Early in October, a few over-eager skiers made a few tracks high up on the Whiteface Highway, but the past two weeks have seen temperatures well above average. This trend will continue through the weekend and into next week. Nevertheless, the nights have been cold enough on the higher peaks to form ice, so traction aids (Microspikes or better) should be carried on any hike above 3,500 feet. You may not need the spikes, but they don't weigh much, so carry them.
No prediction on when we will next update this report, but we'll be watching for the first skiing on the Whiteface Highway.
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.