Thanksgiving Day 2014 Update

Wednesday’s storm delivered the goods and then some. The heavy snow make it about 40 miles further west than I had expected and cranked on southern and eastern Hamilton county to the tune of 8-12 inches. I made out great with 9 inches here at the ilsnow storm center in Indian Lake.

Further north and west toward Inlet, Old Forge and Big Moose, snow fall amounts decreased rapidly, judging from the webcams.

Weekend Update:

Remember that snowmobiling on state land doesn’t begin until the end of big game hunting season at sundown December 7th. Old Forge and Inlet snowmobile trails open December 8th.

The ground is still soft under the new snow, so the woods trails would be an absolute mess for anyone who dares to try them. Pretty much anywhere in eastern Upstate NY picked up enough snow for lawn jockey riding. So that’s probably your best strategy to get your quick two-cycle fix until we get into winter for real.

Perkins Clearing Update:

The fate of snowmobiling in Perkins Clearing was up in the air the last time I reported to you. Since then, the Town of Lake Pleasant has received its permit from DEC to work out the bypass around the plowing 4.7 miles down Perkins Clearing Road from the north end. You can read up on the latest here.

Lake Pleasant Highway Superintendent Randy LaVarnway deserves a ton of credit for pushing DEC and Lyme Timber to work out a solution that will maintain the important snowmobiling connection between Indian Lake and Speculator.


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