March 3 weekend conditions outlook

crocus buds emerging from snow

Summary:

Hold on, we’re not quite ready to sing the end of the season for downstaters; a storm coming from the west will dump anywhere from a couple of inches of rain/snow mix to over a foot of snow, from the lower Hudson valley up through upstate New York from the Great Lakes to Albany, with smaller amounts as it crosses to VT and New England. See the updated infographic below.

crocus buds emerging from snow
Not looking forward to mud season

Prospect Mountain reports seven inches of snow Friday morning, with more on the way. Osceola’s gotten four inches so far, on top of a solid base.

Areas of southern Adirondacks, Tug Hill plateau, and southern VT have been getting by and are looking forward a good snowfall on Friday. Looks like the fat lady has to stay offstage for one more weekend at least.

State of the touring centers:

Day trip range*:

palapa on barren beach
Keep driving or get ready for biking

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 1 – 3″
Open (and hoping for snow on Friday)

Notchview Reservation, Windsor MA
3-1/2 hr drive (Berkshires, Rt 9 corridor)
2/24/18 report
Closed for skiing, too muddy for bikes

Northfield Mountain Cross Country Ski Area, Northfield MA
3-1/2 hr drive (Berkshires, northwestern MA)
2/23/18 report
Closed

Stump Sprouts Ski Touring and Guest Lodge, Charlemont MA
3-1/2 hr drive (Berkshires, off Rt 2)
2/24/18(??)
Closed for wintersports

Brattleboro Outing Club, Brattleboro VT
3-1/2 hr drive (southern VT)
2/24/18(?)
Base 0 – 6″
27KM Open
4 KM Groomed

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

If you can stay a night or two*:

Gore Mountain Nordic Center, Johnsburg NY
4 hr drive (southern Adirondacks)
3/1/18 report
Base 5 – 12″, loose granular
4 KM open

Lapland Lake Nordic Vacation Center, Northville NY
4 hr drive (Albany region)
3/1/18 report
Base 3 – 10″, spring conditions and looking for snow Friday
14 KM  Classic
14 KM  Skating

Grafton Trails & Outdoor Center, Grafton VT
4 hr drive (southern VT)
2/23/18 report
Base 1″(!)
11 KM Open
4 KM trackset

Timber Creek Cross Country Ski Center, West Dover VT
4 hr drive (southern VT)
3/1/18 report
Base 2 – 10″
70% open (?) Call for info. Hoping for snow Friday

Viking Nordic Center, Londonderry VT
4 hr drive (southern VT)
2/24/18 report
Closed. Hoping for snow Friday

Garnet Hill Lodge XC Ski Center, North River NY
4-1/2 hr drive (southern Adirondacks)
3/1/18 report
Closed for skiing. Hoping for snow Friday and next week.

Okemo Valley Nordic Center, Okemo VT
4-1/2 hr drive (central VT)
3/1/18 report
6 KM Skating (2 of 12 trails)

Wild Wings Ski Touring Center, Peru VT
4-1/2 hr drive (southern VT)
3/1/18 report
Base 3 – 18″, spring conditions
10 KM trackset

Cascade Cross Country Center, Lake Placid NY
5 hr drive (High Peaks region)
3/1/18 report
Base 5 – 6″
3 KM Classic
3 KM Skating

Olympic Sports Complex at Mt Van Hoevenberg, Lake Placid NY
5 hr drive (High Peaks region)
3/1/18 report
Base 12″
1 KM Open (mini loop)

Osceola Tug Hill Cross Country Ski Center, NY
5 hr drive (northern NY)
2/23/18 report
Base 4 – 6″, lost half the base b/c overnight temps were above freezing, some challenging icy spots today; expect several inches of snow Friday
40 KM Classic
40 KM Skating

Mountaintop Inn & Resort, Chittenden VT
5 hr drive (central VT)
3/1//18 report
3.5 KM Open
1 KM groomed for skiing

Rikert Nordic Center, Ripton VT
5 hr drive (central VT)
3/1/18 report
11 KM Open
5 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:

That is some angry looking snowstorm…

Snow forecast for Friday March 2 2018 1pm

.. and it will help put the ski areas back in business for the weekend. There’s another storm possible next week too. But with temps staying above freezing most nights the snow won’t last long. The fat lady is warming up, waiting for her chance to sing out the end of the season:

[nohrsc]snowdepth2018-0301-42N73.5W