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UPDATE 11/20: Another few inches of light snow on Saturday night and conditions are further improved.
Mt. Van Hoevenberg is now open on 5 km of the flatter terrain, starting from the old biathlon range. "World Cup" trails closed for snowmaking with an 11/23 opening planned. For now, the report says, "...rock skis recommended."
Also Paul Smith's VIC is now open for skiing on a few trails.
No section quite ready to ski just yet
CROSS-COUNTRY SKI CENTERS
CASCADE X-C SKI CENTER:
Km Open and Groomed: Track Set:
New snow: Base Depth: Off Track
Remarks: Working to improve their base, but not open just yet. Remember, Cascade is now owned by the Adirondack Mt. Club. Ski shop open as usual, and ADK members will ski free once their trails are open.
MOUNT VAN HOEVENBERG:
Km Open and Groomed: 5 Track Set:
New snow: 2" Base Depth: 3"
Surface Conditions: packed powder
Remarks: See above.
PAUL SMITHS VISITOR INTERPRETIVE CENTER:
Km Open: Track set:
New Snow: Base Depth:
Remarks: Working on packing to improve the base, with some trails skiable.
No report at Lake Colden (estimate)
8-10" above 4,000 feet
Skis or snowshoes not yet required required by regulation in the High Peaks, but good traction is essential for any of the higher summits.
WRIGHT PEAK SKI TRAIL: No skiing yet.
MARCY TRAIL: Not yet skiable.
WHITEFACE HIGHWAY: Cover all the way from the Toll House to the Castle. 2-3" at the Toll House, 6-8" at the top. A few short stretches have less cover due to wind on Wednesday, but every stretch is covered edge to edge
MARCY DAM TRUCK TRAIL: Just barely skiable. Winter barriers not up as of Thursday, 17/11, so some vehicular traffic on the first mile.
HIKING TRAIL FROM ADK LOJ: Not skiable
AVALANCHE PASS: Not skiable
CONNERY POND TO WHITEFACE LANDING: Not skiable
HAYS BROOK TRUCK TRAIL: Just barely skiable to both Grass Pond and the Sheep Meadow. Too little snow to gauge whether the winter plowing of last year will continue.
FISH POND TRUCK TRAIL: Probably skiable up to the first big climb, but, not reports.
RAQUETTE FALLS: Not skiable
GULF BROOK ROAD TO BOREAS PONDS: Gate is closed, but there is still some vehicular traffic. Perhaps doable on skis, but not recommended.
NEWCOMB LAKE ROAD TO CAMP SANTANONI: 2-3" of dense snow is all it takes to make this classic ski skiable. Some thinner spots, but they are easily avoidable. Considerable foot traffic as far as the Moose Pond junction, but a skied-in track for much of that distance on the edges. Just ski tracks and very nice skiing from there to Newcomb Lake.
AUSABLE LAKE ROAD: Skiable, but very thin for the first 1/2 mile. No ski tracks, just boot tracks; but there is room for ski tracks in the center.
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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.