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Adirondack Lifestyle ™: Dec 6, 2010

Monday, December 06, 2010

Adirondack Weather and Trail Report

It is snowing like crazy here at the Adirondack Lifestyle/JSR Associates headquarters in Lake Placid, New York. At least 6 inches of very fluffy fresh snow fell overnight and it is still coming down. Since this morning’s chilly 11-degree temperature is what turns standard snow into delightful powder, I’ll take it. Lake Placid frequently experiences the outer edge or tail end of lake effect snow storms. Fortunately for us snow sport fans, indications are exactly such a lake effect pattern will impact the region this week. Skiing and sliding should be excellent right now and should only get better as the week progresses. Clearly it is time to wax them up and get outdoors!
Skiing is great in New York State; however, I must offer a minor warning. Because of the 70-mph winds that blew through the region last week, there are a great deal of windfall trees and limbs blocking the trails. Mount Van Hoevenberg (MVH) was devastated with hundreds if not thousands of large trees and limbs cluttering the trail. The staff and volunteers have been hard at work clearing and cleaning, so fortunately, most of MVH is skiable.
The backcountry may be a different story however. If you are getting first tracks on a backcountry trail this week, be advised there might be tree to jump at the bottom of that downhill!
The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC) Region 5 office posts Adirondack backcountry trail conditions. Those postings are helpful, but because of the changeable and wild weather it is tough to stay completely current on backcountry conditions in the Adirondacks. Have fun, but this time of year a cautious approach, or descent, is recommended.