INITIAL POST-THAW REPORT - 3:PM WEDNESDAY
As of Wednesday afternoon, the temperature has dropped below freezing, and there are even a few snowflakes flying around. Not much expected with this cool down, but still a good chance of significant snow on Friday.
Meanwhile, 12 hours or so of temperatures in the upper 40s accompanied by high winds did shrink the base, but it has held on all sections of the Jackrabbit Trail except the stretch along River Rd. in Lake Placid. Some spotty bare spots on golf courses, but nothing major. There may be some isolated spots with water damage where culverts backed up, and the bridge over McKenzie Pond Outlet may be under some ice. Too early for any reports there. So, as noted below, for tomorrow it's either the groomed centers or Microspikes, but we should be back to good conditions by Saturday morning.
Warm temperatures will persist through much of Wednesday with some rain possible Tuesday night. Thursday will be cold, but on Friday it now appears we will pick up a significant amount of snow. Given that we haven't lost our base, it looks very good for the coming weekend.
Meanwhile, good skiing on all the popular routes as long as it remains soft. Thursday appears to be a day for groomed center skiing since no significant snow will accompany that drop in temperature. Then Friday will see 5-10" of new snow. Look for an update on Thursday when the predictions for snow amounts are clearer.
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.