Early weekend forecast

XC skier road warning sign

Warming trend starting Thursday and through the weekend. Daytime temps into the 50s in the metro NYC region, upper 30s in the northern regions.

Scattered snow showers Wednesday mid-day through Thursday, but not much accumulation except in the interior of northern New England.

If you’re someone who can choose their hours or a retiree, get the skiing while you can. Several of the areas that are currently skiable are unlikely to remain so for next weekend. Hit the ‘State of the touring centers’ link for the conditions as of Feb. 19.

Colorado 19th century skiers
What do you say we forget about work and go skiing instead?

Here’s the snow depth map- lots of places to go for the midweek!

Snow depth map of northeast US, Feb. 19
Snow depth in northeast US, Feb. 19

All hail the Ginzugroomer, which was used by Minnewaska to break up the ice on trails. Seems like the grooming accessory of choice when trails are becoming solid ice.

Yes! Mr. President

Presidents Washington and Lincoln

Updates

[2/18]: Antelope4455 states “Grooming is almost complete at Minnewaska.  The carriage roads in the Lake Minnewaska area are open to skiing only today.  The groomers were out with barrels and have rolled and matted the following trails: Lake Minnewaska (Red) 3.2 km, Upper Awosting (Green) 5.0 km Castle Point (Blue) 7.4 km, Hamilton Point (Yellow “H”) 4.7 km, Millbrook Mountain (Yellow) 4.0 km. No track was set because the base is too thin.  Base depths range from 1 – 2+ inches, with the best coverage on Millbrook and Hamilton.  Even though it’s thin in spots, the only bare spot is Battlement’s Terrace stretch on Castle Point.  I’d rate overall conditions as fair, with some good stretches out there.”

In the interest of time, below are selected status updates. Hit the link to ‘List of touring centers’ for websites and contact info.

  • Fahnestock: No skiing
  • High Point: Closed
  • Mohonk: Skiable. Groomed but no tracks
  • Minnewaska: Skiable. Groomed but no tracks
  • Mountain Trails: Closed
  • Winding Trails: Closed. Didn’t get enough snow
  • Maple Corner Farm: Good skiing. 3-4″ new snow on 5″ base. Fresh powder with all trails groomed and tracks set.
  • Canterbury Farm: Good skiing. 4″ new snow
  • Pineridge: Skiable. 1″ new snow and lightly snowing
  • Notchview Reservation: Good skiing. 3″ new snow
  • Northfield Mountain: Skiable. 1″ new snow. Packed powder on frozen granular
  • Brattleboro Outing Club: Skiable. 27k open with a dusting of new snow
  • Prospect Mountain: Skiable. Granular surface. Base 9-12″. Snow in the forecast
  • Stump Sprouts: Skiable. 1″ new snow, 3-4″ expected today. 6-10″ base. (cash or check only)
  • Crystal Lake Ski & Outdoor Center: Skiable. 2″ new snow
  • Lapland Lake: Good skiing. 49k open. Currently snowing
Let's go skiing!

President’s day weekend and beyond

Updates

Olaf the snowman is disappointed
You promised we’d go skiing!

[Feb. 16]: Conditions ‘poor’ at Minnewaska. Antelope4455 said groomers went through “Millbrook Mountain and Hamilton Point, with hope that they may provide some decent skiing… There are many thin sections and some bare stretches and the condition of the snow is chunky, from the icy crust. Those two trails will provide the best ski opportunities, but we’re calling it poor conditions.”

[Feb. 16]: A skier reports that Mohonk trails are closed.

Rats. Conditions were decently skiable in the Gunks as recently as yesterday.

Colorado 19th century skiers
Oh, to be a freelancer and choose your days to ski

Alternative destinations

All is not lost, however. Maybe Minnewaska’s conditions aren’t appealing, and this weekend there are alternatives besides Prospect Mountain. In western Massachusetts Maple Corner farm is open for skiing (2-1/2 hrs). Notchview has come through, as have Stump Sprouts, and Canterbury Farms. All are less than 3-1/2 hours away. Also within 3-1/2 hours are Northfield Mountain and Brattleboro Outing club if you’re heading up I-91. Check out the ‘List of touring centers’ for drive time estimates and links to each area’s website.

The further north you go, the better conditions are. Hit up the ‘State of the touring centers’ above for details as well as contact info for touring centers.

Snow depth in northeast US February 16

Early news for the week ahead

Some snow is coming during the night Sunday into early Monday, the greatest amount centered over the Catskills, and lighter amounts across the Adirondacks and VT. We in the downstate region may see a bit of snow, but not likely much accumulation. The Gunks could get a few inches though.

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Total new snow forecast for Feb. 18, 7pm

The next snowstorm will start early morning Wednesday, but by Thursday will turn to ice south of Albany, and possibly rain from the Shawangunks on down. We can hope the snow line pushes farther south. Hang in there, Olaf!

Olaf the snowman happy and anxious
Maybe if I smile real hard, it will snow again.