This is John Warren from the Adirondack Almanack with your look at outdoor recreation conditions around the Adirondacks for this weekend.
After a couple days with widely divergent weather models forecasters have settled on some good news for winter recreationists – snow, and plenty of it. Accumulations between 8 and 18 inches are expected from today’s storm. The base we had before the storm was just enough to almost guarantee outstanding trail conditions around the region. So hunker down today and get ready for a great weekend, no matter what your outdoor preference.
Most rivers and streams are currently running above normal, so some low water crossings may not be accessible and ice or snow bridge crossings, especially at lower elevations, may still be hazardous if not impossible to cross.
Ice conditions have improved dramatically, there is climbing at all locations. There is generally 6 to 8 inches of ice on Lake George at Bolton and a foot or more on Bullwaga Bay on Lake Champlain, and at Pontiac Bay on Lake Flower.
Downhill ski conditions will be outstanding this weekend, with the possible exception of Hickory Mountain in Warrensburg. The forecast looks good for them to finally open, but you’ll want to call ahead to be sure. Downhill resorts will have nearly all their terrain open with plenty of fresh powder.
The few inches of base at Garnet Hill near North Creek and at Lapland Lake have held this week and will be bolstered by the storm which should produce outstanding cross-country conditions everywhere this weekend.
Backcountry ski conditions should be the some of the best this winter on Saturday and Sunday. There is already enough snow on the Marcy Trail above the 50 meter bridge, and for most of the Jackrabiit trail and the smoother early season routes. If the storm produces even six to eight inches of new snow all backcountry trails will be ski-able on Saturday and Sunday.
This week a few snowmobile trails remained open, mostly in Northern Hamilton County, but in general snowmobiling had come to halt. Higher amounts of snow forecast for the Southern Adirondacks including, Washington, Warren, and southern Hamilton counties should mean that trails will reopen in those areas and conditions should be very good. Clubs have been busy clearing trails of recent blowdown, so ride with caution.
Those are the local outdoor conditions in the Adirondacks for this weekend, for North Country Public Radio, this is John Warren from the Adirondack Explorer’s Adirondack Almanack, online at www.AdirondackAlmanack.com.