Beautiful sunshine to greet skiers today. Folks out for a early morning ski before breakfast…. even with the coldest temps of the season in place! Was great to see so many skiers of all ages out yesterday. A positive mindset, good attitude and proper clothing, skiing in these temps no problem. It is a different sensation to complete a successful ski in this weather and a unique feeling of accomplishment. We are proud of everyone who has gotten out and very grateful for everyone that came this weekend.
We groomed every day this past week to make conditions as best as possible. Friday grooming on Skaters Waltz and the extension. Thursday grooming on the inner system, focusing on smaller loops to ski in consideration of the cooler weather. Sap Run, Mother Hen, JibFly using the bypass and Sukkerbusk are recommended trails to ski. There are also small loops you can make using the last part of Mother North Star and Sukkerbusk. Overall the entire trail system is in great shape and skiing very nice despite the cooler weather. (We will be posting the finishers on the Lotvola Cup page within a week).
Tuesday grooming on Skaters Waltz, all the singletrack classic and setting double track on North Loup. We will most likely keep double track on North Loup the remainder of the season in light of this trail being part of the Virtual Lotvola Cup. This could change however, depending on weather and snow conditions and skate ski interest. Monday we reset the track on Bullhead/Bootleg, a bit more windblown in areas over there. Recommend to wait skiing this loop until it warms up again.
The local fox has been sighted by skiers which is neat to hear after seeing it on the trails cams the past month. It has been sighted near the end of Mother North Star trail. Also, be sure to look for porcupines off Mother North Star and Roy’s Run trails, about 1/3rd the way in on both trails. Lots of other tracks including deer, wolf, coyote, pine marten, fox, and beaver to name a few. Also look for the new and active eagle nest at the start of Island Lake trail. You can also see the nest at the top of “eagle view” at the top of the last downhill on Twin Lakes trail. Many birds also to keep an eye for including the swooping pileated woodpecker.
Trails are open for day use. All day and season passes for non overnight guests must be purchased online through the website. (click here)
Note: Please do not snowshoe or walk on ski or fat bike trails. Thank you! We have designated snowshoe trails for snowshoeing and walking. We take pride in having as “clean” as possible ski and fat bike trails.
Select singletrack loops groomed for fat biking totaling 25km. Report on the Fat Bike trail report.
Lotvola Cup is Back! Click here for more details.
All day and season passes for non overnight guests must be purchased online through the website.(click here) Parking in first parking lot as you enter Maplelag. Click here for trail map. There are no services in the main lodge. No ski rental available at this time.
Trails groomed for double track include Sap Run, Sukkerbusk, Twin Lakes, JibFly, North Loup, Rootin Tootin, Mother North Star, and Mother Hen.
Trails groomed for singletrack classic skiing include Wavy Gravy, Island Lake, Bootleg extension/second half of Bullhead lake trail, and Roy’s Run.
Skate trails groomed include Skaters Waltz, Suicide Hill, Single Green, Krisitin’s Kutoff, and Skaters Extension.
Adventure trails: First part of Bullhead and Lucky’s are not machine groomed and are “adventure” ski trails with skier made track. Bootleg extension is now groomed. The north end is rough but passable. The first part of Bullhead remains an adventure trail. To access the Bootleg loop without skiing the adventure part, one can ski the last part of Bullhead to the extension, ski the extension loop than back out on Bullhead trail.
Please no snowshoeing or walking on ski and fat bike trails.
Total new snowfall past 24 hours, trace. Snowfall past 24 days around 22″. Total snowfall on season 34″ (since October 14th) Compacted base on trail 4-8″.
Snowshoe trail is open for snowshoeing. Please no hiking or walking on the ski trails!
First part of Bullhead Lake and Lucky’s Loype that traverse on AMA land not groomed. Use caution as unmarked obstacles etc. may exist.
Please note the lodge will be closed to day skiers as a result of COVID-19 precautions. This includes no ski rental availability. Porta bathrooms in far parking lot. Please help keep Maplelag open by limiting inside use.