Watching and waiting

Last year the Tug Hill plateau had skiing in the second week of November, and Craftsbury, Trapp Family Lodge, and Mt. van Hoevenberg were all open by Thanksgiving.

So far this year, the ground hasn’t gotten cold enough, so even places with farmed snow or snowmaking haven’t opened yet. Mt. van Hoevenberg has closed their trails, reserving its capability only for the weekend for a 1.77k portion of the new trails.

Western parts of New York and Pensylvanioa got some snow, but we won’t likely see anything accumulate till late in the weekend.

Snow depth Northeast US, December 2 2020
Snow depth Northeast US, December 2 2020 (NOAA)

Minimum temps will be generally above freezing through the early part of the weekend. Night time temps are promising starting Sunday for snowmaking (or the real thing).

Hudson Valley Weather put out their 2020 – 2021 HVW Winter Outlook that projects overall average snowfall and temps, colder in December and March with a milder January and early February. Let’s see what happens.