2014 Ends With a Chill in the Adirondack Mountains

Sunrise on Mt. Marcy in the Adirondacks 12-30-14

Sunrise glistens on Mt. Marcy in the Adirondack Mountains. Lake Placid, N.Y.

Today dawned chillier than tonight’s champagne. It was only a few degrees above zero when I sipped my first cup of tea early this morning, and the digital thermometer did not hit double-digits until noon. The cold is a welcome return to normal after last week’s rainy thaw. Excellent late fall ski conditions, which included 30 inches of snow at Adirondack Lifestyle HQ, transmogrified to heavy, wet slush and now, dirty ice with a dusting of fresh snow on top.

The Adirondack region had not enjoyed an early ski season as delightful as this year’s in recent memory. Old-timers pondering the last time skiing was so good so early, could not remember the exact year, but concluded it was fun while it lasted. Backcountry ski conditions are no longer excellent to great, they are poor.

The good news is the region will celebrate the arrival of 2015 with appropriately cold temperatures. The even better news is snow is on the way, predicted to arrive this Saturday and Sunday.

Have a happy and fun New Year’s Eve. Here’s to a another year filled with many more Adirondack adventures!

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