Ski Trail Report

Trails are open. Temperature has been staying below freezing and the base of snow we have is holding out well. With warmer temps forecasted later in the week, best to plan skiing in the morning if possible. This will also keep the integrity of the base intact and provide best skiing days beyond and make it easier to groom. If trails are rutted then freeze, it is very difficult to smooth out the ruts with the thin base we have. We plan to keep the trails open the rest of the week and into the weekend. 

Tuesday and Wednesday we shoveled on Mother North Star and Sap Run building up the base. We also combed out all the skate trails, Skaters Waltz, North Loup and the extension loops of Skaters Waltz. We will continue building up the base on select trails and grooming mostly on Skaters Waltz before the weekend.  

We have been grooming daily on all 64km of trail. Currently we have 34km of trail tracked for classic and 15km open for skating. All other trails are open for 15km of no track classic skiing. 4km of bushwhacking/adventure skiing with a skier made track (Lucky’s Loype) Last week we packed Bootleg extension loop using Bullhead lake as an access point. Once we get a few more inches to track Bootleg, we will track a loop around the lake. Currently the lake is tracked across the lake. 

Tracks are set on Sap Run, JibFly, Sukkerbusk, Mother Hen, Poki Loki, Loon Return, Rootin Tootin, Wavy Gravy, Mother North Star, Twin Lakes and North Loup. Please do not skate on trails packed for classic. Skating on Skaters Waltz and the extension loops and North Loup only. Top choices for classic skiing are Rootin Tootin and North Loup. 

Early season conditions, the base is still thin watch for rough spots, areas of thin cover and unmarked obstacles but very skiable and reports from the skiers have been good. 

The Brant cabin is open as a warming house. The main lounge area has a Kuerig for hot chocolate/coffe/tea and there are simple snacks available to purchase on honor system.  Store is open on the weekends, usually in the afternoon.

Monday evening we worked on Skaters Waltz shoveling snow on some thin areas and grooming out the loop. We do not plan to reset tracks until more snow but all the tracks are holding out well all, things considered and very skiable. Watch for a few thin spots here and there. 

A great weekend of skiing. Nice seeing everyone out, thanks for sharing your ski experience on and we appreciate the season pass purchases this late into the season…. but hopeful the season will run late! Saturday we hosted a short notice High School ski race and was awesome to have the energy of the kids on the trails again.

Fat bike trails are open and groomed. Latest fat bike trail report. 

Please no walking on the ski or fat bike trails. Snowshoe trails are open but snowshoeing possible anywhere except the ski trails. 

Trail passes can be purchased on the products page.

Maplelag current conditions including data from the new Maplelag weather station can be found on the Weather page. Total snowfall since November 1st at 12″. Current snow depth is 3-5″ and compacted base on trails is 2-3″.

Setting new track on JibFly, January 24th, 2024.
Lunch ski on Skaters Waltz extension, January 24th, 2024.
Evening grooming on Skaters Waltz, January 24th, 2024. Best skiing will be before noon in the mornings!
Tracking back to the caboose! January 23rd, 2024. The cabooses have good availability midweek the remainder of the winter season.
Combing out the skate deck on North Loup at dusk, January 23rd, 2024. Please ski the main loop of North Loup clockwise to maintain the integrity of the track.
Building up the base on Mother North Star, January 23rd, 2024. The deer have been active along the trail where acorns are present. 
Resetting track on lower part of Sap Run after shoveling, January 23rd, 2024.
Evening groom on Skaters Waltz, January 23rd, 2024.
Evening trail work on Skaters Waltz, January 22nd, 2024.
Combing a skate lane after a new track set on Bullhead Lake, January 22nd, 20224.
Sunday skiers, January 21st, 2024.