Trail Report

A chilly start with the wind scooting strongly from the west. Air temps warmer but the wind not making it feel that way. Thankfully we are surrounded by trees and a nice day in the woods is on tap. The trails have been busy with hikers and the one unique thing about this year is many people are walking on trails they would not feel comfortable otherwise skiing!

Sunday we combed a 2 mile loop on the lake mainly to preserve the snow. We also went on the trail, combing out a 2.5km loop mainly to check conditions. The lake has just enough snow to be skiable. The trails are rough and thin but just 2-3″ away from having very skiable conditions.

Despite the lack of snow on the trails to groom and ski, folks have been keeping active at Maplelag this winter with hiking, running, mountain and fat biking, skating on the lake and ice rink, kick sledding and ending the day with the plunge!

We are waiting for more snow to have skiing and grooming on the trails. The trails are mostly a ribbon of white throughout the woods with a frozen down base, evidence of early grooming and fall trail prep for low snow. It will only take a few inches to have “early season” conditions. Forecast looking better on the weekend for snow chances.

The St Paul Highland Park and Cooper ski teams were at Maplelag last weekend for a training camp. Despite not enough snow to ski on the trails, the kids kept active with cross training activities and double pole skiing on the lake. Click here for photoset from St Paul Highland Park training camp weekend. 

Think Snow!

Fat Bike trail report

 

Lake skiing December 30th, 2014. The white ridge is from plowing from the side in effort to build up the base where rolled but not a lot to work with! Still enough traction to glide around the lake.
Lake skiing December 30th, 2014. The white ridge is from plowing from the side in effort to build up the base where rolled but not a lot to work with! Still enough traction to glide around the lake.

 

Maplelag Lappland cabin members skiing on the lake, December 29th, 2014.
Maplelag Lappland cabin members skiing on the lake, December 29th, 2014.

 

Heading out to the trails for a hike, being creative for Nordic walking!. December 29th, 2014.
Heading out to the trails for a hike, being creative for Nordic walking!. December 29th, 2014.

 

 

Ice rink action. A popular place this winter!  December 29th, 2014.
Ice rink action. A popular place this winter! December 29th, 2014.
Skiing on the groomed loop on the lake. Better for double poling, still thin for ski skating. December 28th, 2014.
Skiing on the groomed loop on the lake. Better for double poling, still thin for ski skating. December 28th, 2014.
Checking out the trail. Very thin and rough. Just 2-3" will make for skiable conditions. December 28th, 2014.
Checking out the trail. Very thin and rough. Just 2-3″ will make for skiable conditions. December 28th, 2014.
Checking out the trail. Very thin and rough. Just 2-3" will make for skiable conditions. December 28th, 2014.
Checking out the trail. Very thin and rough. Just 2-3″ will make for skiable conditions. December 28th, 2014.

 

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Members of the Johnson family enjoying winter on Little Sugarbush via kick sled! December 26th, 2014.
Members of the Johnson family enjoying winter on Little Sugarbush via kick sled! December 26th, 2014.

December 26th Winter Photos

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D'Allessandro family on the ice skating rink for a family skate. December 25th, 2014.
D’Allessandro family on the ice skating rink for a family skate. December 25th, 2014.
Christmas day skate. The ice on the lake is very good for skating. A few rough spots naturally but some really smooth areas on the east side.
Christmas day skate. The ice on the lake is very good for skating. A few rough spots naturally but some really smooth areas on the east side.

 

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