All posts by Jay Richards

Winter Riding Trail Report

A snowy week with over 8″ of new snow, 2-3″ since most recent grooming on Tuesday evening. Riding will be slower going until grooming next week.

If riding this weekend, run very low tire pressure for best riding experience and deck consideration.

Fresh snow on top of recent grooming on Twin Lakes singletrack, December 13th, 2019.
Bootleg singletrack, December 11th, 2019. Recently groomed Tuesday evening, December 10th, 2019.
Crossing Bullhead lake, December 11th, 2019. Use as connector to access the Bootleg loop.
Berms on Bootleg! December 11th, 2019.
Volunteer groomer Ben Olson ready to head out for a evening groom on the Twin Lakes and Bootleg loops, December 10th, 2019.
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

Snow globe snow Sunday! Big fluffy flakes falling with an inch or so accumulating by noon. Warmed up nicely this morning after dropping down to -27!! Great day of skiing on tap. (Thanks skiers sharing your experiences on the skinnyski.com trail report page. )

A cooler day on Saturday but a great day of skiing with sunshine and light wind. 2″ of new snow Friday and a full day of grooming on the entire trail system. Some of the the outer trails being tracked for the first time this year. Around 45-50km of trail tracked separately and 15km groomed skate only for the weekend. Check board in lodge for what trails are tracked. All skate trails re-groomed Friday evening and select classic trails touched up Saturday morning.

First part of Bullhead lake trail is adventure skiing (no grooming) still a bit rough with possible slush spots on second marsh crossing on Bullhead.

A snowy week with 10″ of new snow. Total snow depth in the woods 14-16″. Total snowfall on the season at 18″.

Fat bike loops groomed Tuesday evening Fresh snow on top of recent grooming. Click here for full report and more information.

Highland Park skiers on Sukkerbusk, December 14th, 2019.
Highland Park time trial, December 14th, 2019.
Always great to see first time skiers! December 14th, 2019.
Groomed segment on Lucky’s
Great skate ski conditions on the skate trails, December 14th, 2019.
Wavy Gravy trail, December 14th, 2019.
Highland Park skiers at Twin Lakes crossing, December 14th, 2019. Great to see kids experience authentic ross country skiing!!
Setting track on Lucky’s Loype for first time this year, December 13th, 2019.
Setting track on Roy’s Run, December 13th, 2019.
Lucky’s Loype, December 13th, 2019.
Island Lake trail, December 13th, 2019.
Roy’s Run, December 13th, 2019.
Highland Park skiers enjoying the fresh snow during first day ski camp, December 13th, 2019.
Sukkerbusk after fresh track setting, December 12th, 2019.
Skaters Waltz after packing and combing, December 12th, 2019.
Rootin Tootin with one new track set, second track to be set on Friday. December 12th, 2019.
Istvan enjoying the fresh snow and grooming, December 12th, 2019.
Sap Run, December 11th, 2019. Tracks holding good form with not much traffic this week. Will be reset on Thursday and Friday for weekend skiing.
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.

Trail Report

Outdoor Public Webcams

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.