Click on the image for a larger version of Adirondack winter wonderland.
Photo credit Edward Reed.
DEC ADVISES BACKCOUNTRY VISITORS OF WINTER CONDITIONS THROUGHOUT MOST OF THE ADIRONDACKS
Nearly two feet of snow fell at Adirondack Lifestyle HQ outside of Lake Placid, N.Y. in the last 48 hours, and this joyous fact was not lost on the lifestyle hound. He watched, dejected, as I prepared my skinny track skis for a blast around the Olympic trails at Mt. Van Hoevenberg this morning. I saw his spirits lift when he heard the snow at MVH was not firm enough yet for the tracksetter, so tracks would not be ready until this afternoon.
After a session of puppy-dog eyes and prancing underfoot, I got the message, “Get the big skis on and let’s check out the neighborhood.” So we did.
The section of Jackrabbit Trail outside of Lake Placid, going toward Keene, which I consider “Adirondack backcountry skiing lite” is in fine shape and very skiable, but skiers are advised to be aware of open water.
To that point, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation just issued a press release to remind outdoor recreational enthusiasts that winter conditions prevail in the Adirondacks. See below.
Ski conditions throughout the region could use a few days of nice, sub-zero temperatures to set up and compress the wet snow. This type of snow at this time of year starts a great base, and should set the stage for great conditions if temperatures remain below or close to freezing.
Crew at Mount Van Hoevenberg Got to Work Early
A big, early season tip of the tuque goes out to the crew at Mount Van Hoevenberg cross-country ski complex in Lake Placid. Skiing on the Olympic trails was superb yesterday thanks to their speedy work to roll and pack the 15+ inches of snow that fell Tuesday night and throughout the day Wednesday. All trails were packed, open, and in great shape.
Snow fell through last night and this morning, and although we did not receive 21 additional inches promised by the folks at the National Weather Service, the total at HQ is ~21 inches of the lovely white stuff.
Adirondack snow enthusiasts’ hearts are light this morning. A Northeaster snowstorm barreled up the coast last night and left a foot of fresh snow in and around the Adirondack North Country. Thank you Atlantic Ocean.
It is still snowing and the storm, in classic Northeaster form, will perform some kind of swirling meteorological magic and dump up to 22 inches of additional snow. At least that is what the NOAA weather forecast promised, and I plan to hold them to it.
Schools and other public gatherings are canceled or closed throughout the region. You can find updated information on closings and schedules at North Country Public Radio. This is a heavy, wet snow, so please be careful moving it. Snow shoveling is a workout and not to be confused with a fun workout like, oh maybe, skiing!
You know where I’ll be today.
I admit I have been uncharacteristically quiet so far this ski season. I am gun shy. The last time I gloated about a predicted snowstorm, we were skunked. I have been loathe to get too excited about a forecast for fear of jinxing the outcome. It is therefore with much trepidation and caution that I exclaim, it is snowing really hard out right now and they say we could get up to 22 inches of wonderful snow!
The term “wonderful snow” is obviously a subjective phrase; an expression not everyone in the forecast area would use to describe the current meteorological pattern. Accuweather said, “Storm to Hover Over Northeast, Unleash Unrelenting Snow.” The words “Unrelenting Snow” in the headline reminded me of a business meeting the first winter after we moved to Lake Placid, 27 years ago. In the course of an introductory meeting with the COO of a large state-run organization with whom my firm did business, the man said to me, “Whatever made you choose to move here?! It snows every #!*#!* day!” Naturally, I replied, “It snows every day.”
Although it is the middle of December and contrary to what that man promised me 27 years ago, not much snow has fallen in the Adirondacks. I enjoyed a few days Nordic skiing on groomed trails at Mount Van Hoevenberg, Whiteface and Gore Mountains are open for skiing on man-made snow, but there has been no backcountry skiing. The Toll Road, or the Whiteface Memorial Highway, is not the backcountry, but I understand it is getting a great deal of traffic lately. It is time for some serious #!* snow.
Here’s to a winter with unrelenting snow, every #!*#!* day!
New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYS DEC) Seeks Help Locating Moose to Collar for Population Study
The resident biologist and his team at NYS DEC Region 5 need moose for a population study they are working on and they need your help.
The study, designed to determine how many moose there are in the Adirondacks, where they live, and if the population is on the increase or decline, is a long-term project of the DEC, SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry (ESF), Cornell University, and the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS).
The first step in the study is to get GPS collars on a few cow moose so their wanderings about the Adirondacks can be tracked. According to Ed Reed, Regional Wildlife Manager (and resident biologist), the team has four stunning GPS collars ready to be custom fitted on some lucky cow moose. Larger, expanding collars suitable for bull moose are ordered and will be available in next year’s Adirondack moose winter collection.
Since moose don’t usually volunteer for duty, the department has asked the public to call in any moose sightings. This is your chance to tell your Adirondack moose story!
If you see a moose, please report it immediately to the DEC at 518-897-1291. DEC appreciates the public’s assistance with this effort to learn more about New York State’s largest mammal. Click here for more information on moose.
Today’s first snow of the season here at HQ, at ~2,200 feet elevation, arrived early and stayed all day. Temperatures hovered around freezing, cold enough to keep the wood stove simmering, getting ready for the predicted low of 24 degrees tonight. My camera and I played hide and seek with the mountains as snow showers, some heavy, blew through most of the day obscuring and then revealing the lower snow-dusted peaks. Mount Marcy, hidden deep in the snow clouds, never even showed up for the game.
There is not enough to ski on yet, but here in Lake Placid, the first snow is celebrated and a good excuse to lift a mug of Adirondack Hot Cocoa to Ullr, the Norse god of snow, seeking his favor for the upcoming ski season.
I had no choice but to put down the coffee cup and grab the camera this morning. As you can see in today’s featured photo, the hardwood trees are mostly bare. The softwoods are the flora stars of this morning’s momentary sunrise show, caught unfolding before the backdrop of Pitchoff and Cascade Mountains.
The clouds parted for a few moments this morning and I caught a glimpse of the first snow of the 2014-2015 Adirondack ski season. As you can see in today’s featured photo, Mount Marcy, the highest point in New York State sports a nice coating of fresh snow. Today’s snow is the perfect October present for yours truly.
Is anyone else psyched about the upcoming ski season!?!
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