Monday February 5: advance bets for the week


Although the metro NYC area is still lacking, there’s skiing in them hills! Prospect Mountain is the closest, followed by Brattleboro Outing Club. Everything north of that in NY and VT is open. Oscela, the usual champ in snowfall got beaten this weekend by Wild Wings which got 13″ of new snow.

Temps in the northeast will be falling through the week before turning upward again for Saturday and Sunday. A storm coming from the west could bring snowfall to the southern Adirondacks and southern VT on Wednesday. See the infographic at bottom of this post.

State of the touring centers

Day trip range*:

Fahnestock Winter Park, Carmel NY
1 hr 15′ drive (mid-Hudson region)
Closed for skiing

High Point Cross Country Ski Center, Sussex NJ
1-1/2 hr drive (NW NJ)
[from website] “We lost a lot of snow to freezing rain last night and there is a sheet of ice on the whole trail system. Until more snow falls later this week we will be closed for skiing and snowshoeing.”

Mohonk Mountain House, New Paltz NY
2-1/2 hr drive (mid-Hudson region)
Closed for skiing

Minnewaska State Park Preserve, Kerhonkson NY
2-1/2 hr drive (mid-Hudson area)
Closed for skiing

Mountain Trails Cross Country Ski Center, Tannersville NY
3 hr drive (Catskills)
Closed (are these trails ever open?)

Pineridge Cross Country Ski Area, Petersburg NY
3 hr drive (Troy region)
Closed for skiing

Canterbury Farm Nordic Center, Becket MA
3 hr drive (western MA I-90 corridor)
2/5/18 report
[from website] “Closed today. We received about 3 inches of snow, then rain. We are letting it drain through and will update the conditions tomorrow.”

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

Prospect Mountain, Woodford VT
3-1/2 hr drive (southern VT)
2/5/18 report
Base 9 – 12″, 7″ received Sunday night
Packed powder

Weston Ski Track, Weston MA
3-1/2 hr drive (Boston area)
2/5/18 report
2 KM open

Northfield Mountain Cross Country Ski Area, Northfield MA
3-1/2 hr drive (Berkshires, northwestern MA)
2/5/18 report
Closed for skiing

Stump Sprouts Ski Touring and Guest Lodge, Charlemont MA
3-1/2 hr drive (Berkshires, off Rt 2)
2/2/18 report
Closed for skiing, but stay tuned. May re-open trails if more snow arrives this week.

Brattleboro Outing Club, Brattleboro VT
3-1/2 hr drive (southern VT)
2/5/18 report
33 KM open
6 KM groomed, some thin spots

If you can stay a night or two*:

Gore Mountain Nordic Center, Johnsburg NY
4 hr drive (southern Adirondacks)
2/5/18 report
Base 6 – 6″, man-made
4 KM  Classic
5 KM  Skating

Lapland Lake Nordic Vacation Center, Northville NY
4 hr drive (Albany region)
2/5/18 report
Base 10 – 16″
35 KM  Classic
35 KM  Skating

Maple Corner Farm, Blandford MA
4 hr drive (southwestern MA I-90 corridor)
2/4/18 report
[from their website] “We received about 3″ of new snow and are still waiting for more snow so we can reopen for skiing.”

Notchview Reservation, Windsor MA
4 hr drive (Berkshires, Rt 9 corridor)
2/5/18 report
[from their website] “Open for Tuesday. We have 2″ of new wet snow with an icy crust …We will groom tomorrow and plan to be open with hopefully a granular/packed powder mix.”

Grafton Trails & Outdoor Center, Grafton VT
4 hr drive (southern VT)
2/5/18 report
6 KM Open, variable conditions. Caution advised.

Timber Creek Cross Country Ski Center, West Dover VT
4 hr drive (southern VT)
2/4/18 report
Base 6 – 12″
40% of trails open, more to come

Viking Nordic Center, Londonderry VT
4 hr drive (southern VT)
2/5/18 report
[from their website] “We got 9+ inches of new snow! All trails will be open for skiing and snowshoeing. Powder conditions. Just like Christmas all over again!”

Garnet Hill Lodge XC Ski Center, North River NY
4-1/2 hr drive (southern Adirondacks)
2/5/18 report
[from their website] “We got over 7 inches of fresh powder in this last storm and what a blessing it was. We’ll be 100% open Tuesday, then more snow on the way. Life is good!!”

Okemo Valley Nordic Center, Okemo VT
4-1/2 hr drive (central VT)
2/5/18 report
Base 9″,
18 KM Classic
18 KM Skating

Wild Wings Ski Touring Center, Peru VT
4-1/2 hr drive (southern VT)
2/5/18 report
13″ received in last 24 hrs. Grooming today, tracks will set up well tonight.
[from their website] “13.1 inches of new snow! The skiing is really good and will just get better! And for today a work in progress. Everything is going well.”

Cascade Cross Country Center, Lake Placid NY
5 hr drive (High Peaks region)
2/5/18 report
2″ received last 24 hrs
Base 5 – 6″
15 KM  Classic

Olympic Sports Complex at Mt Van Hoevenberg, Lake Placid NY
5 hr drive (High Peaks region)
2/5/18 report
1″ received last 48 hrs
Base 4 – 12″
40 KM  Classic
40 KM  Skating

Osceola Tug Hill Cross Country Ski Center, NY
5 hr drive (northern NY)
2/5/18 report
12″ past 24 Hours
Base 20″
40 KM  Classic
40 KM  Skating
[from their website] “Very soft for skating and skied in tracks. Packed powder on 20 inch base. Tuesday 25 with a little snow in the morning. Wednesday fluffy snow with 4-8 inches in the forecast. Thursday 19 with snow showers in the afternoon. Friday 21 with clouds and snow. 176 inches of snow for the season.”

Mountaintop Inn & Resort, Chittenden VT
5 hr drive (central VT)
2/5/18 report
6″ received in last 24 hrs
Base 4 – 24″
57 KM Open
40 KM Groomed
30 KM Trackset

Rikert Nordic Center, Ripton VT
5 hr drive (central VT)
2/5/18 report
Base 2 – 12″
12 KM Open
5 KM Groomed
5 KM Trackset

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

The infographic:

From your friends in the National Weather Service: “Accumulating snow is expected for the forecast area Wednesday and Wednesday night. Though warmer air may change the snow to rain or sleet over southern zones, a broad swath of moderate to heavy snow
is likely where precipitation type remains all snow.”

NWS snow forecast 2018-0207
Graphical snowfall forecast for February 7 2018

The new Map Viewer with a variety of animated forecasts is nicer-looking than before