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Saturday, April 25, 2015 - Ski Trail

After a very dry and warm start to April, winter like weather returned the start of the week with temps below freezing and light snow falling on Tuesday accumulating to an inch or two. Snow coverage remaining in the woods Wednesday morning before melting off late afternoon.  We received around 3/10ths of an inch of rain on Sunday. The recent moisture most welcomed after a dry start. The next project on the trails/woods will be the planting of 3000 tree seedlings next week. Since Maplelag has been in existence, we have planted over 100,000 trees!

The mountain bike trails are open for riding. (Click here for latest mountain bike trail report and information on mountain biking at Maplelag.) We are able to get in the woods now and do light trail work. We finished clearing out all the singletrack 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 made good progress last week and hope to have this new loop open for riding by the end of May/early June, weather depending.

The woods are active with many species of waterfowl enjoying the open water on sloughs and ponds. The smaller lakes have cleared of ice and Little Sugarbush, the lake Maplelag is next to, went ice free the evening of the 14th. The loons soon returned and great to hear them calling all hours of the day.  Many swans, geese, ducks, hawks and a few eagles flying around. Owls and coyotes have been heard at night!  A few wild flowers coming up already and the woods slowly showing more signs of green.

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.

 

 

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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