By Martin Lortz
Five Days of Winter in Algoma
Day one kicks off with a day on the slopes at Searchmont.
As a skier, there is no better way to start the day than to the rumble of a snow groomer outside your window and a landscape of fresh, overnight snow that gently rounds over the hard edges of yesterday. Actually, not just a layer of snow but 30 cm that fell in the last 24 hours. Yummy.
I’m getting ahead of myself. Where is this winter wonderland, you ask? We are at Searchmont Resort, nestled in the rugged Canadian Shield of the Goulais River Valley—about 45 minutes northeast of Sault Ste. Marie. With a vertical of 700 feet (228 metres), Searchmont can trade vertical stat jabs with the best in Ontario. But unique to this ski resort is the prolific snow-making machine known as Lake Superior, regularly pounding these slopes with winter storms to the tune of 132 inches (336 cm) annual snowfall on average.
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