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Covid-19 Update at Maplelag

As the landscape continues to change, day by day, our anticipation for winter grows. We appreciate those that have reached out regarding the status of Maplelag and have made reservations for this upcoming winter season.

We are accepting new reservations for the upcoming season and continue to hold all existing reservations. We will be sending deposit letters out in later September. 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 based on changes with occupancy and accommodating guests this winter. 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.

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.

An exact plan has not been set or put in place as we are still months away from winter operations but we know we will most likely have to have less occupancy. At this point it does not look like we will be able to host ski teams for ski camps.

We will most likely not have the hot tub, sauna or steam room in operation. There will be adjustments in serving food and other lodge services. We will continue to update this page with latest plans and of course we ask anyone with specific questions to reach out. Thank you and be well!

LagChilada Challenge

We have a challenge in place called the “LagChilada Challenge” we started earlier this summer. The challenge is to ride a loop we created that includes nearly the entire trail system. We created a Strava segment that features the loop. (Does not include the SukkerWest or North Loup Gnar segments which were added after we started the challenge)

With racing on hold for now, the challenge provides an opportunity to test skill and endurance. The total mileage on the loop created, including the connector to Bullhead Bootleg, is around 21 miles (this is based on multiple wheel sensor reading from various riders. Due to the nature of the trail at Maplelag and heavy forest canopy a GPS will record a lower reading) 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 singlettrack segments, cross over to Twin Lakes for the singletrack loop than back across the road to finish near the parking lot!

Thanks to select sponsors, and the artists at Junkyard Brewing, we will have a shirt to give to all participants. The Challenge will run until the end of the dirt season, late October/early November. We are keeping track of everyone that has completed the challenge so far (photos below of most 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.

Thanks Matt Engen and Merrill Lynch for your support!

Thanks Gear West for your support! Look forward to a year round partnership!

Thanks Aaron at Junkyard Brewing for designing the t-shirt!

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 as of August 31st:

Barrett Jessnes, Chad Bannor, Chris Bloyer, Heidi Olson, Doug Swanson, Brittany Diederich, Aaron Jost, Kevin Zavoral, Craig Brandenburger, Jamie Jesson, David Lien, Jacob Olson, Brandt Elson, Sam Elson, Max Chinn, Derek Chinn, Barry Buhr, Dylan Ramstad-Skoyles, Denny Barry, John Muszynski, Alicia Fisk, Mat Fisk, Ayden Ochs, Rick Ochs, Shane Kullman, 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

Heidi Olson
Doug Swanson
Brittany Diederich
LagChilada fun! If you haven’t received a t-shirt, contact us and we will mail one out. (email is best)
Craig Brandenburger
Davide Lien and Jamie Jesson
Jacob Olson
Derek Chinn
Barry Buhr
Max Chinn
Sam and Brandt Elson
Ayden Ochs (Rich Ochs also completing who took photo)
Dylan Ramstad-Skoyles
John Muysznki
Matt Engen
Denny Barry
Alicia and Mat Fisk
Peder Arneson
Shane Kullman
Ben Olson
Jake Richards
Steve Wenzel
Bryan Schoenberger
Bob Tolliver
James Burg
Keith Moors
Wayne Carlson

Winter Recreation at Maplelag

Bridge crossing on Bootleg singletrack, March 24th, 2020

When fully opened, Maplelag has skiing and fat biking on 90km of trail. Around 50km of trail groomed with tracks for classic only skiing and 15km groomed separately for skate only. Around 5km no tracked/groomed for bushwhack skier made track skiing. 20km of trail groomed separately for fat biking. Over 400 acres available to explore via snowshoe, powder stashes on the sledding hill and the ice rink for skating! Full trails report on the trail report page along with day activity information.