Current Conditions at Stokely: 1°C & overcast
New Snow: 4 inches 10 cm Snow Base: 20 inches /50 cm Snow Depth: 42 inches / 106 cm

"Stokely Creek Ski Touring Centre offers everything from sheer Nordic bliss to wide-eyed excitement for cross-country ski enthusiasts bent on exploring the wilderness."

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Reduced Grooming Revelations

March 25, 2014

As reservations dry up because spring is supposed to be upon us (yeah OK, it was minus 24 C again this morning), we of necessity have to reduce grooming. Beverly Strassmann, who departed this morning thanked me for not having all of the trails groomed. That is a first! She went on to explain that grooming tends to cover the animal tracks. With reduced grooming, it reveals how many animals get a free pass on our ski trails. Especially this year, with a supper abundance of snow, it is extremely difficult for animals to move around. Far easier to take advantage of these convenient trails that are there for the using free of charge. Of course that doesn’t go for skiers, because they know that these convenient trails come at a cost. As for the critters, I’m sure if they could talk they would say “thank you very much.”

Where Have All The Skiers Gone?

March 20, 2014

Where have all the skiers gone?
Long time passing
Where have all the skiers gone?
Long time ago.
Where have all the skiers gone?
To green pastures every one.
When will they ever learn?
When will they ever learn?...............That is, that March isn’t the time to cross Stokely off your calendar.

OK, so I changed the song a bit. But the reality is that we have an incredible amount of snow up here, a snow base on our trails of over 20 inches, and mid winter conditions coupled with the longer days of March. Skiing is actually at its best but skiers seemed to have stopped taking time off to come and ski here. March skiing is sometimes very good, but this year it is exceptional. It is sad that we do not have more skiers here to take advantage of these great conditions. Although the main lodge is now closed we are offering bed and continental breakfast and skiing for incredibly low prices. See our Facebook for more details. Give me the incentive to re-write the song once more with words like -
“Where have all the skiers gone?
Gone to Stokely every one!”

From Bigtoe to .......

March 13, 2014

A while back I wrote a blog on the important role that the big toe plays in cross country skiing. Therefore cross country skiing is a great way to strengthen the big toe, as well as give it the exercise that it needs. If you can remember the tune “Them Bones Them Bones” and apply it to the subject at hand, we can now sing the line “The big toe’s connected to the ....big foot….”.Whether it is the power of suggestion or not I am not sure, but a skiing guest by the name of Tom, who reads my blog regularly, is staying down in the Hillside Chalet. He told me of a strange sighting the other evening as he peered down the trail. In the murky shadows of the trail lights he claims to have seen a figure standing in the background that looked suspiciously like “Bigfoot”.  Now, I am not the one to start a rumor, but who knows? Maybe there is a Sasquach or two lurking in the area, and a legend has begun. Unfortunately, the trails are very firm right now so there was no definitive Bigfoot print to verify the sighting. Nevertheless, if you are ever skiing down to the parking lot at night exercising the big toe, keep your eyes peeled for Bigfoot. Tom would love to have a corroborating witness and be able to tell me “I told you so!”

Not to Late to Register for Fat Bike Weekend at Stokely This Saturday and Sunday

Saturday and Sunday March 15 and 16, 2014
Stokely Creek Lodge will host its first Fat Bike Snow Trail weekend, in cooperation with Velorution of Sault Ste Marie, on Saturday and Sunday, March 15th and 16th. Stokely has over 80 km of trails available, and 30 km will be specially groomed for Fat Biking. (See the map of the Stokely trail system on the Lodge website at
Special packages available for the weekend. Prices per person, including tax and gratuity.
1 night lodging, 3 meals, 2 days riding pass-$120
2 nights lodging, 5 meals, 2 days riding pass-$224
2 days riding pass $32
Breakfast $10 Lunch $13 Dinner $24
Call Stokely to make a deposit for a room reservation. Meal reservations also required. For more information contact Jan Roubal at Velorution (705-253-9388, .) or Stokely at (866-786-5359, .)

Time Change

March 10, 2014

Once upon a time someone had too much time on their hands and came up with the brilliant idea of moving the time back by one hour. That way you magically gain an hour and have 25 hours for that day. To justify this move it was dubbed with the title “Daylight Saving Time”. We all know that it is smoke and mirrors, because there is no way of banking time, whether it is daylight time or nightdark time. It is actually one of those pay now or pay later things, because sooner or later the hour has to be paid back, which is what we did yesterday. I call it “payback day.” I suppose it could also be called “daylight losing day”, but I suspect that it is not politically correct. So what happens twice a year is an unnecessary manipulation of time to disrupt the people who actually have something to do with their time. At the lodge it means that skiers have to remember to set their clocks to make sure that they don’t miss breakfast. It also means that they get less down time before hitting the ski trails, therefore leaving them a little drowsy all day. For what I ask? Wouldn’t it be nice if they just left well enough alone?

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