Snow Conditions

February 18:  We hope everyone had a chance to enjoy President's Day weekend. Today is another one of those decision days:  to groom or not to groom. It is presently snowing lightly. We will go up and try grooming the E-Z trail. Depending on how that comes out we will go further. We expect that when the temps drop after the rain we will need to groom again.

Skiing tonight until 8:00 with Barry Walch as your host.

Februrary 17:  Conditions should remain good today. We have a commitment today and so if we groom it will be late in the day. We'll make a decision then whether to wait for tomorrow's weather to pass or not. 

February 16:  We will be grooming mid-morning this morning. Conditions should be excellent today. Come on out and enjoy what mother nature has given us!

The Ermines will be out there today enjoying a scavenger hunt, and the adult lesson group will be having their final lesson for the season.

February 15:  Fresh snow and moderating temperatures are going to make for a great ski day!  The set track on the trails is in good shape, Cedar Brook Hills and the Training Loops should have set up well by now.

February 14:  Happy Valentines Day! It is a pretty one and a pretty cold one. SLU groomed the roads yesterday and we groomed the woods trails except for Cedar Brook Hills and the Training Loops which were still in great shape. We have received about 1.5" of light powder since the grooming.  

Skiing should be excellent for the brave of heart who venture out today.

February 13:  Carol Rossi-Fries is your evening host. We will be doing some grooming this afternoon-the Park got 1-2" of snow. Conditions should be very good tonight!

Looks like a good President's week ahead!

February 12:  Conditions will be firm and fast today, softening some as temperatures warm. Snow has a very high water content after the warmer temps of the last few days and reverts back to firm as soon as groomed. We have some snow predicted tomorrow which should soften the surface. Some trails are not groomed full width which will allow us to reset a softer track once we have colder temps to work with. 

February 11:  E-Z, Overlook, Warm Brook, Old Pine were groomed late yesterday. Cedar Brook will be groomed early today. SLU will be grooming the roads.

Cedar Brook, the roads and camp loops, have been groomed and trackset. Cedar Brook Hills and the Training Loops (Raquette Ridge) have been flat groomed.

February 10:  Yesterday was a fantastic day at the Park. Blue skies, plenty of snow. If you weren't there you were in the minority. It was a very busy Sunday.

The weather today has temps hovering around 34 degrees, so far with minimal precipitation, an inch of snow early, a little rain following. We were unable to finish grooming yesterday due to issues with both drags. We hope to have them operational for grooming when the temperature drops.

February 9:  We groomed all day yesterday but grooming is not finished: Overlook, Warm Brook, Old Pine, the roads and E-Z were track set. The Cedar Brook network minus the hills and training loop were rolled. The skating lanes were flat groomed. The two play park areas for the Ermines were also groomed.

Before we could finish, we developed an as yet unsolved issue with the electrical to the drag, hence no tracksetter. We will work on it today and hopefully get Cedar Brook track set and the others as needed.

With warming temperatures today it should be a great day on the trails.

February 8:  The Park got at least 12 inches from the storm. We flat groomed the woods trails twice yesterday and will trackset today. The trails and trackset will be soft until the snow settles more. SLU will be working on the roads. 

We have several people who have helped out thus far with our school ski program. We sometimes receive notes of thanks from classes. I am going to post a few from time to time just to let you know they appreciate the experience:

"Thank you for giving us the opportunity to go skiing at Higley. We had a great time. We are looking forward to coming again. We enjoyed skiing with our friends. It was a great time to chat and learn to ski with our friends. Thank you from CPCS"

A great weekend to get out and enjoy that long awaited snow.

February 7:  Finally, as of last night we had about 2". We groomed E-Z, Overlook, Warm Brook and Old Pine for the night skiers. Immaterial at the moment because snow has probably obliterated it, but we are not complaining. 

We'll be rolling or flat grooming intermittently throughout the snowfall but there’s no point in setting tracks until it stops.

February 6:  Not much happening here in the snow department yet (9 AM). We have possibly an inch of snow with nothing falling now. The snow should improve conditions in the existing tracks.  The training loop was flat groomed yesterday. It actually groomed well and is well covered-for those of you staunch of heart :)

There will be night skiing tonight hosted by Tracy Thomas of Nicandri Nature Center in a crossover event. Nicandri has offered to host and hopes to have many of their area skiers come for the night of skiing. See Here for details.

Edwards-Knox postponed their trip to a later date due to weather concerns. If the projected snow total materializes we hope to groom intermittently throughout the snowfall.

February 5: Conditions at the Park are firm and fast. We are going to try regrooming some on the woods trails this morning but the nature of the snow is such that if we are successful we may improve them somewhat but they will never be soft and forgiving until we get some snow. Hopefully the next two days will help.

February 4: We touched up the skate lanes yesterday afternoon for the afternoon skiers. SLU will be doing a complete grooming this morning. We also groomed Overlook, Warm Brook, the Pine trails and the E-Z trail. Temperatures did not drop as fast or far last night as was originally projected. We were hoping for a good freeze to solidify the track. Skiing should, nevertheless be very good today.

It is thanks to Henry and his crew's efforts to smooth out and mow the trails and you, as volunteers to prune the sides of the trails, rake and spread wood chips, that we can have skiing this good on so little snow. Thank you!

There is night skiing tonight. Blanche Towne will be your host.

It is a crazy "winter”!

February 3:  A light dusting of snow should be beneficial to already decent conditions. There will be a small group of SLU students out enjoying the trails this afternoon. Hopefully any precipitation we get will stay as snow.

February 2:  It should be a lovely day to be on the trails. The snow is still hanging on many of the branches so it is picture perfect. 

We groomed Overlook late yesterday. It groomed fairly well but the original trackset may have been better. Because of that we left the track set on the other trails. We groomed an area across from the old nature center for the older Ermines (youth ski club) to play on.

You may see some of the Ermines and the adult lesson group out on the trails today.

SLU will likely be grooming the road today. Flat grooming on the road is still working well.

February 1:  The skate lanes were groomed yesterday. They groomed very well. Everything has coverage but B & F loops have some icy patches. E-Z was groomed. Trackset on the other trails is holding well. Conditions are fast. Although conditions are quite good through the Park we are skiing on a packed base of not more than 2" in many areas. We are hoping for a little new snow on top so we can regroom the other trails.

Our new Ermines Youth Ski Club will be out learning new skills today. What fun seeing a new generation of skiers finding joy in the sport!

January 30:  Good conditions and night skiing tonight! We will be regrooming as needed today. Colton-Pierrrepont Central 5ht and 6th graders were out on the trails yesterday, 7th and 8th graders today.

January 29:  Everything except the training loops was groomed mid afternoon yesterday and should be in good condition. 

January 28:   The Park has received a combination of a little snow and ice over the last 24 hours. Conditions are still good, though the woods trails have warmed up enough to make grooming impractical until they cool a little. We are hoping grooming will be possible either late this afternoon or early tomorrow morning. We will let you know. We are hoping grooming will be possible either late this afternoon or early tomorrow morning. We will let you know.

Erica Preston will be the host for skiing tonight. 

January 27:  Everything except Overlook was groomed and track set yesterday. Conditions should be excellent. 

If you are out on Cedar Brook there are some small red topped containers. Each one contains 8 homemade chocolates or fudge. If you have room in your pocket feel free to take the container and enjoy  its contents. Each container has a different candy. They are left over from the map challenge.  and free ski lessons.

January 26:  The Park has withstood the weather well. Conditions will be very good today. Lots of things to do today at the Park bring a dish for the potluck lunch, ski-joring demo with Danielle Jerry & Bob Platte, used gear sale, map challenge and free ski lessons.

January 24:  Conditions will be very good today. Grooming will be in progress. You may see groomers out readying trails for the events tomorrow.  

January 23:  The roads to the right of the tee were groomed and trackset Weds. afternoon. There is anticipated further grooming today. Skiing is excellent.

January 22:  All the woods trails except the training loop were groomed and trackset yesterday. SLU groomed the camp loops to the right yesterday before their sled broke a drive belt on B loop. Towing the sled and drag back up to the sled shed proved to be somewhat challenging and time consuming so that grooming did not get finished. 

January 21:  Skiing is excellent. We will be regrooming some today to prepare trails for warmer temperatures.

Night skiing tonight with Carol Rossi-Fries as your host.

Saturday is our annual Rod Thomas Memorial Ski race with 5 and 10k distances plus a shorter race for kids.

This is a very friendly, low key event. If you have wanted to try ski racing but felt intimidated, this is a good place to start.

January 20:  All groomable trails except the training loops were groomed and trackset mid-day yesterday. Conditions are very good.

Looks like some good days ahead when we can all enjoy the trails.

We anticipate suitable conditions for night skiing Tues. and Thurs. nights.

January 19:  Snow! Looks like about 6" here. SLU is rolling the roads then grooming and track setting. As soon as they finish with the roller we will roll and groom-hopefully trackset-the trails.

January 18:  The road has been groomed and trackset by SLU. Everything except New Pine and Cedar Brook Hills have been flat groomed. However, Overlook and Warm Brook did not come out as well as we would have liked due to two separate equipment failures which resulted in the drags plowing more than grooming. Unfortunately we had to get them back to the sled shed to fix them. The trails are skiable but the damage is apparent. Hopefully we will get some snow tomorrow to rectify the issue.

January 17:  The Park got over 6" of light powder snow. The roads, E-Z, Overlook, Cedar Brook except the hills, and Old Pine have been flat groomed. SLU will try tracksetting the roads later today. We will be finishing flat grooming this morning. Much of the snow on the woods trail is still in the canopy but projected winds should bring it down. right now there is not enough in the woods to trackset.

Looks like more snow in the forecast-perfect for the long weekend.January 16:  (Afternoon Report) The Park will be open until 8:00 tonight (Thursday).  The Park has received 7 to 8 inches of new powder so far. SLU may have flat groomed the roads by now. Ed & Judy will try to flat groom a couple of trails by tonight.

January 16 (Morning Report):  Skiing is returning! We have about 2" on the ground this morning. By tomorrow morning, if not sooner, we may have enough snow to groom. Night skiing for tonight will be determined later today-stay tuned.

January 13:  There is currently insufficient snow for skiing at the Park.  When conditions allow, notification will be posted here and on our Facebook page.  

If you would like to receive the latest informtion directly to your inbox, simply email info@higleyfriends.org with the words "Snow Report" in the Subject line.

January 12:  We dodged a bullet in the ice department but unfortunately we did no better in snow. We have only a dusting over generally bare ground, so skiing is wishful thinking at this point.

January 10:  We had a little rain earlier and it is windy but the roads should hold up until later this morning if anyone wants to get a last ski before we lose it again.

January 9:  The main roads, A & B loops were flat groomed and trackset late yesterday, the other loops were flat groomed,  E-Z was trackset, Overlook was flat groomed.

Skiing on the roads if very good, E-Z is a little scratchy in places. The other trails are skiable but too thin to groom.

There is night skiing tonight with Carol Rossi-Fries as your host. The roads will be the best choice in limited light.

It looks like we may lose everything again after tonight, so enjoy and make the best of it.

January 7:  The roads were rolled and flat groomed yesterday, E-Z was flat groomed. Coverage is pretty good. Skiers are using the other trails but not enough to groom. 

There will be skiing tonight-the roads and E-Z would be the better choices for night skiing due to the thin cover in spots on the woods trails. Friends Board meeting is also tonight at the lodge 7:00p.m. 

It looks like we will have a couple of days of skiing before the next wave of warm wet weather so enjoy!

January 6:  It is snowing lightly this morning. We are going to try rolling the road and go from there depending on the success of that attempt. It looks like we may get enough to improve skiing on the trails, even if there may not be enough to groom them.

January 5:  On dry, open surfaces we got about 2" of dense snow. Areas that were warmer, densely wooded or wet accumulated less. This is the type of snow we need for a base and the cooler temps should set it up. We do need more, however, before we can groom. The roads and some areas of the trails may be skiable. 

We stopped by the Cascade and VanHo XC areas yesterday. They are slightly better off than we are with 1-2" of base in most areas-no trackset.

For those of you who also alpine-Titus has managed to keep their trails in very good shape.

January 2:  We have about 2" in open areas and presently 34 degree temps. roads, Overlook, E-Z and Pine may be skiable for a few hours but with no base. Hopefully cooler temps and snow are in the future.

January 1:  Happy New Year everyone! We received about an inch of good base snow. It is a start but we need a few more inches of the same type of snow. We'll hope for an unforecast contribution from mother nature.

December 26:  First-a belated Happy Holidays to you! We hope you had an opportunity to share a joyful time with family and friends. I have been locked out of my account for the last day and one half so I haven't been able to pass on any information until now. 

The conditions at the Park are poor-there is a base in many areas but it is an icy one.There are bare areas, particularly near Cold Brook Drive.

Skiing is ill advised. We will hope Friday comes with snow rather than rain. The trails are more suitable for snowshoeing, some may be firm enough for walking with traction devices.

We went through this last year then winter settled in and we had a great year, maybe we will be lucky enough to have a similar outcome, in the meantime.  THINK SNOW!!

December 24:  Fast and firm. Henry reports that there is still snow and he is leaving the lodge open until 8:00P.M. for anyone wishing to use the trails or socialize in the lodge on this Christmas Eve!

Thank you Henry!

December 23:  Doug Welch reported the temps were still 27 degrees at 8:30 this morning at the Park. The warm wind will deteriorate trails fairly quickly. It is a bonus that the ground is cold. Skiing will remain good the longest on the roads followed by the areas of Outlook way from the road, Warm Brook in the hard woods, Pine paralleling the road, and most of the E-Z trail.

We will not groom the woods trails due to the thin cover. If the roads are touched up it will be tomorrow morning when temps are cool. We'll make the determination if that is beneficial tomorrow.

If you are fortunate enough to be off today, enjoy the trails and the staff's decorations in the lodge.

December 21:  Apologies for the late report. The grooming SLU did on the roads turned out well. The roads are in good shape with a track set as well as flaat grooming. 

Overlook, Warm Brook and Pine were groomed and trackset where possible. There are areas of thin coverage but they are all skiable. Most of Cedar Brook was flat groomed. It is very thin until you get past the bridge over Cedar Brook -- after that conditions improve. 

Cedar Brook Hills and Raquette Ridge/training loops are flat groomed on the less steep side down to the camp roads. Old Pine has not been groomed although it-and the backcountry trails are being skied.

The trails were being well used and those out there were enjoying themselves.

We can't afford to lose any snow so best enjoy it now!

December 20:  SLU groomed and track set the roads and EZ yesterday. These are the areas with best coverage. We will be track setting or flat grooming, whatever depth permits, the trails for the weekend. It will be later today or early Sat. because we are tied up today with a prior commitment.

Enjoy the last day of fall skiing!

December 18:  SLU flat groomed the roads this morning. We rolled ll trails except Cedar Brook Hills and training loops. There is adequate cover to ski, but not to set tracks. Of the 5" of snow we got, 3" is sitting overhead in the trees. A little wind should put more on the trails.  It is still snowing lightly. The trails were heavily used today.  Many of your friends are out there enjoying the Park!

December 17:  SNOW & NITE SKIING TONIGHT!!  We will groom when we have enough.  Skiing is improving by the minute today. Snow is falling heavily at the moment. There will be skiing tonight probably on mostly ungroomed trails. The Colton Rescue Squad will be meeting in the lodge at 6:30, lodge will be open to skiers, just need to keep noise down for the Dept. who is meeting to familiarize themselves in case they ever need to make a rescue at the Park.

December 16:  2 inches of snow has firmed up and has yielded a marginally skiable surface, though not groomable, at least in the woods. SLU may attempt flat grooming the roads. 

December 15:  Currently there is insufficient snow for skiing.  We received an inch of snow on Saturday (12/14) night over very soaked ground. When temps fall, this should create a meager beginning of a base. It won't take a lot to make conditions skiable but we aren't there yet.

Wednesday's (Dec 11) squalls were to the north of the Park (Potsdam & Canton), Generally we are in a snow pocket, but not this time. 

December 9:  Warm and melting. We will hope for some base left when temps cool later tomorrow.  Until then, the less traffic on the trails the better for the long term. If you can hold off skiing for now, that should help.

December 8:  It looks like a perfect day to be at the Park! The Park received about 2" of very light powder over the last day. It has covered the scratchy spots with a very fine skiable coating. We did not re-groom the woods trails because the track set has remained in good condition. Redoing the trails would only expose those thin spots again. The camp roads have had the skate lanes redone. We will reset the tracks on the roads this morning-ran out of daylight yesterday afternoon

December 7:  There are photo op moments at the Park. We have not had any wind so snow is hanging on the trees. What we gained in beauty we lost on the trails. 

The best skiing is in the open areas or the hardwoods where more snow made it to the ground. SLU has groomed and trackset the roads. They are in good condition. All the trails except the training loops have been groomed and trackset where possible. Everything is skiable. The thinnest areas are Overlook by the roadside, Warm Brook for a short stretch in the conifers, the very beginning of Cedar Brook.

December 6:  We have a total of 4-5" of snow with more falling this morning. Commitment conflicts have unfortunately tied us up yesterday and this morning but we will be rolling trails later today and flat grooming or track setting as conditions allow. If needed we will groom again early tomorrow.  SLU flat groomed the roads yesterday. They should be in good shape for skiing today.

December 5:  It stayed warm overnight.  It appears we received around an inch of heavy, dense, damp snow. If temps drop through the day, as forecast, this will improve conditions. 

SLU reported that the skate lanes were good yesterday, despite the thin cover.

December 4:  We have a dusting of fresh snow. More is falling lightly. SLU will be attempting flat grooming the roads around midday.

December 3:  The camp roads and loops were rolled this morning as well as the E-Z trail and Pine Trails. New Pine, Paralleling the camp road is generally pretty good. Old Pine is very thin, E-Z is thin but skiable. 

The camp road and loops are generally covered with a thin layer of crusty ice underneath making them skiable. The rest of the trails are being skied but are too thin to try to roll. 

Henry has finished the lights on the outer portion of the E-Z trail and has offered to be the host for skiing tonight, so the lodge and trails will be open tonight. Remember THIN COVER!

December 2:  We were largely passed over in the snow department. We did get a couple of inches and it is presently snowing lightly. There is some base left in some areas,but not everywhere. Skiing may be possible but grooming may not yet be. We will hope for more snow soon

November 26:  Henry surprised me yesterday with two pieces of information, He finished putting up the lights on the rest of the E-Z trail and was going to ski around it to check it out! He skied Overlook the day before and said it was still ok. I did not get to the Park yesterday to check it out but did not expect skiable conditions.  As warm as it stayed overnight I am doubtful whether there is snow left today but if there is the backside of Overlook and New Pine would be the best bets. To state the obvious-there is no night skiing tonight.

November 23:  At the moment we still have a base. People have been out skiing the trails. Coverage is generally still good. The roads (more grooming after the tee)and camp loops have been flat groomed and some of the road has been track set. B loop is not very good and a short section on E loop. E-Z trail has been reset. Conditions should improve as temperatures warm. 

November 22:  Please Stay Off Trails Until Tomorrow when we can see whether there is anything left to save.  The inevitable warm up, wind and rain have arrived.  Not sure if we will have any base left but will make determinations tomorrow (Saturday).

November 21:  This might be the last day of good conditions-or skiing at all for a while. E-Z groomed last night, Overlook, Old Pine, all of the Cedar Brook network including Cedar Brook Hills and the Training Loops groomed this morning. SLU groomed the roads yesterday. Conditions are good. A couple of rocks poking through on Old Pine.  

November 20:  Overlook, Warm Brook, E-Z and Old Pine were groomed and trackset last night. Skiing will be good today. It looks like we will not escape Friday's weather so if your schedule allows a ski, now is the time!

November 19:  It is snowing hard this morning. We'll take it! The trails have held up well.  Henry has been hard at work putting out solar motion lights on the inner loop of the E-Z trail. You can ski under the lights! Check it out! Skiing until 8:00 P.M. tonight.

November 18:  We just came back from skiing at the Park. We expected mushy conditions but no, woods trails are still great.  SLU groomed the roads and camp loops this morning. 

November 17:  Another beautiful day of skiing! Ed is grooming Old Pine and the remainder of the Training loops early this morning. SLU will be working on and possibly resetting tracks on the roads.  Weather looks iffy next week so enjoy these early season conditions-many of your friends already are!

November 16:  A beautiful Saturday to check out the trails at Higley. You can't rake leaves, you may as well ski! The skate lanes have been re-groomed. The trackset on the lanes is good in most places, a few icy spots. The trackset has held up well on the trails. Outer Cedar Brook has been trackset. Cedar Brook Hills is flat groomed. The steep side of the training loops has a couple of preliminary flat grooming passes on it.

November 15:  We will keep our fingers crossed that any precipitation today comes in the form of snow, which would put us in great shape for the weekend. In the meantime as long as temps stay in the low 30's conditions should be good and the trails able to withstand use. If temps climb into the 40's, in order to preserve the conditions, it would be best to wait until tomorrow to enjoy the trails.

November 13:  Looking good! It is a beautiful "winter" day. The roads are all flat groomed. E-Z, Overlook, Warm Brook, Pine and the inner loops on Cedar Brook are rolled. Ed is there now experimenting with tracksetting. He will set track on the trails where there is enough snow. Either tonight or early tomorrow we will try tracksetting the roads.  Trails open until sunset

November 12:  First steps-a base needs to be created, in this case it may only last a few days, but the first step will be to roll the surfaces to keep as much snow on the trails as possible without pushing it out to the side. SLU is going to start that this morning. We will roll whatever they don't get to after they get done (one roller). After that sets up some, and if the depth is sufficient, we will be able to groom with the drags. The early season start has caused some scrambling, sleds are there now, drags should be back from the shop later today. It looks like around 10" of snow here.

November 11:  We lost our snow yesterday but awoke to a fresh 1.5" with snow still falling. There is hope! Unfortunately the grooming sleds are still at the service center awaiting service. SLU is hoping to have something at the Park tomorrow to at least flat groom if not more. The Friends are also trying to pressure our service provider to get the Friends' sled back.

November 8:  We received a dusting last night. Conditions should not be sticky today, the cold temps took care of that. Very thin cover but some will be out there testing it out. Park hours are until sunset.

November 7:  If you were hoping to be the first ski of the season at the Park, you are out of luck. Henry was out early this morning on the E-Z trail! There is a couple of inches of heavy snow on open areas of the trails. The ground is warm, the snow is wet, so conditions are sticky. You are going to want wax, or in a pinch some Armorall on your bases if you are going to check conditions out. Most trails have very few rocks so if you are salivating to get out there, you can.