We post regular updates on our trail conditions, along with some nature observations…
Thursday, May 26, 2016 - Ski Trail
After warm summer like weather the first half of the week, rainy weather moving in which was welcomed. Around 1.5″ of rain since Tuesday. Sunny and dry on Thursday. Off and on steady showers ideal for giving the grounds and forest floor a much needed “drink”.
One of the best times of the year (other than winter of course) as the forest comes alive with the sights, sounds and smells of spring. Overall it has been a beautiful start to May. The warm days in between the chilly ones have brought the forest to life with the leaves exploding as well as the forest floor with wild flowers and underbrush. The birds are chirping like crazy and loons and trumpeter swans always making their voices heard.
Trail work on tap this spring and summer includes planting trees on the Maplelag property, clearing deadfall off the ski trails and also marking a new ski trail by Twin Lakes for singletrack classic skiing. This new ski trail we hope to complete by next ski season. We also resume new mountain bike trail building on a loop we started over by Bullhead lake last fall on the Maplelag property.
Little Sugarbush official ice out date at March 30th. As expected, the loons returned. The lake is busy with the calls of the loon, trumpeter swans and eagles soaring above. A few signs of spring with some trees budding but we eagerly await the return of wild flowers and flora on the forest floor.
The mountain bike trails are open and riding has been pretty much as good as it gets. Bike trail report click here.
The trails are closed to horses and motorized traffic.
Thanks to everyone who came to Maplelag this season patronizing the trails and helping make it a fantastic season!
Ski season 2015/16 snow totals: Since December 15th=37″, Total snowfall since December 1st, 43″. Total snowfall since November 20th= 45″. 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 skied daily and only missed a few days of grooming since December 15th until March 11th.
Maple seedlings emerging from the forest floor. May 21st, 2016.
Good crop of marsh marigold flowers in area ponds and sloughs. May 12th, 2016.
Sunset over Little Sugarbush lake, May 2nd, 2016.
Wood duck pair making a rare appearance on the Maplelag grounds for feeding. April 27th, 2016.
Feeding in the front yard! April 27th, 2016.
Ski trails showing a bit more green with recent rain. We will be mowing/grooming the trails as soon as the grass is long enough!
The forest floor is slowly coming to life.
Mountain bike singletrack on Twin Lakes loop cleared over the weekend.
Bear tracks on Sugarbush trail near Roy's Run ski trail
Scarlet elf cup emerging from the forest floor. April 11th, 2016.
Ice returning on south Twin lake early Saturday morning after temps in the single digits
Ice bubbles forming from wavy conditions before wind settled down and froze lake over again
Red spores sprouting up on the forest floor in recent days. Spring has been slow to come with recent cold weather
Skaters Waltz ski trail covered with dusting of snow.
Moment of sunshine while fat biking on the frozen ski trails covered with a dusting of fresh snow. April 8th, 2016.
Snow falling Thursday morning in the switchyard. April 7th, 2016.
Trumpeter swan in flight above Little Sugarbush as a group swims near the shoreline. April 4th, 2016.
Saturday morning view from the webcams, April 2nd, 2016.
View from the top of Pete’s Porkie looking toward south Twin Lake, April 1st, 2016. Just one small patch of ice on the south end.
Little Sugarbush ice free, March 30th 2016.
Intersection of the start and finish of the western trails
Not many signs of spring on the forest floor but the rain overnight really brought the moss to life!
Pete's Porkie on Twin Lakes. Ski trail to the left mountain bike trail to the right!
Twin Lakes ski trail
Late March sky as seen at the Twin Lakes crossing. Eagles active in the nest
Just a small section of ice on south Twin Lake
North facing section of trail on Twin Lakes holding snow. March 21st, 2016
Skating on Sap Run late Saturday morning
Heading down Suicide Hill
Down the home stretch on Sukkerbusk
Heading up Suicide Hill
Friday morning skiers Denny, Joe and Peder enjoying late season fresh snow and grooming.
Heading up Suicide Hill!
Through the skinny field
Packing on Suicide Hill Thursday evening
Packing through the skinny field
Combing on Sukkerbusk on other side of skinny field
Bottom of Suicide Hill Saturday morning
Section of North Loup with skiable snow Saturday morning
Skaters Extension. Hudson finally gets to stretch his legs on the trails!
Madeline testing out the new "HOK" skis from Altai. We will have an assortment of these sizes in our rental fleet next year. Great skis for use in the backcountry, snowshoe trail, lake travel and anywhere outside of the groomed trails. A nice alternative if the tracks get fast!
Close up of the HOK skis
Late afternoon grooming, Thursday March 10th
Frozen fresh corn snow corduroy for Friday morning skiing!
Denny Barry on North Loup
Back on Skaters Waltz
This thin area melting out later in the day.
Nice section on Skaters Waltz, late morning Friday.
Nice crust skiing around Dry Lake Friday morning.
Beaver activity on the upper shore of Dry Lake. Notice the sap running on this maple tree!
Many trumpeter swans in flight with the warm weather