With widely varied conditions, this is only a preliminary report. Saturday saw periods of rain with valley temperatures at or just below 40. By evening it was below freezing and areas to the west, Saranac Lake, Tupper Lake, and Paul Smiths ended up with 4" of new snow. Thus, much of the Paul Smiths VIC trails are now open and groomed, Dewey Mt. has their lower trails groomed, and Tupper Lake also reports having snow to groom. Cascade Welcome Center, however, still reports patches of ice with metal edges recommended. Mt. Van Hoevenberg reports 14 km open, including the flatter trails on the cross-country side of the road while also indicating icy patches and varied accumulation of snow due to wind.
A cold front comes through on Sunday night with isolated snow showers or even intense squalls. This will be followed by a cold week with high temperatures only in the low 20s and overnight temps near 10. There is a chance for additional light snow, so we should have much more to report by the end of the week.
Trail Conditions 101
Trail condition reports are posted frequently during the ski season. The Adirondack backcountry can be a hard place to predict with weather and trail conditions that often change rapidly. We can't offer the same detailed descriptions of trail conditions as groomed nordic centers.