Rain started falling on Thursday afternoon and continued for much of the night. However, by 9 AM on Friday it had changed back to snow (heavy and wet falling at just above freezing) with the chance of picking up 3-5" by the end of the day. To a certain extent, we're starting over in the Lake Placid/Saranac Lake area, but Paul Smiths, Newcomb, and Boreas all managed to hold some base. Therefore, these areas should be pretty good skiing starting Saturday morning.
ADK's Cascade welcome Center reports all trails closed as of Friday morning, but that area should be able to reopen as of Saturday morning.
Mount Van Hoevenberg remains closed, and will probably remain closed to public skiers until the end of the World University Games.
Paul Smith's VIC still reported some trails open as of Friday morning, and should be able to get most of the system groomed and open by the end of the day on Saturday.
Before the rain, Lake Colden reported 12" of snow, with variable amounts at higher elevations. Thus, with the new snow, skis or snowshoes will be required to be worn in the High Peaks Wilderness Area.
We'll post an update on Saturday as soon as possible. Saturday will start off cloudy, but slowly clear by afternoon. Highs only around 20. Sunday will be clear with highs in the mid-20s. Next week will see highs just above freezing, and a chance for some more light snow.
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.