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Winter Riding Trail Report

Over a foot of new snow this week. Twin Lakes singletrack loop groomed multiple times this week. We also groomed a few connector segments on the main loop/east side. Monday we groomed out the Bootleg loop and also on Friday. Bootleg needs a few more passes before open to riding. Ski trail grooming on tap this weekend than fat bike trail grooming will resume Tuesday and Wednesday to groom out the new snow and clear the big drifts in open areas.

To access Twin Lakes singletrack, head down the driveway and cut in at the bridge segment. Note: The ski trail segments on Mother North Star, open for fat biking this week.

Thanks Ben and Keith for helping out with your hard work this past few weeks to have the trail open again!

Run low tire pressure for best riding experience and deck consideration.

If any questions, please contact Jay @ 218-849-7669.

Fresh grooming on Suicide Hill connector to Bullhead Lake, January 16th, 2020.
Grooming connector on Bullhead lake. January 16th, 2020.
Afternoon groom on Twin Lakes singletrack, January 15th, 2020. Thanks Keith!
Fresh groomed singletrack, January 15th, 2020.
Evening ride, firm deck good riding. January 15th, 2020.
Late afternoon groom on the Twin Lakes singletrack, January 14th, 2020.
Sunset ride, rock solid deck great riding. January 12th, 2020.
Grooming new segment of trail of North Star ski trail, January 12th, 2020. Once groomed out proper, will be used as connector on the full loop.
Riding on Bullhead Lake, January 12th, 2020. Top water has now frozen over. We will be grooming on the Bootleg loop this week and the lake can be used as a connector from the ski trail to the Bootleg loop.
Twin Lakes singletrack freshly groomed, January 10th, 2020.
Solid deck and great riding on Twin Lakes singletrack, January 7th, 2020.
Ski trail riding, January 7th, 2020. Ski trails Skaters Waltz and Mother North Star closed to riding Wednesday afternoon and all day Thursday but open again on Friday and on through the weekend.
Megan and Hunter out for a ride, January 6th, 2019.
Sunset ride on the fat bike trail, Twin Lakes singletrack, January 5th, 2020.
Twin Lakes singletrack lakeside, January 5th, 2020.
Morning grooming, January 5th, 2020.
Tight section to groom, January 5th, 2020.
Ski trail segment of Fat Bike loop, January 5th, 2020.
Touch up grooming on Twin Lakes singletrack, January 4th, 2020.
Downhill segment on Twin Lakes singletrack, January 4th, 2020.
Beautiful sunset lakeside Twin Lakes singletrack, January 4th, 2020.
Twin Lakes singletrack, January 4th, 2020. A few soft spots but good riding considering all the recent snow. Important to run low tire pressure.
Twin Lakes singletrack, January 4th, 2020.
Ready to hit the trail for some packing and grooming! January 2nd, 2020.
Grooming on Twin Lakes bridge segment, January 1st, 2020.
Bootleg singletrack, December 27th, 2019.
Suicide Hill used to access Bullhead lake and the connector to Bootleg loop. December 27th, 2019.
Connector on Bullhead Lake, December 27th, 2019. Watch for a few slush areas that have frozen over.
Fresh grooming on both Bootleg and Twin Lakes singletrack, December 26th, 2019. Thanks Ben for grooming!
Having fun on Bootleg! December 23rd, 2019.
Bridge crossing on Bootleg, December 23rd, 2019.
Ski trail riding on Skaters Waltz to connect from Bootleg to Twin Lakes, December 23rd, 2019.
Entering the connector on Bullhead after a ride on Bootleg singletrack, December 21st, 2019. (Arneson photo)
Enjoying the conditions! December 21st, 2019 (Wenzel photo)
Multi use segment, thanks for keeping to the side at Twin Lakes crossing, December 21st, 2019.
Fresh grooming on the Twin lakes singletrack, December 19th, 2019.

Groomed connector on Bullhead lake to access Bootleg singletrack,December 19th, 2019. Watch for short icy section.

Night ride! December 20th, 2019. Some of the best riding is at night with the great lighting systems available.
Evening fresh grooming on the Bootleg singletrack, December 18th, 2019.
Ben getting in a night groom, December 18th, 2019. Thanks Ben!!
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

Around 7-8″ of new snow the past 24 hours capping off a snowy week. Over a foot of snow the past 7 days. We will be resetting all the double track trails. North Loup and Skaters Waltz rolled packed last night. We will also drop a track on North Loup for classic. We hope to start working on some of the singletrack classic trails as well. We have been grooming daily on at least some portion of the trail system since December 13th.

80km of trail open. Around 50km of ski trail with tracks for classic skiing and 15km for skate. Around 5km no tracked/groomed for bushwhack skier made track skiing. 13km of trail designated for fat biking including the Twin Lakes singletrack. Snowshoe trail has seen good use and also many areas to explore fresh powder. Check board in entry of lodge for latest reports.

Bullhead lake trail along the north endwith the Bootleg extension now open and groomed. A few rough spots on the non groomed AMA segments and the north crossing. This scenic trail is designated as adventure skiing, and recommended to not use “race skis”. Please use caution if skiing Lucky’s Loype, in particular on the AMA segments.

Total snow depth in the woods 26-40″. Total snowfall on the season at 49″.

Most recent grooming on the Fat bike loops January 17th. Click here for full report and more information.

Day skiing available for skiers not staying at the resort. Purchase pass online.

Sledding hill is open with plenty of powder and ice skating rink is open and ready for skaters!

Ski rental available to day skiers (subject to availability.) Lunch and day skiing packages available midweek outside of the weekends and holiday seasons. There is no lodge or facility use (hot tub etc.) available for day use outside of the wax room and day skiing lounge room in lower level of lodge. Contact us for pricing, availability questions on the above items via email and we will be glad to help. maplelag@tvutel.com Thank you!

Lucky’s Loype, before grooming new snow, January 16th, 2020.
Grooming through the pines on Lucky’s Loype singletrack classic trail, January 16th, 2020.
Grooming on Twin Lakes trail, January 15th, 2020.
Skaters Waltz, January 15th, 2020.
North end of Bullhead lake, January 15th, 2020. Packing before tracking!
Morning grooming on Sukkerbusk before clearing later in day, January 15th, 2020.
Afternoon sun filtering through the snow covered branches. January 14th, 2020.
Setting fresh tracks on Sap Run, January 14th, 2020. New snow mixed with the existing base and ideal temps making for top notch classic skiing.
Fresh grooming at the Switchyard trailhead, January 14th, 2020.
Trail access from the Brant cabin, January 14th, 2020.
Excellent classic skiing on Sukkerbusk and throughout most of the trail system, January 11th, 2020.
First time skiers! January 11th, 2020.
Setting new track after renovating on Twin Lakes, January 10th, 2020.
Grooming on Skaters Waltz, January 10th, 2020.
Setting new track on JibFly, January 10th, 2020.

Trail Report

Great skiing! Classic skiing some of the best of the year. Deep base of snow and conditions are holding out very well. We have been grooming daily since middle of December. Bit more debris on the singletrack trails with recent wind otherwise good skiing. No ice or crust.

80km of trail open. Around 50km of ski trail with tracks for classic skiing and 15km for skate. Around 5km no tracked/groomed for bushwhack skier made track skiing. 13km of trail designated for fat biking including the Twin Lakes singletrack. Snowshoe trail has seen good use and also many areas to explore fresh powder. Check board in entry of lodge for latest reports.

Bullhead lake trail along with the Bootleg extension now open and groomed. A few rough spots on the non groomed AMA segments and the north crossing. This scenic trail is designated as adventure skiing, and recommended to not use “race skis”. Please use caution if skiing Lucky’s Loype. Will be groomed again before the weekend. Check board in lodge for latest information.

Total snow depth in the woods 18-30″. Total snowfall on the season at 34″.

Most recent grooming on the Fat bike loops January 10th. Click here for full report and more information.

Day skiing available for skiers not staying at the resort. Purchase pass online.

Sledding hill is open with plenty of powder and ice skating rink is open and ready for skaters!

Ski rental available to day skiers (subject to availability.) Lunch and day skiing packages available midweek outside of the weekends and holiday seasons. There is no lodge or facility use (hot tub etc.) available for day use outside of the wax room and day skiing lounge room in lower level of lodge. Contact us for pricing, availability questions on the above items via email and we will be glad to help. maplelag@tvutel.com Thank you!

Excellent classic skiing on Sukkerbusk and throughout most of the trail system, January 11th, 2020.
First time skiers! January 11th, 2020.
Setting new track after renovating on Twin Lakes, January 10th, 2020.
Grooming on Skaters Waltz, January 10th, 2020.
Setting new track on JibFly, January 10th, 2020.
End of Bullhead lake trail, January 10th, 2020. Dusting of new snow, scattered drifted spots and organic matter on singletrack classic trails. Overall good skiing on these trails.
Start of Boys Varsity, DL Invite, January 9th, 2020.
Racing down Suicide Hill! January 9th, 2020.
Start of Girls Varsity, January 9th, 2020.
Girls Varsity, Kamikaze Hill, January 9th, 2020.
Thanks to Denny and Knut and everyone who helped out with the race! January 9th, 2020.
Roy’s Run freshly groomed, January 7th, 2020.
Renovating and resetting track on Twin Lakes trail, January 6th, 2020.
Skate trail grooming, January 6th, 2020.
Twin Lakes crossing, January 6th, 2020.
Island Lake trail, January 6th, 2020.
Trailhead at the Switchyard, January 6th, 2020.
Striding on return from Twin Lakes, January 4th, 2020.
Roy’s Run, January 4th, 2020.
Twin Lakes crossing, January 4th, 2020.
Sunset over Wavy Gravy trail, January 4th, 2020.
Grooming on north side of Bullhead Lake, January 4th, 2020. First half of Bullhead lake trail is not groomed. Skier made track until the halfway point than groomed rest of way including Bootleg extension. Fun adventure combination ski! Just Ski!
Fantastic skate ski conditions, January 3rd, 2020.
Hopkins Nordic Ski Team working on drills, January 3rd, 2020.
Porcupine on Bootleg extension. Porcupines also spotted on Roy’s Run and Island Lake just past Henning’s Bru. January 3rd, 2020.
Peder heading out to the western trails, January 1st, 2020.
Setting new track on Twin Lakes on Charlie Beck conditions, January 1st, 2020.
Afternoon skate on the ice rink, January 1st, 2020.
North Loup, December 31st, 2019.
Skaters Waltz, December 31st, 2019.
Lucky’s Loype, December 31st, 2019.
North Loup, December 31st, 2019.
Beautiful bluebird day, December 31st, 2019.
Setting track on Roy’s Run, December 30th, 2019.
Rootin Tootin, December 30th, 2019.
North end Bullhead, December 30th, 2019. Watch for slushy spots on marsh area. Skiable throughout.
Trail head, December 30th, 2019.
Second pass on Sukkerbusk, December 29th, 2019. Four passes today keeping on top of the snowfall!
Setting track on Twin Lakes, didn’t take long for the tracks to get covered! Just Ski!
Members of the Minnetonka Nordic Ski team enjoying the fresh snow, December 29th, 2019.
Snowy scene at the rustic log cabins, December 29th, 2019.
Snow covered cars in the parking lot! December 29th, 2019. Maplelag driveway and parking lot has been cleared. Everyone has made it in and out after some pushing and shoveling!
Members of the Mesabi East Nordic team enjoying the fresh snow, December 29th, 2019.
Packing, rolling and combing on Skaters Waltz, December 29th, 2019.
Setting new singletrack on Bullhead Bootleg, December 28th, 2019.
Minneapolis SW skiers enjoying fresh snow on Lucky’s Loype, December 28th, 2019.
Sunrise on the singletrack, fresh grooming on Island Lake trail, December 27th, 2019.
Beautiful sunrise at the Twin Lakes crossing, December 27th, 2019.
Tamarack stand in between Twin Lakes, December 27th, 2019.
First time skiers from Atlanta enjoying fresh snow! December 26th, 2019.
North Loup freshly groomed today, new snow skied in on recent grooming on Roy’s Run, December 26th, 2019.
Grooming on Skaters Waltz extension, December 26th, 2019.
Fresh snow fresh grooming! December 26th, 2019.
Setting track on Sukkerbusk, December 26th, 2019.
Early morning grooming new snow, December 26th, 2019.

26th DL Invite Ski Meet

January 9, 2020
10:00 amto4:00 pm

One of the longest running HS Nordic ski races in the country featuring a continuous pursuit for varsity on Skaters Waltz for skate and Sap Run and Mother North Star for classic. The skate course will be the same as the Section course, utilizing Suicide Hill by going down than up on Single Green. JV classic on Varsity classic course and JR race on modified Skaters Waltz. Trails used for racing will be closed Wednesday afternoon for grooming and on race day. All other 55km of trail open for day skiers.

Lunch will be available for sale for spectators, provided for bus drivers, coaches and media personnel. All sales proceed the Maplelag High School Skiing scholarship program.

**The race will be a continuous pursuit, starting with classic style and a quick change to skate at the halfway point of the race.  

**The skiers may have assistance in the change over process.  

**If skiers use the same set of skis for both the classic and skate race, the skier must step completely out of the ski binding in the ski transition area before they will be allowed to continue the next leg of the race. 

Each leg of the race will be roughly 4.5 km in length.

***Varsity skiers will ski the pursuit format (limit 10 per school) Wave Start depending on numbers

***Jr. Varsity skiers will ski only a Classic race.  Mass Start

***Jr. High skiers will ski a Skate race.  Mass Start

10:00am Coaches meeting

10:30am Boys Varsity 

11:30am Girls Varsity

12:30pm Boys JV

1:00pm Girls JV

1:45pm Boys JH

2:15pm Girls JH