Need help for Boreas Ponds Classification!

Hello..You haven’t heard from me in a while!

After last year’s pathetic excuse for a winter, I’m content to wash the stink off and reboot for this winter.

Onto the important stuff:



The Boreas Ponds is another tract that New York State will classify soon. If given the Wild Forest Classification, the Boreas Ponds tract would provide a good opportunity for a snowmobile connection from Newcomb to North Hudson. As present, there are NO good snowmobile connections from ilsnow land into the eastern Adirondacks. Read More…

Game Over…

The Fat Ole’ Lady is singing loud and clear!

Temperatures well into the 60s Wednesday afternoon sent snowmelt into hyper-drive.

Update 3/10/16: NYS DEC has closed all snowmobile trails and seasonal access roads on Forest Preserve, State Forest and Conservation Easement Lands in the Adirondacks. Towns of Webb & Inlet have closed their snowmobile trail system.



Winter is dead, but its spirit lives on at Old Forge SnoFest, running Friday, March 11th and Saturday, March 12th.

The manufacturers probably won’t be able to offer demo rides on their premier 2017 models, but SnoFest goes on…with or without snow!

Call the Old Forge Visitor Information Center at 315-369-6983 for more information.

Wrapping it up…

This winter was a dud from start to finish, easily the worst snowmobiling season I can recall. We can only hope for better next winter.

Barring a late-March surprise, this will be my final commentary for this season. It’s been an honor and privilege to serve the ilsnow nation for another winter.

Before you leave me for the off-season, drop me a line to say what you liked about or what you’d like me to change. My goal is always to provide useful information that you’d be hard pressed to find anywhere else.

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End of the Road: Update 3/2/16

We got an inch of snow/sleet Tuesday night. Then temperatures shot up to the middle-30s with a quarter-inch of rain. Shortly after sunrise, the temperature took a nose dive into the teens. Some decent snow showers blew through, but didn’t leave anything of significance.

Lakes are glare ice and any left-over trail base is hard as a brick.

First off: DEC has closed the gates to Moose River Plains through the end of mud season. 

Perkins Clearing still does hold a base and some people did make their way back there on Wednesday:


Yes, it looks nice and white when you get back in there, but it’s as hard as a brick with a scant skiff of windblown powder. Studs and ice-scratchers would be a major asset because the winter cold heading into the weekend will keep all the moisture locked up in the trail base and away from your heat-exchangers and slides.

Could you ride in Perkins Clearing from Mason Lake parking lot if you absolutely need a last ride? Yes, but you have to decide if it’s worth the haul.

Extended Outlook:


Temperatures rising into the 50s and even 60s next week will melt the remnant snow pack very quickly and make it difficult to reach the nooks and crannies that would still hold ride-able snow. Read More…


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