The blog is back. Neglected during the busy winter season. March blogging active with daily reports on 30DaysOfSkiing that has turned into 31 days. A lot of great memories this winter season from family activities to winter operations at Maplelag. Social media has deflected regular blog posts. but hope to get back on a schedule like when first starting doing this.
As said before, fun to look back at the memories. My digital photo collection is scattered all over the place and the blog has been a good summary for many photos and mostly family activities. With most family doings covered on Insta and Twitter this winter, this year's winter recap will focus on the ski teams we had at Maplelag with some grooming highlights.
It was the most teams we have had in a season with ski camps, ski meets and kids traveling as far as two hours away for just a day of training. Having the ski camps is probably the highlight of the year for me personally as love having the kids. The energy, growth and future of the sport is encouraging and inspiring. Of course the guests that come to Maplelag all very special to us and grateful to be part of memories made by those folks as well.
The HS Nordic season started off this year with the newly formed Moorhead Nordic ski team coming out for a day of brush and deadfall clearing. Once we clear the leaves off the trail after they have fallen off the trees, the trails are ready for the first snow. Sometimes wind will come in though, as was the case this year, and the clearing of branches, twigs etc. makes a huge difference to have skiable conditions after just 2-3" of snow. The coach Tom Dooher has done an amazing job with this new program. Not easy to get kids out by 7am on a Saturday but emphasizing being out in nature huge for Tom.
Before we had the first official camp, Tom and the Spuds out for a Saturday working on technique.
Making another pass up Suicide Hill. SH gets skied on hard and every little dusting has to be groomed in. All told, probably groomed over 200 times this year. Critical to do so after a heavy day of skiing so it doesn't set up bumpy/rough. The exposure is perfect for hanging on to the first snowfalls and holding snow 7-10 days after the snow has melted elsewhere.
Matt Liebsch coming up for a few days to help Moorhead with their Holiday camp.
Jack racing the next day in the home (DL) Invite, classic leg.
Seems like either shoveling snow on to the trail, or off it. All good.
Rochester Ski Team getting set for a morning of training. The leaders have done an incredible job with this program building it up in a area that doesn't have reliable snow. They are very proud of Ian Torchia who came from RST and skied his way to a scholarship with NMU and D squad on the US Ski team.
Start of girls conference meet.