Wednesday January 24 ski(?) conditions


Daytime temps are above freezing across the entire region and will stay that way through the weekend. Everything south of Albany has closed their trails. There’s a chance that Mt. van Hoevenburg will still have some trails open this weekend, and Osceola Tug Hill may actually get some new (wet) snow. As of midweek Lapland Lake is hanging on with a thinning base. Even in Minneapolis where the XC Master’s is going on, temps similar to the eastern US. But at least they got 7″ of new snow on Monday.

It’s looking like:

palapa on barren beach
We’re not having fun here

Outlook for week of Jan. 30

The 10-day forecast shows temps going back below freezing next week, but popping above for Groundhog Day weekend.

Bike, hike or whatever. Make what you can out of what you got.

Friday January 19: ski conditions


Get your skiing in while you can! Variable amounts of snow in mid-Hudson and areas northwest of NYC mean some areas were able to re-open and others not. Warming temps make the weekend days precious for skiing, and the forecast for next week could go any which way (see infographic below). reworked their site so you can get a listing of all Cross-country ski areas in a given region on a single page. Much easier than before if you want to check specific areas across state lines. Snocountry Northeast cross-country ski area listing

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Friday January 5: ski conditions


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, 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.



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
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