Trail Report

Gorgeous weather in place for Memorial Day weekend. Dry conditions after 1.5″ of rain Tuesday evening. The rain was welcomed and bringing the forest floor to a vibrant state. Warm weather the past few weeks bringing the forest and flora to life with leaves nearly full circle and wildflowers of various kinds abundant in the woods including yellow slippers most recently blooming.

We have been busy on the trails clearing deadfall and cutting firewood and working on the mountain bike trails. The first mowing of the year on the trails also occurring this week and will continue through the summer. Wildlife active and on the move! 

Ice off Little Sugarbush (lake next to Maplelag) with May 4th the official ice out date. The water tables have been restored thanks to the snowfall this season just under 100″. Waterfowl active as ever including loons that are happy to have a ice free lake. 

The mountain bike trails are open for ridingClick here for latest update. Maplelag trails are closed to all motorized use and horses. We continue with trail tuning as we constantly work on the trails for the next ski season and maintain 25 miles of mountain bike trail. 

We had a great run of skiing in April, officially skiing on April 23rd capping off a fantastic ski season of 153 skiable days starting the third week of November. Was great seeing so many people out enjoying the special late season conditions. Thanks to everyone who supported us this season and the trails. The fire on October 10th was a devastating event for us and the long ski season helped keep us active, restore and gain clarity as we recover from the tragedy last fall. 

Total snowfall this season at 96″ which ranks in top 5 of total snowfall in one season at Maplelag.

Lakeside of lodge site, May 26th, 2023.
Birch top hung up near Sukkerbusk ski trail over singletrack, May 25th, 2023.
Cut in blocks and ready to split for sauna firewood!
Ferns exploding on the ski trails this week, May 25th, 2023.
Bumper crop of marsh marigolds, May 21st, 2023.
Wild violet flowers also abundant this year, May 21st, 2023.
Tamarack trees sprouting in slough along Mother North Star trail, May 18th, 2023.
Ski trail crossing to Twin Lakes, May 13th, 2023. Rain staying east of us over the weekend. 
Bloodroot flowers blooming today, May 11th, 2023.
Turtles on the move this week with warmer temps, May 11th, 2023.
Leaves budding big time today and marsh marigolds exploding today, May 11th, 2023.
First buds, May 7th, 2023.
Ice free Little Sugarbush a rare calm night this spring, May 4th, 2023.
Another night with aurora borealis! We’ve been blessed with many nights of northern lights this past winter and spring, May 5th, 2023.
Clearing deadfall off the ski trail, May 4th, 2023. All the wood we use for the sauna stove by the lake. 
Lake scene on Little Sugarbush early afternoon, May 2nd, 2023. Ice should be off by end of day May 3rd!
Pond near Mother Hen ski trail, May 2nd, 2023. The water levels are at normal levels after being restored from this years snowfall. 
Hepatica flowers blooming in full force on the forest floor, May 2nd, 2023.
Mountain bike singletrack, May 2nd, 2023. Mountain bike trails are now open. 
Pair of swans in a pond near Rootin Tootin ski trail, May 1st, 2023.
Moss coming back to life on Skaters Waltz ski trail, May 1st, 2023.