Status as of Thursday morning:
While not really predicted as recently as Monday, we have picked up 4-6" of somewhat wet powder with more possible by the end of the day. The fact that it is somewhat wet snow is perhaps good in that it will stick to the icy base - at least in places (see below) where there was some base left. The x-c centers will be grooming, and should have most of their terrain open for the weekend. All the gentle backcountry routes and most, if not all, of the Jackrabbit Trail will be skiable. Some of the rougher terrain such as Avalanche Pass will probably be skiable, but the Wright Peak and Marcy ski trails are still probably not ready.
Tomorrow, Friday, will see highs only in the single digits with some high winds, but weekend temperatures will be mid-20's to 30 before cooling to highs only in the teens through Wednesday. No significant additional snow is in the forecast so far, but at least we'll hold on to what we get today.
A more complete report tomorrow after the x-c centers have groomed and we can get out and see what's 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.