Current Conditions at Stokely: 2°C & overcast
New Snow: 3 inches / 7.5 cm Snow Base: 3 inches 4.5 cm Snow Depth: 18 inches / 45 cm

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-SKI CANADA"

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AS FAR BACK AS I CAN REMEMBER

Nov.18, 2014

There is one thing about memory. The older you get, the more likely it is that you will have trouble recollecting things. It is kind of like an overloaded hard drive. So all I can say is that as far back as I can remember in my three score and five years, I cannot recall winter arriving to stay this early. Sure, I can remember years when we had a few inches of snow in October and November that hung around into December, but never this amount accompanied with winter temperatures. It is predicted that the temperatures will stay below freezing going into December, so it looks like it will shape up to be another banner year for cross country skiing. With 14 inches of snow presently on the ground we will begin rolling some of our inner trails today.



“I’M BACK!

Nov.12, 2014

Actually, I’m not talking about myself. I’m talking about “Old Man Winter.” We presently have about 7 inches on the ground with more on the way. The seven day forecast shows both day and night temperatures staying below freezing, so I suspect that it is a good bet that the snow is here to stay. It is possible that we could be starting to put our trails system in as early as next week if the snow keeps up. All I know is that “Old Man Winter” isn’t paying any attention to global warming predictions around here.



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!



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