We knew it was now or never since the getting was good for backcountry skiing in the Adirondacks last Friday. The spring warming trend was predicted to begin the following day, Saturday, when daytime temperatures reached 41 degrees and the wind gusted to 55 miles per hour. The inevitable end of this year’s abbreviated ski season was nigh, so we headed to our favorite go-to backcountry ski destination, Avalanche Lake.
Skiing on the Heart Lake ski trail from the Adirondack Loj to Marcy Dam was fine for an intermediate skier, although a little rough in places where large rocks were still exposed due to this year’s dearth of snow. However, there was plenty of snow for cut-it-loose skiing from Marcy Dam to Avalanche Lake where it is still very much winter. As you will see in the video, the little mogul run from one of the height of land points to the old Avalanche Camps was fun. There is just enough snow to cover the rocks on the trail, but not enough to fill in completely between rocks, so skiers can catch a little air on the way down.
The second skier was just resting at the end.