Trail Report

Happy New Year!! Excellent ski conditions. Couldn’t ask for a better day to kick of 2017. Dusting of new snow last night and snow continuing with big flakes of snow gingerly falling down Sunday morning. All skate trails and Suicide Hill renovated and combed and new track set on Sap Run and Mother North Star Sunday morning.

New track set on Roy’s Run, Rootin Tootin, Island Lake, Twin Lake and a few other trails Friday morning.  We have had daily dustings of snow to make for fantastic conditions. No icy spots. Bootleg extension groomed for the first time this year on Thursday bringing the entire groomed segments on the Maplelag trail system 100% open.  Scroll down for photos on details for skiing Bootleg extension.

We are grooming daily on the skate trails, Suicide Hill and  touching up well used areas as needed and resetting tracks as needed. The trails have slightly different conditions to try and accommodate all skier interests.  We received 3″ of new snow from the Christmas Storm. and 2″ since then for 5″ total this week.

Great day for the DL Invite. Photos and results on skinnyski.com

Total snowfall since December 5th at 28″ Season snowfall total that includes November snowfall at 36″. Snow depth in the woods 1-2 feet.

Trails open with track set include Sap Run, Twin Lakes, Wavy Gravy, Island Lake, JibFly, Mother North Star, Rootin Tootin, Roy’s Run,  Sukkerbusk and portions of Bullhead and Lucky’s Loype . Skaters Waltz, North Loup and Skaters Extension including the new loop open for skating. 15km total.  (Please no skating on trails that have a track set).  Suicide Hill also groomed for skating.    Bullhead lake trail open for skiing but like Lucky’s not all sections of groomed or maintained that cross AMA land. (Check at office for more information on AMA use)

We installed a new trail cam at the start of Sap Run ski trail and can be found on the webcam page.

The Twin Lakes singletrack will be open for fat biking. We will also be grooming a short track loop around the lodge and cabins. We have fat bikes for rent. We started packing on the fat bike trails. Full Fat bike report on the the bike trail page.

Trail pass is $15. Lunch and day pass available during midweek outside the Holiday season.  Email for reservations: maplelag@arvig.net

We had a nice run of early season skiing on snowfall from mid November. Photos and report.

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Frosted tamaracks in between Twin Lakes and fresh track on Island Lake trail. December 30th, 2016.
Frosted tamaracks in between Twin Lakes and fresh track on Island Lake trail. December 30th, 2016.

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December 26th Trail Photos

Setting new double track
Setting new double track
Sap Run
Sap Run
Edina Nordic Ski team heading out
Edina Nordic Ski team heading out
Burnsville Nordic Ski team
Burnsville Nordic Ski team

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Packing and widening on Bente's Bump, Rootin Tootin trail. Swamp area freezing down. Use caution at bottom. December 14th, 2016.
Packing and widening on Bente’s Bump, Rootin Tootin trail. Swamp area freezing down. Use caution at bottom. December 14th, 2016.

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Grooming fresh snow. December 6th, 2016.
Grooming fresh snow. December 6th, 2016.
Night skiing. December 6th, 2016.
Night skiing. December 6th, 2016.

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Moorhead Nordic ski team after a morning of clearing on the trails. December 3rd, 2016.
Moorhead Nordic ski team after a morning of clearing on the trails. December 3rd, 2016. Big thanks for coming out and helping!

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Sukkerbusk ski trail ready for the next round of snow. November 28th, 2016.
Sukkerbusk ski trail ready for the next round of snow. November 28th, 2016.