Since Sunday's major thaw, temperatures have returned to normal for March, but not much remains skiable. Nearly all open areas are now bare, and most wooded sections only have a few inches of crust left. Some snow fell on Monday night, but in most placed it was only enough to produce our "famous" "dust on crust". Some snow predicted for Friday night into Saturday, but so far no reliable prediction of how much.
Mt. Van Hoevenberg is only reporting 3 km of their competition trails open. No report for Cascade. The Paul Smith's VIC is the best bet as they report an inch or so of new snow on an icy base. They are grooming about 10 km of their easier terrain with light equipment, but noting that a fall on the icy base is to be avoided.
Jackrabbit Trail up from Whiteface Inn Lane has about 1/2" on a frozen granular base and is actually skiable - just not great. McKenzie Pond Rd. end just has a dusting of new snow on a base that alternated between frozen granular and glare ice. Not recommended except with traction.
Old Mt. Road section still has cover, but only a dusting on again a base that alternates between frozen granular and glare ice. Again, not recommended except with traction aids rather than skis.
Given the report from the Paul Smith's VIC, the Hays Brook truck trail is likely skiable as is the flat start of the Fish Pond trail. Other than that, we just need more snow.
Next update Friday morning when we have a better idea of how much snow might fall on Friday night.
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.