Stokely is off to a great winter season, with plenty of snow and well-groomed trails. Our holiday guests have all gone home happy, with only a few sore muscles.
Meanwhile, I've made a New Year's resolution I'd like to share with you, on the theory that if I publicly commit myself, I'll have to follow through—or be humiliated if I don't. Gaylen and I are planning to spend as much time as we can at the lodge this season, and I've resolved that, when I'm here, I'll ski or snowshoe at least five days a week, and to do every trail at Stokely. Yes, even after skiing at Stokely for more than 30 years—and co-owning the lodge for the last 6—there are still trails I haven't skied. You can follow my progress on Stokely's Facebook page. It's easy to get there by going to the Stokely website and clicking on the blue "f" at the top of the page.
How about you? Is there a trail you've always thought about doing that you haven't? There's no time like the present. But if you're planning to come up, call soon. We're filling up fast, and some nights are already fully booked.
Here are some events coming up that you might want to know about as you make your plans:
- On Sunday, January 27th, Lucie Gagnon and Bob Yankus will host a day of snowshoeing on the fabulous 20 kilometer trail system they designed.
- On Saturday, February 2, we're again having our Super Bowl Weekend hut-to-hut event. Ski to the Stokely Lake Hut on the Peterson Trail, leave your skis, and replace them with the snowshoes we'll deliver to you there. Then, snowshoe with guide Bob Yankus to the Hakon Lien hut for lunch. Your skis will be waiting for you there for the journey home.
- On the weekend of February 7-10, nature photographer James Smedley returns for another of his acclaimed photography workshops.
And now for some photos, worth a thousand more words! We're looking forward to seeing you!
(with greetings also from Gaylen Byker, Ian Phair and Tanya Byker-Phair)