Wednesday, March 18, 2009

There is still lots of ice and snow up here!

There is room to move on the Smoke Lake skating rink!

Despite the recent warm weather, Algonquin Park remains covered with white stuff. Spring skiing conditions prevail!

I received a first-hand report from someone who drilled a hole through Source Lake just yesterday: six inches of mushy ice over top of at least 20" of clear hard ice. The weather is predicted to change tonight and temps will drop over the next few days, freezing it all up again.

One of the positive things about the wacky weather we've had this winter is that hard, skateable ice has lasted for weeks on Algonquin Park lakes. This is a rare event. In most winters, there might be one or two days where you can skate on a frozen lake without doing a lot of shovelling first.

The pictures in this post are of AO staff member Beth Brittain and son Jacob skating on Smoke Lake a couple of weeks ago, along with Beth's husband Paul, who was taking pictures.

Which way to the Ragged Lake portage?

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