Snow and Trail Conditions
Updated April 7, 2002

April 7, 2002

Even though the STAR office has closed for the season, the trails are still open and skiable. We received another 10 centimeters of snow today. The area received a total of 138.4 centimeters of snow in March compared to the 60.4 monthly average. The colder than normal temperatures in March helped keep the snow on the ground with most of it still there. The average temperature in March was -7.2 C compared to the -4.6 C long term average. The average seasonal snowfall has been surpased this year . This is surprising given the low snowfalls received in December and January. This trend was also experienced by other areas in this region. Marquette had very little snow at the beginning of the season and almost cancelled their Noquemanon race at the end of January. The course-shortened race went ahead after several truckloads of snow were dumped on the course. By the end of the season, Marquette received over 700 centimeteres of snow, breaking their all-time record.

March 29, 2002

The season is far from over. The trails are still in great shape and there is a lot of spring skiing left. The season had a slow start but the above average snowfall in February and March has extended the ski season. As of March 25, the Sault area received 103.7 centimeters of snow this month compared to the monthly average of 33.9 centimeters. The seasonal total now stands at 277.6 centimeters; very close to the normal average of 300.

March 4, 2002

So far March snowfall is trying to make up for lost time. The Sault area received 35 centimeters on Saturday, March 2. This compares to a total of 78.6 centimeters for all of February and 40.7 centimeters for January. All the trails should be in excellent shape once the STAR staff gets caught up with the grooming.

February 27, 2002

February has proven to be a very good snow month. We have received a lot of snow this month. All the trails are in great shape. At this rate we may have some decent spring skiing.

February 9, 2002

All the trails are in fairly good shape. The area has received some fresh snow during the last two weeks. The snow base is very low, though and unless we receive lots more snow, we may be faced with a very early end to the ski season.

January 22, 2002

All the trails are in fairly good shape. The area has received some snow during the last two weeks. The snow depth is still well below average though, for this time of year.

January 12, 2002

The ski season got off to a very poor start. We have been receiving below normal snowfall and above normal temperatures. All the trails did not open until the first weekend in January and the conditions were marginal in places. This past week, the rain deteriorated the trails and caused STAR to declare the trails closed. It is currently snowing and it is expected to snow most of the day. All the trails should be open again tomorrow.

Environment Canada reported that Sault Ste Marie received only 54.6 centimeters of snow during October, November and December 2001 compared to the previous year's 94.1 cm and way below the "normal" (30-year-average) for this period of 127.4 cm. In October we received only a trace of snow compared to 5.7 in October 2000, the normal amount. A total of 24.2 cm fell in November, compared to 27.7 in November 2000. Normal snowfall for that month is 41.1 cm. In December 2001, snowfall totalled 30.4 cm, a decrease from 66.4 cm the previous December. The normal amount is 86.4 cm.