President’s Day weekend ski conditions

Summary:

Hope rides on fumes this weekend for a couple of small snow squalls (see infographic below). In the meantime there’s spring skiing in southern VT and southern Adirondacks.

Lapland Lake and Osceola are reporting good snow base so those are the best bets based on drive time. Gore, Okemo, Garnet Hill, the Lake Placid areas (van Hoevenberg and Cascade), and Mountaintop Inn are also looking good or decent.

State of the touring centers

Day trip range*:

palapa on barren beach
Sorry, keep driving

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

Prospect Mountain, Woodford VT
3-1/2 hr drive (southern VT)
2/15/18 report
Base 6 – 9″
Granular snow, spring skiing conditions

Weston Ski Track, Weston MA
3-1/2 hr drive (Boston area)
2/15/18 report
2 KM open

Northfield Mountain Cross Country Ski Area, Northfield MA
3-1/2 hr drive (Berkshires, northwestern MA)
2/15/18 report
Closed

Stump Sprouts Ski Touring and Guest Lodge, Charlemont MA
3-1/2 hr drive (Berkshires, off Rt 2)
2/13/18 report
[from their website] “We have held onto our base despite rains over the past weekend. There is more warm weather on the way, so it remains to be seen if we will be able to offer skiing this coming weekend.”

Brattleboro Outing Club, Brattleboro VT
3-1/2 hr drive (southern VT)
2/10/18 report
Base 0 – 9″
28 KM open

If you can stay a night or two*:

Gore Mountain Nordic Center, Johnsburg NY
4 hr drive (southern Adirondacks)
2/15/18 report
Base 12 – 20″
Loose granular surface

Lapland Lake Nordic Vacation Center, Northville NY
4 hr drive (Albany region)
2/15/18 report
Base 20 – 26″
38 KM  Classic
35 KM  Skating

Maple Corner Farm, Blandford MA
4 hr drive (southwestern MA I-90 corridor)
2/10/18 report
Closed

Notchview Reservation, Windsor MA
4 hr drive (Berkshires, Rt 9 corridor)
2/15/18 report
[from their website] “2.5 Km that we can recommend: Berkshire, upper Circuit, part of Shaw Road, and part of Windsor. These are patched and groomed. Remainder is skiable with caution especially as the day warms. Expect icy patches.”

Grafton Trails & Outdoor Center, Grafton VT
4 hr drive (southern VT)
2/15/18 report
Base 18″
11 KM Open

Timber Creek Cross Country Ski Center, West Dover VT
4 hr drive (southern VT)
2/14/18 report
Will reopen Sunday 2/17

Viking Nordic Center, Londonderry VT
4 hr drive (southern VT)
2/15/18 report
Base 8 – 10″, Loose granular
20 KM Open

Garnet Hill Lodge XC Ski Center, North River NY
4-1/2 hr drive (southern Adirondacks)
2/15/18 report
Base 6 – 10″
40 KM Open

Okemo Valley Nordic Center, Okemo VT
4-1/2 hr drive (central VT)
2/15/18 report
Base 8″
21 KM Classic
21 KM Skating

Wild Wings Ski Touring Center, Peru VT
4-1/2 hr drive (southern VT)
2/15/18 report
22 KM Classic

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

Olympic Sports Complex at Mt Van Hoevenberg, Lake Placid NY
5 hr drive (High Peaks region)
2/15/18 report
Base 5″, wet powder on hard pack
50 KM Open

Osceola Tug Hill Cross Country Ski Center, NY
5 hr drive (northern NY)
2/15/18 report
Base 16 – 24″, variable
40 KM Classic
40 KM Skating

Mountaintop Inn & Resort, Chittenden VT
5 hr drive (central VT)
2/15/18 report
Base 4 – 24″
40 KM Open

Rikert Nordic Center, Ripton VT
5 hr drive (central VT)
2/15/18 report
Base 2 – 12″
43 KM Open
15 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:

Two small snow squalls on Friday and Saturday evenings could freshen up the snow in upstate NY and VT.

Snow forecast 2018-0216
Snow forecast for evening of Feb 16 2018
Snow forecast 2018-0217
Snow forecast for evening of Feb 17 2018

Author: cfski

Living in the NYC area means watching for skiable conditions.