The snow let up for a bit yesterday afternoon, but picked up again overnight. So, all areas have now received 16-20" of new powder. The snow is definitely on the damp side as, even overnight, temperatures never fell below freezing. Temperatures will fall below freezing tonight, which will probably mean some crust on the surface by tomorrow morning.
With these conditions, trail-breaking will be difficult, and the heavy, wet snow has likely brought down at least some branches if not whole trees. The best skiing will definitely be at the groomed centers where reports indicate grooming is ongoing.
Today's report from the Paul Smith's VIC is 20" of new snow with the wider trails now groomed., making a total of about 20km groomed. No mention of set track - at least not yet.
Mt. Van Hoevenberg's report is from Friday. At that time there were 15km of trail open with about 10km of set track on the flatter terrain. Much more should be open by tomorrow.
The Jackrabbit Trail has sufficient cover to be skiable from end to end. Trail breaking will be tough, and there may be a few new downed trees. Reports of both broken-out sections and downed trees welcome. Saturday PM update: Entire Old Mountain Road section is now broken out. Small stream crossings on the old beaver pond just down the Keene side are not frozen. Initial trailbreaking effort led to a sketchy bridge. New route to the right (coming uphill) should e better. No downed trees. Hope that is true for other sections.
In the backcountry, Lake Colden appears to have shared in the 18-20" of new snow. Skis or snowshoes are therefore now required in the High Peaks Wilderness, and needed elsewhere. All this heavy snow is sitting on somewhat thin ice, so no lake can be assumed to be crossable just yet.
More information soon as we get out and see what's actually there.
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.