Trail Report

Warm summer weather in place. The woods are very lush and green thanks to abundant moisture this spring and summer. Many wildflowers, mushrooms, lichen etc. popping up each week. We have started mowing on the ski trails as we continually clear trees falling from the wind events this spring. We have also started doing dirt work on the ski trail, smoothing out rough areas and improving rough spots. We will continue this work all through the summer and fall.     

Total rainfall the month of July around 2″ after 1″ on Sunday. Total rainfall in June at 7.56″. It was also a very wet month of May with right around 8″ of rain. Since January 1st, we have received almost 19″ of rain.          

The rain has been welcomed with the relatively dry conditions the previous 6 months and to keep the soil damp and moist for the trees we planted this spring. The lake, ponds, sloughs and water tables are at normal levels now.     

 Mountain bike trails now open. (click here for updates)

Summer ski trail work will include fixing rutted areas, working on drainage and removing rocks and filling in low spots in between almost daily mowing when not raining.

New mushrooms sprouting from the ski trail floor, July 9th, 2024.
Tranquil evening on Little Sugarbush lake, July 8th, 2024.
Island Lake ski trail lush green, July 5th, 2024.
Mallard egg on the trail! July 4th, 2024. A critter robbing the nest most likely. 
More mushrooms! Every day seems to be a new species, July 1st, 2024.
Calm evening on Little Sugarbush Lake, June 27th, 2024.
Trail repair on Twin Lakes ski trail, June 26th, 2024.
Sandhill crane in the slough along Mother North Star trail, June 26th, 2024.
Mowing at Twin Lakes crossing, June 22nd, 2024.
Getting a start on ski trail tuning, June 22nd, 2024.
Showy Lady Slippers along Twin Lakes ski trail, June 22nd, 2024.
“Chicken of the Woods” mushroom spouting up from a old stump, June 21st, 2024.
Mushrooms galore after the damp and wet spring, June 21st, 2024.
Lichen on a deadfall near the trail, June 19th, 2024.
Standing water in the woods between double green and Rootin Tootin ski trail as a result of heavy rain Tuesday, June 18th, 2024.
A field of Field Hawkweed at the start of Skater extension trail, June 17th, 2024.
Riding on Mother North Star ski as part of the bike course, June 14th, 2024.
Mowing on Mother North Star ski trail, also part of the bike course, June 13th, 2024.
Another mushroom species popping up along the side of the trail, June 10h, 2024.
Sunset near Mother North Star after a day of trail clearing, June 6th, 2024.
Watea arum reading to bloom in slough along ski trail, June 6th, 2024.
Variety of mushrooms popping up after all the recent moisture, June 6th, 2024. 
Clearing deadfall after this weeks wind events, June 6th, 2024.
Scene along the ski trail, June 4th, 2024.
Red Columbine flowers blooming in full force this year, June 3rd, 2024. Like other wildflowers, the abundant moisture has bumper crops.
Great crop of yellow slippers this year, May 31st, 2024.
Calm conditions at sunset on Little Sugarbush after a windy and wet afternoon, May 30th, 2024.
Jack in the Pulpit blooming along ski trail,May 29th, 2024.
First mowing of the season on the ski trails, May 22nd, 2024.
Marsh marigolds blooming this week, May 18th, 2024
Baby snapper on the move, May 18th, 2024.
Planting the last of the potted trees in the new “Memory Grove” at Maplelag, May 13th, 2024. We have started a special grove at Maplelag planting trees in memory Maplelag guests that have passed in the last year and will continue to plant in the future each spring. 
Family fun on the mountain bike singletrack! May 12th, 2024.
Northern Lights, May 10th, 2024.
Planting the last of the seedlings trees, May 8th, 2024. We planted a variety of coniferous trees from spruce, Norway pines and tamaracks this spring with around 500 trees planted.
Golden hour spring sunset, May 7th, 2024. Leaves on the trees starting to pop the past few days. 
Switchyard scene at sunset, May7th, 2024. 
Beautiful spring sunset over Little Sugarbush lake, May 3rd, 2024.
Tree planting has begun for the spring! April 30th, 2024. We will be planting around 1000 trees, mostly coniferous. 
First batch of trees ready for spring tree planting, April 26th, 2024.