Groomers at work, Jan. 14 2023

If you have a mind for a bit of a road trip to ski, head to the Tug Hill area or White Mountains.

In areas with scant but skiable snow, this is the kind of weekend that tells you something about which areas have the grooming staff and equipment to make something out of almost nothing.

Conditions

To recap the days since the last post: Following a very nice dump of snow before Christmas, a rainy and warm spell started just before New Year’s and persisted for several days, progressively degrading the snowpack. On Friday, a few inches of warm and wet snow fell across northern New York and New England, giving groomers a bit of new snow to work with.

Areas with the equipment used a couple of cold nights to make snow, but even those who rely on the real thing have made the most of the slight amount of fresh snow. Barkeater Trails Alliance report as of today shows thanks for the few inches of wet snow the area received at the end of the week.

Hit up ‘State of the touring centers‘ or in the menu above for reported conditions as of today. Snow depth graphic below:

Snow depth northeast US, Jan. 14 2023 (NWS) , with ski centers marked
Snow depth northeast US, Jan. 14 2023 (NWS) , with ski centers marked

Forecast

Mild weather will continue through the rest of the long weekend and MLK Day. And while it may seem wintry now, temperatures are going to rise through the early part of next week

By Tuesday a minor system will bring a small amount of precipitation. The Tug Hill and fart north of New York and Vermont could see a bit of wintry mix and rain, while the southern Adirondacks and Green Mountains might get a bit of ice. There may also be some flurries and showers along the coast of northern New England.

A more significant and larger system will arrive in the northeast Thursday and Friday. There is a reasonable chance for some snow in the northern areas of New York and New England, but it could be mixed with ice and rain. Forecasts are uncertain at this time. Hope for the best.