skiing!
Crust cruising on Bullhead lake. Spring skiing is some of the best skiing of the year with skiing possibilities other than the groomed trails.
Great March skiing on Twin Lakes Saturday morning. March 8th, 2014.
Setting new track on Mother North Star, March 8th, 2014.
Setting new tracks on Sukkerbusk, March 8th, 2014.
Porcupine on the side of Roy's Run
Fresh groomed track on Roy's Run Wednesday morning
Fresh double track on Rootin Tootin Wednesday morning
Sun filtering through over eagles nest bay
Fresh track on North Loup singletrack
Beautiful March sunsine casting through the woods near Bullhead lake
Jon on Suicide Hill
Judy and Sara Florell enjoying the beautiful day and fresh snow on Mother North Star
Fresh grooming on Skaters Waltz Tuesday morning
Single file on the single track!
Pisten Bully grooming on Mother North Star
Finishing up on Sap Run
Busting through a big drift on Twin Lakes trail near Pete's Porkie
Morning sunrise over North Loup
Tracks on Sukkerbusk holding out in great shape over the weekend
Skaters waltz. Skating has been slow with colder temps and find grained snow but base is firm and solid
Deer that fell through the channel on a ungroomed section of Bullhead lake trail!
Beaver walking down the ski trail with a fresh cut sapling
Rootin Tootin as intersects with the bypass of the "Toot"
Sun shining down on Skaters Waltz.
Fresh double track on Rootin Tootin
Beautiful February sun shining over a frosted Kohlepp's slough
Fresh grooming on JibFly
Out for a morning ski
Florence waxing up the wood skis. We were fine with hard wax all day today
Robert, Florence and Leroy of the Elan Vital ski club hitting the fresh groomed
Wallace and Becky Alexander enjoing the beautiful day
Bird stand hill on Island lake trail
Fresh track on Island Lake trail
Fresh track on Wavy Gravy trail today
Nice track in between twin lakes. Both wavy gravy and Island lake trails pass through here. Deep base of snow!
Fresh track on Roy's Run today
Bob and Susan skiing to the entrance of the lodge. One of the nice things at Maplelag is you can ski right from your cabin door to the ski trail. We have even seen some people ski right in to the lodge!