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Sunday, May 24, 2015 - Ski Trail

Gorgeous weather to end the week. After a cold and snowy Monday, the rest of the week drop dead gorgeous. Beautiful conditions in the woods and on the trails. NO bugs so far and it doesn’t get any better.

Dry week after the first half of May saw just over 5″ of rain at Maplelag. The rain welcomed for the tree seedlings we planted this spring. Since Maplelag has been in existence, we have planted over 100,000 trees! The forest floor is starting to come alive. Many wildflowers popping up and other forest floor “greens”.  The leaves starting to come out nicely on the trees.  The lake has been busy as ever with the sounds of loons, swans, geese and other waterfowl species and a nice variety of birds at the feeders. Many turtles on the move as well. Spring has  sprung!

The mountain bike trails are open.  (Click here for latest mountain bike trail report and information on mountain biking at Maplelag.) We are in the woods now doing trail work. We cleared out all the singletrack earlier this spring on the entire course and conditions are very good for early season. Trail work will now focus on fine tuning the new mtb trail off of the Twin Lakes loop we started last fall. We are making good progress, thanks to the dry weather, and hope to have this new loop open for riding by the end of May/early June.

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.

 

Pair of trumpeter swans sharing the waters of Little Sugarbush with a loon and a beaver in the far background. May 21st, 2015.

Pair of trumpeter swans sharing the waters of Little Sugarbush with a loon and a beaver in the far background. May 21st, 2015.

 

May 18th Trail Report Photos

Tens of thousands of Bellwort flowers on the forest floor

Tens of thousands of Bellwort flowers on the forest floor

Marsh marigolds popping out in recent days. Hopefully surviving the cold weather!

Marsh marigolds popping out in recent days. Hopefully surviving the cold weather!

New life from a small pond that was dry before the rain.

New life from a small pond that was dry before the rain.

Smaller ponds filling back up with water that had dried out during the past 6-7 months.

Smaller ponds filling back up with water that had dried out during the past 6-7 months.

Trail work on new singletrack!

Trail work on new singletrack!

Sukkerbusk ski trail "greening" up. Won't be long until we begin mowing the ski trails and preparing them for winter! May 13th, 2015.

Sukkerbusk ski trail “greening” up. Won’t be long until we begin mowing the ski trails and preparing them for winter! May 13th, 2015.

Ferns in the forest enjoying the sunshine on Tuesday and waiting for warmer temps. May 13th, 2015.

Ferns in the forest enjoying the sunshine on Tuesday and waiting for warmer temps. May 12th, 2015.

Red Headed woodpecker making a visit to the Maplelag grounds this week. May 11th, 2015.

Red Headed woodpecker making a visit to the Maplelag grounds this week. May 11th, 2015.

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Cardinal one of the many birds visiting the Maplelag feeders this week. May 8th, 2015.

Cardinal one of the many birds visiting the Maplelag feeders this week. May 8th, 2015.

 

Eagle nest near Twin Lakes crossing active this year . May 3rd, 2015.

Eagle nest near Twin Lakes crossing active this year . May 3rd, 2015.

 

 

Kira and Anna planting trees near Twin Lakes this week. April 28th, 2015.

Kira and Anna helping plant trees near Twin Lakes this week. April 28th, 2015.

 

 

April 22nd Trail Report Photos

Ski trail segment of mtb course surrounded by snow Wednesday morning

Ski trail segment of mtb course surrounded by snow Wednesday morning

Mountain bike singletrack. The rain/snow was good, freezing at nights making it greasy when it thaws out. Looks like will before the weekend before fully opened.

Mountain bike singletrack. The rain/snow was good, freezing at nights making it greasy when it thaws out. Looks like will before the weekend before fully opened.

Pines in skinny field planted as seedlings growing along nicely. Maplelag has planted over 100,000 trees since its existence. Happy Earth Day!

Pines in skinny field planted as seedlings growing along nicely. Maplelag has planted over 100,000 trees since its existence. Happy Earth Day!

Pines planted as seedlings back in the 90's now growing nicely through the square field

Pines planted as seedlings back in the 90's now growing nicely through the square field

Skinny field pines

Skinny field pines

Pothole created for watefowl back in the 80's

Pothole created for watefowl back in the 80's

Spruce trees planted as seedlings 20 years ago

Spruce trees planted as seedlings 20 years ago

Norway and spruce trees planed along Rootin Tootin providing wind break from the slough to the right.

Norway and spruce trees planed along Rootin Tootin providing wind break from the slough to the right.

Aerial photo taken by Greg Ames of Little Sugarbush ice free.  Maplelag on the east shore. April 16th, 2015.

Special aerial photo taken by Greg Ames of Little Sugarbush ice free. Maplelag on the east shore. April 16th, 2015. Thanks Greg!

 

 

Patch of ice on Little Sugarbush, April 14th, 2014.

Patch of ice on Little Sugarbush, April 14th, 2014.

May flowers blooming this week. April 14th, 2015

May flowers blooming this week. April 14th, 2015

 

Top of Suicide Hill. April 14th, 2015.

Top of Suicide Hill. April 14th, 2015.

 

 

April 13th Lake Photos

Ice coverage on Little Sugarbush on Saturday. Still 95% covered as of Monday morning.

Ice coverage on Little Sugarbush on Saturday. Still 95% covered as of Monday morning.

Sunday evening sunset.

Sunday evening sunset.

 

April 9th Trail Report Photos

Clearing singletrack on Twin Lakes loop

Clearing singletrack on Twin Lakes loop

Eagle View singletrack segment on Twin Lakes

Eagle View singletrack segment on Twin Lakes

Hudson taking a swim in south Twin lake. Should be ice free by the weekend!

Hudson taking a swim in south Twin lake. Should be ice free by the weekend!

Very little sign of spring in the woods as far as flora. This patch of moss sticking out.

Very little sign of spring in the woods as far as flora. This patch of moss sticking out.

Top of Eagle View on Twin Lakes ski trail

Top of Eagle View on Twin Lakes ski trail

Group of swans enjoying open water

Group of swans enjoying open water

Little Sugarbush still covered with ice.

Little Sugarbush still covered with ice.

South Twin half frozen. North Twin free of ice

South Twin half frozen. North Twin free of ice

Berm work on the singletrack

Berm work on the singletrack

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