Friday January 5: ski conditions

Summary

Yesterday’s storm definitely left some snow, with the greatest accumulations east and northeast of NYC (see infographic at bottom). That said, enough came down on the mid-Hudson region to do the local skiers and daytrippers some good!

Looks to be very cold today and Saturday, with some wind as well. Cold temps and crisp snow, combined with considerable windblown drifting may mean slower skiing than would be ideal for skating, but nice for very old-style classic. Break out the wood skis and pine tar.

Sunday is looking to be a fine and gorgeous day for skiing and being outdoors. Enjoy.

State of the touring centers

Day trip range*:

Fahnestock Winter Park, Carmel NY
1 hr 15′ drive (mid-Hudson region)
8″ snow received yesterday- will be open Saturday 1/6- yay!

High Point Cross Country Ski Center, Sussex NJ
1-1/2 hr drive (NW NJ)
1/5/18 report
4″ past 24 hrs
Base 4 – 5″
17 KM Classic
17 KM Skating

Mohonk Mountain House, New Paltz NY
2-1/2 hr drive (mid-Hudson region)
1/5/18 report
4.8″ past 24 hrs
All trails open, windblown snow and heavy drifts in spots

Minnewaska State Park Preserve, Kerhonkson NY
2-1/2 hr drive (mid-Hudson area)
1/5/18 report
7″ past 24 hrs
Groomers out today. Guess those thin spots will be covered over this weekend!

Mountain Trails Cross Country Ski Center, Tannersville NY
3 hr drive (Catskills)
6″ past 24 hrs
Not open yet- expect to open Jan. 13

Pineridge Cross Country Ski Area, Petersburg NY
3 hr drive (Troy region)
1/5/18 report
11″ past 24 hrs
Base 10 – 12″

Canterbury Farm Nordic Center, Becket MA
3 hr drive (western MA I-90 corridor)
1/5/18 report
10″ past 24 hrs
Base 13 – 18″
12 KM Classic
12 KM Skating

Early start day trip, or a 36-hour getaway*:

Prospect Mountain, Woodford VT
3-1/2 hr drive (southern VT)
1/5/18 report
1″ past 24 hrs
Base 9 – 12″

Weston Ski Track, Weston MA
3-1/2 hr drive (Boston area)
1/5/18 report
Groomed, windblown in spots
15 KM Classic
15 KM Skating

Northfield Mountain Cross Country Ski Area, Northfield MA
3-1/2 hr drive (Berkshires, northwestern MA)
1/5/18 report
8″ past 24 hrs
Grooming today, powder snow and cold temps favor classic skiing

Stump Sprouts Ski Touring and Guest Lodge, Charlemont MA
3-1/2 hr drive (Berkshires, off Rt 2)
1/5/18 report
10″ past 24 hrs
From their website: “We are going to focus our attention on our lodge guests this winter… This means that we may not be open for day visitors some weekend days.” (in other words, trails might be for lodging guest use only)

Brattleboro Outing Club, Brattleboro VT
3-1/2 hr drive (southern VT)
unknown

If you can stay a night or two*:

Gore Mountain Nordic Center, Johnsburg NY
4 hr drive (southern Adirondacks)
1/5/18 report
Base 8 – 16″
5 KM  Classic
5 KM  Skating

Lapland Lake Nordic Vacation Center, Northville NY
4 hr drive (Albany region)
1/5/18 report
2″ past 24 hrs
Base 6 – 10″
38 KM  Classic
38 KM  Skating

Maple Corner Farm, Blandford MA
4 hr drive (southwestern MA I-90 corridor)
Closed Friday 1/5 and Saturday 1/6. Expect to be open Sunday

Notchview Reservation, Windsor MA
4 hr drive (Berkshires, Rt 9 corridor)
1/5/18 report
8″ past 24 hrs
Base 6 – 20″
12 KM Classic
12 KM Skating

Grafton Trails & Outdoor Center, Grafton VT
4 hr drive (southern VT)
1/5/18 report
5″ past 24 hrs
Base 15 – 20″

Timber Creek Cross Country Ski Center, West Dover VT
4 hr drive (southern VT)
Open, unknown conditions

Viking Nordic Center, Londonderry VT
4 hr drive (southern VT)
1/5/18 report
6″ past 24 hrs
Base 6 – 10″
31 KM Classic
20 KM Skating

Garnet Hill Lodge XC Ski Center, North River NY
4-1/2 hr drive (southern Adirondacks)
1/5/18 report
2″ past 24 hrs
Base 3 – 6″
45 KM  Classic
45 KM  Skating

Okemo Valley Nordic Center, Okemo VT
4-1/2 hr drive (central VT)
1/5/18 report
5″ past 24 hrs
Base 15″
14 KM Classic
14 KM Skating

Wild Wings Ski Touring Center, Peru VT
4-1/2 hr drive (southern VT)
1/5/18 report
2″ past 48 Hours
14″ past 5 days Powder – Packed Powder
Base 10 – 20″
15 KM Classic

Cascade Cross Country Center, Lake Placid NY
5 hr drive (High Peaks region)
1/5/18 report
5″ past 24 hrs
Base 5 – 6″
15 KM  Classic
5 KM  Skating

Olympic Sports Complex at Mt Van Hoevenberg, Lake Placid NY
5 hr drive (High Peaks region)
1/5/18 report
3″ past 24 hrs
Base 4 – 13″
50 KM  Classic
50 KM  Skating

Osceola Tug Hill Cross Country Ski Center, NY
5 hr drive (northern NY)
1/5/18 report
2″ past 24 Hours
Base 16 – 20″
40 KM  Classic
40 KM  Skating

Mountaintop Inn & Resort, Chittenden VT
5 hr drive (central VT)
1/5/18 report
0″ past 24 Hours
30 KM groomed
53 KM open

(* All drive time estimates based on leaving uptown Manhattan. Current conditions reports from snocountry.com, trailhub.org, ski area website reports, and some general detective work)

The infographic:

(NOHRSC snow depth as of Jan. 5 2017)