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This is John Warren from the Adirondack Almanack with your look at outdoor recreation conditions around the Adirondacks for this Presidents Day Weekend.

This will be another outstanding opportunity for wintertime outdoor recreation.

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John Warren
Adirondack Correspondent

The entire region already had at least 6-10 inches of snow before this storm, with 15 to 20 inches at mid-elevations. In the High Peaks, the Lake Colden Interior Caretaker has about three feet of snow and there is more at higher elevations.

Whatever the final storm totals are, the region will have some nice powder on top. Be prepared to break trail in new snow, especially on lesser used trails. That will slow your progress and take more energy so plan accordingly.

Also, the threat of avalanches is elevated and additional reports have come in warning of avalanche conditions. Avoid traveling on open areas with slopes between 25 and 50 degrees and no vegetation. If you are going to travel into avalanche terrain carry a shovel, probe, and transceiver, and know how to use them. If you are unsure, don’t go. Remember that avalanches occur often in the Adirondacks and they can have deadly consequences.

All the region’s downhill ski areas will have nearly all of their terrain open, including Hickory, Mt. Pisgah, and Big Tupper, which is hoping to remain open all week.

All cross country areas are open, and conditions will be excellent this weekend everywhere. The groomed areas already had at least a 4-6 inch base going into this storm.

A great opportunity this weekend will be the second of three Camp Santanoni Winter Weekends. Skiers and snowshoers can learn about the historic buildings and warm up in the Artist Cabin with a fire and hot beverages.

All the popular back-country ski routes are skiable, although care is still necessary on the downhills, as some obstacles are still not completely covered every where. There is a report of some trees down across the ski trail between Marcy Dam and Indian Falls. The trail from the Adirondack Loj to Marcy Dam needs this additional snow, and the Marcy Dam Truck Trail and the Old Marcy Trail will offer the best skiing.

Snowmobiles trails are open everywhere and conditions remain generally good with more frequently used trails and village trails in fair condition. Conditions should improve some with this storm, but its light snow and we need another sizable storm to move to very good conditions everywhere. The best bet this weekend is to keep to lesser used trails

It’s going to be a great weekend out there, but there’s a possibility for a warm-up by next weekend so be on the safe side and get out there and enjoy this fresh snow while you can. 

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

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