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Callaway, MN
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Great trails expertly groomed at Maplelag. Mainly classical but some skating loops too.
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Wednesday, January 31, 2024
Morning
Firsthand: Classic 
[ Trails Open: All, Rock skis ]
It was a very good day of spring skiing this morning at Maplelag! Zero skis again provided great grip. I skied North Loup and Roy's Run; there was good coverage of snow on these two trails and the ski deck was holding very well. There were a few thinning spots where the sun was starting to overcome the snow, but not significant enough to affect skiing this morning.
(Glenn Gifford)
Tuesday, January 30, 2024
Evening
Firsthand: Freestyle Grooming Scheduling 
[ Trails Open: Partial, Rock skis ]
Not quite as warm today and cloud cover kept melting to a minimum. Skied a few laps on Skaters Waltz this morning finding fun and fast spring like conditions. Rest of the day we were harvesting snow to Skaters Waltz and Sap Run. The snow was damp and packed well. This evening we combed and ran the Ginzu teeth down, floating the surface as it was already freezing down hard on Skaters Waltz and Sap Run. Did not reset tracks. With the cold temps tonight and adequate coverage on most trails, we will be open again Wednesday until 1pm. Best coverage is on Sap Run and Skaters Waltz. Other trails are open but haven't been groomed or patrolled so use extra caution etc.
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(Jay Richards, Maplelag Resort)
Tuesday, January 30, 2024
Morning
Firsthand: Classic 
[ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
I skied two of the the inner trails today, Mother North Star and Jibfly. Temps were in the low 30s. I used Fischer Zero skis and they gripped very well. Extra caution advised before proceeding on some of the downhills, to check the sun has not opened any unexpected holes in the trail that may grab your ski and cause a fall. I also skied Twin Lakes and also part of the Island Lake trail. Coverage was surprisingly mostly very good in the trees. There were a couple of thin spots, usually on a south facing exposure after catching some extra sun. It was excellent spring skiing conditions (but the calendar still only says "January"). No matter the temps and despite the limited snowfall, you won't find better conditions in my opinion, and it's always a good day to ski Maplelag. Thank you.
(Glenn Gifford)
Monday, January 29, 2024
Afternoon
Firsthand: Freestyle Grooming Scheduling 
[ Trails Open: Partial, Rock skis ]
Fun spring like skiing this morning. Skaters Waltz was skiing well until noon or so. Tracks were bit icy but better at softening point. We spent the afternoon and early evening shoveling and farming snow on to Sap Run and Skaters Waltz and grooming after. Another day bit warmer than forecasted and along with sun, the base deteriorated with more thin areas opening up.
The trails will be closing at noon on Tuesday to try and preserve the base we have during this warm spell as we continue shoveling on the above trails.
Photos:
(Jay Richards, Maplelag Resort)
Sunday, January 28, 2024
Afternoon
Observation 
[ Trails Open: Most, Rock skis ]
A beautiful morning of skiing before getting warm with a little bit of melting and softening in the afternoon. Great seeing everyone out this weekend enjoying the conditions we have. Sunshine and frost made for beautiful skiing despite the thin base. We will have the trails open in the morning Monday and Tuesday for those that have inquired. Expect icy conditions before it softens. No grooming since Saturday evening. We ask people to ski in the morning to help preserve the base of snow we have during this upcoming warm period. Operating plans: We will be snow farming and shoveling snow on Skaters Waltz and Sap Run every day this week for weekend skiing and the section races next week. We ask people stay off these trails to preserve our snow farming efforts. Thank you! Photos from Brittany Diederich.
Photos:
(Jay Richards, Maplelag Resort)
Saturday, January 27, 2024
Morning
Firsthand: Classic 
[ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
Snow cover remains good at Maplelag today, and the classic tracks were in decent shape overall. I used Zero skis today and they worked very well for today's spring-like conditions. We were off the trail by early afternoon as the snow was starting to feel like March instead of January. Last night's soft rime ice/hoar frost on the trees was starting to fall from the trees which gave the ski trails a light dusting to freshen things up a bit for Sunday.
(Glenn Gifford)
Saturday, January 27, 2024
Morning
Firsthand: Freestyle 
[ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
Beautiful morning/afternoon of skiing Skaters Waltz/North Loop! Blue sky and frosty trees- a lovely gift. Trails beautifully groomed, and snow conditions very user-friendly. Thank you, Richards family!
(Cindy Spidahl)
Saturday, January 27, 2024
Evening
Grooming 
[ Trails Open: All, Rock skis ]
A beautiful day on the trails. Clouds gave way to sunshine which highlighted the beautiful frost on the trees. A busy day on the trails and thanks everyone that skied in the morning. Trails held out well. At dusk, Skaters Waltz and the skate lane on North Loup was combed and compacted. Looks to be a bit warmer tomorrow, best to get out in the morning again for best conditions. Tracks might be a bit icy early but sweet spot around 10am-12pm. 34km groomed with tracks set, 15km groomed for skate skiing.
Photos:
(Jay Richards, Maplelag Resort)
Friday, January 26, 2024
Afternoon
Firsthand: Freestyle Observation 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
Skate deck was in great shape considering the lack of snowfall and warmer temps this season. Members of the grooming team were out tuning the trails while we were there. Shoveling snow into the low spots along with reconditioning the deck. Should be great for the weekend! We didn't classic ski but those trails looked in good condition also.
Photos:
(Ben Olson)
Friday, January 26, 2024
Evening
Grooming Secondhand 
[ Trails Open: All, B skis ]
A frosty Friday, high temp around 29F. Snow and base holding out well. 34km groomed for classic, 15km groomed for skate. Reports from skiers good both skate and classic. This evening we groomed the Section Skate course. Get out in morning for best skiing. Photo: Skaters Waltz extension by Peder Arneson.
Photos:
(Jay Richards, Maplelag Resort)

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