Good skiing after the storm

The Avalanche Pass hiking trail above Marcy Dam on Sunday.

I did two classic ski trips after last week’s snowstorm. Although we didn’t get as much snow as some had predicted, the conditions were pretty darn good.

Conditions have already changed. It warmed up enough on Monday to produce a bit of rain, but it’s supposed to snow again this week. With those caveats, here is a short trip report.

Avalanche Lake

On Saturday, I skied the Jackrabbit Trail from McKenzie Pond Road to the top of the pass between Haystack Mountain and McKenzie Mountain. The big question was whether the long hill after McKenzie Pond (a 1.5-mile ascent) would have enough cover for a safe descent. Happily, it did, though there were a few thin spots easily avoided. The trail between the pond and the road also had adequate cover.

Incidentally, this was the case even though I did the trip in late afternoon, after many others had skied the same route.

On Sunday, I skied from Adirondak Loj through Avalanche Pass to Lake Colden. The snow on the trail from the Loj to Marcy Dam was often too thin to cover roots and rocks. It was still skiable, with caution. Above Marcy Dam, the conditions were very good on the trails. Wind had scoured the snow on Avalanche Lake, leaving much of the lake glare ice. Likewise, the cover on Lake Colden was thin or non-existent.

As I write, I don’t think we’ve lost too much of last week’s snow, though it won’t be as powdery as it was this past weekend. With luck, we’ll get some new powder by the end of the week.


About Phil Brown

Phil Brown edited the Adirondack Explorer from 1999 until his retirement in 2018. He continues to explore the park and to write for the publication and website.

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