Friday January 12: ski conditions (updated Saturday)

Summary

Skiing is a 4 hour drive at minimum, but at least it’s there for your long weekend.

palapa on barren beach
This isn’t paradise

And there’s hope for a more wintry storm next week- see infographic below

State of the touring centers

All trails at touring centers within easy day trip range (Fahnestock, High Point, Mountain Trails, Minnewaska & Mohonk, Pineridge, Canterbury Farms) are closed at least through Saturday. Some that are within a 4 hour drive are nominally open, but with temps falling the trails will get icy.

A few really lucky centers west and north of Albany (Lapland Lake, Osceola, Mt. van Hoevenberg) are reporting snowfall this morning, which could make skiing much better there.

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

Prospect Mountain, Woodford VT
3-1/2 hr drive (southern VT)
1/13/18 report
Closed, with 1 – 3″ base, waiting for snow.

Weston Ski Track, Weston MA
3-1/2 hr drive (Boston area)
1/13/18 report
1 KM open, wet but getting icy and fast as temp drops

Northfield Mountain Cross Country Ski Area, Northfield MA
3-1/2 hr drive (Berkshires, northwestern MA)
1/13/18 report
Closed

Stump Sprouts Ski Touring and Guest Lodge, Charlemont MA
3-1/2 hr drive (Berkshires, off Rt 2)
1/12/18 report
Closed

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)
1/13/18 report
Primary Surface: Frozen Granular
Secondary Surface: Variable
Average Base Depth: 8-16 inches
Open, but you’ll be kicking green klister wax

Lapland Lake Nordic Vacation Center, Northville NY
4 hr drive (Albany region)
1/13/18 report
[from website] “After a warm and wet day Friday, temperatures have dropped and precipitation changed to sleet around 5:00 AM and snow around 6:30 AM.  Prediction is for 3 to 5 inches snow this morning with temperatures remaining below freezing.  Our base is intact and with this new snow we anticipate a great skiing weekend.”

Maple Corner Farm, Blandford MA
4 hr drive (southwestern MA I-90 corridor)
Closed Friday 1/13 and Saturday 1/14 at minimum.

Notchview Reservation, Windsor MA
4 hr drive (Berkshires, Rt 9 corridor)
1/13/18 report
[Comment by grooming crew] “I am surprised that we have any base left after that storm.  But I can’t recommend skiing on it.  Too much ice, crust, and bare patches.”

Grafton Trails & Outdoor Center, Grafton VT
4 hr drive (southern VT)
1/13/18 report
Closed

Timber Creek Cross Country Ski Center, West Dover VT
4 hr drive (southern VT)
1/13/18 report
Closed pending trail refreeze(!) and getting flurries
Base 2 – 12″

Viking Nordic Center, Londonderry VT
4 hr drive (southern VT)
1/13/18 report
Closed pending temperature drop and reevaluation of trail conditions

Garnet Hill Lodge XC Ski Center, North River NY
4-1/2 hr drive (southern Adirondacks)
1/13/18 report
[from their website] “We survived the thaw!!! We’ve been out scouting our trails all morning, and the truth of the matter is… we’re lookin’ pretty darn good!!”

Okemo Valley Nordic Center, Okemo VT
4-1/2 hr drive (central VT)
1/13/18 report
16 KM Classic
16 KM Skating

Wild Wings Ski Touring Center, Peru VT
4-1/2 hr drive (southern VT)
1/13/18 report
Closed. 24ºF @ 7:00am, forecast temp: dropping! and ice, sleet and then snow

Cascade Cross Country Center, Lake Placid NY
5 hr drive (High Peaks region)
1/12/18 report
Unknown

Olympic Sports Complex at Mt Van Hoevenberg, Lake Placid NY
5 hr drive (High Peaks region)
1/13/18 report
30 KM Open, groomed no tracks
4″ past 24 hrs
Base 3″

Osceola Tug Hill Cross Country Ski Center, NY
5 hr drive (northern NY)
1/13/18 report
[from website] “7 inches of new snow overnight and snowing at a good rate currently.  I will be rolling everything this morning for packed powder conditions over a 12 inch plus base.  Sunday should be mostly cloudy with a high of 9.  Monday 19 with a mix of sun and clouds.  Tuesday 24 and snow.  129 inches of snow for the season.”

Mountaintop Inn & Resort, Chittenden VT
5 hr drive (central VT)
1/13/18 report
1 KM groomed

(* 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:

Weather map forecast for Jan 15 2018
Northeast US forecast for Jan 15-17 as of Jan 12 2018 (source: weather.com)

Author: cfski

Living in the NYC area means watching for skiable conditions.