After two days of travel hell, we have finally arrived on the Tug Hill Plateau for the 2nd half of the Ontario Winter Lake-effect Storms (OWLeS) field program. We were pleasantly surprised to find our equipment in good working order. We have a few things to check on tomorrow, but we felt comfortable taking an hour off and having some fun enjoying this cross-country skiing paradise. After ski touring on alpine touring gear to 11,000 feet on New Years Day, skinny skiing at 1200 feet felt awfully easy this afternoon.
If you are in striking distance of the Tug, there is plenty of snow for downhill skiing at Snow Ridge, Cross Country skiing at Hugh Quinn's Osceola Cross Country Center, or snowmobiling wherever your heart desires.
We are really excited as a major event still appears to be on tap beginning Monday and going through at least Tuesday night and possibly into Wednesday. Our North Redfield site is in the lake-band crosshairs for a good part of that period, so keep your fingers crossed that the computer models are on the right track.
Snowmobile Vendors: We could use sponsorship for a sled to ensure we can collect all of our data during these big events. If you can help, e-mail me at jim.steenburgh at gmail.com.