Jan 24, 2014 — This is John Warren from the Adirondack Almanack with your look at outdoor recreation conditions around the Adirondacks for this weekend.
Trails and access points remain icy under light snow. Traction devices are recommended, and crampons should be carried for use where it’s icy.
Lower elevations at the periphery of the Adirondack Park have about 6-8 inches of snow, but there is more snow in the central and Northern Adirondacks, about 8-12 inches, and even more in the higher elevations.
Snowshoes or skis are required now above Marcy Dam, and anywhere in the High Peaks Wilderness where snow depths are 8 inches or more. Backcountry skiing is possible in the High Peaks above Marcy Dam. There is about 20 inches of snow at Lake Colden and more than two feet at higher elevations. Ski conditions are good above the dam, but only fair below.
Rivers and stream are at or just above normal for this time of year. All lakes are iced-in, and some smaller lakes have as much as a foot of ice. Remember, though, always check the depth of ice before and during crossings and avoid inlets, outlets and ice on or near running water.
Backcountry ski conditions are spotty. Everywhere, be sure to use caution and be aware of obstacles, thin cover, and fast downhills. The Jackrabbit Trail is skiable, but thin. The best bet there is smoother terrain of the Peninsula section. There is a good report for the Hays Brook Truck Trail and Burns Road near Little Tupper. Cranberry Lake and the Inlet – Old Forge corridor are also ski-able. The Fish Pond Truck Trail is skiable, although some blowdown remains. The best bet continues to be in Newcomb and the Essex Chain which got several inches of new snow this week.
All cross country areas are open, but expect a somewhat thin firmly packed base and a limited trail selection, with the usual exception of Lapland Lake which has considerably more coverage and good skiing.
Most of the region’s downhill resorts will be open this weekend with a few inches of fresh snow over a very firm base. Whiteface is reporting about 70% of their terrain open and Gore about 80%. McCauley and Oak Mountain will be open this weekend, but are still relying on the snow makers, so they have about 40-50% of their terrain open. Big Tupper and Hickory remain closed; but Mount Pisgah will be open.
The snowmobile trails is generally thin, but rideable. Expect to encounter some icy turns, some very thin spots, and some obstacles. The best bets are in the Perkins Clearing and Moose River Plains areas. Trails in the Town of Webb are in Fair condition.
The C8 Snowmobile Corridor in the towns of Duane and Franklin is currently closed thanks to hazardous conditions at three water crossings. The Seventh Lake Mountain Multiple Use Trail through the Moose River Plains between Inlet and Raquette Lake has finally opened however, although the trail is only in good condition for lack of snow.
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.