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Here is your look at outdoor recreation conditions around the Adirondacks for this weekend from John Warren of the Adirondack Almanack.
It’s been a great week for outdoor sports with plenty of snow and reasonable temperatures.
Currently there are good snow depths at all elevations, however, today’s thaw and tomorrow’s warmer weather will adversely impact trail conditions.
The entire region has at least 12-15 inches of snow cover at lower elevations. There are 15 to 20 inches of snow on the ground along the Southern Adirondacks which picked up some additional snow this week. In the High Peaks, the Lake Colden Interior Caretaker reports about three feet of snow at the stake and more at higher elevations.
The threat of avalanches continues, and more reports of avalanches and avalanche conditions have come in this week. The additional snow and warmer weather have made conditions worse. Avoid traveling avalanche terrain - open areas with slopes between 25 and 50 degrees and no vegetation. Remember that avalanches occur often in the Adirondacks and they can have deadly consequences.
Rivers are currently running normal or just above normal levels for this time of year. However, the rain and warmer weather in the forecast will likely raise the levels of rivers and streams.
All the region’s downhill ski areas will have nearly all of their terrain open, including Hickory, Mt. Pisgah, and Big Tupper.
All cross country areas are open and will provide the best cross-country skiing this weekend.
All the popular back-country ski routes are skiable, but conditions will be soft through Saturday. The blowdown has been cleared between Marcy Dam and Indian Falls. Marcy Dam Truck Trail and the Old Marcy Trail will provide the best skiing. The trail from the Adirondack Loj to Marcy Dam is reported rough.
Snowmobile trails are open everywhere and conditions remain generally good with more frequently used trails and village trails in fair condition. Conditions will decline through Saturday so the best bet this weekend is to ride Saturday morning, and keep to lesser used trails.
Despite this warm-up, our good base should hold through the coming week when colder than normal weather is expected to return, along with some light snow and a few snow showers.
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