The comfort and safety of our staff and guests is of highest priority. We continue to reference guidelines set by the Minnesota Department of Health and CDC for operating safely. We take in consideration feedback from our guests needs, in particular the larger groups to make sure everyone is safe and comfortable as possible and accommodate accordingly. A few items of note:
We will be seating people of only the same party or group together. We will space people apart as far as possible. We will use all available space and rooms to keep folks spread out. We have been accommodating larger groups in the side rooms when serving meals. Please keep in mind this takes extra staff. We have difficulty finding enough staff to fill each shift and we appreciate your patience. Takeout meals will be available with advance notice.
We do not have a mask or vaccination requirement. Many guests are testing before coming and we appreciate those that are staying back if positive. If you feel more comfortable wearing a mask, please do so. For ski teams visiting Maplelag for overnight camps, there is no hot tub/sauna/steam area use and lodge use is limited. Teams are testing before departure and most are required to mask. There is no lodge access for ski teams for day use.
At this time, there will be no variety show or dances planned. Select weekends we hope to have live music.
Checking out or making payment online is an option for those not wanting to come to the lodge. We do not have credit cards on file. Let us know ages and if ski rental if doing remote checkout. We invoice via PayPal. You do not need to be on PayPal to use this service.
Takeout meals can be delivered outside the lodge kitchen making it possible to not even come to the lodge at all for those not comfortable doing so.
Day skiing will be available once again to guests not staying at the resort. Protocols will be similar as last year, purchase pass online and parking in the far parking lot. Porta potties in far parking lot for bathroom. NO bathroom use in lodge and there are no lodge services available for day pass users. There is no ski rental available to day skiers. Please respect this policy so Maplelag can operate safely and remain open. Ski rental for overnight guests is available and is mostly self serve. Directions in the ski rental shop.
We are continually monitoring our staff and of course, if there is any remote sign of any symptoms we are asking staff to stay home and test. We are doing everything we can to operate safely in a community environment. There is no way we can control everything and everybody and have made the decision to be open and operate knowing there is risk among ourselves, the Maplelag family and staff that are here 6am to midnight, among many guest each day. Any of our visitors must understand and assume there are risks when being out in the public. We always tell people that are not comfortable coming to Maplelag during this pandemic, it is best to stay home. COVID is nothing we can control and have made the decision not to let it control us.
This page will be updated as we move through the season. As always, please reach out with any questions. Thank you and be well.
Another great weekend of racing and mountain bike fellowship for Laddies Loppet 2021. This was the 31st year celebrating mountain biking at Maplelag.
With that first race in 1990 we forged relationships that we continue to maintain and treasure the new and old ones made throughout the years. Thanks to everyone who visited us this year making it another memorable weekend amongst amazing weather. Special shout out to our staff, volunteers and sponsors that help make it happen.
Laddies Loppet is a mountain bike event we hold every Labor Day weekend at Maplelag. We have been hosting the event since 1990, making it one of the oldest mountain bike races in the Midwest! This year’s dates are September 3rd-September 6th, 2021. The race is named after our former, friendly dog, Laddie. This is a great event for the whole family with races and age categories for every type of rider. Latest course update can be found on the mountain bike trail report page.
Racing action begins on Saturday with the traditional Series Cross Country races including Kids Comp, Citizen, Sport, Comp, and Pro/Expert.The cross country races will count for points in the series.
Cross Country Course Description:
Kids Comp will have its own special loop featuring mostly ski trail with short sections of singletrack. Loop is just under 3 miles.
The Citizen/Sport Women loop will be a new course this year incorporating the Kids Comp loop and heading west to the Twin Lakes singletrack using ski trail and the flowy Hudson’s Hula singletrack loop. Loop is 6.5 miles.
The Sport and Women’s Comp Loop will be the Citizen loop plus two new sections of singletrack, “Moorhead and Bjorps Bump”. Loop is 11 miles.
The Expert/Comp loop will include the starter loop including the lakeside drops plus the full singletrack loop of Twin Lakes. You can expect classic singletrack, technical descents, and punchy climbs. Comp loop is 15.5 miles and Expert course is 18 miles. Expert men do the starter lap, take a left back to the start than one full lap. Comp and Expert Women do one full lap. (starter lap is 2.5 miles)
Short Track Sunday:
Sunday we will hold our traditional Short Track races with Open Men’s and Women’s Classes in Kids Comp, Citizen, Sport, Comp and Pro/Expert. The Short Track racing will be held on a tight course winding through the cabins and trees near the lodge making for great spectating.
Short Track Racing Start Times Kids Comp Open 10:00am Citizen Open 10:15am Sport Open 10:45am Comp Open & Expert/Pro Women 11:15am Expert/Pro Open 11:45am Short Track Awards TBD
Laddies Loppet Cross Country (Saturday): The main event will be the cross-country mountain bike race on Saturday. This race will utilize most sections of the famous singletrack at Maplelag including new singletrack built the past few years. Race medals will be awarded to the top 3 finishers in each age group.
Kids race at 12:45pm. The kids race will be a short spectator friendly loop near the start finish area and will include a small section of ski trail suitable for kids 3-9. There is no cost for this event.
Race results are posted near the finish line toward the end of the race. You have 15 minutes after the complete results are posted to report any issues to a race official. Once medals have been awarded, results are final and cannot be changed. However, we do reserve the right to make later adjustments in the results and standings due to registration/timing issues that cannot be resolved prior to awards.
Short Track (Sunday): The short track criterium will be Sunday. The laps will be 1-2 minutes in length and run in between the cabins and lodge making for a great spectator event. Total race time is around 10-20 minutes. There will be prizes awarded to the Top 3 Men and Women in each race. There will be an equal cash payout for Top 5 Pro Men and Top 5 Pro Women. Cost of the Short Track event is $15 in advance online and $20 onsite.
What a great chance to experience Maplelag, other than during the winter season, at a very reasonable rate! For those of you not interested in racing, please consider hiking, canoeing, fishing, or bird watching as other activities to enjoy during the weekend including the bonfire on Sunday night.
Lodging: Call 1-800-654-7711 or e-mail us for more information on lodging. The special rate of $98 per adult per night includes at least two meals and use of Maplelag amenities. The rate for children ages 10-15 is $39, ages 6-9 is $19. Children ages 5 and under are free. We will also have a limited number of camping spots available. Cost of camping is $15 per person. There is a food service option with camping (camping and meal option). The cost will be $59 per person and include at least two meals. The rate for children ages 10-15 is $39, ages 6-9 is $19. Children ages 5 and under are free. We will also reduce the cost on the Tier 1 units (rooms without a bath) for this weekend at a rate of $69 per person. Call or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org to make reservations. A two night minimum. With Labor Day on Monday, why not stay Sunday night and relax at Maplelag before heading back home!
Note: You must pre-register for camping. Please do not show up and camp without registering. Please register by phone or e-mail for camping at least 7 days before the event!
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