Friday January 19: ski conditions

Summary

Get your skiing in while you can! Variable amounts of snow in mid-Hudson and areas northwest of NYC mean some areas were able to re-open and others not. Warming temps make the weekend days precious for skiing, and the forecast for next week could go any which way (see infographic below).

Snocountry.com reworked their site so you can get a listing of all Cross-country ski areas in a given region on a single page. Much easier than before if you want to check specific areas across state lines. Snocountry Northeast cross-country ski area listing

State of the touring centers

Day trip range*:

Fahnestock Winter Park, Carmel NY
1 hr 15′ drive (mid-Hudson region)
1/18/18 report
Only 5″ received, not enough to re-open

High Point Cross Country Ski Center, Sussex NJ
1-1/2 hr drive (NW NJ)
1/19/18 report
11″ received Wednesday
Base 3 – 4″
17 KM Classic

Mohonk Mountain House, New Paltz NY
2-1/2 hr drive (mid-Hudson region)
1/19/18 report
All trails open, groomed on Wednesday, some tracks set yesterday

Minnewaska State Park Preserve, Kerhonkson NY
2-1/2 hr drive (mid-Hudson area)
1/18/18 report
10″ on Wednesday
Packed powder and best conditions of the season as of Thursday. (nb: Get it while it’s here)

Mountain Trails Cross Country Ski Center, Tannersville NY
3 hr drive (Catskills)
1/19/18 report
6″ on Wednesday, but not enough to open

Pineridge Cross Country Ski Area, Petersburg NY
3 hr drive (Troy region)
1/19/18 report
9″ Wednesday
Base 3 – 5″
19 KM open

Canterbury Farm Nordic Center, Becket MA
3 hr drive (western MA I-90 corridor)
1/19/18 report
7″ Wednesday
Base 3 – 10″
Trails open, groomed and tracked

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

Prospect Mountain, Woodford VT
3-1/2 hr drive (southern VT)
1/19/18 report
Base 6 – 9″
Open

Weston Ski Track, Weston MA
3-1/2 hr drive (Boston area)
1/19/18 report
1 KM open

Northfield Mountain Cross Country Ski Area, Northfield MA
3-1/2 hr drive (Berkshires, northwestern MA)
1/18/18 report
[from their website] “We received about 5″ of snow after the storm. After the base melted from last Friday’s rain, it isn’t enough to open the trails for skiing.  There will be no charge for skiing in the front field area today.”

Stump Sprouts Ski Touring and Guest Lodge, Charlemont MA
3-1/2 hr drive (Berkshires, off Rt 2)
1/18/18 report
[from their website] “We received 6-7″ of new snow Tuesday into Wednesday over a base that ranges from 0 – 8″.  We plan to be open this weekend but not until then.   We still have a couple of rooms open for this weekend if you are looking for a last minute getaway.”

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)
1/19/18 report
Base 6 – 12″
5 KM  Classic
4.62 KM  Skating

Lapland Lake Nordic Vacation Center, Northville NY
4 hr drive (Albany region)
1/19/18 report
5″ Wednesday
Base 6 – 12″
36 KM  Classic
36 KM  Skating

Maple Corner Farm, Blandford MA
4 hr drive (southwestern MA I-90 corridor)
1/18/18 report
[from their website] “We received about 6 inches of new snow .We will be open for skiing and snowshoeing Friday 10-5  and this weekend 9-5 weather permitting. Trails  will be groomed with packed powder conditions. The skiers pancake breakfast will be available this weekend.”

Notchview Reservation, Windsor MA
4 hr drive (Berkshires, Rt 9 corridor)
1/19/18 report
Base 2 – 6″, some thin spots
13 KM  Classic
8 KM  Skating

Grafton Trails & Outdoor Center, Grafton VT
4 hr drive (southern VT)
1/18/18 report
Base 7 – 25″
13 KM  Classic
14 KM  Skating

Timber Creek Cross Country Ski Center, West Dover VT
4 hr drive (southern VT)
1/18/18 report
Base 4 – 14″
5 KM  Classic
5 KM  Skating

Viking Nordic Center, Londonderry VT
4 hr drive (southern VT)
1/19/18 report
Base 4 – 8″
28 KM  Classic
24 KM  Skating

Garnet Hill Lodge XC Ski Center, North River NY
4-1/2 hr drive (southern Adirondacks)
1/19/18 report
Base 7 – 10″, temps will be above freezing this weekend
35 KM  Classic
35 KM  Skating

Okemo Valley Nordic Center, Okemo VT
4-1/2 hr drive (central VT)
1/19/18 report
Base 12″, windblown snow
14 KM Classic
14 KM Skating

Wild Wings Ski Touring Center, Peru VT
4-1/2 hr drive (southern VT)
1/19/18 report
6″ Wednesday, a dusting overnight, so some trails remain closed
Base 10 – 14″
10 KM  Classic

Cascade Cross Country Center, Lake Placid NY
5 hr drive (High Peaks region)
1/19/18 report
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)
1/19/18 report
Base 4 – 7″
50 KM  Classic
50 KM  Skating

Osceola Tug Hill Cross Country Ski Center, NY
5 hr drive (northern NY)
1/19/18 report
3″ past 24 Hours
Base 14 – 18″
40 KM  Classic
40 KM  Skating

Mountaintop Inn & Resort, Chittenden VT
5 hr drive (central VT)
1/19/18 report
Base 4 – 24″
40 KM open
15 KM tracksuit

(* 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:

Could be the dread ‘wintry mix’ coming to northern NY and NE early next week, but there could be some heavy snow in mountains and far north. From weather.com: “Heavy snow accumulations, possibly a foot or more, are possible over northern New England, particularly northern Maine and the peaks of the Green, White, and Adirondack Mountains.”

Typical winter in the northeast: have your galoshes, ice skates, and snow shovel handy at all times.

weather.com snowfall forecast
Snowfall outlook for week of Jan 22 2018 (from weather.com)

Author: cfski

Living in the NYC area means watching for skiable conditions.