All posts by Jay Richards

Trail Report

4-5″ of new snow Sunday evening/Monday morning. We packed and combed on the entire trail system Monday and set track on about 15km of trail. We will be grooming daily this week, setting most of the track on Thursday. The new snow on top of the existing base from last week making for excellent early season conditions!

Tracksetting at end of Sap Run, December 9th, 2019.
Skaters Waltz after roll packing, December 9th, 2019. Skate trails will be combed on Thursday.
Setting track on JibFly, December 9th, 2019.
Setting track on Twin Lakes, December 9th, 2019.
North Loup roll packed today, December 9th, 2019.
Setting track on Sukkerbusk as it passes through, December 9th, 2019.
Sun dogs over Twin Lakes crossing, December 9th, 2019.

Winter Riding Trail Report

5″ of new snow overnight. Grooming planned middle of the week.

A great weekend of riding. Good seeing folks out. The groomed trails rode nice, few soft spots from early season but overall great early season conditions.

We finished up our fall new trail building before Thanksgiving, working on a new 1.5 mile loop that we will complete in the spring. The new loop branches off the original loop on the east side on Maplelag property.

Checking out the fresh grooming on new Bootleg loop, December 6th, 2019.
Bridge section on Twin Lakes singletrack, December 6th, 2019.
Bridge crossing on Bootleg loop, bridges are level, smooth and ride great. December 6th, 2019.
Fat bike grooming on Twin Lakes singletrack. December 5th, 2019.
Grooming across bridge on new Bootleg loop, December 5th, 2019.
Twin Lakes lakeside, December 5th, 2019.
Night ride! December 4th, 2019.
Packing in fresh snow before the next round of snow, December 1st, 2019.
Steve on a bridge crossing, Bootleg loop. November 29th, 2019.
Bootleg singletrack, November 29th, 2019.
Twin Lakes singletrack, November 26th, 2019.
Wayne on a bridge crossing on Bootleg trail, November 23rd. (Arneson photo)
“Petes Porkie” segment, Twin Lakes singletrack. November 21st, 2019.
Skaters Waltz ski trail, November 21st, 2019. Until we start grooming the ski trails, Skaters Waltz and Sukkerbusk open for winter riding.

The trails we will have open this winter will be the Twin lakes singletrack and the new Bootleg loop. We will begin fat bike grooming once there is a base and 4-5″ of snow.

We are planning on grooming the Twin Lakes singletrack again for fat biking and hopefully the new Bootleg loop as well. Like last year, we will have select ski trail segments open later in the winter.

Thanks to everyone who helped make it a great 29th year of mountain biking at Maplelag. We are looking forward to next season with more new trail, hopefully a fat bike race the end of February, a spring race in May and of course the 30th annual Laddies Loppet. Keep the wheels moving!

Ben Olson ready for fat bike grooming, January 24th, 2019. We are excited Ben to have Ben on board for another season of grooming! Thanks Ben!

Trail Report

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Trails are taking shape nicely with daily grooming after 8-9″ of snow last weekend. We started packing select trails Saturday night and have been packing and grooming daily since.

Tracks have been set on Sap Run, Sukkerbusk, Mother Hen, Poki Loki, Mother North Star, JibFly and Twin Lakes. Skating open on Skaters Waltz, North Loup, Single Green, Suicide Hill and Skaters Extension trails. Groomed/combed for no track classic skiing on Roy’s Run, Island Lake, Wavy Gravy, and Rootin Tootin. Lucky’s Loype and Bullhead Bootleg trails skiable but recommended to ski after more snow. Good to excellent early season conditions. A few bumpy spots and a few thin areas but overall great skiing for early December. We will continue packing and grooming on the entire trail system the rest of the week.

The trails are open, purchase day pass online. There are no services in the main lodge. Park and ski! We will open fully for the ski season on December 13th.

With high water tables, there are a few low areas with flowing water that we have managed. Use caution on JibFly low area and Sukkerbusk on the one low area in between the road crossings.Bullhead trail best to wait to ski until colder weather.

We had a good final weeks clearing on the western trails and North Loup. Lots of deadfall from October storms we were able to finally clear.

The Twin Lakes and Bootleg mountain bike singletrack open for winter riding. Click here for trail report.

Testing the tracks on Sukkerbusk, excellent early season skiing on this trail. December 4th, 2019.
Great early season classic skiing on Twin Lakes. Other than a couple thin areas, fantastic skiing. December 4th, 2019.
Winter scene at Twin Lakes crossing, December 4th, 2019.
Skaters Waltz in excellent early season condition, December 4th, 2019.
Fat bike grooming on Twin Lakes singletrack, December 5th, 2019. Both Twin Lakes and the new Bootleg loop groomed for fat biking.
Grooming across bridge on Bootleg singletrack, December 5th, 2019.
The new Mother Hen is now groomed and open with a track set. Beginner trail 1.3km. December 4th, 2019.
Night ride on the fat bike trail, December 4th, 2019. Grooming planned Thursday evening!
Fresh cut double tracks on Sukkerbusk, December 3rd, 2019.
Cutting track on Twin Lakes, December 3rd, 2019.
Combing out Suicide Hill, December 3rd, 2019.
Grooming around Roy’s field on Skaters Waltz extension, December 3rd, 2019.

Grooming on Single Green, December 3rd, 2019.

Sunset ski on Skaters Waltz, December 3rd, 2019. Great early season conditions!
Packing and combing on Skaters Waltz, December 1st, 2019.

Grooming through the skinny field, December 1st, 2019.

Beautiful day to groom, December 1st, 2019.

Sunset ski on Skaters Waltz, December 1st, 2019. Great early season conditions.
Heading out for evening group. November 30th, 2019.

Trail Report

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Happy Thanksgiving! A very thin dusting of snow on the trails. Cold weather continuing to set frost deep into the cleared trails which is key before the snow flies. It won’t take much snow to have skiable conditions on the cleared trails. Once there is enough snow to start packing, we will begin grooming. We will open for the ski season on December 12th.

We had a good week clearing on the western trails this week after working on North Loup last week. Lots of deadfall from October storms we are finally getting to on the outer trails. With the ground being frozen we are able to access wet areas that are now frozen. Even with warmer temps lately, the ground is frozen on the cleared ski trails and there is 4-6″ of ice on the lakes.

A fun weekend on the trails, in the woods and on the lake! Great seeing everyone enjoying the beautiful weather over the weekend hiking, running, fat biking, skating and finishing off the day taking the plunge!

The Twin Lakes and Bootleg mountain bike singletrack are open for winter riding.

Clearing brush and deadfall on Wavy Gravy trail, November 26th, 2019.
Skaters on Little Sugarbush, November 24th, 2019.
Hikers on Sap Run, November 24th, 2019.
Wayne crossing Bootleg creek on new “Bootleg” trail, November 23rd, 2019 (Arneson photo)
Fun times skating on the lake! November 24th, 2019.
Great way to end the day! Taking the plunge! November 24th, 2019.
Dusting of snow on the trails as seen from the bottom of Suicide Hill, November 22nd, 2019.
Dusting of snow on the trails, November 21st, 2019.
Mountain bike trails now open for winter riding. November 21st, 2019.
Tuning on Skaters Waltz, November 19th, 2019. Select inner trails will only take a few inches of snow to have skiable conditions.
Late fall grooming on North Loup, November 20th, 2019.

Clearing deadfall on North Loup, November 20th, 2019.
Clearing thick leaf bed on North Loup, November 20th, 2019.