As the landscape continues to change, day by day, our anticipation for fall and winter grows. We appreciate those that have reached out regarding the status of Maplelag and have made reservations for this upcoming winter season! This gives us hope and encouragement. (More information on winter reservations below) We continue to keep positive and control the things we can control, physically and mentally.
The Maplelag family is all-encompassing; we are guests, staff, friends, neighbors, partners, and community. Our family and our Maplelag family (guests) is our life. We are going to do everything we can to protect their health, safety, livelihoods, and trust.
As these times remain uncertain, we are closely monitoring advisories and updates regarding COVID-19 from the CDC, WHO, MDH, OSHA and a variety of healthcare and regulatory organizations. We are prepared to make changes as necessary to our protocols and procedures. The safety and health of our guests and staff are our top priority while maintaining balance.
We are accepting new reservations for the upcoming season and continue to hold all existing reservations. We will be sending deposit letters out later this summer, like usual. We understand people might not be comfortable making a deposit with the uncertainty that lies ahead but like always, we will honor all deposits fairly. We rely on the deposit revenue to maintain operations and this fall will be especially critical with the loss of business from cancelling so many events during this pandemic.
We have a low key challenge in place, called the “LagChilada Challenge”. The challenge is simply to ride the entire mountain bike trail system in one ride/day! With racing on hold for now, the challenge provides an opportunity to test skill and endurance. The total mileage including the connector to Bullhead Bootleg is around 21 miles. There is a specific Strava segment but the Challenge can be completed riding all trails at various sequence. If not on Strava, simply contact us to share your ride information. The Strava segment starts with the Expert starter loop and continues on riding all the singletrack segements, staying to the right including access to Bootleg than back on the main loop using the connector. After the main loop segments, cross over to Twin Lakes for the singletrack loop than back across the road to finish!
We are collaborating with a local business to create a t-shirt and give to anyone that completes this challenge. The Challenge will run until October 15th. Later this fall, we hope to have a get together to recognize riders that completed the challenge and celebrate 30 years of mountain biking at Maplelag! We are keeping track of everyone that has completed the challenge so far (photos below of some of those riders). Contact Jay at 218-849-7669 if any questions. We will also have Maplelag team members available to guide riders on limited days and times. Contact to set up a time.
There is no fee to enter the challenge other than the season pass which is also open for anyone interested in helping out with trail maintenance to keep the self funded Maplelag trail in best riding condition possible. Riders assume all responsibilities and actions when riding knowing unmarked obstacles exist and conditions can change at anytime.
Riders that have completed the challenge:
Greg Ames, James Burg, Ben Olson, Bryan Schoenberger, Bob Tolliver, Steve Hausman, Ryan Schutte, Peder Arneson, Steve Wenzel, Matt Engen, Wayne Carlson, Keith Moors, Jake Richards
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