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Where to ski this weekend

A skier passes through tall pines this week on the Hays Brook trail in the Adirondacks.
A skier passes through tall pines this week on the Hays Brook trail in the Adirondacks.
Susan Bibeau

We received a fair amount of light, fluffy snow in the Adirondacks over the past week, enough to make some trails skiable this weekend.

Until we get a better base, though, you would be wise to stick to trails that don’t require a lot of cover to ski, such as truck trails and old woods roads.

The western part of the Park got more snow than we did in Saranac Lake. Rick Kovacs, the owner of the Wanakena General Store, told me the Cranberry Lake region has about eighteen inches.

I know Wanakena is a long way from most places, so here is a link to trail conditions in the Lake Placid region.

I also can share a little intelligence from two outings I took this week.

On Tuesday, four of us from the Explorer office skied the Hays Brook Truck Trail just north of Paul Smiths. Typically, Paul Smiths gets more snow than Saranac Lake, though it is only ten miles away, and this proved to be true on the day of our trip. We found the route covered in eight inches of snow. Except for in a few places, that was plenty of cover.

On Friday afternoon, I skied the Jackrabbit Trail from McKenzie Pond Road (outside Saranac Lake) to McKenzie Pond. The first mile or so has lots of roots and some rocks, and the cover was inadequate. Nevertheless, people have been skiing this popular part of the Jackrabbit.

If you’re looking for other ideas for early-season ski tours, check out this story by Tony Goodwin.

More snow is on its way, but we may be getting rain on Sunday, according to this forecast. Let’s hope we can dodge that bullet.

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