Trail Report

Grooming Tuesday on Roy’s Run, Rootin Tootin and Mother North Star. We cut a track on all three trails in anticipation of this new snow cover up the thin areas.  All trails have good sections of trail and other areas with thin cover we didn’t set a track but skiable throughout. Monday and  Wednesday we shoveled on the Skaters Waltz trail and a few other segments on the classic trails, building up the base on the high traffic areas.

50km of trail groomed. 35km groomed classic only, 15km groomed skate only.   Early season conditions, use caution on the downhills as a few thin/rough/unmarked obstacles exist, especially on the outer trails. Good reports from weekend skiers.

Double track set on Sap Run, Sukkerbusk, Poki Loki, JibFly, and Twin Lakes.  Rootin Tootin, Mother North Star, Wavy Gravy and Island Lake trail single tracked. No grooming between the marsh area. Best to take skis off and walk through but people have been bushwhacking through as well.  Total km tracked around 35km. Skate lanes recently groomed on Skaters Waltz, North Loup and Skaters Extension as well as Suicide Hill for nearly 15km of groomed skate trail.

 Ski rentals available for overnight guests.

Total snowfall since November 1st around 11″ Total snowfall since October 1st around 19″. October snow melted off but currently the base from November snowfall is 2-4″. The trails at Maplelag are maintained as such that we can have good skiing on less snow and we take pride in managing less snow.

Please no walking or hiking on ski or bike trails.

 The Twin Lakes singletrack will be open for winter riding/fat biking once again this season. Most recent grooming November 30th. Click here for latest report and information.

Building up base in open area on JibFly, December 12th, 2018.
Frosty scene. December 12th, 2018.
Cutting track on Roy’s Run, December 11th, 2018. Full depth track where set. Some leafy spots and other forest organic matter but any dusting of new will improve the conditions.
Far north section on Roy’s Run. Those that have skied Roy’s Run no surprise of the marshy segment and unique wildness of the trail. Not indicative of the whole trail. We try to be honest and straightforward as possible on trail conditions.
Cutting second track on Rootin Tootin, December 11th, 2018. Double tracked for the first km or so than singletracked where good coverage rest of trail. Middle section with leafy spots.
Base building on Skaters Waltz, December 10th, 2018.
Building up the base on “Kamikaze” hill, Skaters Waltz trail, December 10th, 2018.
Combing a loop on the lake, December 10th, 2018. The loop on the lake is groomed for the ski camps for instruction.
Combing a loop on the lake for the upcoming ski camp, December 10th, 2018.
Combing a loop on the lake, December 10th, 2018.
Building up base on a downhill segment on Skaters Waltz. Although the base is in great shape, we build it up in anticipation of high volume of skier traffic for the ski camps. December 10th, 2018.
Skaters Waltz, December 8th, 2018. Skiing very nice for early December. Still some bumpy spots but the most recent snow very silky on top of firm base and super fun skiing.
Moorhead skiers heading down Suicide Hill. December 8th, 2018.
Heading up!

Poki Loki double tracked with recent fluff snow on top. December 8th, 2018. Outside some leafy areas, most of the classic trail skiing good. Trails that have been skied more have the track a bit more washed out but still some good skiing to be had.
Moorhead Nordic Ski team after a morning of practice at Maplelag. December 8th, 2018.
Group of skiers enjoying a picture perfect day on JibFly ski trail. December 7th, 2018.
Peder heading down Eagle View downhill as flakes were falling. Twin Lakes trail, December 7th, 2018.
Poling through on Island Lake trail, December 7th, 2018.
Skiing through Twin Lakes. This area called “Mac’s Mess” part of Wavy Gravy and Island Lake trails. Not groomed but skiable throughout on grassy. December 7th, 2018.
Canadian friend Detlev out for morning ski after passing through “Mac’s Mess” December 7th, 2018.
Light dusting of fluff now on top of yesterday’s grooming on Wavy Gravy. December 6th, 2018. Last nights sub zero temps setting the track up firm. Few leafy spots and one rough section otherwise good early season classic skiing.
Double track on Sukkebusk. December 6th, 2018. Last nights sub zero temps setting the track up firm.
Setting track on Wavy Gravy, December 5th, 2018. Some sections groomed up very nice. Other areas bit thinner with leafy material. Still some nice early season skiing to be had!
Local skier and neighbor Carol out with friend Mary for a morning ski. December 5th, 2018. It’s an unusual year for leaves still on the trees in some pockets of the forest. Early freeze in October froze some of the maple and oak leaves and are still falling on the trail.
Bruce ready to hit the trails for the first time this season. December 5th, 2018.
Setting second track on JibFly. December 5th, 2018. Most of JibFly in good early season condition for classic. Like all trails, use caution on the downhills. JibFly is the groomer’s choice trail. Don’t pass it by!
Sunset grooming skate lane on North Loup at dusk at Poplar Pass. December 5th, 2018. The skies cleared for a hour than another round of fluff snow early evening. North Loup has improved but still some rough spots on a few of the downhills. Best to ski where snowmobile track is for best line on downhill.
Fallen red oak on Island Lake trail. December 5th, 2018.
More wood for the sauna! December 5th, 2018.
Rootin Tootin trail, December 4th, 2018. Track holding out well, scattered organic matter otherwise nice early season skiing.
Local skier Bob out for a afternoon ski, December 4th, 2018.
Peder Arneson enjoying fresh cut track on Rootin Tootin trail, November 30th, 2018.
Setting double track on Poki Loki, November 30th, 2018. We set a bit deeper track since double tracking. Few more thin areas to watch out for.
Track on JibFly. Out of all the trails tracked, JibFly skiing the best. November 30th, 2018.
Wolf track on North Loup, November 30th, 2018.
Combing on Skaters Waltz, November 30th, 2018.
Combing skate lane on new Skaters Waltz extension inner loop. November 30th, 2018.
Heading out to Twin Lakes, November 30th, 2018.