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Covid-19 Update at Maplelag

Early taste of winter with skiing and grooming has us excited for the upcoming winter season. We will be open this winter for lodging and meal options for overnight guests and also for day skiing, fat biking and snow shoeing. We are constantly monitory the rules and regulations set forth by the Minnesota Department of Health, 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 our number one priority. We are a family owned and operated resort that values the well-being of our staff and guests above all else.

The new restrictions set in place by Minnesota Govenor Walz with Executive order 20-99 on 11/18/20 does not change our planning or ability to serve under our current plan that already has adjustments and changes in place. The order expires before we plan to open for lodging operations.

Lodging and lodge services will be available December 20th. The trails will open for day skiing and fat biking only as soon as conditions allow. As noted below; the main lodge will be closed to day skiers during the season. All day and season passes must be purchased online.

The option for take out food will exist and depending on how things progress, take out might be the only food option. We will have separate entrance and exit points for the lodge and dining room when entering and exiting.

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 heartfelt words are so appreciated and a reminder of 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 on how things might look this winter, we envision a similar approach to these simpler times of the past. For example, arriving to Maplelag, checking 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 puzzle, options in the lodge or in the expansive library. Another alternative if your lodging unit does not have a large common space would be to reserve a private room downstairs. This idea is still in the planning stages.

There are a lot of signs at Maplelag but we ask you respect these!

We plan to serve Maplelag’s home cooked family style meals with social distancing and mask wearing in place. Weekends where we might have more people (and still below our “normal” occupancy) in addition to using the dining room we would also use the middle conference room and the large conference room to spread people out as much as possible. There is also the possibility we would have take out option. If regulations and extra safety measures are taken, it is possible all meals will be takeout. Either way, we are prepared to accommodate all the overnight guests as safe as possible.

We know people have different views and opinions and we ask that everyone be respectful and mindful of other’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%, 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; we are always keeping everyone’s safety our top priority.

Other changes:

The coffee bar area will have a different look. The cookie jars will not be in place;  instead, all cookies will be individually wrapped. Coffee, tea and hot chocolate will be available.

No cookie jars but Maplelag’s infamous cookies will be available!

At this time, the hot tub, sauna and steam room 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, self service most likely a option. No ski rental for day skiing use (non overnight guests).

Day passes for day skiing (non overnight guests) must be purchased online; there will be no services for day skiers offered 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 our latest plans, and of course we ask anyone with specific questions outside of this information to reach out. Thank you and be well!  

Laddies Loppet Decision

We have made the decision to cancel this years 30th Laddies Loppet mountain bike race weekend and postpone the 30th celebration until next year. The health, comfort, and safety of our staff and guests has always been our number one priority.

The Laddies Loppet weekend is a very special event to us as we have been hosting for 30 year, meeting so many wonderful people along the way and forging life long friendships and meeting new people each year. We look forward to the same for our 31st year of mountain biking at Maplelag in 2021 hosting the 30th Laddies Loppet!

We continue to have the “LagChilada” challenge in place and the mountain bike trails remain open daily for riding until early November. More details on the LagChilda can be found here. As we enter some of the best months of the season to ride, stay tuned for information on group rides, tech lessons and feel free to reach out if interested in a guided ride. 218-849-7669.

Thank you to everyone that has supported the Laddies Loppet and mountain biking at Maplelag. Keep the wheels moving!

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

29th Laddies Loppet Mountain Bike Weekend

August 30, 2019 11:00 amtoSeptember 2, 2019 11:00 am

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 August 30th-September 2nd, 2019. 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.

This year’s event will once again be part of the Minnesota Mountain Bike Series (click here for more information on registration). Racing action begins on Saturday with the traditional Series Cross Country races including Kids Comp, Citizen, Sport, Marathon, Comp, and Pro/Expert. On 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. The cross country races will count for points in the series.

You can expect challenging raw and rooty singletrack, technical decents, and punchy climbs. The Kids Comp and Citizen events will incorporate doubletrack ski trail mixed with fast singletrack.

Follow us on Twitter for course updates and race details @LaddiesLoppet and on Instagram @Laddies Loppet

Latest trail report with photos

Note: There are no license requirements for any riders including Canadians.

Start of one of the Comp class races. Laddies Loppet 2014. ( photo)
Start of one of the Comp class races. Laddies Loppet 2014. ( photo)

Weekend Schedule:
Supper 7:00pm (all meals are served family style, please come to the dining hall at meal time)

Race Registration open 8-9:00pm

Breakfast 8:00am
Race Registration open at 8:00am and closes 30 minutes prior to each event
Cross Country Racing Start Times
Kids Comp 9:00am
Citizen 9:30am
Marathon 10:50am
Sport 11:00am
Kids Fun Race 12:45pm
Expert/Pro Women  1:10pm
Comp/Singlespeed Open/Fatbike Open 1:15pm

Expert Pro Men 1:30 Cross Country Awards TBD

Lunch TBD

Supper 6:30 pm

Registration for Sunday’s event open at 8:30pm

Breakfast 8:00am
Race Registration opens at 9am and closes at 9:30am
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

Lunch served in lodge at 1pm (available for sale for spectators)

Supper 6pm

Bonfire 8:15pm

Breakfast 830am

kids racing
Kids Racing at Laddies Loppet 2013. (skinny photo)

Racing Details:
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 in 2015. Like the first race in 1990, we continue to offer a free shirt with registration for all registrants and our great sponsors are providing many door prizes to give away. Race medals will be  awarded to the top 3 finishers in each age group. To register visit Series Online Registration. Onsite registration will be available Friday evening and Saturday morning.

The citizen and kids comp races run on the cross-country ski trails at Maplelag and include a few small sections of singletrack. Laps will be around 3 miles.

Kids Comp (1 lap) race starts at 9:00am. This race is ideal for kids ready to tackle some singletrack trail on their own, normally ages 10 and up. The race will consist of one lap of the Kids Comp/Citizen course.

Citizen (2 laps) starts at 9:30am. This race is ideal for someone who wants to compete against others on doubletrack (ski) trail and fast singletrack segments.

Marathon (4 hours) starts at 10:50am. This race is ideal for experienced mountain bikers looking for an endurance challenge. Lap is same as sport and comp (does not include lakeside segment)

Sport (1 lap) starts at 11:00am. This race is ideal for more experienced mountain bikers ready to tackle most all of the challenging singletrack trails at Maplelag. (no lakeside drop segment)

Comp (1.75 laps) starts at 1:15pm. This race is a step up from Sport for riders 15 above and will utilize all the challenging singletrack at Maplelag except for the lakeside drop segment.

Expert/Pro (2 laps) starts at 1:30pm. This class is the highest level of competition. First lap same as sport/comp/expert second lap lakeside drop segment added.

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.

We will not have a Time Trial event this year and will not be following the stage race format. Each event will be award individually.

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.

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 $10 per person. There is a food service option with camping (camping and meal option). The cost will be $54 per person and include at least two meals.  We will also reduce the cost on the Tier 1 units (rooms without a bath) for this weekend at a rate of $64 per person. Call or e-mail 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!

Our Sponsors:


fredlaw189At Fredrikson & Byron, we’ve built a reputation as the firm “where law and business meet” by bringing business acumen and entrepreneurial thinking to our work with clients, and by operating as business advisors and strategic partners as well as legal counselors. Our lawyers blend a common sense approach with in-the-field experience, and we utilize our firm’s strong reputation and our lawyers’ broad networks of business and industry contacts to get things done for clients. Clients have relied on us since 1948 for great solutions that help them minimize legal risks and maximize business benefits. We look forward to an opportunity to show you what it is like where law and business meet.  Thanks to Fredrikson & Byron for their longtime support.
Logo Super Quality smallerWe love helping our customers build their ultimate mountain, road, CX, TT or fat bike. Choose your groupset, components, wheelset spex, and as much as you want to specify….and we’re here to help you choose the parts you’re not an expert on or don’t have a strong opinion about. Supply some of your own equipment if you have it, whatever works to get you on the best bike for the money. Call us any time to start customizing.


Matt Engen is a Wealth Management Advisor and is a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ certificant, a designation awarded by the Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards, Inc. and has been in the financial services industry since 1991 and with Merrill Lynch since 1999. In 2009, 2011 and 2012, Matt was included among an elite group of Financial Advisors ranked in Barron’s magazine’s “The Top 1,000 Advisors”, “The Top Ranked Advisors in America State-by-State.” Matt’s experience and intimate knowledge of wealth management enables him to establish objectives, develop an appropriate strategy and recommendations that draw upon the breadth and depth of Total Merrill™ to connect all the pieces of your financial life.  We appreciate Matt’s support of the Laddies Loppet.

Midwest Bank is a rapidly-growing, locally-owned, independent bank with offices located in West Central Minnesota. Through our rapid growth, we have       developed the financial and technological resources to meet the needs of our small and large customers alike. Being locally-owned, we have a vested interest in seeing our communities thrive. Being independent allows us to provide a banking atmosphere that our customers appreciate — a responsiveness not matched by our competition, decisions made by the people you talk to rather than a committee in a distant city, and fees that are considerably below our competition. These items, combined with top-notch customer service, make us believe that we offer banking the way you want it — “Banking Your Way.”  Thank you to Midwest Bank for their support again this year.

wolf300Wolf Tooth is a company that was founded to design and manufacture unique cycling components that emphasize function, performance, and reliability to meet the needs of fellow racers and riders.  We are excited to have their support.

absolute insure

Absolute Insurance Agency, LLC is a full-service, independent insurance agency located in West Fargo, North Dakota.  We focus on and serve the insurance needs of North Dakota, Minnesota, and South Dakota individuals, businesses, and farms.  We are licensed in a handful of other states as well.  We represent many different insurance companies and take pride in being an independent insurance agency giving us a competitive advantage.  We understand that each customer is different.  We are able to match the needs and wants of our customers with competitive premiums and comprehensive coverage’s from one of the many financially sound insurance companies we do business with.


Foltz Buildings has been a long time partner and constructed the lodge at Maplelag Resort.  For more than 35 years, Foltz Buildings has been the leader in the area for custom built post frame buildings.  Their construction crews are experienced professionals who build year-round.  They have built thousands of buildings thoughout the years and have thousands of satisfied customers.

foltz trucking

Foltz Trucking is one of the largest over-the-road carriers operating in the Upper Midwest and Canada who specialize in bulk hopper bottom freight. With experienced management, dispatch and drivers, Foltz Trucking has built a reputation for service unsurpassed in the industry.

richwoodRichwood General Store is a historic landmark in the small village of Richwood, Minnesota. Conveniently located on the way to Maplelag. Pete and his staff offer superior service providing gas, basic groceries and also deli meats and cheeses including some of the best fresh cut bacon found in Minnesota. You can also pick up bait featuring minnows, leeches and night crawlers. Be sure to stop at Richwood on your way to or from Maplelag to fill up on gas and experience a piece of Americana. 218-847-9092

These retailers support our event and are the best place to start when you need the right cycling gear.

DL Bike ShopFor your cycling needs in Detroit Lakes, check out DL Bike Shop.  They carry Trek Bicycles and Bontrager parts and accessories.

freewheel logo

Freewheel Bike offers 3 Twin Cities locations catering to all types of cyclists and supports multiple events including the Murphy Mountain Bike events.

Gear West started 20 years ago because of their passion for cross country skiing. Since then, through that same passion and the support of their loyal customers they have grown into one of Minnesota’s premier independently owned specialty sports businesses.

Great Northern is a natural fit for the Laddies Loppet with their railroad theme.  Check out their group ride schedule when you are in Fargo.

hollywood logoHollywood Cycles offers up front service, custom fitting, and racing experience across virtually every cycling discipline at their Minneapolis location.

jakes100Jakes Bikes offers friendly knowledgeable service in Alexandria, MN.  Whether you are buying bikes for the first time or just need a tire pumped up.

outdoor100Outdoor Motion is based in Hutchinson, MN.  They have an exerienced staff that owns an extensive collection of bikes so they are well qualified to help you find your next ride. 

paramountWe are exited to welcome back long time sponsor Paramount Sports.  If you are in the Fargo Moorhead area please stop into see them, they will be sure you are ready for the race.

penn cycle logoPenn Cycle has 7 Twin Cities locations and promotes a Thursday Night Mountain Bike racing series at Buck Hill in Burnsville, MN a great way to get ready for the Laddies Loppet.

revolutionRevolution Cycle and Ski is dedicated to providing each of their clients with professional service in every aspect of their visit to their store in St. Cloud.  Their staff are experienced cyclists so they are ready to help you preapre for your next event.


1up USA is a Wisconsin company that manufactures and sells quality products directly to the customer. They guarantee everything they sell, and want all of their customers to be completely satisfied.  We are excited to partner with them.

arvig logoEstablished in 1950, Arvig has grown from the small, family-owned East Ottertail Telephone Company to one of the largest independent telecommunications providers in the nation. Like many family-owned businesses in Minnesota, an entrepreneurial spirit has driven the growth of the company.

bontragerAt Bontrager our existence is intimately linked to the exploration and enjoyment of playground earth while riding on two wheels. We make bicycle components, accessories and apparel, all firmly grounded in no-nonsense design philosophy, valuing performance and usability, not fads and gimmicks.  We are pleased to have them on board this year.

Fargo Brewing: From a garage to a full fledged brewery in five short years sums up a dream come true for us Fargo natives with our heart set on bringing craft brewing to the heartland. Midwestern work ethic maintained a path, through thick and thin, to see an idea through and bring as fine a product as we can to our home. Sounds like a great fit for the Laddies Loppet!

kuhl100At Kühl, the passion remains to get outdoors and have fun. Kühl® is what it means to be comfortable and relaxed in the challenging environment of life and sport. Kühl® means creating the best environment for you and knowing the importance of following your own beliefs and desires. We are excited to welcome them as a supporter.

planet bikeAt Planet Bike we dream about bikes. We dream about people riding bikes: riding to work, riding to school, riding bikes to the grocery store, concerts, sporting events, coffee shops and grandma’s house, too. We also dream about the day when all cities and towns are safe and convenient places for cyclists.  The active cyclists at Planet Bike are a great match for Laddies Loppet.

Peace CoffeePeace Coffee is on a mission to craft a delicious coffee experience in collaboration with communities around the globe. We strive to make the world a better place one cup at a time and have fun while doing it! Proudly roasting, pedaling & brewing outstanding fair trade & organic coffee from the heart of Minneapolis since 1996.  We are excited to have Peace Coffee back as a supporter.

St. Paul based Podiumwear creates custom quality made sublimated athletic apparel based on their clients specific design.  All of their clothing is made right here in Minnesota and they have produced jerseys for many teams including the Maplelag squad.

Our long time partner is back again this year providing media coverage all weekend.  Watch for outstanding photos from across all classes posted on their site.

2019 DL Invite Photos Boys and Girls Varsity