First of all, Josh and I want to thank all the enthusiastic volunteers who have turned out this fall to work on the Jackrabbit Trail and the other ski trails BETA maintains. We can only hope that it snows this winter so that all that good work doesn't go to waste.
As for the skiing, we've had a few brief moments, but for now there is nothing but the upper reaches of the Whiteface Highway. Tomorrow, Wednesday (11/18) will be quite cold, but then it warms up to the 50s by Friday. Somewhat cooler with rain or snow over the coming weekend. Traction aids will be needed above 3,500 feet for any hiking, but we're a long way from needing skis or snowshoes at that elevation.
In the ideal world (if such a thing exists), we would hope for some extended cold weather before we get any snow so that he ground freezes and the lake ice thickens before an insulating layer of snow keeps the little water courses coursing in the ski trails and the ice subject to slush. As always, however, we'll just have to see what actually happens.
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.