Summary: Go north! Or North by Northeast. Good conditions still to be found most places north of Albany and the MA-VT/NH border, including Lapland Lake, Garnet Hill, the always-reliable Prospect Mountain, and at never-say-die Notchview.
If you really want great conditions, head to the Tug Hill plateau or the White Mountains. As usual, hit up the ‘State of the touring centers‘ for details.
BETA update from Jan. 27 says conditions can be ‘wonky’, and according to the AMC NY/NJ Google group, cover is getting thin and crusty. Also from that group were a couple of postings for backcountry skiers or advanced cross-country/Alpine skiers aspiring to do backcountry:
- The Mountaineer Backcountry Ski Fest ability levels (rate yourself before registering)
- AMC Leader’s Choice Backcountry Ski Adventure (registration required)
Snow depth graphic for the northeast:
If you happen to be planning a ski trip, may I suggest the Canadian Rockies, particularly Silver Star/Sovereign Lake in BC, or Lake Louise in Alberta? Looks like they’ve got lots of snow. Lake Louise is famous of course, and for Nordic skiing, Silver Star is pretty well known. The adjacent Sovereign Lake Ski Club trails expand the cross-country ski options tremendously.
Forecast: as for us here in the northeastern US, this weekend moderate daytime temperatures ranging from low 30s in the north to low 40s in the NYC metro. Mountain regions will see daytime temps in the teens to low 20s.
Possible snow or rain showers in the NYC metro overnight Sat-Sun, but no accumulation. A much wider band of rain/snow showers may begin moving into the northeast from the south late Sunday night, but any accumulation is unlikely outside of lake effect areas.
Starting Monday, a warming trend brings the temperatures up to mid-30s in the north and low 50s in the NYC area. Nighttime temperatures might not be low enough to do snowmaking. Increasing chance of rain showers in the midweek starting Tuesday. Combined with a drop in temperatures starting Wednesday, it could mean snow for areas north of Albany and the MA-VT/NH border.
Thanks for reading.