The previous report (12/26, updated 12/27 and 28) provides a good overview of what we had to ski on before the thaw set in today. Today's highs were around 50 - even a bit higher than predicted. There's plenty of base, so the skiing is not going to immediately disappear, but conditions will slowly deteriorate with light rain showers forecast for Friday through Sunday. Then a bit cooler Monday and Tuesday as both days will start below freezing before warming to the upper 30s. Then Wednesday will again hit 50, before cooling to the upper 30s on next Thursday. Groomed centers will be able to continue grooming and most terrain should remain open. Paul Smith's VIC has the most cover, and should come out of this thaw with the most skiing remaining.
Otherwise, good to see all the comments as well as encountering many skiers on the trails the past few days. All adhered to the Adirondack skier's adage, "Ski it while you can."
THIS REPORT WILL NOT TRY TO DETAIL EVERY BIT OF SKIING AS CONDITIONS SLOWLY DETERIORATE OVER THE COMING HOLIDAY WEEKEND. USE THE CONTACT INFORMATION FOR THE GROOMED CENTERS AND LOOK FOR A SUMMARY OF WHERE CONDITIONS ARE COME 1/2/2023.
12/30/2022 02:25:45 pm
Skied Fish Pond almost all the way to Fish Pond. Stopped just short because we had to break trail about half way in until we stopped a mile from the end. Lots of snow. Obviously, things are going to change, but all the hills were great.
12/30/2022 05:01:45 pm
12/30 - Road to Santinoni Preserve was is excellent (spring like) conditions. Solid base of 4-8+ inches without any real bare spots. 2 small downed trees at the AIC junction (0.5 miles) and another past the double bridges (~4 miles.) Met Ranger Sabo who hopes to have them cleared soon. Nicely tracked out and generally packed.
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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.