Yes! Mr. President

Presidents Washington and Lincoln


[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


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.

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.

President’s day weekend

Hi, old man sister winter- we remember you!

Elsa and snowflake
Bring the magic, Elsa!

[Feb. 14]: Mohonk was reported as very skiable today, so it’s likely Minnewaska is doing alright too. At Minnewaska Park, Antelope4455 reports their groomers had to break up lots of ice, so “Upper/Castle loop and Lake Minnewaska may be all that gets groomed”. The wise will call on Saturday before heading up.

Notchview, Prospect Mountain, and Lapland Lake each got some snow over the past two days, but there is a bit of crust at Notchview. Conditions are hard pack at places within easy daytrip distance.

Precipitation on Friday will fall as rain from the Shawangunks south, and alternating rain/snow to the north past Albany and southern VT. The good news is there is less rain forecast than expected a few days ago. Higher altitudes in the Adirondacks and White Mountains could get snow exclusively.

If we’re lucky there won’t be much damage to the snowpack from the rain, as temps go back down below freezing for the weekend and all the way to midweek for the first half of the school break. On Saturday a bit of lake effect snow will hit Rochester and Tug Hill plateau, but that’s it for snow during the weekend.

Eager skiers can brave the variable conditions on Saturday morning, while the more cautious might wait till after trail crews have a chance to go over it. However, as long as ski areas have base to groom, the skiing should be good for President’s day weekend. If you’re heading far north for a snow sports vacation, looks like you’re in luck!

Ice underneath any new snow will likely make off-trail skiing in the woods a pretty mixed bag. Stay careful and in control.

Middle of next week, we could see some snow showers. Unfortunately the downstate and Hudson Highlands region isn’t going to get enough to help. Daytime temperatures will inch above freezing for much of the northeastern US starting Thursday.

No updates for snow depth map or state of the touring centers till Saturday, when we know what we’ve got.