Best conditions of the season Mar. 5 2023

Minnewaska and Mohonk are both open for skiing. Conditions are ‘skaiable’. Despite the fact the downstate region didn’t get so lucky, with rain and warm temperatures Wednesday night, then got a bit shortchanged on s snowfall for Friday Saturday, skiing conditions across the northeast are now probably at their best for the season.

This post is about conditions for Mar. 5 2023, and forecast for the next few days. See jump links to Conditions and Forecast.


Spring skiing conditions, with firm snow in the mornings changing to softer snow in the afternoon. For today at least, classic skiing is better, and having a scraper and F4 or Maxiglide to prevent formation of water droplets on ski bottoms is being recommended. The fresh snow is wet and heavy, so any liquid water on the ski bottoms will tend to cause clumping.

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, Mar. 5, 2023 (NWS) , with ski centers marked
Snow depth northeast US, Mar. 5, 2023 (NWS) , with ski centers marked


Generally mild spring-skiing weather for the week ahead. In the north country the below-freezing nights will help keep the snowpack, and conditions should be very nice through the midweek.

Tuesday afternoon snow showers are possible up north and some rain or wintry mix in the downstate areas. This could change to all snow during the night, and the northernmost areas could see some heavier snowfall. Chance of real accumulation is low however. Some areas will be breezy, with wind gusts above 30mph.

Friday late afternoon or evening into Saturday could see some wintry mix and rain downstate, and snow in the north country, but this is too early for a solid forecast.

Daytime tempsSunday 3/5Monday 3/6Tuesday 3/7Wednesday 3/8Thursday 3/9Friday 3/10Saturday 3/11
Northern NY, VT, NHLow-20s to upper-30sLow-20s to mid-30sTeens to upper-20sLow-20s to nid-30sLow-20s to nid-30sMid-20s to upper-30sMid-20s to upper-30s
NYC metro and coastal New EnglandUpper-40s to low-50sUpper-40s to low-50s40s40s40sMid- to upper-40sMid- to upper-40s