As of Tuesday, there is a dusting of snow in the region with the chance of enough snow Wednesday to make the golf courses skiable. The Whiteface Highway remains mostly skiable, but depends on ones tolerance of thin cover for the first mile or so.
As of Thursday, temperatures warm with the National Weather Service (NWS) predicting highs around 40 Friday through Sunday, followed by some cooling. AccuWeather, however, is predicting much warmer temperatures during that period. We'll see how the two forecasts eventually converge.
Otherwise, Mount Van Hoevenberg reports 1.8 km of groomed skiing on their man-made snow loop. The loop is not flat and suitable for beginners, but one experienced die-hard reportedly logged 70 laps on this loop over Thanksgiving weekend.
Hiking trails are quite icy above 2,500-3,000 feet with good traction pretty much mandatory. Snowshoes not yet required even above 4,000 feet, but there are drifts deep enough where they would be helpful.
Next update on Friday when we see whether it's the NWS or Accuweather that has the forecast right.
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.