Friday January 5: ski conditions

Summary

Yesterday’s storm definitely left some snow, with the greatest accumulations east and northeast of NYC (see infographic at bottom). That said, enough came down on the mid-Hudson region to do the local skiers and daytrippers some good!

Looks to be very cold today and Saturday, with some wind as well. Cold temps and crisp snow, combined with considerable windblown drifting may mean slower skiing than would be ideal for skating, but nice for very old-style classic. Break out the wood skis and pine tar.

Sunday is looking to be a fine and gorgeous day for skiing and being outdoors. Enjoy.

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New Year’s Eve ski conditions

Skiing conditions at cross country ski areas near New York City

Snow conditions at XC skiing centers

Definitely some skiing around Albany area, the Berkshires, Catskills, and northward. Areas reported are sorted by approximate drive time from NYC. Have fun and a safe and healthy New Year.

nb: All drive time estimates based on leaving uptown Manhattan. Current conditions reports from snocountry.com, trailhub.org or ski area website reports.

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Start of the season (in these parts)

Weather in the Northeastern US can cause bands of snow to dump lots in one place, and little in another. Latitude has a minor influence; what seems to matter is the local terrain and elevation, and whether a touring center or park is fortuitously located where moisture-laden air (usually coming up the coast and circulating counter-clockwise) hits cold air (usually from the North or West).

This week, middle VT got lucky. The Tug Hill plateau also benefitted from lake effect snowfall.

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(From snocountry.com)

Less than four hours from NYC:

Canterbury Farm Nordic Center, MA
12/14/2017, 8:07am
Base 3-12″
12km  Classic
12km  Skating

Notchview Reservation, MA
12/14/2017, 8:45am
Base 3-8″
15km  Classic
6km  Skating

Prospect Mountain, VT
Open!
Base Depth 9-12″

Less than 5 hours from NYC:

Lapland Lake Nordic Vacation Center, NY
12/14/2017, 7:20am
Base 2-6″
9km  Classic
9km  Skating

Wild Wings Ski Touring Center, VT
12/13/2017, 7:03am
Base 8-15″
10km  Classic

Brattleboro Outing Club, VT
12/14/2017, 5:03am
Base 5-11″
22km  Classic
6km  Skating

Gore Mountain Nordic Center, NY
12/11/2017, 3:30am
Base 6-12″
2km  Classic
1.5km  Skating

Okemo Valley Nordic Center, VT
12/14/2017, 1:27pm
Base 7″
14km  Classic
14km  Skating

Garnet Hill Lodge XC Ski Center, NY
12/14/2017, 8:51am
Base 6-10″
35km  Classic
35km  Skating