UPDATE 12/14/21: Saturday's warm temperatures and high winds eliminated any cross-country skiing for now, but we're using this week of generally fair weather to clean up the debris created by the high winds over the weekend. Warm through this week, but cooling off with a chance of some snow on the weekend. On Friday, we hope to do a "windshield" survey of places that may have held onto some base so we can report what routes might be skiable with just a minimal amount of new snow. Stay tuned.
UPDATE 12/9/21: High Peaks snow report from the DEC says 14" at Lake Colden, 2-3 feet at timberline, but only 4-5 " at Marcy Dam. Ice on the surface of Avalanched Lake, but crossing is not recommended. Definitely not skiable conditions, but winter is here up high. All this will, of course, change with Saturday's warmth and rain, followed by above average temperatures into next week. PATIENCE.
UPDATE 12/8/21: While there is still some base left in parts of Lake Placid and in Newcomb, we haven't received enough new snow to make any area really skiable. And unfortunately, not too much new snow in sight for the rest of the week. And then the forecast still calls for temperatures near 50 with 90% chance of rain on Saturday. Again, the thaw won't last long, but still no significant snow as the temperatures cool down after Saturday. Mt. Van Hoevenberg will be able to offer some skiing on their snowmaking loops, but those are mostly expert terrain. The Tug Hill region is expected to receive some skiable snow on Wednesday, but they are still likely to see the warm temperatures and rain on Saturday. I guess we'll just have to be patient.
This past weekend offered some nice conditions on the usual early season routes, but as predicted Monday is warm with temperatures in the mid to upper 40s. This thaw will only last for another 12 hours or so before cooling back down, so we may not lose all of the base that had begun to build up.
Unfortunately, the forecast only calls for scattered snow showers the rest of the week, so surfaces may not be very good for skiing. And then, next Saturday is predicted to again be warm with temperatures in the mid-40s.
Mt. Van Hoevenberg was reporting 35 km of trail open, but no updated report for today. Likewise, the Paul Smith's VIC has not updated their report from the weekend.
We'll update this report later in the week when we know if any of the predicted snow showers have managed to improve conditions.
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.