Stop any rider on the trail and ask them to choose a number between one and 10. More often than not, they will choose the number seven.
Seven is said to be the world’s favourite number. There are seven days in the week, seven continents, seven seas, seven dwarfs, the Group of Seven, seven basic storyline plots; heck, even Bond is 007. We’re attracted to the Prime Number seven. Are there a lot of snowmobile trails north of Highway 7? You bet there are! Can you ride in a place with seven feet of snow here? I can show you Ontario locations in any given winter with just that and more! All of this is just to say: this year marks year seven of the Ontario-specific, snowmobiler-focused Winter Forecast.
As with the last six years, I’ve stuck my neck out and made a prediction. The goal is to provide you with a first-rate, to-the-point, non-clickbait forecast. It’s developed not in some office tower in front of a computer endlessly staring at mathematical weather models, but from a mash-up of all different sources and varied references with a broad outlook. Most importantly of all, I do this from the point of view of an experienced Ontario snowmobiler. In the end, I deliver a best-in-class prediction of what the forthcoming winter will bring for sledders.
Last year in my Last Word, I made three bold predictions. The first was that snowbelt areas would see an abundance of snow. There was more snow in the Almagiun and north areas than I’ve seen in a decade, even 56% more snow than normal in Ottawa; some said too much snow. Second, I predicted the far north would ride well into April with available trails, which they did. And third, I said that we would see numbing cold several times. We had several frigid cold events, including one between Christmas and New Years that really set things up. In addition, I warned that we'd be dealing with cold vs. warm and snowy vs. rainy pendulums which, unfortunately for middle and southern Ontario, both seemed to swing and stay at the wrong ends all winter.
Will this year be different? Let’s find out if it’s Lucky Number Seven!