Snow Conditions

March 28:  Several snow squalls have deposited enough snow at the Park to make many of the trails, some with base remaining, marginally skiable. There is not enough to groom.

March 17:  This week may finish the ski season unless we get a late-season snowfall. There are some bare areas appearing in the usual spots and some ice where drainage is not good. There are some stretches of decent skiing on most of the trails.

March 14:  1+ inches of new snow and skiing until sunset. There are a few thin spots in the usual places but coverage is generally good. It won't last forever so if you have the chance use it while we have it!

March 13:  A beautiful, late winter day to enjoy the freshly groomed trails at the Park. With over 5" of very groomable snow, conditions should be very good today to enjoy a late-season ski on quality conditions.

Not many more days, if any, like this so don't miss it!

March 12 Update:  Grooming in progress by Tom French on the woods trails, SLU on the roads. The Park received 5+ inches of dense snow. It should groom well and give skiers and snowshoers a good surface for the next couple of days. 

It is a late-season gift from Mother Nature!

March 12:  We have received about 2" so far with more snow falling. The roads, camp loops and the less shaded trails should be skiable with improving conditions. When the snow stops SLU will groom the roads and the Friends will groom the trails. 

We will update you when grooming is completed. The long-range forecast suggests this may be the last skiing at the Park this season, so with the next ski season at least 8-9 months away, enjoy the late winter gift!

March 10:  A report from one of our dedicated skate skiers says conditions on the roads and camp loops are good for skate skiing, no bare spots!

Another skier reports favorable trail conditions on the red and blue trails, leaving from the upper parking lot at Catamount. There are two trees down but easy passage around them.

The Woods Trail at the Park may have similar conditions. If anyone explores it, please let us know.

The potential for better skiing this weekend looks good. Thanks to those of you who have been out on snowshoes clearing the trails of branches.

March 9:  As you may surmise, ski conditions at the Park are poor. Night skiing is suspended until, and if conditions change. The good news is that there is a very durable base in most areas. By durable I mean it is white but otherwise bears more resemblance to ice than snow. A few inches of snow may return conditions to enjoyable skiing at least for a few days.  We will groom if that happens. SLU may try to level out any rough spots on the roads to prepare the base for any additional snow.

The trails are still usable for snowshoeing so if that activity is of interest to you, please enjoy the remaining snow.

March 8:  The Park lost much of its snow and with last night's temperatures, the trails will be hard with bare spots.

There will be no evening skiing tonight.

March 4:  Camp Loops and most of the woods trails will be groomed in the morning.  Be sure to get out and enjoy the snow before the weather heads south tomorrow.

March 3:  Cindy Hammecker will be your host for Evening Skiing today.  The Park and Lodge will be open until 8:00.

All trails (woods and roads) were groomed yesterday afternoon, though last night's snow will now be blanketing the trails.  The Camp Loops will be regroomed this morning.  The woods are scheduled to be groomed next on Saturday morning.

7th Graders from Parishville will be enjoying the Park today.  8th graders tomorrow.

Moderating temperatures for the next three days should make for some excellent skiing before rain forecast for Sunday.  Enjoy the trails while you can!

March 2: Camp Loops A & B along with EZ, Pine, ToadStool, Cedar Brook, and Racquette Ridge were groomed yesterday afternoon.

All trails (woods and roads) will be groomed today.

Light fluffy snow continues to fall.

March 1: The Park will be open until 8:00 tonight with Joanne LaBarge as your host.

With todays' forecast for snow, conditions should continue to be excellent.  The camp loops will be groomed this morning.  The rest of the trails this afternoon.

Feb 28: A bluebird day for this last of February.

The roads were groomed yesterday and the woods will be groomed today.  Conditions should be very good.

Feb 27: All trails were groomed yesterday, though Friday's storm brought less snow than anticipated.  The trackset is very close to the ice and hard pack underneath, though skiing was very good.  The dryness of the snow does cause the track set to deteriorate in high traffic areas, but more remote trails should have held up well.

Additional snow is expected today.  We will let that settle and attempt to groom tomorrow.

Enjoy the fluff.

Feb 26:  All trails, woods and roads, will be groomed this morning.  It should be a perfect late winter day with excellent conditions.

Feb 25: Greetings and Welcome to Winter Again,

Snow is spreading across the North Country with anticipated amounts of 6 to 12 inches over the course of the day.

Mike Morse will be grooming the roads this afternoon and again tomorrow morning.  Depending on amounts, the Friends may flat groom the woods this afternoon before doing a full groom tomorrow morning.

Enjoy the Snow!

Feb 24:  Conditions are hard, fast, and icy in places.  Overlook has bare spots and other trails may as well.  Skiing is not recommended.  Evening skiing for this evening has been cancelled.

Good news is that snow has been forecast for tomorrow which will hopefully bring skiable conditions for the weekend.

Feb 22: No night skiing tonight! With 100% chance of rain, we are canceling skiing for tonight. 

Conditions for the day should be softening and another day of spring-like skiing.

It does appear the day should be dry for those of you having an opportunity to be out enjoying it.

Have fun!

Feb 20: We can all enjoy the calm after the storm, at least for this morning. That was more weather than we expected yesterday!

Ed and Tom are grooming the woods trails this morning, SLU is grooming the roads.

Conditions should be ideal after grooming. The Warm Brook side of the road should be groomed by 10:00, the Cedar Brook side by noon. 

Feb 19 Anticipated: Grooming was completed Friday and the report is that the trails groomed beautifully. Trails should set up well overnight so Saturday should be a stellar day.

These conditions are an unexpected gift considering the weather the last few days.

Get out there and have a great ski weekend!

Feb 18: The roller coaster is back on track. Looks like a great weekend!

The Park received between 4 and 5" of dense snow and it is still snowing. SLU will be grooming the roads later this morning or around noon. Henry is making a tour of the woods trails by sled to check for downed larger branches and trees. Tom will be grooming the woods trails early this afternoon. The snow should make for a return of good conditions for the weekend.

Feb 17: A good day to catch up on all those projects so you have time to ski and snowshoe when winter returns.

We had night skiing when it was nice, we had it when it was cold, we had it when it was windy, we are not having it tonight!!

Feb 16: It is a warm and windy day. I wanted to say breezy, but it is undeniably windy.

The woods trails should be protected, just keep an eye out for potential blowdown if the winds increase to their projected highs.

The forecast does not look good for tomorrow and part of Friday, but it does look likely that the rain will change to snow. A few inches would do wonders to provide good skiing for the weekend. We will look forward to that expectation.

Stay safe out there and enjoy the warm day.

Feb 15: Ben Yandeau will be your host for skiing tonight until 8:00 P.M. Surfaces are firm and fast. E-Z and Overlook are good bets for skiing after dark. SLU will be flat grooming the roads today.

The weather going forward does not look encouraging for the immediate future so today may be a good day to go out and enjoy the conditions we do have.

Feb 14: It is a day to love, cold, clear, and bright! The trails are trackset and very firm. Marty Duffany is flat grooming the roads this morning. Most of the roads are not trackset. SLU will track set as soon as conditions soften up enough to permit it.

You may see a large group of enthusiastic Parishville Hopkinton students out on the trails; they will be skiing, snowshoeing, and practicing wilderness rescue and first aid techniques. 

Feb 13: Ed was able to do the grooming of the woods trails as the temperatures dropped yesterday. The result was a durable track set with a dusting to 1/2" of snow over it. Conditions should be very good today. SLU will be touching up the roads this morning.

The weather looks pretty sketchy mid-week, conditions this good again may not come soon again. Enjoy it while we have it!

Feb 12: Transition day. Spring conditions this morning. The air temperature needs to drop below freezing and the snow to begin to freeze up before we groom. The forecast suggests this should be mid-day. Around 1:00 P.M. SLU will be grooming the roads and Ed will be grooming the Cedar Brook network.

Feb 11: Did you ski last night? The report from those who did is that you missed a great evening on the trails!

Today is springlike once again. Gary Snell groomed early because of the warming temperatures and did E-Z, Overlook, Warm Brook, and Pine. The plan is to groom the Cedar Brook network tomorrow morning. SLU is grooming the roads today.

We had a good run of cold weather, now we have yo-yoed back to warmer temps.

There is no telling how long our season will last so best to get out there and enjoy it!

Feb 10: Carol Rossi-Fries will be your host for skiing tonight. Conditions are mid-winter "spring". We have an adequate base. Trails will be softening. It is warm enough that skiers should be beyond the sticking ski experience that happens with new snow around freezing. We will be resuming grooming when the temperature starts to drop. There will likely be some grooming tomorrow morning and again on Saturday morning.

If it stays dry tonight it should be a pleasant evening to be out on the trails.

Feb 9: It is a mite on the warm side but it is a beautiful day. Ed groomed the woods trails except for Cedar Brook yesterday. Tom groomed Cedar Brook today and reported back that the conditions are fantastic. SLU is grooming the roads.

Enjoy the break in the weather and hope that tomorrow's precipitation, if any, is snow!

If you happened to be at the Park Sunday afternoon you may have seen a large group of young skiers from the very young to 14-year-olds who were having a lot of fun racing on the E-Z trail. Hats off to Jenny Townsend, LIz Bollt, and their dedicated volunteers who have made this program a smashing success. Thanks too to Barstow Subaru for providing a very classy banner for the Ermines.

Feb 8: Blanche Towne will be your host for night skiing tonight until 8:00 p.m. with balmy temperatures. If cold weather is not your thing, today is the perfect day to enjoy the Park. Temperatures will be cool enough for good snow, warm enough to be comfortable. The skate lanes were groomed yesterday afternoon. E-Z was reset, Pine is being groomed this morning. SLU will be holding time trials on it in the latter part of the afternoon-good spectator sport if you have finished skiing and are not in a hurry to leave.  It is a fun trail to enjoy earlier today if you enjoy hills.

Feb 6: 2022 Ermine Olympics today in back of the lodge at 11:30 A.M. Stop by any cheer the future of cross country skiing as they compete in a variety of events, youngest ages first.

Adult lessons groups meet again this afternoon. 

Trails were groomed yesterday, roads being groomed by SLU this morning. This is a perfect day to enjoy the Park skiing, snowshoeing or spectating.

Feb 5:  It is a bluebird day, cold and bright. All surfaces were groomed yesterday afternoon. Additional grooming will be done later this morning.

Tomorrow promises to be a warmer day and will feature the Ermine "Olympics" in back of the lodge at 11:30A.M.  If you are interested in helping aim kiddos in the right direction through their events, look for Jenny Townsend or Liz Bollt who will be setting up courses starting at 10:30. Stop by to cheer these young athletes on, and if you have a noisemaker, bring it!

Feb 4:  The snow seems to be coming to an end. The initial snowfall was wet and heavy so there are some sagging branches and some smaller ones down on the trails. Tom French will be grooming the woods' trails this afternoon and Mike Morse/SLU will be grooming the roads this morning. If you are skiing the trails ahead of Tom, you can help out by knocking snow off low-hanging branches and tossing any branches that are down off the trail.

Skiing will be exceptional this weekend!

Thank you in advance for your help-

Feb 3:  Eileen Visser will be hosting skiing tonight until 8:00P.M. Surfaces should be in good shape after grooming this afternoon.

We have only a dusting so far from our projected weather event. Ed will be grooming some this afternoon to prepare surfaces for the anticipated snow. Tom French and Gary Snell will be grooming on Friday.

Feb 2:  A beautiful, bright, slightly breezy, day to enjoy the Park before our next weather event. This is a good day to pull that phone out of your pocket and get some photos. No frozen fingers today!

SLU will be grooming the roads today. Trail conditions are good and softening. 

Feb 1:  A fluffy dusting of snow coated the Park yesterday making a soft blanket on the harder surfaces from the weekend,

EZ was reset yesterday morning, but we left the rest of the trails untouched.  The tracksets were still in excellent condition and should still be, especially with Monday's dusting.

Dave Trithart is your host for night skiing until 8:00 P.M. tonight.  Colton-Pierrepont will also have students at the Park during the day.

Jan 31:  A day with promised above zero temperatures to enjoy the trails. A very light dusting may have coated the track sets overnight. After a successful, if chilly, winter weekend the next happening at the Park will be Colton-Pierrepont's 7th and 8th graders enjoying the trails tomorrow.

Jan 30:  The lodge and ski rentals will extend until 4:30 today in celebration of Family Weekend, blue skies, and slightly warmer temperatures.

SLU will be grooming the roads this morning. Tom French will be double track setting the E-Z trail for the adult lesson program and touching up any trails needing additional grooming. 

The campfire was a very popular gathering spot yesterday and promises to be once again, bring your marshmallows and join the party from 1:00-3:00 P.M. Don't forget to record your ski distances on the chart by the entrance door to the lodge. Help us ski our way across the county and the state.

Jan 29:  The skiing is great, the temps are crispy but there is a campfire to warm up,  socialize at, and  roast those marshmallows.

Come out and enjoy this fun for all activity.  

The Friends is sponsoring a Community Ski Challenge (see poster outside Lodge).  We want everyone who skis at Higley this weekend to record their name and miles they skied on the big spreadsheet.  The goal is to ski across St. Lawrence County (62 miles) or North Country (145 miles) or if we are really hot, New York State (325 miles). Everyone can participate!!  It is cold but the skiing is fabulous.

The Ermines ski swap is being postponed, waiting for a warmer day.

Jan 28:  After 1+ inches of fresh powder snow, the skies are clearing. Colton Pierrepont Central School will have a group of 10th graders out enjoying the trails this afternoon. 

The roads will be flat groomed and some trail grooming will be done in volunteer training this morning. Final grooming for Saturday will be done later this afternoon.

Skiing is excellent, all the trails need is you!

Have a good day and a better ski day.

Jan 27:  Cindy Hammecker is your host for night skiing until 8:00P.M. tonight.

The trails are in the process of being groomed at the present time.

Skiing is mid-winter perfect. Don't forget the Friends' family weekend Friday through Sunday and ski challenge as we add up all your individual distance to see how far we can go in total, fun for all regardless of ability!

Last chance to get your Friends of the Park photo calendars. $20 each. Call or text Lorraine Gowing at 315-212-8293 to get yours. Only 3 left!

Jan 25:  Val White will host skiing this evening until 8:00P.M.

There are a couple of inches of light powder snow this morning with more falling.

SLU will be grooming the roads this morning. Tom French groomed all the trails yesterday. They now have a fresh blanket of snow. If we groom today it will be later in the afternoon after the snow ceases.

This is snow globe perfection, a time when the woods are beautiful and quiet, lucky are those of you who can get out today to enjoy it.

In the next few days you will see some posters appearing at the lodge depicting this weekend's ski challenge, a fun activity for all ability levels.

Jan 24:  Another day of great conditions. The roads were groomed late in the day yesterday and should remain in great shape. Tom French will be grooming any trails needing attention, most are still in good shape.

Jan 23:  Great conditions today, a dusting of fresh powder on well-established tracks.

Adult group lessons today at 1:30

SLU will be grooming the roads and camp loops this morning.

Warmer temps and great conditions, what more can you ask for, sun? Well, you can't have everything!

Jan 22:  Brrr!-but what a pretty day. Temperatures will warm today and the trails are in great shape.

Roads will be flat groomed.

Layer up and have a great day!

Jan 20:  Beautiful chilly day with fresh grooming yesterday afternoon. Leah Worden will be your host for skiing tonight until 8:00P.M.

Hermon Dekalb will have a small group skiing today.

Great conditions!

Jan 18:  A cold, but a pretty day. The Park got another 2+ inches of snow after we finished grooming yesterday. Thanks out to Marty Duffany for joining the volunteer groomer group. We will touch up some of the trail grooming today. The roads and camp loops should be flat groomed by this morning. They will be track set during the day.

There will be night skiing tonight until 8:00P.M. Leah Worden will be your host. It will be a chilly evening. Thurs. night looks even colder. We will reevaluate whether to be open Thurs. night after this evening.

The skiing and the scenery is mid-winter perfect!

Jan 17:  Approximately 5" snow at the Park. Everything has been groomed and trackset. Conditions are soft, snowing again now.

If anyone comes across an earring, please drop off at the Park Office.

Jan 15:  Layers, layers, layers, it is a beautiful bluebird day, but a frigid one. Skiing is really very good. The track set has stayed well on the trails and roads. The Park got a couple of inches of powder snow to soften things up a bit. E-Z and Warm Brook were reset yesterday and came out well. In a failed attempt to groom just the access cutoffs from E-Z to Toadstool I ended up grooming part of Toadstool. It skied well afterward though no better than before it was groomed.

Jan 13 Update:  The roads are flat groomed, skate lanes are excellent. The track set on the roads is still good. The E-Z Trail is flat groomed and track set. Toadstool via the connectors off E-Z is track set. Trails groomed well.

Night skiing tonight should be good. Skiers report track set on other trails is fast but good.

Jan 13:  There is night skiing tonight until 8:00 P.M. with Barry Walch as your host. Barry has been kind enough to organize night skiing for a number of years. When he does not have a volunteer to cover the evening, he has covered them. We have a core of a few dedicated volunteers who normally cover the nights. We'd like a few more folks to throw their hat into the ring for even just one night a year to help out. If night skiing isn't your thing the lodge is a pleasant and quiet spot to read or work offline on your laptop. You can reach Barry at barry.walch@higleyfriends.org to offer your help.

The youth ski program starts January 22nd with sign-ups appreciated by the 15th. This is a family-oriented program where you get to spend time with your child as they learn and have fun with other children. You can sign up by going to this link:  Higley Flow Ermines Youth XC Ski Club - REGISTRATION FORM (google.com).

Invest in yourself this New Year! The adult lesson program begins this Sunday.  It is a four-lesson program with the first lesson free and the remaining three lessons a $30.00 package. Danielle Jerry and Bob Platte have invested a great deal of effort in creating a quality program that leaves every participant with better skills and more enjoyment. You can sign up by contacting Danielle at higleymasters@higleyfriends.org. She will send you detailed information which will put your mind at ease if joining is outside your comfort zone.

Lastly, what is it this year with freezing rain? In spite of it our skiing continues to be respectable. We will be checking things out this morning, grooming some, and reporting back after we finish.

Jan 11:  Bundle up! It will be a pretty day, but not a warm one  Fortunately xc skiing generates heat! 

The temperatures should be rising tonight as Joanne LaBarge hosts this evening's skiing until 8:00 P.M.

Jan 10:  The Park received between 1/2 and 1 inch of snow that has helped conditions. The roads and camp loops are flat groomed and in really good shape.  The trackset has  been redone on the roads and camp loops where it needed doing. Raquette Ridge has been groomed and trackset where appropriate, Pine and Overlook have been flat groomed beside the existing trackset.  E-Z has been trackset. 

Skiing is not at its best but it is better than expected after yesterday's weather.

Jan 9:  E-Z was groomed late yesterday afternoon. It is alternating between sleet and light freezing rain this morning. We will wait until Monday to groom after this weather system has passed.

Hopefully this changes back to snow early so skiers can enjoy the afternoon.

Jan 8:  The roads are flat groomed, Overlook, Pine, Toadstool, Cedar Brook, Raquette Ridge have all been groomed and trackset.

Efforts got off to a stuttery start this morning, first with the below zero temps, then with a red squirrel who decided to build a nest in the nice warm engine compartment of the Friends sled, and an electrical issue.

The sky is blue, the snow is great, the temps have warmed.  One skier told me I should tell everyone to get off the sofa and get out and enjoy the day-so I'm passing it on!

Jan 6:  An inch or more of fresh snow should make for beautiful conditions today.

We hope you can get out there and enjoy them.

Jan 5:  It was snowing at a good clip this morning. The roads have been  re-groomed and Tom will be working on the trails this afternoon.

Night skiing tonight until 8:00P.M.. Carol Rossi-Fries will be your host.

Jan 4:  Grooming today and night skiing tonight and Thurs.night until 8:00P.M..

Barry Walch will be your host this evening.

Jan 3:  Conditions should have set up well overnight with the cold temperatures. We will work on the trails again tomorrow.

We've waited so long for this, too bad we did not get it for the holidays, but it is here now so enjoy!

Jan 2:  Finally-snow! The Park received 3-5 or 6 inches of snow depending on how sheltered the area. 

The roads are flat groomed and track set. The E-Z , Outlook, Pine, Warm Brook, and Toadstool trails are groomed and track set.  The skate lanes are very good. The cold temperatures tonight should help the other trails set up well. 

Get those skis out and enjoy it!

Dec 30:  Unfortunately, 29 degrees and snow showers in Potsdam is 35 soggy degrees in Colton with a mist.

Messy, unseasonable-yuck!

Dec 29:  Higley is still hanging on. We have skied for weeks at this point on snow packed to 1/2"-2" with mostly acceptable conditions. It is a tribute to the work the Park and Friends volunteers have done on the trails that this has been possible. We do expect that we are at a critical point where rain and warm temps will decimate the remaining snow we have, so enjoy it while we have it!  We are hoping that Sunday's mixed precip is mostly snow.

We flat groomed the roads and camp loops today, roads are pretty good, loops are icy in places.

We flat groomed and track set New Pine, which was good when we finished.

We flat groomed and track set E-Z which turned out OK but is getting thin.

All the conditions are right after we finished grooming. It was above freezing when we left so those conditions may deteriorate.

Dec 27:  The skate lanes have been groomed and seemed to come out fairly well. The coverage on the loops is thinner than on the roads.If you prefer your skate skiing firm the conditions are good.

The trackset on the roads and loops is well established, icy in spots. The trackset on E-Z is also holding up well but may be icy in spots.

We flat groomed Pine because there had been a lot of foot traffic on it. We also trackset Old Pine-thin to bare in some spots.

The rest of the trails have been skied but not groomed due to the thin conditions in the thicker woods. Conditions are marginal and challenging because of the crust we now have.

Dec 26:  We got a glaze of ice, a little thawing, a dusting, and barely, of snow. Our intrepid morning skier reports the flatter trails are the better bet with some icy conditions. He said the skate lanes looked ok, some ice in the track set. We are still hoping that a little snow will fall today, enough to groom would be a wonderful thing. 

We didn't get snow for our Christmas present, now we are switching focus to a New Year's wish for snow.

Dec 21:  E-Z has been groomed and is thin in the trackset

The main roads have been flat groomed and trackset. Coverage is good on the skate lanes, appears to be fairly good in the trackset.

The camp loops have been flat groomed, generally good conditions. Tried tracksetting C-F loops, generally poor conditions in the trackset, an inch of snow would make  a considerable difference in the trackset.

Woods trails seem to have stayed stable with no grooming.

Conditions are not mid-winter perfect, but considering the minimal cover we have, they are better than expected.

Dec 19 Update:  The roads and camp loops are flat groomed, camp loops have thin coverage.

The woods trails have skiable, ungroomed, marginal conditions. Pine and E-Z are flat groomed.  E-Z has a semblance  of a trackset.

A pair of Grandoe gloves was found, probably left on the top of a car. If they are yours they will be in the Park office.

Dec 19:  We got 3.5-4" in open areas here at the house. We will be going up in about an hour to see if there is adequate snow to flat groom the roads. We don't expect there will be enough snow in the woods to groom but there should be enough to ski most trails. We'll let you know more when we get back.

Dec 17:  Another wind storm wreaks havoc:  After the first windstorm, Henry & Randy worked two days clearing downed trees from the trails and roads. There are many more trees down but away from the roads which will not affect the winter season but mean more work in the spring.

The wind last night  brought down several more trees which have mostly been cleared.  Branches did come down too though not in the quantity of the first storm. Doug Welch and Ginger Storey-Welch dedicated considerable time to picking up the trails. Joan Trivilino also spent time on the Beaver Pond Trail.

If you are out for a walk on the trails or roads between now and when snow hits, please toss branches from the trails and roads.  It will make for a better surface once the snow comes.

Dec 13:  The Park was hit by the strong winds Saturday night. Henry and one of his workers worked all day Sunday clearing trails. They are all passable at this point. He is working on the roads today-A & B loop were particularly hard hit. Fortunately nothing critical was hit . All the electrical, bath shower and pump buildings survived. We owe a huge thank you to Henry for the arduous work he has done.

Two of our Friends group also deserve a huge thank you. Doug and Ginny Welch have been out clearing branches from the trails for the last two days. They cleared Cedar Brook, Raquette Ridge and Toadstool, also Overlook and Warm Brook except for the short section from the dumpsters to the Warm Brook-Overlook junction.

Beaver Pond and Wood's trail may need attention.(for those of you who don't know the woods' trail is named for John Woods, hence the apostrophe)

There were a dozen trees down on both Warm Brook and Overlook. There may be some spots where trees were cut up that could benefit from raking.

If anyone feels like a walk in the next few days cleaning up these areas would help. Experience has also taught that some branches will be broken and hanging in trees and will come down over the next few days, so there may be a little more to pick up as the days go by.

I'm asking the teams to police the roads, Henry has cut quite a few trees and has plowed as many branches as he can to the side of the roads but if the teams could coordinate and clear remaining branches it would definitely be a big help.

Dec 9:  We got around 2+" of powdery snow, not the wetter snow with substance. Not enough to ski unless you are desperate. If you are, then the work done on the trails over the last several years will give you a mostly rock free surface.

Dec 5 Update:  FYI-Our intrepid early morning skier reports adequate coverage on the E-Z trail and Warm Brook and the edge of the road, with ski conditions skiable but not desirable. Other trails may be similar.

Dec 5:  Yesterday's dusting of snow did little to alleviate conditions at the Park. Conditions are poor to non-existent. We will resume the reports when there is something positive to report.

In the meantime-**THINK SNOW**, and work on those Christmas chores so you have time to ski when the snow falls!

Dec 4:  There is some base left.  The roadside of Overlook is mostly bare. E-Z is covered.  Other trails have bare spots and are rugged. 

If we get a few inches this afternoon it should help for tomorrow but we will have to wait and see. What is on the ground right now is brick hard and traction device is advised.

Dec 2:  Actually, lack of ski report, it is 40 degrees. Traffic on the trails today will hasten deterioration. 

Please do not use the trails until temps drop below freezing for a little while.  This will allow whatever is left to set up and will help in the long run.

Dec 1 Update:  The Park actually got about 2" of snow. E-Z is reset with very few thin spots. We are going up to flat groom at least the roads to try to preserve as much snow as possible tomorrow.

Skiing is not terrible by any means!

Dec 1:  Approximately an inch of snow overnight will freshen up the trails for today. It looks like the last day for a little while. It may be a little on the sticky side but it is a beautiful day to enjoy the trails.

Nov 30:  E-Z yesterday is the most open to snowfall of all trails. We trackset it. Some spots went through to moss or wood chips but it is generally skiable.

Skiers on Cedar Brook report it to be skiable.  Warm Brook has some rocks peeking through but also skiable.

Skate skiers on the roads report no bare spots and surprisingly good conditions. 

We are staying off with the grooming equipment because of the minimal cover. If we get a few inches of snow before the thaw on Thurs. we may flat groom to try to preserve a base.

This snow is an early season gift, enjoy it if you can find time!

Nov 28:  The second of the three grooming sleds made it to the Park today. We made an additional pass on the roads with the 6' groomer widening yesterday's grooming. We trackset in a few spots where there was sufficient snow and tried in a few spots there was not.

Thanks to all the work the trail crews and volunteers have put in, most trails are marginally skiable, though not groomable. The steeper hills are a poor choice if you are planning on snow plowing-just not enough snow.

Nov 27 Update: The roads and camp loops have been flat groomed 8' wide, they should be skiable.

E-Z has been flat groomed. The other trails have not been groomed; not quite enough snow yet, but those who have been out report them to be skiable. There are some branches, oak and beech leaves down.If you are out please toss downed branches off the trail. The beech branches are hanging low, particularly on the access trail by the kiosk.

Should be a better than average first day-

Nov 27 It is here-finally! We have not been to the Park yet but we can tell you there is about 5"  on lawn furniture here, considerably less on unfrozen ground surfaces where the warmth has melted fallen snow from the ground up. There may be adequate snow to ski the roads at the Park and possibly barely E-Z and Overlook. We will check to see if we can flat groom the roads but it is likely to be a situation where we could make it worse.

Early season skiing-but skiing!