A lot of manmade snow has been supplemented by 3 to 6 inches of natural snow in many areas.
Two exceptions to a surprisingly good holiday ski week are Big Tupper in Tupper Lake, which didn’t reopen this season, and West Mountain in Queensbury, which is closed for Christmas.
But that leaves plenty of downhill runs, from Whiteface in Wilmington to Oak Mountain in Speculator.
Winter conditions have been bleak for other snow- and ice-dependent sports, but the forecast is calling for a big dump of snow this week, with the National Weather Service calling for 14 to 18 inches through Friday.
That’s great news for cross country skiers and snowmobilers eager to hit the trail – and for the hundreds of businesses that rely on those visitors.