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Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Fresh Powder Just What Jackrabbit Trail Needed


The Jackrabbit Ski Trail after last night’s snowfall. Photo by Phil Brown.

We got a few inches of fresh powder overnight and may get an additional four to nine inches before the day is done. Let’s hope the forecast is on target.

Before work, I went for a short ski on the Jackrabbit Trail outside Saranac Lake. Starting on McKenzie Pond Road, I made first tracks to the top of the small hill just beyond McKenzie Pond, a round trip of a little more than four miles.

With the snow we got last night and over the weekend, the skiing was much better than it was a few weeks ago. In a few spots, I had to keep an eye out for rocks lurking beneath the surface, but otherwise conditions were fine. If we get four or five more inches, there will be nothing on this stretch of the Jackrabbit to complain about. For conditions on the rest of the Jackrabbit, check the Adirondack Ski Touring Council website.

Keep your fingers crossed: if we get the maximum amount of snow in the forecast, many favorite backcountry trails should become skiable.

Below is a short video I made by holding my camera while descending the hill near McKenzie Pond. It’s unlikely to go viral, but it may give you sense of the conditions.


Phil Brown

Contributor Phil Brown was editor of the Adirondack Explorer from 1999-2018. When he isn't at his desk, he's usually out hiking, paddling, skiing, or doing something else important.

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