Feb. 24 updated outlook

Summary:

We’re in the phase where snow can appear and disappear within a day, so if you want to ski, take the day off and get out there right now because warmer temps are on the way.

Prospect Mountain got 4″ of snow and is open. Lapland Lake got 2″. Canterbury Farm is hopeful for Friday snow(?). Any kind of fresh snow helps because whatever base was left likely refroze overnight.

Grafton Trails is hanging in there, Wild Wings is opening, Cascade has 15 km open, and Osceola is open of course. Where natural conditions exist, grooming can bring it back to skiable conditions.

Gore, Mt. van Hoevenberg, and Mountaintop are living on manmade loops.

State of the touring centers:

Day trip range*:

Fahnestock Winter Park, Carmel NY
1 hr 15′ drive (mid-Hudson region)
2/18/18 report
Received too little snow to open for skiing

High Point Cross Country Ski Center, Sussex NJ
1-1/2 hr drive (NW NJ)
2/23/18 report
Closed

Mohonk Mountain House, New Paltz NY
2-1/2 hr drive (mid-Hudson region)
2/20/18 report
Closed

Minnewaska State Park Preserve, Kerhonkson NY
2-1/2 hr drive (mid-Hudson area)
No snow

Mountain Trails Cross Country Ski Center, Tannersville NY
3 hr drive (Catskills)
2/21/18 report
Closed

Pineridge Cross Country Ski Area, Petersburg NY
3 hr drive (Troy region)
2/19/18 report
Closed

Canterbury Farm Nordic Center, Becket MA
3 hr drive (western MA I-90 corridor)
2/20/18 report
Closed
[from their website] “Plan to reopen with the next six plus inch snow storm and cold weather. Maybe Friday will bring it on!”

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

Maple Corner Farm, Blandford MA
3+ hr hr drive (southwestern MA I-90 corridor)
2/19/18 report
Closed

Prospect Mountain, Woodford VT
3-1/2 hr drive (southern VT)
2/23/18 report
3 – 4″ new snow
Base 3 – 6″
Open

Notchview Reservation, Windsor MA
3-1/2 hr drive (Berkshires, Rt 9 corridor)
2/20/18 report
Closed for skiing

Northfield Mountain Cross Country Ski Area, Northfield MA
3-1/2 hr drive (Berkshires, northwestern MA)
2/21/18 report
Closed

Stump Sprouts Ski Touring and Guest Lodge, Charlemont MA
3-1/2 hr drive (Berkshires, off Rt 2)
2/18/18 report
Open (but no update since Sunday)

Brattleboro Outing Club, Brattleboro VT
3-1/2 hr drive (southern VT)
2/21/18 report
Base 0 – 6″
27KM Open
3 KM Groomed

Weston Ski Track, Weston MA
3-1/2 hr drive (Boston area)
2/21/18 report
1.5 KM open

If you can stay a night or two*:

Gore Mountain Nordic Center, Johnsburg NY
4 hr drive (southern Adirondacks)
2/21/18 report
Base 12 – 20″, frozen granular

Lapland Lake Nordic Vacation Center, Northville NY
4 hr drive (Albany region)
2/23/18 report
Base 8 – 14″
2″ last 24 hrs
30 KM  Classic
30 KM  Skating

Grafton Trails & Outdoor Center, Grafton VT
4 hr drive (southern VT)
2/23/18 report
Base 5″, frozen granular
5 KM Open

Timber Creek Cross Country Ski Center, West Dover VT
4 hr drive (southern VT)
2/22/18 report
Closed for Thursday

Viking Nordic Center, Londonderry VT
4 hr drive (southern VT)
2/21/18 report
Closed

Garnet Hill Lodge XC Ski Center, North River NY
4-1/2 hr drive (southern Adirondacks)
2/21/18 report
Closed

Okemo Valley Nordic Center, Okemo VT
4-1/2 hr drive (central VT)
2/21/18 report
2 KM Skating (practice loop)

Wild Wings Ski Touring Center, Peru VT
4-1/2 hr drive (southern VT)
2/23/18 report
2-1/2″ last 24 hrs, over refrozen icy base. Grooming TBD
Open Friday, probably Saturday.

Cascade Cross Country Center, Lake Placid NY
5 hr drive (High Peaks region)
2/22/18 report
Base 5 – 6″ , loose granular
15 KM Classic
15 KM Skating

Olympic Sports Complex at Mt Van Hoevenberg, Lake Placid NY
5 hr drive (High Peaks region)
2/22/18 report
Base 12″, frozen granular
1 KM Open

Osceola Tug Hill Cross Country Ski Center, NY
5 hr drive (northern NY)
2/23/18 report
Base 10 – 12″, spring skiing conditions
40 KM Classic
40 KM Skating
[from their website] “Noon forecast of 35 and possible showers.  Daytime high of 41 with clouds and showers… Saturday looks like the better of the two weekend days with a high of 40 and cloudy. Sunday looks to be a bit wetter with a high of 44 with clouds and rain tapering during the day.  Monday looks nice with a high of 42 and mostly sunny.”

Mountaintop Inn & Resort, Chittenden VT
5 hr drive (central VT)
2/23/18 report
1 KM Open (manmade loop)

Rikert Nordic Center, Ripton VT
5 hr drive (central VT)
2/23/18 report
Base 2 – 15″
32 KM Open
3 KM Groomed
[from their website] “Middlebury Carnival is here! Feb 23-24. Come and cheer in the morning – trails will be open to the public in the early afternoon for skiing.”

(* 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:

Daytime temps will be well above freezing throughout the northeast-NE. Possible snow or wintry mix in northern areas Saturday night-Sunday morning, but it will probably transition to rain.

wintry mix area forecast for Feb. 25, 2018
Wintry mix possible early Sunday

 

Snow depth 2018-0222
Current snow depth as of Feb 22 2018. Sad!

Author: cfski

Living in the NYC area means watching for skiable conditions.