It’s not all snow and cold though.
Cozy couches, beautiful fireplaces, and unlimited homemade cookies
encourage hours of conversation. During the retreat the campers all come
together around a keynote speaker to discuss such topics as the affects
of chemotherapy on your body, overcoming obstacles, life after cancer,
and transitioning from being a “kid-with-cancer” into life as a healthy
Meals are all served family style and the food is AMAZING. On the final night, Maplelag hosts a resort wide talent show and of course the Kamp KACE crew always has to perform a few camp songs.
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
Trails are taking shape nicely with daily grooming after 8-9″ of snow last weekend. We started packing select trails Saturday night and have been packing and grooming daily since.
Tracks have been set on Sap Run, Sukkerbusk, Mother Hen, Poki Loki, Mother North Star, JibFly and Twin Lakes. Skating open on Skaters Waltz, North Loup, Single Green, Suicide Hill and Skaters Extension trails. Groomed/combed for no track classic skiing on Roy’s Run, Island Lake, Wavy Gravy, and Rootin Tootin. Lucky’s Loype and Bullhead Bootleg trails skiable but recommended to ski after more snow. Good to excellent early season conditions. A few bumpy spots and a few thin areas but overall great skiing for early December. We will continue packing and grooming on the entire trail system the rest of the week.
With high water tables, there are a few low areas with flowing water that we have managed. Use caution on JibFly low area and Sukkerbusk on the one low area in between the road crossings.Bullhead trail best to wait to ski until colder weather.
We had a good final weeks clearing on the western trails and North Loup. Lots of deadfall from October storms we were able to finally clear.