Terrific early conditions

[Update 1, Friday]: Fahnestock is open Friday 9-4:30 with 35% of trails open (same as yesterday). Mohonk is tracksetting. We’ve still got as good a selection of places to go as you could possibly ask for, and it should be a good weekend.

[Original post] Summary: You’ve got your pick of places! Try to get your skiing in on Saturday, as temperatures bounce upward on Sunday, peaking to the mid-50s throughout our region on Tuesday before dropping back to more seasonable temps Wednesday.

Today’s featured image was taken at Castle Point in Minnewaska State Park yesterday afternoon.

High Point is reporting “skiing is fantastic” on a 17″ base. Sounds like it’s worth a visit. Fahnestock has over 1/3 of the trails open for skiing. Minnewaska and Mohonk have good conditions, Notchview is good, and Prospect Mountain as usual, is good. Canterbury Farms is open now with 21″ of snow, and Maple Corner Farm will be open for skiing on the weekend. Even Winding Trails in Connecticut was open as of 12/2.

As usual, the ‘State of the touring centers’ map is updated. Just to enjoy the moment, here’s the snow depth map for daytrip distance from NYC:

Snow depth 2019-1205 and ski touring centers within daytrip distance of NYC
Snow depth as of Dec. 5 and ski touring centers within daytrip distance of NYC

And the standard view:

Snow depth in northeast US 2019-1205, with ski touring centers marked
Snow depth in northeast US 2019-1205, with ski touring centers marked

Forecast: Light flurries today across central NY and the mountain regions. On Friday, some snow in the mountain regions of NY and New England. However, NYC and lower Hudson valley will be getting rain.

Weather forecast for northeast US 2019-1206 1pm
Weather forecast for northeast US 2019-1206 1pm

If there’s good news in the forecast, it’s that Fahnestock, Minnewaska, and High Point are all at higher elevation than the surroundings, so they could get snow while the valleys get rain or a mix. And not much precipitation is expected to begin with. Keep the fingers crossed that their cover holds for a couple more days.

Author: cfski

Living in the NYC area means watching for skiable conditions.