In case you haven't looked at your thermometer recently, it's been a very warm week. Conditions are thus changing by the hour. The Lake Placid area and the High Peaks still have a good base of snow with 28" still at Lake Colden and 4-5 feet at 4,000 feet. Skis or snowshoes are still required for travel.
The open areas of the Jackrabbit Trail along River Road and across the golf courses will soon be bare if they are not that already. The groomed centers at Cascade and Mt. Van Hoevenberg will still have good skiing on most, but not all, of their systems through the coming weekend.
All of the backcountry routes we usually report on will still have cover, except perhaps on a few south-facing slopes. Surface conditions, however will vary as Friday will still be warm with some rain, but Friday night could be cool enough to freeze surfaces with temperatures on Saturday taking a bit of time to warm up above freezing.
In summary, Spring arrived this week, and we now have spring skiing. Deal with it.
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.