Snow Has Returned
1st week of January updates - North of Sault Ste. Marie
The December warm-up and snow droughts are over....for now
Westerly Winds with Cooler Temperatures
For the past 4 days, the Lake Superior snow-making machine has been churning out some descent powder in and particularly north of Sault Ste. Marie. The majority of significant accumulation is approximately 1 hour north of the city, inland, specifically in the highlands and bluffs. The Polar Vortex slid down into Northern Ontario leading to colder temperatures and it's forecasted to hang-around for awhile.
How Much Snow?
Some areas in the mountains north of Batchawana and south of Wawa are now 40+ cms on the ground.
The attached snow map in the left column under-estimates the actual current snow-depth. The map interpolations for this area have not been accurate this winter. You can add 40% to the EC Canada snow-depth map for this region. An actual truck and trailer run into the interior, pleasantly results in a surprised surplus of snow, if you know where you are going. My colleagues and I have been in the bush as late as this morning, verifying the snowdepth north of Sault Ste. Marie.
Where to Ride?
There are several hundred kilometers of logging roads between Sault Ste. Marie and Wawa, that are located in the Lake Superior Snowbelt. In fairness to private township owners (36 Sq. Miles), private camp owners and local trappers, this article will not make any recommendations as to where the current riding opportunities are. It's up to you, to do your due diligence in the decision-making process. Just a reminder, parking on inland logging roads can be a struggle, therefore, you must think of others and not only yourself when parking your truck and trailer. Keep your trucks closer to one-other, allowing for more parking spots for others. Lastly, don't rooster-tail the logging roads! You will be ruining it for others, especially the camp owners and trappers that need to get in-and-out while hauling sleighs.
Author: Dan Kachur - https://sled-x.ca