Current Conditions at Stokely: -8°C & mostly cloudy
New Snow: 2 inches /5 cm Snow Base: 2 inches 5 cm Snow Depth: 8 inches / 20cm
We experienced a 14 hour power outage in the Goulais area yesterday, which will explain why you couldn’t communicate with us if you were trying. My first thought was “better now that when we are into the skiing season.’” I have to say that the local power company has been doing an excellent job in keeping the amps flowing, especially during bad winter storms. There has only been one serious power outage in the last 8 ski seasons, which is a pretty good track record in my books.
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.
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.
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!
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!.