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This weekend in the Adirondacks

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John Warren from the Adirondack Almanack looks at outdoor recreation conditions around the Adirondacks each weekend.

Higher than normal temperatures this weekend will keep trails wet and slushy at lower elevations.

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John Warren
Adirondack Correspondent

Rivers and streams have begun to rise.  Lower elevation waters are running above normal, and waters in the mountains will rise above normal this weekend. Stream crossings used in the morning may be impassable later in the day.

Although the Hudson remains mostly iced-in in Newcomb, rafting started this week from the Indian River to the Hudson at North River, and several outfitters will be running boats this weekend. At North Creek is river is over six feet on the gage.

Winter conditions with good snow remain at higher elevations, about three feet at Lake Colden, and snowdrifts and ice are present on most summits, so carry crampons and use them when necessary. There is about 14 inches at mid-elevations in the High Peaks, just under a foot in Newcomb, and less than 6 inches in Tupper Lake. Most areas at lower elevations have a foot or less snow, with considerable bare patches at the periphery of the Adirondacks.

Gore and Whiteface will be the last two mountains open this weekend, both with good spring skiing, especially in upper mountain areas. Whiteface will have 75% of their terrain open, including most of the upper mountain trails and slides, but there will be fewer opportunities for beginners at Whiteface, and no beginner terrain or lessons at Gore this weekend. The rest of the region’s downhill resorts have closed for the season, including Titus.

Thanks to our last snow storm Mount Van Hovenburg still has good cover and will open through Sunday for cross country skiing. Lapland Lake, Cascade, and Dewey have closed. Paul Smiths and Garnet may be open, depending on conditions so call ahead. This will likely be the last weekend for cross-country ski facilities.

Back-country skiing continues in the high peaks with good conditions at higher elevations. Lake ice should no longer be considered safe however, and expect to encounter a rise in waters at stream crossings through the weekend. The best bets remain in the High Peaks and Newcomb.

Snowmobiling has ended for the season. DEC has closed the gates on snowmobile trails, and club and municipal trail systems have also closed.  DEC has also begun to shut the gates on roads typically closed for mud season, including those in the Moose River Plains.

Finally this week, a reminder that waters remain cold. The water temperature of Lake Champlain is about 35 degrees. Until May 1, state law requires that life jackets be worn on any boat less than 21 feet in length.

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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