Category Archives: Skiing

Winter Season

Frosty scene over Maplelag, January 2nd, 2021. Trail report on the trail report page.

Maplelag is open for lodging until February 21st. Trails will remain open and groomed for day use until early March. Day use trail passes for skiing, snowshoeing, and fat biking must be purchased online. Trail report on the trail report page.

There are no services in the main lodge for day use. No ski rental available. Lodging and meal packages available until February 21st. Check availability and place deposit online.

Any questions and confirm lodging assignment, please contact us via email.

Virtual Lotvola Cup 2021

January 4, 2021 6:00 pmtoMarch 7, 2021 6:00 pm
January 4, 2021 6:00 pmtoMarch 7, 2021 6:00 pm

The Lotvola Cup is back! The Lotvola Cup was one of the oldest cross country ski races in Minnesota, starting in 1977, and had grown to be popular among not only local skiers but enthusiasts from around the country.

Start of Lotvola Cup on Little Sugarbush lake in front of the original main lodge, 1980.

We have established a new course for classic only technique. We are not able to host a mass start race but will have the virtual race now open through the remainder of the 2020-2021 ski season. A 14km course has been set using Strava to track skiers. If you are not on Strava, we suggest loading the app. If not using Strava, you may submit your time and we will add all the skiers on a final spreadsheet. In keeping with the spirit of the original Lotvola Cup, the idea is not to be the fastest skier but “simply” complete the challenge. Partnering with ski shops, we will provide random awards to skiers upon completion of the Cup.

There is no entry fee to participate but a season or day pass is required to ski the trails.

Start of the 2021 Lotvola Cup challenge. Sukkerbusk ski trail, just across the parking lot near the legendary orange tractor!

The course starts on Sukkerbusk ski trail at the “orange tractor”. Continue on Sukkerbusk until Twin Lakes trail. Left on Twin Lakes. Upon completion of Twin Lakes, continue back up to Sukkerbusk. Take a left on Sukkerbusk to North Loup. Left on access to North Loup. Upon completion of North Loup, take left on Sukkerbusk and finish out Sukkerbusk back to the start area. Continue on through and finish out on Sap Run trail to the right. The finish is back at the flag pole.

Most intersections take left except near the end of Sukkerbusk stay right to finish out the course on Sap Run trail. Most intersections will be marked with the original signs like above that read “Maplelag Ski Tur”.

The original Lotvola Cup course was 12 kilometers. The 2021 version will be around 14km, classic only technique.

The 12 KM classic technique only race was named in honor of Elias Lotvola. A Finnish pioneer in the local Sugarbush township who was famous for his skiing abilities as well making classic wooden skis in the Finnish tradition by hand.   Even is his 80’s Elias would ski thru the “bush” and woods checking his trapline of over 30 miles in length. His skis and poles were on display in the lodge, but sadly they were lost in the fire of December 1999.  However, many examples of similar wooden skis made by Elias Lotvola, are on display in the lodge.

Newspaper article by local paper Detroit Lakes Newspapers of first Lotvola Cup in 1977.

The race honors the tradition of Nordic skiing in Minnesota and up to the most recent race, had a wood ski division. Past Lotvola Cup participants included not only recreational skiers but Olympic athletes including biathlete Wynn Roberts of Battle Lake area who competed in the Vancover Winter Olympics in 2010. 

Old school and new school, US Olympian Wynn Robert competing in the Lotvola Cup 2009 with wood skis.

Maplelag has always promoted a healthy and environmental friendly use of the land with a minimal footprint to conserve and promote our wonderful natural resources.

Snowy start to Lotvola Cup 2010.

Newspaper article from early Lotvola Cup.

Archived results and photos on skinnyski.com

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.