Jan. 7 conditions + forecast

[Updated Friday Jan. 8] This post contains section links to Conditions and Forecast.


Minnewaska had skiable conditions as of today Thursday, but it may not last through the weekend. Areas beyond with a better base and careful grooming should be able to keep things going pretty easily through the weekend, although skiability may slip a notch.

Best bets in NY remain the two Osceolas and Paul Smith’s VIC Lapland Lake. Trails at Lapland Lake may be a bit thin. In VT, Woodstock inn and Prospect Mountain seem to be able to hold up the best. In NH, Jackson has a lot of trail open.


The snowpack is mostly granular and frozen granular and will continue to degrade over the next few days because there’s still no major snowstorm in sight. Weather will remain stable, so conditions will degrade gradually and predictably. It’d be ideal if the snow were in better shape, but it’s hard to argue with the weather otherwise.

BETA report as of today Thursday evening is pretty comprehensive about conditions in the Adirondacks. Definitely some skiable terrain beyond the touring centers.

Hit up ‘State of the touring centers‘ or in the menu above for reported conditions as of Jan. 8, except where noted in the details. As you can see in the snow depth graphic with ski center conditions, depth of base, grooming, and a lucky microclimate all make a difference at a time like this.

Snow depth northeast US, Jan. 7 2021
Snow depth northeast US, Jan. 7 2021 (NWS) , with ski centers marked


No snowstorm in sight through to early next week. On Tuesday some light snow may fall in downstate NY, but will probably not amount to much.

Temperatures will continue through the weekend in the same pattern as this week, with daytime highs in the mid-30s to lower 40s in lowlands and south, and mid-20s to low 30s in the north country and mountain regions. Light northerly winds.

By Tuesday the winds will shift westerly, and moisture will come up from the south, bringing some precipitation that could result in light snowfall in the NYC metro area and lower Hudson valley.