1/9/2021 - We have a little 1/2 mile figure-8 course near our house at Mersereau Park in south Endicott that we've been skiing for the past week. It gets pretty repetitive after a few laps, but the tracks are in good shape.
We went to Oakley Corners this afternoon (Saturday 1/9/21). There is mostly sufficient base on trail 1 (at least) to ski, but it's thin snow over a boot-tracked frozen base so marginal skiing conditions.
1/10/21 - We skied the canal path at Chenango Valley State Park this afternoon, going from the beach parking lot to the bridge at Chenango Forks. The path was mostly well covered and packed by foot traffic. For some of the route there were clear untrampled ski tracks to follow, more so on the north end of the trail.
Just after we reached the Forks end, Dawn Fox pulled into the parking at that side and skied part of the way back with us.
There were a lot of cars at the CVSP parking lot, maybe 40 or more and a lot of people walking the park roads. Likewise there were a surprisingly large number of cars at Oakley Corners yesterday (about 20).
We skied at Highland Park in Onondaga County east of Tully Friday 1/22 which is in near perfect shape. We skied the West Trail and the South Trail loops.
They have ample base for trail grooming and machine-set tracks. There is a $10 trail fee (season pass is $30) payable at a ticket booth off the Skyline Lodge parking lot. The Skyline Lodge itself is closed due to Covid concerns, but there are portable toilets available.
Locally, we skied at Endicott's Mercereau park several days this past week, but cover is very thin in spots.
Snowshoed at Greenwood Park on Thursday, Jan. 21. Trails are okay for snowshoeing and walking (I recommend using hiking poles) but weren't good for skiing. With the recent snow, they may improve. I will post here when I hear that the trails are officially open.
Saturday January 23 we skied at Greenwood Park. We were headed further north, looking for snow but there was a surprising amount as we approached Greenwood, so opted to give it a try.
The trails had 3-4" of light new snow on top of whatever was left from previous snows. The park office was not open, hence no trail fee or rental availability, and they have not packed the trails and probably don't have enough snow to do so.
However, we were able to ski everything we tried (Woodland, Lake, Creek, and Outer trails). Some of the downhills are tricky because there's enough snow to hide ruts and frozen footprints, but not enough snow to render them irrelevant. If you go, it might be best not to use your shiny new skis, but there is adequate cover most everywhere.
The Triple Cities Hiking Club has information on cross country skiing destinations. Check out their webpage, join their Facebook group, and/or subscribe to their TCHC Yahoogroup e-mail listserv by sending a 'blank' note to email@example.com.
Looking for local ski conditions (week of March 1) at Greek Peak. Also any info if GP or Whiteface will be open until the weekend of April 1 (or after). Thank you!
Conditions can vary a lot this time of year depending on the weather. Alpine ski conditions are usually better than cross country due to snowmaking and grooming.
Your best bet is to check the area you wish to go to. Call the Greek Peak Mountain Conditions Hotline: (800) 365-7669. They also post conditions on their website at: https://www.greekpeak.net/ski-ride/current-conditions-webcams/. Greek recently said they are aiming to stay open until May 1.
Most areas update their Facebook pages before they update their websites. Greenwood Park is a good example.