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Tuesday, March 24, 2015 - Reports

After a 4 day stretch of warm weather, we have cooled back down again with even a dusting of snow. The trails are free of snow and ice but still have frost 3-5 feet down.  The trails are now closed for the season unless we receive a spring storm or until they dry out enough for mountain biking and hiking. This is the most vulnerable time of the year for trail damage with the frost going out so please be patient as we wait for the trails to dry out.

Thanks to everyone who came to Maplelag this season and patronized the trails. Despite the low snow year, we had fair to excellent skiing from November 13th-Decmeber 13th, melted out than skiing again from January 1st until March 10th. Counting the skiable days in November and December, we had a total of 100 days we skied this year. This does not include the days we skied on the lake which would of put the total at 108 days. Total number of skier visits were right around 10,000. Total snowfall this season was 25″. We started out with 8″ of snowfall in November and December before that melted out the December 14th-15th weekend than 17″ between January 1st and March 7th, the last day it snowed. We groomed over 75 times this year, with Suicide Hill, Skaters Waltz, Sukkerbusk and Twin Lakes seeing the most grooming action. For the record, we also hauled over 50 pick up loads of snow from the lake and surrounding fields etc, to build up the base mainly on skaters waltz and the start area.

We spend just as many hours if not more on the trails outside the winter season to be prepared for low snow years such as this one to be able to open the trails on as little as 3″ of dense snow. We thrive on grooming and having the trails open on as little snow as possible and prepare the trails in the off season with this mindset. As soon as the frost goes out, we will begin working on the trails for next season! Also on the agenda is tree planting with over 3000 trees on order to be planted in late April and the finishing and building of new mountain bike trail. Check back frequently for spring photos and new trail work photos.

March 13th Trail Report Photos

East side of skaters waltz holding a snow/ice base providing good glide for one more ski.

East side of skaters waltz holding a snow/ice base providing good glide for one more ski.

Bottom of Suicide Hill Friday morning

Bottom of Suicide Hill Friday morning

Short section of skaters waltz extension still holding on to good coverage

Short section of skaters waltz extension still holding on to good coverage

Sukkerbusk

Sukkerbusk

Top of Suicide Hill. Always the first area on trail system to provide sking and always the last!

Top of Suicide Hill. Always the first area on trail system to provide sking and always the last!

Icy swath on skaters waltz.

Icy swath on skaters waltz.

Hudson enjoying a low area on trail holding water from the rapid melt

Hudson enjoying a low area on trail holding water from the rapid melt

 

 

Pair of trumpeter swans on Little Sugarbush lake, March 12th, 2015.

Pair of trumpeter swans on Little Sugarbush lake, March 12th, 2015.

 

 

March 11th Trail Report Photos

Grooming Suicide hill Wednesday morning. Most likely the last grooming run of the year!

Grooming Suicide hill Wednesday morning. Most likely the last grooming run of the year!

Striding North Loup

Striding North Loup

Jonell striding on Roy's Run. Still some pockets here and there with good spring snow.

Jonell striding on Roy's Run. Still some pockets here and there with good spring snow.

Panoramic view on North Loup towards the old dipsy doodle. Great skiing through here.

Panoramic view on North Loup towards the old dipsy doodle. Great skiing through here.

Coming down the hills.

Coming down the hills.

Low area with water, just ski around.

Low area with water, just ski around.

Down the hill!

Down the hill!

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