President’s day weekend

Hi, old man sister winter- we remember you!

Elsa and snowflake
Bring the magic, Elsa!

[Feb. 14]: Mohonk was reported as very skiable today, so it’s likely Minnewaska is doing alright too. At Minnewaska Park, Antelope4455 reports their groomers had to break up lots of ice, so “Upper/Castle loop and Lake Minnewaska may be all that gets groomed”. The wise will call on Saturday before heading up.

Notchview, Prospect Mountain, and Lapland Lake each got some snow over the past two days, but there is a bit of crust at Notchview. Conditions are hard pack at places within easy daytrip distance.

Precipitation on Friday will fall as rain from the Shawangunks south, and alternating rain/snow to the north past Albany and southern VT. The good news is there is less rain forecast than expected a few days ago. Higher altitudes in the Adirondacks and White Mountains could get snow exclusively.

If we’re lucky there won’t be much damage to the snowpack from the rain, as temps go back down below freezing for the weekend and all the way to midweek for the first half of the school break. On Saturday a bit of lake effect snow will hit Rochester and Tug Hill plateau, but that’s it for snow during the weekend.

Eager skiers can brave the variable conditions on Saturday morning, while the more cautious might wait till after trail crews have a chance to go over it. However, as long as ski areas have base to groom, the skiing should be good for President’s day weekend. If you’re heading far north for a snow sports vacation, looks like you’re in luck!

Ice underneath any new snow will likely make off-trail skiing in the woods a pretty mixed bag. Stay careful and in control.

Middle of next week, we could see some snow showers. Unfortunately the downstate and Hudson Highlands region isn’t going to get enough to help. Daytime temperatures will inch above freezing for much of the northeastern US starting Thursday.

No updates for snow depth map or state of the touring centers till Saturday, when we know what we’ve got.