Lake Placid: “The Best Day on Nordic Skis in Two Years!”

Fun, fun, fun on the Olympic ski trails at Mt. Van Hoevenberg.

Mt. Van Hoevenberg ski trail 01-25-17

Fresh snow and exquisitely groomed trails delivered the best skiing in two years on the Olympic trails at Mt. Van Hoevenberg in Lake Placid, NY, on Wednesday.


The Adirondack Mountains are covered in snow! Tuesday’s Nor’easter dumped 8+ inches of snow here at 2,200 feet outside the Village of Lake Placid, and more, much more, in the high country. Conditions are excellent and made for Adirondack backcountry skiing. My backcountry lite neighborhood excursion earlier this week confirmed skiing in the woods is great.

If you are headed in the backcountry this weekend, note, snowshoes or skis are required in the High Peaks, and are strongly encouraged elsewhere. Please don’t post-hole. The official New York State Department of Environmental Conservation report (see permanent link in right column) notes:

Please be advised of the following conditions and prepare for them to ensure a safe and enjoyable outdoor recreational experience.

Weather forecasts and conditions can and do change quickly. Check the current National Weather Service Forecast and be prepared for the forecasted conditions. Carry extra clothing, equipment, and supplies in case of an overnight stay.

Snow: Snow is present at all elevations ranging from 6 inches in the lower elevation to 5 feet or more on high elevation summits. National Weather Service NERFC Snow Information Page provides additional information on snow conditions. Snow depth reports from the field are:

  • 18 to 22 inches (45 to 55 cm) at elevations between 2,500 and 3,000 feet (760 to 915 m)
  • 38 inches (97 cm) of snow at the stake at the Lake Colden Caretaker’s Cabin (2,775 feet (846 m) elevation).
  • 5 feet (150 cm) or more on summits
  • 6 to 8 inches (15 to 20 cm) of new snow with additional accumulations expected through the weekend.

Snowshoes or Skis: Snowshoes or skies are required in the High Peaks Wilderness – and strongly encouraged elsewhere – wherever snow depths exceed 8 inches. Snowshoes should be carried on all hikes in the area and used when conditions require or warrant. Forest Rangers are turning hikers back who don’t have snowshoes.

The use of snowshoes prevents “post-holing” (deep footprints in the snow), avoids injuries, and eases travel on snow-covered trails. Post-holing makes trails more difficult to use and more hazardous for others to use.

Adirondack Lifestyle hound, Ziggy snuffleupagis, with his head in the snow, 01-24-17.

The Adirondack Lifestyle hound smells freshies.

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