Weekend of March 17 predictions


Conditions are spectacularly good in the northern areas, and much better than usual for this time of the season in the day-trip drive radius.

The mid-week Nor’easter freshened up the trails in various places up the Hudson valley, and dumped a fair amount in VT and MA. Many centers VT and western MA are reporting their best conditions of the month. Osceola is calling for snow dancers to get decaffeinated coffee from here on. If you can take the weekend, book something up in the ‘dacks or VT, it should be gorgeous.

If you are locked into a day-ski, daytime temps will be in the 30s through Friday, so things should remain skiable!

Guesstimates for weekend of March 10

Day trip range*:

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

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

Mohonk Mountain House, New Paltz NY
2-1/2 hr drive (mid-Hudson region)
2/9/18 report
Open for day skiers

Minnewaska State Park Preserve, Kerhonkson NY
2-1/2 hr drive (mid-Hudson area)
Groomed this week

Mountain Trails Cross Country Ski Center, Tannersville NY
3 hr drive (Catskills)
Expect to be open this weekend

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

Canterbury Farm Nordic Center, Becket MA
3 hr drive (western MA I-90 corridor)

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

Maple Corner Farm, Blandford MA
3+ hr hr drive (southwestern MA south of I-90 corridor)

Prospect Mountain, Woodford VT
3-1/2 hr drive (southern VT)

Notchview Reservation, Windsor MA
3-1/2 hr drive (Berkshires, Rt 9 corridor)

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

Stump Sprouts Ski Touring and Guest Lodge, Charlemont MA
3-1/2 hr drive (Berkshires, off Rt 2)
Check back on the weekend

Brattleboro Outing Club, Brattleboro VT
3-1/2 hr drive (southern VT)
3/15/18 report
Base 1 – 10″
33 KM Open
10 KM groomed

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

If you can stay a night or two*:

Gore Mountain Nordic Center, Johnsburg NY
4 hr drive (southern Adirondacks)
3/15/18 report
Most trails open

Lapland Lake Nordic Vacation Center, Northville NY
4 hr drive (Albany region)
3/15/18 report
Base 16 – 26″
47 KM open
35 KM groomed and trackset

Grafton Trails & Outdoor Center, Grafton VT
4 hr drive (southern VT)
3/15/18 report
Base 24″,
11 KM groomed and trackset

Timber Creek Cross Country Ski Center, West Dover VT
4 hr drive (southern VT)
Base 26″

Viking Nordic Center, Londonderry VT
4 hr drive (southern VT)
3/14/18 report
Closed Wednesdays
Classic skiing recommended

Garnet Hill Lodge XC Ski Center, North River NY
4-1/2 hr drive (southern Adirondacks)
3/15/18 report
52 KM open and groomed

Okemo Valley Nordic Center, Okemo VT
4-1/2 hr drive (central VT)
3/15/18 report
12 of 12 trails open
21 KM groomed and trackset

Wild Wings Ski Touring Center, Peru VT
4-1/2 hr drive (southern VT)
3/15/18 report
25 KM open and groomed

Cascade Cross Country Center, Lake Placid NY
5 hr drive (High Peaks region)
3/15/18 report
Base 5 – 6″
15 KM groomed and trackset

Olympic Sports Complex at Mt Van Hoevenberg, Lake Placid NY
5 hr drive (High Peaks region)
3/15/18 report
Base 16″
50 KM groomed

Osceola Tug Hill Cross Country Ski Center, NY
5 hr drive (northern NY)
3/15/18 report
Base 8″
16″ received last 24 hrs
40 KM classic
40 KM skating

Mountaintop Inn & Resort, Chittenden VT
5 hr drive (central VT)
3/15/18 report
Base 4 – 24″
9″ received last 24 hrs
57 KM open

Rikert Nordic Center, Ripton VT
5 hr drive (central VT)
3/15/18 report
Base 10 – 18″
8″ received last 24 hrs
43 KM open
35 KM groomed and trackset

(* 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)