BRIEF UPDATE BEFORE THE WEEKEND
Trail conditions have not changed significantly since our report at the beginning of the week. Mercifully, it has stayed cold all week with single digit temps at night, so at least the snow we have has been preserved.
National Weather Service forecasts snow showers through the weekend and into early next week with temps hovering above freezing during the day and just below freezing at night. This could be just a dusting or we could get lucky with a "foot of flurries"...time will tell.
For this weekend we refer you to the last conditions report for recommendations on where to ski. All the groomed nordic centers will be in great shape and can be highly recommended. Avalanche Pass has been regularly skied and will only improve with a few more inches at higher elevations, though the Marcy Dam truck trail is still the better approach for nordic touring into that area.
All sections of the Jackrabbit Trail will have good cover with the exception of the long downhill from McKenzie Pass to McKenzie Pond, which is still in rough shape. We don't recommend skiing that section, except if traveling toward Lake Placid. Caution still required on steeper descents throughout the trail - watch out for open drainages, water bars, bare spots, barely covered rocks and ice flows.
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.