Definitely no more that an inch of new snow in the Lake Placid area, so low-level trails are still marginal, but above 3,000 feet there is 4-5" of now snow. Marcy was surprisingly skiable today with just a thin approach to Marcy Dam and a few obstacles to avoid up to 5-Meter bridge. Ski trail to Indian Falls in great shape with no apparent snowshoer or postholes damage. These conditions will continue into next week, and there is definitely a base that will last much longer.
The warm weather in the first part of the week ended with high winds on Wednesday, followed by temperatures only slightly above freezing even in the afternoon. The cold temperatures will continue through and into next week, so little or no softening of the hard surfaces. So nothing on the Jackrabbit Trail or in the backcountry is recommended for skiing this weekend, but there should still be good cover if it warms up by next weekend.
There is, however, the possibility of some new snow tonight. Some forecasts call for several inches, but the National Weather Service says "less than an inch." If it actually does make skiing possible by snowing more than that, we'll post that tomorrow. Meanwhile, Mt. Van Hoevenberg continues to groom with 35 km open. Likely their last weekend.
Saturday will be cold and windy - especially on any exposed summits, so be prepared for full winter conditions on any High Peaks hike.