Bright sunshine and bright blue sky on Sunday afternoon means one thing: the traditional vulture run to pick at the weekend leftovers, after the crowds have left town!
Indian Lake village trails were holding up pretty well for a late weekend. There were shredder bumps for sure and the heavily traveled trails were snirty. But hey, we’ve all seen much worse. The exposed spots were getting scuffed down to dirt, but snow coverage on the trails is still nearly 100 percent. Bear Trap Swamp is starting to get messy on both ends with late winter melt water starting to seep into it. Lake Adirondack was fairly rough in spots.
Ski Hut trail, Little Canada and 42&Broadway were all in great shape. We were sure to double dip all those low traffic havens. Benton Road had great snow and ice coverage in the shade, but it’s getting baked in the sun.
The ride out the Lake Durant via S84 was the most interesting. There was rough studder chop past the Cedar River bridge, but years of experience tells me that I have to give it a chance up past the hill for a half mile to make a sound judgement whether to continue or just turn tail back to town. After the climb of the hillside with some scuffed corners, it was a different world once I got over the hump. The trail had some residual soft studders, but I could tell it had been groomed today. Read More…
The first week of March was amazingly cold with temperatures averaging greater than 15 degrees below normal! Not surprisingly, the Arctic air mass was very dry with little opportunity for significant snow. With the Polar Vortex swirling in eastern Canada, all of the storms were shunted well to our south.
That cold snap is over, with the Polar Vortex starting to retreat. Storms will have an opportunity to make a run at us again.
A strong shortwave moving across the northern United States could spawn a significant snow event for us in the Wednesday/Thursday time frame:
If a strong storm does develop, there wouldn’t be anything blocking it from making a serious run at us. This potential storm is still several days away, so it’s not carved on stone tablets yet. But this is the most promising prospect I’ve seen in a month. I think it has a shot. Read More…
Matt, Cal and I have been talking about doing a “mega-ride” over to Tug Hill and back for a couple of years. Yesterday was the fulfillment of that dream.
We started our ride at 7:30am with a temperature near -18*F. Yeah, we like to start our rides COLD! The Indian Lake village trails were a bit scuffed up and not as nice as I had seen them Thursday night. More of the same for C8/Sabael trail. Looks like they had considerable mid-week traffic.
Indian Lake was a mainly smooth, but very cold ride from end to end. We didn’t find many frozen ruts and there was adequate powder for cooling the slides and tunnel.
Indian Lake/Lewey Lake campsites were decent. Lewey Lake was a great crossing with more powder than Indian Lake. 2 Miles from Hell was decent, with the usually scuff marks and terrain bumps on the north end.
Perkins Clearing Road and Jessup River Road were super. It was like riding Canada through there, WOW!
Big Brook Trail had some studders and small rollers down to the Outhouse. Willis Mountain trail was a pretty good ride down to the Fall Lake kiosk. The final mile or so down to Piseco Lake was even better.
Piseco Lake was another smooth and fast crossing. The strong March sun was starting to take the sting out of the bitter cold by then. Read More…