All ski trails in the region are now well-covered and most have been skied in past two days. All sections of the Jackrabbit Trail are skiable with good ski tracks set and 4-6" of dense snow outside the ski track. Some drainages remain open but are easily negotiated. Conditions on the popular McKenzie Pass and Old Mountain Rd sections are superb. Connery Pond-Whiteface Landing was skied Wednesday and reported to be in good condition. No specific reports from trails in the Fish Pond - Paul Smiths area but there is no reason to believe its any different (past experience would lead us to believe its better).
Great conditions are reported in the High Peaks as of Wednesday afternoon. There's good coverage on the hiking trail between Heart Lake and Marcy Dam, as well as the Truck Trail. Above Marcy Dam skiers will find good conditions on Avalanche Pass, Whales Tail, Lake Arnold and the Marcy trails (though a few thin spots are reported along Phelps Brook).
Ice is reported to be strong on Avalanche Lake and Lake Colden. HOWEVER, the warm temps and rain of last weekend left many lower elevation water bodies flooded and slushy. Furthermore, many streams are open and flowing, even in the High Peaks. We cannot vouch for the thickness of the ice on any other lakes or ponds. Use caution and good judgement whenever you ski onto the ice. Skiing over a frozen body of water is a cross-country skiing past time; it can access you to areas not seen by most in the summer. With that being said it is a dangerous activity to cross frozen water bodies and should be done with care and respect for your environment. Know the ice conditions and be prepared for anything including heavy winds, snow drifts, whiteouts, slushy conditions, and thin ice.
Finally, a reminder that BETA is hosting the 25th Annual Ski & Swim Party this Sunday, January 29 at the Crowne Plaza in Lake Placid. SEE EVENT DETAILS HERE.