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This Weekend in the Adirondacks

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John Warren from the Adirondack Almanack brings your look at outdoor recreation conditions around the Adirondacks for this weekend.

Despite the passing of the first day of spring, winter conditions continue, with the entire region picking-up an inch or two of snow on Wednesday night, two to four inches in the southern half of the region. Additional snow opportunities through Saturday could leave a few more inches of wet snow, before conditions turn colder for the second half of the weekend. Expect conditions to harden-up again for Sunday which could make some trails icy into early next week.

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John Warren
Adirondack Correspondent

There is one to two feet of snow on the ground at lower elevations, with more in the woods and more than three feet at higher elevations. Lake Colden Interior Caretaker reports 44 inches of snow at the stake. Newcomb is reporting 26 inches of snow on the ground. There is 20 inches at Olmsteadville; 18 inches at Inlet; 20 inches at Big Moose and in Lake Pleasant.

Trail conditions remain very good for skiing and snowshoeing. But lesser used trails may not be broken after last week’s snowfall, and stronger winds recently have left some blowdown. Summits are covered in snowdrifts and ice, so carry crampons if you are headed to the higher elevations. Skis or snowshoes will be needed everywhere and are required in the High Peaks Wilderness.

The Colden Trap Dike is filled with wind blow snow and climbing there is reported by the interior caretaker to be extremely difficult.

Also, the threat of avalanches is high with numerous reports of dangerous conditions on popular slides. Avoid traveling on open areas with slopes between 25 and 50 degrees and no vegetation. Take the risk of avalanches seriously. If you are unsure, don’t go.

Due to the late snowmelt, rivers continue to run below normal for this time of year, but are expected to rise somewhat through Saturday. Lake ice remains in good shape, although we could see some slush before a refreeze on Sunday.

Most of the region’s downhill ski areas will be open this weekend. Gore and Whiteface will have nearly all of their terrain open. Hickory Mountain in Warrensburg will be open this weekend, as will McCauley in Old Forge and Titus. Oak Mountain near Speculator will have its last day of skiing on Saturday. Big Tupper has closed for the season and has instituted a no skinning policy.

The groomers have been out all week at local cross country ski areas where conditions remain very good, if somewhat sticky with a wet packed powder over a one to two-foot base. All back-country ski routes remain in very good condition, although skiers may encounter wet and sticky conditions and possibly some slush at lower elevations, which should harden by Sunday and may become icy.

Snowmobile trail conditions remain good, but some lake trails may turn slushy this weekend. The groomers have been out, and trails everywhere are open. Use caution however, as there are reports of a few icy corners and a few spots in the more southern areas where some obstacles are starting to show. The Warren County Bike Trail connecting snowmobilers to trails in Washington County remains open. Look for a reroute of C7 Snowmobile Trail connecting Lake Clear and Malone. A roughly 2-mile detour begins in Loon Lake, north of County Route 26 and rejoins the C7 at Plumadore Crossing.

It’s going to be a mixed bag of conditions throughout the weekend, so be sure to check the latest forecast, and be prepared to expect the unexpected.

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.

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