Easy midweek ski trip?

We are closed now due to the warming temps and the rain. This was our earliest opening ever.

Fahnestock Winter Park (via twitter)

A good early-season storm is a nice morale-booster, and builds hope for a season of consistent snow, but we knew this one wouldn’t last long.

The always-consistent Prospect Mountain is open today and should have good temps (ie, below freezing) for the next two days. It’s not an easy day trip, but if you’re retired or a freelancer, here’s an opportunity to have some trails to yourself.

Colorado 19th century skiers
Looking for a ride to Prospect Mountain

Bretton Woods and Cascade have reasonable trail open (although I have misgivings about Cascade’s report). Craftsbury has a few k, and Osceola is open but not with the usual snow conditions. None are within daytrip distance anyway.

As usual, the ‘State of the touring centers’ is updated. Hit the link to get the details. Here’s the snow cover as of today:

Snow depth northeast US 2019-1210
Snow depth northeast US Dec. 10

Forecast: the weak front from the southeast could change over to snow and drop an inch or two on the lower Hudson valley and southern New England starting tonight and through Wednesday. Lake effect snows could dump several inches on the Tug Hill plateau by late Wednesday night.

Temperatures across the northeast will cool down to 20s-30s Wednesday before creeping back up to mid-30s to mid-50s by the weekend. Monday will bring temperatures back in line with the typical for this time of year (low 30s to mid 40s).

We’ll probably have some rain or wintry mix on the weekend, but higher elevations might get snow. In the Sunday-Monday overnight there’s a chance of snow showers north of the mid-Hudson region.

Author: cfski

Living in the NYC area means watching for skiable conditions.