Leaving the previous post so we can believe that there is a chance for some decent winter conditions. Anyway, yesterday, 1/10, we had a few inches of snow followed by rain and temperatures near or above 40. Now it has cooled off, and the best we can say is that now we finally have a solid base. Unfortunately, not much new snow Thursday or Friday, and again temperatures near 40 on Saturday with a chance of more rain. Next week will see a cooling trend and some more snow showers, but how much will fall and where is to be determined.
For now, the best skiing is the 4 km of manmade snow at Mt. VanHoevenberg that has been groomed with track set. Cascade reports 4-5 km open on 2-3" of frozen granular, not for beginners, metal edges helpful, no track set. (Hey, at least they're open.) Paul Smiths reports 1-2" of frozen granular, 4 km open, and blowdown clearing in progress.
Otherwise, no reports of anyone venturing out on any section of the Jackrabbit Trail, but we will definitely have to do a blowdown sweep before any significant new snow happens to fall. We'll try to monitor conditions in Newcomb because just 2-3" of new snow would make the Newcomb Lake Road quite skiable.
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.