Adirondack Backcountry Skiing 2012 off to a Slow Start

Olympic Biathlon Range at Mount Van Hoevenberg in Lake Placid

Mount Van Hoevenberg in Lake Placid was the best ski game in town yesterday.

Much to the dismay of the resident lab, Adirondack backcountry skiing is so dismal right now there is none.  The 6 inches of powder that fell on frozen ground earlier in the week was certainly better than nothing, but it did not provide enough coverage for the backcountry.

The good news is we are indeed finally off to a start.  We’ve had a cold and snowy week thus far and the weather forecasts are amenable to skiers: after a minor warming trend Friday and Saturday we can look forward to more cold and snow.  It appears the weather pattern is changing.

Right now, I am sure the Whiteface Highway Toll Road is skiable although you’ll find wind-blown sections and the Marcy Dam Truck Trail is passable albeit very scratchy.   Although the Jackrabbit Trail in my neighborhood – Route 73 to Keene via Old Mountain Lane is not yet ready for skiing, it is currently snowing heavily here at Adirondack Lifestyle HQ. As a matter of fact, a lovely, big, blue blob of lake effect snow is swirling over the Lake Placid regional radar as I type.

Top of the Lucky Seven Slide on Cascade Mountain in the Adirondacks from Mount Van Hoevenberg

You can see the top of the Lucky Seven Slide on Cascade Mountain collecting snow for happy Adirondack backcountry skiers.

Fortunately, there is decent Nordic skiing available at the groomed cross-country centers in and around Lake Placid.  One of best,  the 1980 Olympic ski trails at Mount Van Hoevenberg was open with 10k of groomed, but flat trials.  Because some skiing is always better than no skiing, I enjoyed a decent ski yesterday.

Early season trail at Mount Van Hoevenberg 2012.

Clearly, ski skating was the technique of the day at Mount Van Hoevenberg.

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