Given that temperatures were close to or even above freezing on Sunday night, it was hard to tell what kind and amount of snow that had fallen. Two days later, various credible reports indicate that there is good snow (enough for snowshoes to be required in the High Peaks) above 2,500, and skiable snow even below that elevation in places.
Specifically, 17-18" on top of Avalanche Pass and at Lake Colden. Not skiable above Marcy Dam, but apparently skiable once up on the pass. There is also a report of skiing from Blue Ridge Rd. to Boreas Ponds. Whiteface Mt. received less snow, but the Highway is again skiable. Another report said that the 2-4" of dense snow was sufficient to ski to Marcy Dam - albeit with still some rocks to avoid. And Newcomb Lake Road can also be added to the skiable list. The Whiteface Highway is again skiable from the Toll House. 2-3" of snow on ice at the Toll House, but more snow as one climbs. Some windblown areas on the final turns, but that's not unusual for this time of the year.
We will continue to look for reliable posts while also doing some personal research to hopefully prepare a good report for the weekend. Unfortunately, the forecast for Friday is a bit iffy regarding what temperatures and what kind of precipitation we will receive. Stay tuned.
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.