Trail Report

Winter returns! A dusting of snow greeting us this morning with windy conditions making it feel like the single digits. Wow, quite a change from earlier in the week. Looks like an inch additional of snow possible today as cooler weather is welcomed to start freezing down the ground. The trails are in great shape and ready for more snow which looks promising the next 10 days. Thanks to the newly formed Moorhead Nordic ski team for coming out early Saturday morning to help clear trail.

Overall it has been great conditions to be in the woods this fall as we fine tune the trails. We have been mainly clearing deadfall and leaves off the trail, preparing them for the first snows and early season skiing.

October 28th we had our first snowfall of the year which was just enough for a quick morning ski before for the kids before heading off to school! The snow melted off from the warm ground underneath but light snow fell throughout the day. At dusk the snow started to pick up again with almost 4″ setting on the ground.  A night ski with headlamps was on order and a fun ski was had on the inner trail. The falling snow turned to rain and temps warming during the night melted off the snow by Thursday morning. Although it was too early for snow to stay, it is always exciting to see white on the ground and trees flocked beautifully.

We had a beautiful fall of color with some fantastic scenes in the forest.  Photos of the fall color can be found on the fall color page.  or Facebook page.

The mountain bike trails are closed for the season. (Click here for latest mountain bike trail report and information on mountain biking at Maplelag.) 

Overall the trails are looking great as we have been mowing almost daily preparing them for winter. We are over 1000 miles of mowing so far this summer and fall! Sounds like a lot but with almost 40 miles of trails and each trail taking 4-6 passes to mow entire trail and some trails mowed up to 20 times during a season it adds up!

Total rainfall since the middle of May has been around 30″ of rain bringing the water tables to normal levels after a dry winter and spring.

We spend just as many hours if not more on the trails outside the winter season to be prepared for low snow years and to be able to open the trails on as little as 3″ of dense snow. We thrive on grooming and having the trails open on as little snow as possible and prepare the trails in the off season with this mindset. We are now busy as ever on the trails, preparing them for the winter season.

 

Newly formed Moorhead Nordic Ski team ready for a morning of clearing on the trails. November 14th, 2015.
Newly formed Moorhead Nordic Ski team ready for a morning of clearing on the trails. November 14th, 2015. Thanks for coming out to help  clear trails!

 

Winter scene in front of the lodge Thursday afternoon. November 12th, 2015.
Winter scene in front of the lodge Thursday afternoon after a short return of winter. November 12th, 2015.

 

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One last mowing/clearing on Suicide Hill. Ready for skiing on just a few inches of snow! November 11th, 2015.
One last mowing/clearing on Suicide Hill. Ready for skiing on just a few inches of snow! November 11th, 2015.

 

Back bowl area in fantastic shape, ready for snow, skiers and sledders! November 10th, 2015.
Back bowl area in fantastic shape, ready for snow, skiers and sledders! November 10th, 2015.
Kamikaze hill, Skaters Waltz. November 10th, 2015.
Kamikaze hill, Skaters Waltz. November 10th, 2015.
Skaters Waltz, November 10th, 2015.
Skaters Waltz, November 10th, 2015.

 

Coating of ice on Kohlepp pond. November 7th, 2015.
Coating of ice on Kohlepp pond. November 7th, 2015.

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Tracks in the skinny field from a evening ski on October 28th. Nearly 4" had fallen making for a nice first ski of the year.
Tracks in the skinny field from a evening ski on October 28th. Nearly 4″ had fallen making for a nice first ski of the year.

 

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The tamarack trees are the only coniferous tree to loose their needles and always provide nice color when the other trees have lost their leaves. October 21st, 2015.
The tamarack trees are the only coniferous tree to loose their needles and always provide nice color when the other trees have lost their leaves. October 21st, 2015.

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View from east end of the island on Island lake. Still have plans for a outpost cabin here. Skiers could ski out here in the winter time and spend a night or two! Ask about it at the resort this winter! October 17th, 2015.
View from east end of the island on Island lake. Still have plans for a outpost cabin here. Skiers could ski out here in the winter time and spend a night or two! Ask about it at the resort this winter! October 17th, 2015.
Panoramic view of Twin Lakes from mountain bike trail. October 15th, 2015.
Panoramic view of Twin Lakes from mountain bike trail. October 15th, 2015.

 

Beautiful fall scene at top of Suicide Hill, October 13th, 2015.
Beautiful fall scene at top of Suicide Hill, October 13th, 2015.
Scene from the bottom of Suicide Hill. October 13th, 2015. We will continue fall grooming on trails up until the snow flies!
Scene from the bottom of Suicide Hill. October 13th, 2015. We will continue fall grooming on trails up until the snow flies!
Freshly cleared trail on the mountain bike course. October 13th, 2015.
Freshly cleared trail on the mountain bike course. October 13th, 2015.

 

 

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Frosted marsh area at Twin Lakes crossing. September 29th, 2015.
Frosted marsh area at Twin Lakes crossing. September 29th, 2015. First real frost of the season and always gets us excited for the upcoming winter!

 

Beautiful weekend on the trails. September 26th, 2015.
Beautiful weekend on the trails. September 26th, 2015.

 

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Early fall color near the stone wall at Maplelag. September 20th, 2015.
Early fall color near the stone wall at Maplelag. September 20th, 2015.

 

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Early fall color in front of the main lodge. September 15th, 2015.
Early fall color in front of the main lodge. September 15th, 2015.

 

Fall scene over one of the Maplelag ponds. September 10th, 2015.
Fall scene over one of the Maplelag ponds. September 10th, 2015.

 

Calm evening on Little Sugarbush, lake Maplelag sits next to. August 9th, 2015.
Calm evening on Little Sugarbush, lake Maplelag sits next to. August 9th, 2015.

 

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Hail on the ground after a quick moving storm Sunday morning. August 2nd, 2015.
Hail on the ground after a quick moving storm Sunday morning. August 2nd, 2015.

 

Acorn on the ground. August 1st, 2015.
Acorn on the ground. August 1st, 2015.
Good crop of acorns this year as seen on a fallen branch from wind earlier in the week. Old timers say cold and snowy winter ahead when good acorn crop!! August 1st, 2015.
Good crop of acorns this year as seen on a fallen branch from wind earlier in the week. Old timers say cold and snowy winter ahead when good acorn crop!! August 1st, 2015.

 

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Water droplets on on poplar leaf. June 3rd, 2015.
Water droplets on on poplar leaf. June 3rd, 2015.

 

Group of trumpeter swans on a misty morning. Twin Lakes. June 3rd, 2015.
Group of trumpeter swans on a misty morning. Twin Lakes. June 3rd, 2015.

 

Yellow slippers blooming in the past few days. May 27th, 2015.
Yellow slippers blooming in the past few days. May 28th, 2015.

 

 

Nice crop of "Pigs Feet" as seen on Sukkerbusk trail yesterday. May 27th, 2015.
Nice crop of “Pigs Feet” as seen on Sukkerbusk trail yesterday. May 27th, 2015.
Pair of trumpeter swans sharing the waters of Little Sugarbush with a loon and a beaver in the far background. May 21st, 2015.
Pair of trumpeter swans sharing the waters of Little Sugarbush with a loon and a beaver in the far background. May 21st, 2015.

 

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Sukkerbusk ski trail "greening" up. Won't be long until we begin mowing the ski trails and preparing them for winter! May 13th, 2015.
Sukkerbusk ski trail “greening” up. Won’t be long until we begin mowing the ski trails and preparing them for winter! May 13th, 2015.
Ferns in the forest enjoying the sunshine on Tuesday and waiting for warmer temps. May 13th, 2015.
Ferns in the forest enjoying the sunshine on Tuesday and waiting for warmer temps. May 12th, 2015.
Red Headed woodpecker making a visit to the Maplelag grounds this week. May 11th, 2015.
Red Headed woodpecker making a visit to the Maplelag grounds this week. May 11th, 2015.

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Cardinal one of the many birds visiting the Maplelag feeders this week. May 8th, 2015.
Cardinal one of the many birds visiting the Maplelag feeders this week. May 8th, 2015.

 

Eagle nest near Twin Lakes crossing active this year . May 3rd, 2015.
Eagle nest near Twin Lakes crossing active this year . May 3rd, 2015.

 

 

Kira and Anna planting trees near Twin Lakes this week. April 28th, 2015.
Kira and Anna helping plant trees near Twin Lakes this week. April 28th, 2015.

 

 

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Aerial photo taken by Greg Ames of Little Sugarbush ice free. Maplelag on the east shore. April 16th, 2015.
Special aerial photo taken by Greg Ames of Little Sugarbush ice free. Maplelag on the east shore. April 16th, 2015. Thanks Greg!

 

 

Patch of ice on Little Sugarbush, April 14th, 2014.
Patch of ice on Little Sugarbush, April 14th, 2014.
May flowers blooming this week. April 14th, 2015
May flowers blooming this week. April 14th, 2015

 

Top of Suicide Hill. April 14th, 2015.
Top of Suicide Hill. April 14th, 2015.

 

 

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