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"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."
-SKI CANADA"

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Peak Colors Now!

Sept.26, 2014

The changing of the leaves is taking place a bit earlier this year. The highway corridor between Sault Ste. Marie and Stokely Creek Lodge is absolutely spectacular right now; the nicest that I have seen in years! Talk about the perfect setting for another Stokely wedding this weekend - beautiful colors, sunny sky, summer temperatures, and last but not least - no flies! 



Hibernation

Sept.18, 2014

While most critters tend to hibernate in the winter, the ones that wear cross country skis are exactly the opposite. It is now the middle of September and it is arousal time, which is why I’m writing this blog. It may seem like I have been in hibernation since late March, but weddings, conferences, family retreats, machinery, maintenance, and projects have prevented me from taking that extended power nap. May this blog serve as your alarm clock if you are a cross country skier. It’s wakie wakie time! Time to start thinking of giving Stokely a call for that winter reservation. Also take a look at our fall newsletter for some updated information. See you soon!.



Spring Runoff

May 2, 2014

A long hard winter has finally come to an end, and with it comes the yearly spring runoff as the snow accumulated over the winter returns to the rivers and lakes. Stokely Creek has changed from a babbling brook into a roaring lion and will remain so for several more days. There is still large pockets of snow in the bush and on the ski trails, and with the recent rains there is an abundance of water that needs to make it back to Gitchigoomi. (spelling?) I know that we are supposed to like snow but I am very happy that the present rain isn’t snow thank you very much!



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!”



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