Detroit Lakes schools host All City band each Spring. We have had one of the kid play the last 12 years. Each grade from 6th grade up to the seniors and concert band perform. To conclude, all bands join together for three numbers. Each year a guest conductor comes in. This year it was the Concordia College (Moorhead) conductor. It is pretty neat how they get all the kids to be in sync and perform. Fantastic job by the music teachers. Unique to most schools in the state and country for that matter.
Monday, March 23, 2015
Jon played in the Section 8 All Star game this year. It is held up in Warroad featuring players from 8AA and 8A on a Monday night.
Fishing report in local c-store.
Recap in local paper.
Thursday, March 12, 2015
Winter came to a screeching halt this week with almost a 80 degree temp swing in less than a week. Most of the snow will be gone by the weekend which will make for an interesting end to 30daysofskiing, a goal of where I try to ski 30 consectuive days in March. All types of skiing are allowed but skiing on natural snow, Nordic style is preferred. I have been updated daily on the 30days blog and most likely not posting on this blog until the month is over. I try to add other tidbits to the post so check it out if interested and to see what else is going on in addition to trying to ski every day.
Parents night at last home hockey game for Jon and his team. Jon's team lost to the eventual state champion in Class A, East Grand Forks in the section semi final. Jon and his team had a great year, we are proud of them all.
Yesterday Jonell and got out, completing my goal to ski with all kids and Jonell. Great ski, one of the most memorable of the season. Hopefully we can get out a few more times this year!
Friday, February 27, 2015
Hard to believe we are in the last week of February. Despite the low snow year, it has been a great season of skiing at Maplelag. Basically we had two bad weeks the end of December which happened at a bad time of year. But January and February have been great, all things considered. From a grooming perspective, it has been ideal. A solid base and just enough dustings now and then to freshen things up. Sure, it would of been nice to have a 4-6" snow fall but can't complain at all. I'm on track to put in a "normal" year of grooming hours and kilometers wise.
It has been a special year with the guests. Hard to put a good explanation on it but the people have been incredible. I think we have received more gifts than we ever have and everyone has been super friendly and appreciative. Makes long days and the not so fun moments like unplugging you know what and dealing with frozen lines etc. not so bad.
We've had a lot of guests from all over the US and a good number of visitors from Canada. Earlier this month we had the family from the Falcon Ridge Ski Area I didn't know much about the ski area until they came but the moment they arrived we made a connection. Good talking with them about resort operations etc. Jonell and I are hoping to go up and check out their place later in March after we close for the season.
Thursday, February 12, 2015
We were host to the Section 8 Nordic Ski Championships this year at Maplelag, after being asked the first part of January. The scheduled venue, Camp Ripley near Little Falls, did not have adequate snow the time decisions needed to be made so we agreed to host. We have hosted Sections 5 other times, 4 for lack of snow at Ripley and last year because of a scheduling conflict. We hosted the DL Invite on January 15th, running just a skate race with not enough snow to run a classic race. With the base we had, just a couple inches would allow for a different classic course and figured we would have to get that much in a 3 week span. Didn't happen.
Between January 15th and Sections on February 3rd, we had maybe 1" of snow. With no new snow, a lot of shoveling and snow transporting was on order. With 6 days above freezing, keeping the deck from getting rock hard icy, daily grooming was required, 2-3 passes each day. The end result was some super fast and fun skate skiing. Springlike conditions for over 2 weeks! Personally the best skate skiing you can have.
To set a full depth track, had to shovel about 60% of the course on the side to set that track.
Leading a group up Suicide Hill. Jack had his best race of the year, having a solid classic race.
The St Cloud and Mora schools came up the day before with the long drive. Great seeing the smiles and again, most appreciative.
Local skier Berit back out after Sections putting in training. Berit has logged a ton of k's at Maplelag, skiing the entire trail system at Maplelag the end of the hs season.
I put about 50 pickup loads of snow on the course over 5 weeks. Worth every dollar.
Wednesday, January 21, 2015
Over the course of the season, we have around 25 high school teams come to Maplelag for training camps. For 7 years now, the Rochester Nordic Ski team has come up. It used to be called Rochester Area Ski Club. The first year there might of been 30 students but this year was all time high of almost 150 students. One thing neat about this group is there are kids from all the Rochester schools, including Mayo, Century, John Marshal, Lourdes and one other private school. Rivals in other sports, they all come together as Nords to form a team. It is awesome to see and be a part of the growth. The energy and enthusiasm of the kids is inspiring.Team assembled for the Saturday morning ski.
Wednesday, January 14, 2015
I didn't feel like Christmas this year with browngreenish grass the day before Christmas. Yikes!
Night plunge with the boys. Since we got the hole open, we've plunged over a dozen times this year. Good way to get rid of some of the gunk going around.
As of this week, over 30 loads on Skaters Waltz and considering only 5-6" of snowfall since the "melt off" skiing isn't too bad.