Contrary to the usual pattern, areas south of the High Peaks did not receive much snow after Thursday's rain and snow that was very wet. So, Hoffman Notch, Gulf Brook Road to Bores Ponds, and Newcomb Lake Road to Camp Santanoni may not be the best skiing for Sunday. After the warm temperatures predicted for early next week, all opportunities will again be "equal", but for Sunday it is better to choose the Jackrabbit Trail (all sections broken out), or the other popular tours north of the High Peaks.
After some less than ideal precipitation yesterday, the 1-3"originally predicted became more like 3-6" in the Tri-Lakes area. This snow came with some very high winds, so some places could be almost bare (at least down to the crust) and some drifts could be much deeper. The net result is that all trails are covered, and the only issue will be trail breaking on the ungroomed trails. Most sections of the Jackrabbit Trail had been broken out by Friday afternoon.
4 ft plus of snow at Lake Colden and 6-7 feet at 4,000 feet.
Still only predicted to be in the teens tomorrow and around 20 for a high on Sunday.
Brief update on the groomed centers:
Van Hoevenberg: 4" new, 12" base, all 45 km tracked.
Cascade: 6'new, 12" base, all 15 km groomed, 10 km tracked
Paul Smiths VIC: Over 6" new, all 37 km groomed.
Next week will see another warming trend including temperatures in the 40s Tuesday and Wednesday. Ski it while you can
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.