No snow this past week, so still no skiing except on the man-made variety at Whiteface. Warm on Thursday and Friday, but not warm enough to melt the ice on the higher summits. On southern exposures the trails are mostly ice free up to about 4,000 feet, but ice begins around 3,000 feet on northern exposures. Traction aids pretty much mandatory for any hiking on the higher peaks. Friday night and Saturday will see some rain changing to snow. 1-2" possible, but we'll just have to see what we actually get.
Stil no snow for any skiing, but there could be a bit on Saturday night into Sunday. Main condition to note is that there is significant ice in the trails starting between 3,000 and 3,500 feet. Traction aids definitely needed if going above that elevation, unless bushwhacking.
Higher summits retained that ice that formed last weekend, and Friday night will add some snow on top. Tractions devices should be mandatory to allow staying on the trail and not the soft ground on the side. Also be prepared for cloudy, windy conditions with summit temperatures only in the 20s. Not quite full winter, but almost.
Whiteface Highway may pick up enough snow for another weekend of skiing - perhaps even from the toll house - but we're not counting our flakes until they fall. Next week will return to warmer weather, so winter isn't here just yet
UPDATE AS OF 5 PM 11-14: Dusting of snow at the toll house. Pavement is blown clear of snow and is mostly covered with verglas/black ice. Estimate at least a mile of walking before reaching skiable snow, but high winds may have blown it clear even higher. Craig Wood Golf Course is white, which is all some need for a ski, but that's about it for this snowfall.
Indian summer this past week with record or near record temps on several days. So no snow even on the summits. Cooler Saturday night with a few flakes possible in the mountains and some icy conditions on the higher summits on Sunday. Sunny, but not as warm most of next week. Still no real snow in sight.
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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