We do things a bit differently than the folks in Minnesota. We find obscure little lakes in the middle of nowhere, watch the conditions ebb and flow, and then pounce. Lake Abenakis, in Ste. Aurelie Quebec was ready to go last week, then was hit with snow, and now the recent warm spell has melted the snow. There’s an inch of slush over the original two inches which is about half frozen today. Temps tonight are at about freezing. There’s no guarantee, but we think the combination of cold from the two inch plate, at freezing air temps, and a little breeze will finish the job by morning.
The big push to attempt it tomorrow is the wind. By Tuesday, when it will absolutely be solid, the wind has gone. Same for the rest of the week: a big high has just parked itself there. But it might be great for the skating crowd, but as you can see, it’s not the usual sheet of glass-black ice.
So, anyone up for the Eastern Challenge? Up through Jackman on US 201, cross the border and hang a right.