Milder temperatures in the 30s will continue Monday and Tuesday with perhaps a bit of new snow to fall on top of the 2-3" we already have here in the Lake Placid area. As reported elsewhere. areas to the east and south have more, with 5-6" just a few miles east in Elizabethtown. The remote weather station in SUNY ESF's Huntington Forest showed 6" as of Thursday, but those skiing on the Newcomb Lake Road said it was more like 3" with definitely marginal conditions.
The Lake Placid and Craig Wood golf courses are definitely skiable for now, but the Whiteface Club is operated as a groomed center, so only skiers with a trail pass are permitted there. And on the other courses, especially the Lake Placid Club courses, remember that you are an "uninvited guest" and should respect the owners who are kind enough to permit public use when the courses are closed.
Looking ahead, we unfortunately don't see anything but lumps of slush in our stockings. After a bit cooler temperatures on Wednesday, temperatures will warm to the 40s Thursday and Friday with a near 100% chance of rain. Cooler on the weekend, but no current forecast for any new snow. Sounds like microspikes will be the "wax of the day" for the weekend and beyond. Mount Van Hoevenberg's 3 km of man-made snow should survive the thaw, and their groomers will be able to produce suitable surfaces for skiing after the temperature drops.
Next update on Thursday when we have a better idea of just what we're looking at for weather.
12/23/2020 01:55:40 pm
Ventured off to find snow in Etown 12/23. Still dicey in the woods at the blueberry trail system, but the road is in decent shape!
10/30/2022 02:26:05 pm
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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.