With snow falling in October, early skiing and even grooming, we are super excited for the upcoming winter season! We fully intend to be open this winter under the rules and regulations set forth by the Minnesota Department of Health and the Stay Safe MN guidelines along with processing information from the CDC and other health organizations. The health of ourselves, the staff and guests is number one priority. We are a family owned and operated resort that values the well being of our staff and guests above all else.
We sent out deposit letters for existing reservations in September and thank you to all that have confirmed and indicated your plans for the upcoming season. Even if it does not involve a visit this year, the heart felt words are so appreciated and a reminder how fortunate we are to have such wonderful guests, that we consider “Maplelag Family”. If you did not receive a letter, please contact us as soon as possible.
How things might look this year:
When Maplelag first started as a resort, welcoming guests for skiing among a mixed hardwood forest it was a place to escape to rejuvenate, and restore, from the outside world. It was much simpler times that saw folks arrive, go to their cabin, stoke the wood fire stove, ski/snowshoe and either come back to the sugar shack for a home cooked meal or enjoy pre-prepared food. There was not much community atmosphere like there is now. In discussion and planning how things might looks this winter, we envision a similar approach to these simpler times of the past. For example, arrive to Maplelag, check into your cabin with pre confirmation of exact unit and location, recreating and enjoying the beauty of winter whether skiing, snowshoeing, fat biking or gazing at the stars at night or watching snow fall gingerly from the sky. Don’t forget a good book or puzzles, options in the lodge in the expansive library. One other option if your lodging unit does not have large common space, is reserving a private room downstairs. This idea is still in the planning stages.
We plan to serve family style meals, with social distancing and mask wearing in place. We know many people have different views and opinions and we ask that everyone be respectful and mindful of everyone’s opinions. Only same group or family members will be seated together. At this time it looks like our occupancy during the weekends and Holiday time frame will be 50-60% and well below the maximum numbers allowed for group gatherings based on our occupancy and dining room size. With the Maplelag dining room the size that it is, we will be able to spread everyone out safely. There might be options for bag breakfast or lunch, again this will be a work in progress. These ideas are in the planning stages, always keeping everyones safety top priority.
The coffee bar area will have a different look. The cookie jars will not be in place but instead all the cookies will be individually wrapped. Coffee, tea and hot chocolate will be available.
At this time the hot tub, sauna and steam room in will not be in operation. This could change and there would be sign up sheets for reserved times and private use. Again, everyone’s safety is priority.
Ski Rental will be limited for overnight guests. We are working on a final plan. No ski rental for day skiing use (non overnight guests)
Day passes for day skiing (non overnight guests) must be purchased online and there will be no services in the lodge, at this time.
The dance/variety show will not be planned at this time.
Checkout/final payments will most likely be done online, we will invoice folks through PayPal or other electronic means.
We will continue to update this page with latest plans and of course we ask anyone with specific questions outside this informationto reach out. Thank you and be well!