Winter has returned, and this time no immediate warmup is in the forecast. So, more complete report tomorrow evening, Friday 11/10, but all indications are for skiing right from the Toll House on the Whiteface Highway plus skiing on the Lake Placid golf courses. Lacking frozen ground, this cover may not last into next week even if temperatures remain near freezing. So, as we've often said, "Ski it while you can."
Wednesday's snow has definitely melted back. While the Whiteface Highway was skiable from the Toll House as of Thursday, current reports indicate a two-plus mile walk to somewhat 'sketchy' snow cover with good cover only after the Lake Placid turn at about three miles. So, long walk for this "season" of skiing.
Next week will not see any really warm temperatures, but will see some rain in the valleys. We could thus possibly see more snow at the higher elevations and perhaps more Whiteface Highway skiing next weekend.. Stay tuned....
Other than the skiing, the higher summits will still have ice, so good traction will be required for any summit hikes.
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.