It's been a busy summer at Stokely, with a lot of improvements we know you'll enjoy this winter. But before we get to them, let's talk about the fall.
If you've only visited Stokely in the winter, you have no idea how spectacular fall color is in our woods.
This year, we've planned a special fall weekend on October 5 - 7, a perfect time for long walks, kayaking,
biking and relaxing. It's the perfect opportunity to see the ski trails you know so well in a completely
different context. The total price for the whole weekend is only $180 per person (Friday dinner through Sunday breakfast.)
A highlight of the weekend, for those who are interested, will be a photography workshop with James Smedley,
an award-winning photojournalist and outdoor photographer. For nature lovers and photo enthusiasts this is a great
opportunity to hone your skills and learn from one of the best. His easygoing nature and passion for his work make
him an excellent teacher. The workshop will be held all day Saturday and Sunday morning including a final lunch
meeting with James. The workshop is only an additional $150; it's a steal!
Richard Kargl, the carpenter responsible for last year's expansion of the lodge, just keeps building. This summer
he made a beautiful wooden staircase
to the waterfalls, which makes getting to them a breeze. Besides providing a
spectacular vantage point to watch water cascade over the falls, the stairs will also help keep the bank from eroding.
Richard also completely renovated the Walker Lake hut, built a new outhouse for travelers there, stocked all the trail
huts with kindling, and built a huge new ski rack alongside the lodge. Remember how, after a long day of skiing, you
often stuck your skis in a snow bank or leaned them against the wall at the lodge? Richard's new rack provides a much
better option, and it's really a work of art. Being true to his craft, he even used wooden pegs instead of bolts in
the construction. We are so glad to have a master craftsman like him working for Stokely.
Have you ever wondered what the winter staff at Stokely does during the off-season? Well, our ski instructor Jonathan
Reinke owns a summer landscaping business, and this year he used his skills to transform the area outside the Stokely
dining room. Now, in addition to the bird feeders, there is a beautiful, lush green lawn that makes a perfect spot for
a picnic, a wedding reception, or just lazing with a book on a fall weekend.
We now have one of the most extensive and spectacular networks of snowshoe trails in North America, and Bob Yankus and
Lucie Gagnon just keep making it better. This summer, they focused on new snowshoe trails around Walker Lake. Bob is
also updating our trail maps.
We have a busy schedule of events for the coming season, which you can find on our website
, including a Snowshoe
Festival in January, a Super Bowl weekend hut-to-hut ski in early February, and the Wapos Loppet in March. We'll
have a number of specials again this year, including the popular women's getaway. But don't get left out by booking
too late. Many people made their reservations last year as they left, so we have a lot of bookings already in place.
If you are set on coming for specific dates (especially around holidays) we'd advise you to call as soon as possible.
A note from the Owners
The best news of all is that the logging has now been concluded at Stokely, and won't resume for many years. Alex
and Conrad have been out with the excavator getting the trails in perfect condition, especially where logging happened,
and are pleased with the results. Meanwhile, Jamie and Alex have been attending to our grooming equipment. This year's skiing
should be better than ever, and we can't wait to see you this coming season!