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Thursday, April 17, 2014 - Ski Trail

The recent storm that moved through Minnesota stayed south of us, leaving only a trace of snow that melted off from the intense April sun. The trails are slowly drying up (frost coming out of the ground) but not gaining much ground with sub freezing nights! Should dry up nicely the next few days and be that much closer to opening the mountain bike trails.

The big time warm up last week put an end to the ski season. A check of the coverage on North Loup  last Thursday morning found enough sections with good coverage for some back and forth skiing. However, the trails are now closed as we wait for the frost to come out and earth to dry up for the mountain bike season. Even though the trails might be free of snow and appear dry, some of the worst damage can occur while the frost releases from the ground. Please stay off the trails until we post as open. Thanks! It won’t be long until we can weave through the singletrack. We had a fantastic ski year with great snow from early December up until April 8th. Thanks to everyone who patronized Maplelag!!

 Total snowfall this season at 59″.

April 10th Trail Report Photos

Just a fe patches of ice at start of North Loup Thursday morning

Just a fe patches of ice at start of North Loup Thursday morning

North Loup

North Loup

 

Skiing on the last good stretch of snow. Final ski! Great season!

Skiing on the last good stretch of snow. Final ski! Great season!

 

North facing section still covered

North facing section still covered

 

Anne's Wisit!

Anne's Wisit!

The gates and trails are closed until the mountain bike season! Thanks for a great ski year!

The gates and trails are closed until the mountain bike season! Thanks for a great ski year!

April 7th Trail Report Photos

Good coverage on Suicide Hill Monday around noon

Good coverage on Suicide Hill Monday around noon

Beaver dam at end of Bullhead lake

Beaver dam at end of Bullhead lake

Almost 2 feet of base on ski trail on south side of Bullhead lake.

Almost 2 feet of base on ski trail on south side of Bullhead lake.

Bootleg extension with good coverage early Monday afternoon

Bootleg extension with good coverage early Monday afternoon

North end of Bullhead. Hudson discovered the water is no longer possible to walk on!

North end of Bullhead. Hudson discovered the water is no longer possible to walk on!

Most of skaters waltz with good coverage Monday early afternoon

Most of skaters waltz with good coverage Monday early afternoon

Nice spring skiing on corn snow. Sukkerbusk ski trail

Nice spring skiing on corn snow. Sukkerbusk ski trail

Intersection of Rootin Tootin, Mother North Star and JibFly. Snow melting off in woods but still covered on trails from grooming.

Intersection of Rootin Tootin, Mother North Star and JibFly. Snow melting off in woods but still covered on trails from grooming.

 

We no longer “sugar” at Maplelag but many locals in the area collect sap to be boiled down for maple syrup. We serve pure maple syrup at Maplelag with our syrup coming from the Kroll’s Zuckerwald in Long Prairie, MN. A few photos below from the early years at Maplelag setting taps to collect sap.

Maple Syruping at Maplelag in the Early Years (early 80's))

Jim drilling holes for the taps

Jim drilling holes for the taps

Mary "tapping" taps in to a maple tree

Mary "tapping" taps in to a maple tree

Getting ready to put buckets on the taps

Getting ready to put buckets on the taps

Hanging buckets

Hanging buckets

Collecting sap in the early years at Maplelag. Circa 1981

Collecting sap in the early years at Maplelag. Circa 1981

April 4th Trail Report Photos

Fresh grooming on Skaters Waltz Friday morning

Fresh grooming on Skaters Waltz Friday morning

Suicide Hill

Suicide Hill

North Loup

North Loup

Start area ready for the day!

Start area ready for the day!

Fresh tracks set on Sukkerbusk Friday morning

Fresh tracks set on Sukkerbusk Friday morning

Otter moving through the woods?!?

Otter moving through the woods?!?

Setting fresh track on Twin Lakes from top of Eagles View

Setting fresh track on Twin Lakes from top of Eagles View

Double nests. The eagles nest in the background is active!

Double nests. The eagles nest in the background is active!

Thin area but still plenty of base to groom and ski

Thin area but still plenty of base to groom and ski

Setting fresh track on Sukkerbusk

Setting fresh track on Sukkerbusk

 

Trail softening up quickly but still great April skiing. Might be a bit choppy Sat morning before softening up again

Trail softening up quickly but still great April skiing. Might be a bit choppy Sat morning before softening up again

Twin lakes Friday early afternoon

Twin lakes Friday early afternoon

Top of Eagle View early Friday afternoon

Top of Eagle View early Friday afternoon

 

Denny Barry and Terry Olson enjoying a skate ski adventure on the Maplelag trails. April 3rd, 2014.

Denny Barry and Terry Olson enjoying a skate ski adventure on the Maplelag trails. April 3rd, 2014.

 April 2nd Trail Report Photos 

Incredible skate ski conditions for April 2nd

Incredible skate ski conditions for April 2nd

Crust cruising through Roy's Field. Seedlings planted 15 years ago doing well!

Crust cruising through Roy's Field. Seedlings planted 15 years ago doing well!

Lots of tracks on the snow with the solid crust base underneath

Lots of tracks on the snow with the solid crust base underneath

North Loup, April 1st, 2014.

North Loup, April 1st, 2014.

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Skaters Waltz seeing skate traffic today. April 1st, 2014.

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Great crust skiing conditions after new snow and base freezing down again. Pretty much can ski anywhere. April 1st, 2014.

 

No fooling, grooming on Skaters Waltz, April 1st, 2014.

No fooling, grooming on Skaters Waltz, April 1st, 2014.

 

Fresh grooming on Skaters Waltz, April 1st, 2014.

Fresh grooming on Skaters Waltz, April 1st, 2014.

 

 

 

John Pfund enjoying the beautiful Saturday morning. March 29th, 2014.

John Pfund enjoying the beautiful Saturday morning. March 29th, 2014.

 

Jonell out on Sukkerbusk, enjoying the late season spring conditions. March 28th, 2014.

Jonell out on Sukkerbusk, enjoying the late season spring conditions. March 28th, 2014.

 

North Loup after fresh grooming. March 28th, 2014.

North Loup after fresh grooming. March 28th, 2014.

Skaters Waltz after fresh groom. March 28th, 2014.

Skaters Waltz after fresh groom. March 28th, 2014.

 

March 25th Trail Report Photos

Grooming for skate on North Loup with the Ginzu groomer

Grooming for skate on North Loup with the Ginzu groomer

Stick collector!

Stick collector!

North Loup

North Loup

Skaters Waltz

Skaters Waltz

March 23rd Trail Report Photos

Beth and Dave Franklin out to enjoy the late March ski conditions.

Beth and Dave Franklin out to enjoy the late March ski conditions.

Pisten Bully grooming with the front end renovator on Twin Lakes trail

Pisten Bully grooming with the front end renovator on Twin Lakes trail

Fresh tracks on Twin Lakes

Fresh tracks on Twin Lakes

Fresh grooming on Skaters Waltz

Fresh grooming on Skaters Waltz

Skaters Waltz

Skaters Waltz

Great classic skiing for March 23rd!!

Great classic skiing for March 23rd!!

 

 

March 17th Trail Report Photos

Slick tracks on Sukkerbusk!

Slick tracks on Sukkerbusk!

Bullhead bay to the left of Skaters Waltz

Bullhead bay to the left of Skaters Waltz

Top of Kamikaze hill on Skaters Waltz

Top of Kamikaze hill on Skaters Waltz

Sap Run

Sap Run

Mother North Star Monday morning

Mother North Star Monday morning

Maplelag driveway getting "interesting" Spring break up!

Maplelag driveway getting "interesting" Spring break up!

 

March 13th Trail Report Photos

Mother North Star Thursday morning

Mother North Star Thursday morning

Sap Run in great shape Thursday morning

Sap Run in great shape Thursday morning

Fantastic spring skate skiing in the mornings this week

Fantastic spring skate skiing in the mornings this week

Grooming Skaters Waltz Thursday evening

Grooming Skaters Waltz Thursday evening

Setting new track Thursday evening on Sap Run and Sukkerbusk

Setting new track Thursday evening on Sap Run and Sukkerbusk

Sunrise over Roy's slough.

Sunrise over Roy’s slough.

March 10th Trail Report Photos

Great skate ski conditions on Sunday morning.

Great skate ski conditions on Sunday morning.

Flying down skaters waltz on a hard frozen base...spring skiing!

Flying down skaters waltz on a hard frozen base...spring skiing!

 

Crust cruising on Bullhead lake. Spring skiing is some of the best skiing of the year with skiing possibilities other than the groomed trails.

Crust cruising on Bullhead lake. Spring skiing is some of the best skiing of the year with skiing possibilities other than the groomed trails.

 

Great March skiing on Twin Lakes Saturday morning. March 8th, 2014.

Great March skiing on Twin Lakes Saturday morning. March 8th, 2014.

 

 

Setting new track on Mother North Star, March 8th, 2014.

Setting new track on Mother North Star, March 8th, 2014.

Setting new tracks on Sukkerbusk, March 8th, 2014.

Setting new tracks on Sukkerbusk, March 8th, 2014.

 

 

March 5th Trail Report Photos

Porcupine on the side of Roy's Run

Porcupine on the side of Roy's Run

Fresh groomed track on Roy's Run Wednesday morning

Fresh groomed track on Roy's Run Wednesday morning

Fresh double track on Rootin Tootin Wednesday morning

Fresh double track on Rootin Tootin Wednesday morning

Sun filtering through over eagles nest bay

Sun filtering through over eagles nest bay

 

March 4th Trail Report Photos

Fresh track on North Loup singletrack

Fresh track on North Loup singletrack

 

Beautiful March sunsine casting through the woods near Bullhead lake

Beautiful March sunsine casting through the woods near Bullhead lake

JibFly complete!

JibFly complete!

Jon on Suicide Hill

Jon on Suicide Hill

Judy and Sara Florell enjoying the beautiful day and fresh snow on Mother North Star

Judy and Sara Florell enjoying the beautiful day and fresh snow on Mother North Star

Break time!

Break time!

Fresh grooming on Skaters Waltz Tuesday morning

Fresh grooming on Skaters Waltz Tuesday morning

 

Single file on the single track!

Single file on the single track!

 

 

 February 27th Trail Report Photos

Pisten Bully grooming on Mother North Star

Pisten Bully grooming on Mother North Star

Fresh tracks!

Fresh tracks!

Finishing up on Sap Run

Finishing up on Sap Run

Busting through a big drift on Twin Lakes trail near Pete's Porkie

Busting through a big drift on Twin Lakes trail near Pete's Porkie

February 24th Trail Report Photos

Morning sunrise over North Loup

Morning sunrise over North Loup

Tracks on Sukkerbusk holding out in great shape over the weekend

Tracks on Sukkerbusk holding out in great shape over the weekend

Skaters waltz. Skating has been slow with colder temps and find grained snow but base is firm and solid

Skaters waltz. Skating has been slow with colder temps and find grained snow but base is firm and solid

February 21st Trail Report Photos

Deer that fell through the channel on a ungroomed section of Bullhead lake trail!

Deer that fell through the channel on a ungroomed section of Bullhead lake trail!

Beaver walking down the ski trail with a fresh cut sapling

Beaver walking down the ski trail with a fresh cut sapling

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

February 19th Trail Report Photos

Rootin Tootin as intersects with the bypass of the "Toot"

Rootin Tootin as intersects with the bypass of the "Toot"

Sun shining down on Skaters Waltz.

Sun shining down on Skaters Waltz.

Fresh double track on Rootin Tootin

Fresh double track on Rootin Tootin

 

Beautiful February sun shining over a frosted  Kohlepp's slough

Beautiful February sun shining over a frosted Kohlepp's slough

Frosted Schulzeberries

Frosted Schulzeberries

Frosted saplings

Frosted saplings

Fresh grooming on JibFly

Fresh grooming on JibFly

Out for a morning ski

Out for a morning ski

Florence waxing up the wood skis. We were fine with hard wax all day today

Florence waxing up the wood skis. We were fine with hard wax all day today

Robert, Florence and Leroy of the Elan Vital ski club hitting the fresh groomed

Robert, Florence and Leroy of the Elan Vital ski club hitting the fresh groomed

 

February 18th Trail Report Photos

Wallace and Becky Alexander enjoing the beautiful day

Wallace and Becky Alexander enjoing the beautiful day

Bird stand hill on Island lake trail

Bird stand hill on Island lake trail

Fresh  track on Island Lake trail

Fresh track on Island Lake trail

 

Fresh track on Wavy Gravy trail today

Fresh track on Wavy Gravy trail today

Nice track in between twin lakes. Both wavy gravy and Island lake trails pass through here. Deep base of snow!

Nice track in between twin lakes. Both wavy gravy and Island lake trails pass through here. Deep base of snow!

Fresh track on Roy's Run today

Fresh track on Roy's Run today

Bob and Susan skiing to the entrance of the lodge. One of the nice things at Maplelag is you can ski right from your cabin door to the ski trail. We have even seen some people ski right in to the lodge!

Bob and Susan skiing to the entrance of the lodge. One of the nice things at Maplelag is you can ski right from your cabin door to the ski trail. We have even seen some people ski right in to the lodge!

 

 

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