Rain and warm temperatures this week mean nothing skiable. Some ice and a dusting of snow possible above 3,500 feet over the weekend, so be prepared if hiking any of the higher peaks.
Warmer temperatures this week have melted what little snow was on the peaks last weekend. There may be some ice as temperatures up high will be below freezing each night, but overall conditions will be "late fall" rather than "early winter". Report by Rob Goodwin of skiing the Whiteface Highway last weekend:
Great ski up the Whiteface Veterans Memorial Highway today. Clouds cleared for a great view from the Summit. 1.75 miles of walking and over 3 miles of skiing from snowline to the summit. A 3" dusting of snow was just enough to make it quite enjoyable.
We've had a few days with white above 4,000 feet, but this weekend could be the first chance of significant snow up high. Too early to tell exactly at what elevation the snow will start, but the Whiteface Highway could be a possibility - at least not with too much of a walk. Warming back up again next week, so this would be a one-off skiing proposition. More importantly, be prepared for near winter temperatures if planning to hike any of the higher peaks this weekend.
UPDATE SUNDAY 10/18: Experience on Cascade Mt. on Saturday indicates not enough snow even at 4,000 feet to be skiable. Further update 10/18: Walking 1/5-2 miles up from the Toll House does bring one to some ski able snow, but just barely.
Trail conditions are updated frequently during the season, but always check local weather conditions as well before departing on your trip.
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