Not far from the location of yesterday’s post is this little valley, sheltered from the wind.
Conditions here are much more hospitable for resting the winter away.
The area near Barrie gets some fantastic snow when the northwest wind blows across Georgian Bay. The farm fields can be quite inhospitable to living things that stick up above the windblown surface. It’s also darn cold when the wind blows.
But there is a certain perverse beauty to the cold snow and minimalist landscape. Everything is dormant until next spring.
The land is resting.
We are blessed to have Laurentian Ski Hill in the middle of our town. The City Bus will take you there.
And when the Snow Gods are a bit tardy, as they are this year, we are equipped with the ability to fashion a sliding surface from artificial snow.
Opening for Christmas Holidays is very important for the financial health of the hill and it was opened on Dec 23 with good conditions on part of it.
Cold temperatures and some help from Mother Nature will make it possible to get the remainder of the runs open soon.
In the meantime we should all pray for snow!