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Back Porch Quilters Spring Retreat

March 19, 2010 1:00 pmtoMarch 21, 2010 1:00 pm

The Back Porch quilt shop of Detroit Lake holds two quilting retreat at Maplelag.  Participants enjoy quilting ,of course,  home cooked meals along with relaxation time in the spa area including massages and skiing if the snow is good. The retreat also features special workshops and shows. If you would like to take part in a future quilting retreat, please contact us at Maplelag.

Photos from the Fall retreat.

MooseJaw 2010

March 12, 2010 12:00 pmtoMarch 14, 2010 2:00 pm

The theme for this year’s MooseJaw is MooseJaw at the Movies, so be sure to come as your favorite star from the silver screen. We’ll most likely have a red carpet premier along with our own take on the Oscars. We’ll also be having the usual assortment of music—this year our old-time band will be the Tallboys from Seattle. For the local band, we’ll be featuring the Ukrainian Village Band for traditional Ukrainian dancing and music. Our caller for 2010 is the incomparable Beverly Smith. There will also be a wide range of workshops this year—old-time fiddle, banjo and guitar, Ukrainian singing, dance and fiddle music, a jug band symposium (so be sure to bring a jug band instrument of some sort—anything goes!), clogging, squares, contras, calling and more. Enjoy miles of beautiful cross country skiing, the sauna and hot tub, and of course, the bottomless cookie jar.

Link to MooseJaw website for more information and registration (register through Wild Goose Chase Cloggers, not Maplelag)

Full Moon

March 30, 2010
9:00 pmto11:59 pm

Grooming under a full moon, December 2007
Grooming under a full moon, December 2007

Keep in mind there is usually a week or so before the full moon that can be counted on for good moonlight skiing with the moon rise earlier in the evening.  After a full moon has passed with a later moon rise and set, some of the most interesting moonlight skiing is around 4 or 5am. Skiing in moonlight then skiing into a sunrise is a great experience.

Lotvola Cup: Maplelag Cross Country Ski Tour

March 7, 2010
11:00 amto1:00 pm

The Lotvola Cup is a cross country ski race/tour where only the traditional technique is allowed. Lotvola Cup 2010 will be on Sunday March 7thNote: New start time at 11am. It will start on the lake with the usual blast of dynamite to get everyone’s adrenaline pumping. It is an event for all levels of ability, from the youngest skier to the serious competitor. A special Maplelag hat will be given to the first 95 registrants. Ribbons are awarded to the top finishers in each age class. But, the focus is on each individual having fun, feeling good about finishing and maybe bettering their time from the year before.

Emma Ellefson upon completing the Lotvola Cup with a pair of wooden skis and traditional Norwegian attire.
Emma Ellefson upon completing the Lotvola Cup with a pair of wooden skis and traditional Norwegian attire.

Recent years we have added a wood ski division which has become quite competitive. Traditional wood skis with boots and attire is encouraged. Special awards for top finishers including name engravment on a old wooden ski.

We will also have a kids race this year starting at 12:30pm. This will be two laps of Sap Run which is part of the finish of the Lotvola Cup. We will have two age categories, 7 and under and 8-12. Cost for the kids will be $5 but will NOT include the hat we are doing this year for the regular Lotvola Cup registrants. Ribbons will be awarded

We also award the “Mayor’s Cup” presented by Mayor Matt Brenk of Detroit Lakes. There is a chance for anyone to qualify for this honor, as Matt determines a new category each year and it is not announced until the race is finished. (Farthest traveler, first registrant, youngest female finisher, are a few examples.) We also have a wood ski division for those that use “wood” skis. Overall awards to the first male and female. Please consider a return trip to Maplelag for this event or make this your special weekend of the ski season.

Start Time: 11 am

Course: 12K of Pisten Bully and Ginzu groomed, double tracked trail over varied terrain (woods, clearings)

Registration: Please pre-register if possible, otherwise race day registration is available. $25.00 for adults, $15.00 if under 17. Lotvola cup Flyer

Awards: Awards will be awarded in all classes as soon as results are known. Everyone who finishes will receive a pin, with ribbons to first 3 finishers in each class. All finishers are eligible to win the MAYOR’S CUP! A different category is announced each year on the day of the race.

Registration: Please print the Lotvola Cup registration form, complete it and mail or fax it (sorry, no online registration).

Snowy start to the 2008 Lotvola Cup
Snowy start to the 2008 Lotvola Cup