As of Friday, we have finally cooled down to more "normal" December temperatures with some light snow that has stuck around to make the Whiteface Highway skiable, although most will choose to walk the first mile or so. Above the pump house at just short of two miles, there is 4-6" of cover. Otherwise, we may get some more snow Friday night and into Saturday, but only enough to perhaps make the Highway skiable all the way to the toll house. Some forecasts do indicate that we will receive more snow, but the National Weather Service describes the approaching weather as a "compact coastal storm" with significant snow only coming as far inland as eastern Vermont.
Higher elevation hiking trails are very icy, so good traction aids should be considered essential for any travel above 3,000 feet, and helpful above 2,000 feet.
We'll update as the weekend progresses. Cold start to next week, but warming the mid-30s during the day by mid week. Some flurries, but no significant new snow in the forecast.
Friday evening update: Despite the warmer weather on Thursday, there is still "slideable" snow at the Toll House. After a mile, there is an inch or so until reaching the usual windblown turn. (See Photo). Past this problem area, the conditions continue to slowly improve. This afternoon it was rain up to just past Santa's Village, but then light snow, which should continue into the night. Not the conditions we might expect for early December, but at least it's skiing.
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.