Hanging on for bit of winter (week of Feb. 20 2023)

In the NYC region we’ve yet to see a real ‘winter’ so far this winter, but a small piece of it might visit the Adirondacks, Green, and White Mountains later this week.

This post is about conditions for Feb. 20, 2023, and a forecast for the coming week. See jump links to Conditions and Forecast.


Weekly warm spells in the Northeast make for easy if uninteresting reporting on conditions. Tending a diminishing snowpack, groomers and skiers have to work with frozen or frozen granular conditions in the morning, and loose granular or wet granular in the afternoon. Mid-mornings generally make for better if thrilling, skiing.

Supporting well-groomed trails for skating in such conditions calls for heavier equipment than a snowmachine or four-wheel ATV towing a sled. Investments must be made in specialty equipment for breaking up the ice, pulled by a heavier tractor such as a Pisten Bully. It can be expensive to support a low-impact sport.

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, Feb. 1, 2023 (NWS) , with ski centers marked


Putting the bad news out of the way- despite a storm coming our way by Thursday, it doesn’t look good for nordic skiing downstate or within 3 hours’ drive of NYC during the next wek.

The good news for the week is that there’s an 80% chance that northern NY, VT, and NH will get more than 4″ of snow, and the National Weather Service predicts much greater accumulation possible in the Adirondack High Peaks, mid- to northern Green Mountains, and the White Mountains.

Total snowfall forecast through 7am Feb. 23 2023 (NWS)
Total snowfall forecast through 7am Feb. 23 2023 (NWS)

Quit of the week goes to Woodstock Inn Nordic Center: “Our ribbon of snow is holding on”. So winter stays alive for another week. A bit thin in spots, but still with us.