WEATHER UPDATE 12/9/23
The latest forecast starts with flood watches for Sunday afternoon and evening, but precipitation is now predicted to change to wet snow during Sunday night with accumulations of several inches or more. So, those places where there is a good base will be skiable starting on Monday. Whether there is enough to make other areas skiable will have to wait until Monday when we see how much new snow has fallen. That said, the trend of the forecasts is in the right direction and we can be legitimately hopeful about what we'll be seeing for conditions next week.
REPORT AS OF 12/7/23
As we've noted, the weekend weather does not look good, but there are a few places that will likely hold onto some snow as a base for any future snowfall.
First is Gulf Brook Road to Boreas Ponds. Currently 6-8" of dense snow with a nice powder surface. The powder surface won't last, but there should still be several inches of cover so that road will remain skiable after the thaw. And only a few inches of new snow will make for great skiing for the weekend of 12/16-17.
Second, the Whiteface Highway also appears to have enough snow to survive the thaw. Again, it will be nice to have an inch or so of fresh snow on top of the frozen crust that will be left after the thaw.
Third. while not recently checked, the Newcomb Lake Road to Camp Santanoni should also retain some cover after the weekend.
Stay tuned as we try to assess how much snow might fall on Monday as the temperatures finally drop from the 40s and 50's predicted for Saturday and Sunday.
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.