Post storm update 2/16/21
ADDITIONAL TUESDAY EVENING UPDATE
While only a bit or rain in Keene, and temperatures in the mid-30s; initial reports from ADK Loj and at higher elevations indicate even warmer temperatures and more rain. Not a good way for this storm to end; and we'll wait for additional reports on the higher surface conditions. The brief warming and rain will not affect the overall snow depth.
In the end, we only picked up another 4-5" of somewhat dense snow. There was some mixing of sleet with the snow, and one report from Newcomb said there was a light crust on the snow. So, not ideal surface conditions, but the trail breaking won't be a difficult as it would have been had we received the full promised 10".
Even before this storm, the DEC had issued an avalanche warning, and this heavy new snow creates another potentially unstable layer. There is no avalanche danger on any of the routes whose conditions we report on, but any slide skiing should not be approached without a great deal of caution.
Otherwise, the conditions reported below remain essentially unchanged - just with a few more inches on top of what was already there.
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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.