We post regular updates on our trail conditions, along with some nature observations…
Monday, May 2, 2016 - Ski Trail
A beautiful spring weekend with bountiful sunshine and pleasant temps.
It was a cool and cloudy week but turning warmer and dry after last Sunday afternoon and Monday rains. Total rainfall around 1.2″ The rain was welcomed. Last weekend we tuned up the Twin Lakes mountain bike trail. Other trail work planned this spring and summer includes planting trees on the Maplelag property, clearing deadfall and also marking a new ski trail by Twin Lakes for singletrack classic skiing. We also resume new mountain bike trail building on a loop we started over by Bullhead lake 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 have “dried” out and the frost has come out. The Twin Lakes loop is open for riding as well as the lakeside drop segment back to the start areas. 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.
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