Trail Report

Excellent ski conditions. Dusting of snow overnight.   3-4″ fresh snow on Saturday. Grooming on select classic trails today including Wavy Gravy, Island Lake, Mother North Star, Sap Run, and Loon Return. Skate trail grooming on Single Green, Skaters Waltz, Suicide Hill, Skaters Waltz Extension and North Loup. Sukkerbusk, Twin Lakes, Roy’s Run and Rootin Tootin on tap for grooming Thursday morning.

Fantastic day for the Section 8 Nordic Ski Championships. Photos and results on

Powder on top of firm deck on North Loup skate lane and Skaters Waltz extension. Classic trails not groomed Saturday/Sunday have the new snow on top of firm deck and have been skied on and very nice skiing. The entire trail system will be re-groomed Wednesday-Friday.

Around 60km of trail groomed,  48km of trail tracked, 9km groomed for skating. Around 8km with skier made track on the first part of Bullhead trail, sections of Lucky’s Loype, double green and Kristin’s Kutoff. Non AMA segments of Lucky’s groomed. Use caution on north end of Bullhead lake as rough. Lucky’s Loype rough in sections with a few icy spots.

Fat Bike trail on Twin Lakes Singletrack open and groomed multiple times already. Groomed evening February 3rd.  Firm deck, great riding.  Latest report: Fat Bike Report  Please do not walk on fat bike trail.

Total snowfall this season at 33″ Snow depth in the woods 13-24″, compacted base where groomed 4-9″.  

Day skiing is allowed for guests not staying at the resort by purchasing a trail pass. Pass can be purchased online.   Midweek trail pass includes coffee and cookies Weekend trail pass does not include coffee and cookies.

Ski rental available at $15 per day. Snowshoes and fat bikes also available for rent. If not staying at the resort, it is best to contact us during busy times for availability. Lunch is also available for sale for day skiers during MIDWEEK only . Reservation is required.

Please no  walking on the ski trails or fat bike trails. There is also snowshoeing available, on trails and anywhere not on the ski trails.

Track set between Twin Lakes, part of Wavy Gravy and Island Lake trails. February 7th, 2018.
Fresh cut track on Island Lake trail, February 7th, 2018.
Island Lake trail, February 7th, 2018.
Grooming on North Loup. Track set and skate lane. Touch up grooming on the sides planned Thursday morning.
Fresh cord on Skaters Waltz, February 7th, 2018.
New inner loop grooming on Skaters Waltz extension, February 7th, 2018.
Fresh corduroy! February 7th, 2018.
Racing action for Section 8 Nordic Ski Championships, February 6th, 2018.

Congrats Denny on Volunteer of the year for Section 8, February 6th, 2018. Well deserved for all the help you have done this winter to keep the trails and skiers in tip top shape!
Friends from the north ready for a morning of skiing. February 5th, 2018. Even with the Section race tomorrow, there is still over 50km of trail to ski.
Lucky’s Loype, February 5th, 2018.

Grooming Suicide Hill, part of Section course, skiers will go down! February 5th, 2018.
Tracks on JibFly ready for racers tomorrow! February 5th, 2018.
First passes on Skaters Waltz, February 5th, 2018. The middle will be groomed again this evening.
Tracks on Mother North Star ready for the racers. February 5th, 2018.
Lucky’s Loype Saturday morning as snow was starting to fall. February 3rd, 2018.
Powder skiing! February 3rd, 2018.

Moon dogs over Kohlepp slough during the evening groom, February 4th, 2018.
Cutting new track on north side Bullhead Lake. February 2nd, 2018.
Cutting new track on north side Bullhead Lake. February 2nd, 2018.

Deer activity galore off Bullhead lake trail on Bootleg extension. February 2nd, 2018.
Tracks on Sukkerbusk ski trail in great shape. Solid and firm. Light coating of frost snow slowing down the glide. February 1st, 2018.
Grooming Single green for skating. Part of Section course, February 1st, 2018. Open for skiing! Nice switchback like climb from bottom of Suicide Hill.
Grooming on Skaters Waltz, January 31st, 2018.
Bemidji HS Nordic ski team out for a  day of training inspecting the section courses. January 31st, 2018.

Grooming on Single Green for skate skiing. January 29th, 2018.
Great tracks and classic skiing on JibFly. Part of section classic course. January 29th, 2018.
Members of the Detroit Lakes Bantam A team set for a late afternoon skate ski. January 29th, 2018.
Heading out to the trails. January 29th, 2018.
Grooming on Suicide Hill, January 29th, 2018.
Cutting new track on JibFly at dusk, January 26th, 2018.
Cutting new track on Sap Run in the morning, January 26th, 2018.
Morning grooming on skate lane on North Loup. January 26th, 2018. Track resetting on tap for Saturday morning. One of the groomer’s choice for the weekend!
Touching up the middle on Skaters Waltz Friday morning, January 26th, 2018. Fantastic skate ski conditions right now.
Midweek guests deep in the woods on the snowshoe trail. January 25th, 2018.
Frosty morning on Skaters Waltz, January 25th, 2018. High humidity and frost snow making for silky feeling skiing and great conditions.
Skiing action from a great day for the North Star Conference ski meet. January 25th, 2018. Handful of photos below. More photos to be posted on Skinnyski later today. 

Lee in between Twin Lakes which is part of Wavy Gravy and Island Lake trails, January 23rd, 2018.
Grooming out Suicide Hill, January 23rd, 2018. Suicide Hill has been groomed more than any other segment at Maplelag.
Weekend HS Teams at the trail head Saturday morning, January 20th, 2018.
Ready to hit the snowshoe trail! January 20th, 2018.
Mound Park Academy skiers reading for a sunshiny afternoon. January 20th, 2018.
Bloomington Nordic Ski Team skiers enjoying the pleasant temps and great conditions on Skaters Waltz at dusk, January 19th, 2018.
Robert and Maryann Eliason enjoying the double track on Mother North Star after a morning ski around Twin Lakes. January 18th, 2018.
Touching up the edge on Skaters Waltz, January 17th, 2018. Skate trails will be renovated in the evenings during the weekend.
Last group to bushwhack on Bullhead before grooming today! January 17th, 2018.
Bullhead lake trail before it crosses the north end after fresh grooming, January 17th, 2018. Heads up when the track disappears as the marsh area fast approaches.
Setting track on north end of Bullhead Lake trail. January 17th, 2018. Great vistas of the lake along the north side!
Using the new Skaters Waltz extension on the to round the northeast corner of “Roy’s Field”. January 16th, 2018.
Skinny field on Sukkerbusk trail, January 16th, 2018.
Striding on Twin Lakes, January 16th, 2018.
Setting new track on Twin Lakes early morning January 16th, 2018.
Snow “cones” forming around the forest floor. Indication of the recent dry fluffy snow settling. January 16th, 2018.
Striding under the sun dog on Mother North Star trail. January 15th, 2018.
Sap Run striding, January 15th, 2018.
Morning groom on North Loup setting new double track. We will continue to keep North Loup double tracked through the week. January 15th, 2018.
Members of the North Star Ski Touring club out on Sukkerbusk during the light snow today. January 14th, 2018. North Star club has been coming to Maplelag for 40 years straight!
Gliding down one of the last hills of North Loup. Great double track skiing! January 13th, 2018.
Striding on Roy’s Run. January 13th, 2018.
First downhill on Roy’s Run, January 13th, 2018.
Peder Arneson out for a sunset ski, January 12th, 2018.
Setting second track on North Loup. Double tracked for the weekend. Groomers choice is left track first half, than right track second half. January 12th, 2018.
Fresh track set on Roy’s Run. January 12th, 2018.
Fresh wolf tracks on big pond near Roy’s Run. January 12th, 2018.
Fresh grooming to the Coop cabin. January 12th, 2018. Ski right from you door from all the lodging units at Maplelag.
New track on Island Lake trail. Wavy Gravy also set with new track to complete new grooming on all western trails. January 12th, 2018.
Setting new track on Twin Lakes, January 12th, 2018.
Kristina and Kristin finishing up a morning ski around Twin Lakes -14 air temp. “Skiing was great” January 12th, 2018.
Ed out for a morning ski. -14 air temp! January 12th, 2018.
Ski lessons with Anna! January 12th, 2018.
Sundog over Twin Lakes trail. Photo by Maplelag guest Kris Miller, January 11th, 2018.
Sundog as seen from Skaters Waltz extension trail. January 11th, 2018.
Grooming past the Finish Log cabin. January 11th, 2018.
Varsity skiers heading out to North Loup as part of the 8km classic race during the DL Invite. January 9th, 2017.
Firm and fast deck on Skaters Waltz. January 6th, 2018.
Start of Rochester Area Ski Club time trial. January 6th, 2018.
Singletrack grooming through the skinny field, January 5th, 2018.