Thursday, January 31, 2019

Points north.........

We saw some light lake effect today, but points north of us really saw some action.  Had a few guests head to the north today and they said some areas got snow by the feet.  So much snow, that they turned around and headed back this way.  As they didn't want to get stuck in it.  Cross your fingers that we see limited or no R at all next week.  We can handle the warmth for a few days and even some drizzle.  But we can do without the plan old R.

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Wednesday, January 30, 2019

Those who haven't..................

Went out riding last night and found some of the best conditions this year so far.  We saw about 20 sleds all night, on a five hour ride.  Now some of that time was spent in Pine Tree eating.  There's something to be said about riding untouched, freshly groomed trails.   For those of you that only come to the area on the weekend.  Should spoil yourself sometime and try weekdays.  Trust me, after you see what weekday conditions are like.  You'll be trying to figure out how to get up again.  You also don't have to wait to get seated to eat.

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Tuesday, January 29, 2019

Not much..............

We didn't see much of anything this morning, a few inches tops.  But mid afternoon things have turned around and we are starting to see the snow come down at a pretty good rate.  Now it's just a matter of how long it will keep coming.  If all night and into the morning we will see a good half a foot or more with no problem.   More later...……….

11:30pm Update: Went out riding tonight and all I can say is if you aren't here your missing out.  I'm now headed up to the mountain to reset the cams on top.  I'm out of hours for today.  So I'm sorry to say I won't have a video for you.

Monday, January 28, 2019

What will we see...............

Just watched the local forecast and they are showing our area to get hit the hardest by the storm Tuesday.  Not sure what kind of snow we'll see, my guess will be wet at first and then dry out some as the temps drop during the afternoon.  Keep an eye on the cams to see what we're getting.

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Sunday, January 27, 2019

You never know...........

I think it was last Friday the forecast was calling for 8 to 12 and we saw about 2.  Today's was calling for 3 to 5 and we saw 6 plus.  So it goes to show, you never know till it's on the ground.  Today's snow didn't look like it was coming off of the lakes on the radar.  But it was just like lake effect snow, very light in weight.  Bottom line is, it put a new coating of snow on the ice from last Thursday's warm up.

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Saturday, January 26, 2019

Cold has returned...............

Here in Old Forge we had clouds this morning, but this afternoon the sun was out most of the time.  To the north of us saw more clouds and snow.  The trails have frozen back down and Thursday's R has added to the ice base.  I would of liked to seen a little more snow than we got.  But everyone seems to be having a good weekend and the forecast does have more snow coming our way.

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Better late than never............

Didn't see all that much snow on Friday.  But things are frozen back down and the snow we did get was enough to give the sleds cooling.  Ran out of hours so post is very late .

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Thursday, January 24, 2019

Spring is gone and winter has returned.............

The change over brought us some snow this afternoon and we got about an inch from it.  But the biggest thing is the temps are back below freezing and things are starting to firm back up.  Calling for teens tonight and lake effect on Friday.  So that will get things back in shape for a weekend of riding.

Friday Update: Most of the slush in the parking lot has frozen back over and what isn't will be soon.  We also have snow coming from the sky helping to freeze things up and turn yesterdays melt down around.  Also the internet connection to the top of McCauley went out.  So both cams on top and the trail cam are out.  I'm hoping it will reset, if not I'll have to make a trip the mountain.

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It's started..........

The change over from R to snow has started at 12:45pm.

Wednesday, January 23, 2019

It's here.............

The R has arrived and now it's a waiting game for the change over to happen.   With the amount of  new snow we have on the ground, it should be able to suck up a good amount of R before it starts to melt down.  Also a plus it the amount of cold we had before this, so everything is frozen down solid.

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Tuesday, January 22, 2019

What will it be?

The forecast has changed many times for Wednesday.  Not that we really want to see it, but a little R would make the new snow firm up nice and add to the base.  But all we can do is cross our fingers and hope for the best.  Haven't seen many people in the office today, which tells me the riding is to good to hang out at the motel.

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Monday, January 21, 2019

First one this year..............

Today was the first time this season that we stayed below zero all day.  There is a full moon out tonight and not a cloud in the sky.  Good thing it wasn't like that last night or we would of gotten a lot colder than the 18 below we had.  Looks like a mid week warm up, that could make things even better.

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Sunday, January 20, 2019

Got Snow!

Ten day forecast looks good and you can now go just about anywhere you want after the new snow.  So this could be the pick week of the season.  But who knows things could even get better.

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Saturday, January 19, 2019

Saw a Cutter...............

There's a cutter in today's video and you don't see to many of them around.  Sorry about not getting the parking lot video first thing this morning.  I went out to do it, but the camera was dead. So I put it on charge and then got side tracked.

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Friday, January 18, 2019

What day is it............

With the amount of people around town today, you would of thought it was a Saturday not Friday.  You couldn't have planned this storm any better than it is.  Come into town on Friday, have storm on Saturday into Sunday and have everything cleaned up so people can head home on Monday.

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Take Note.......

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Also the Old Mill has reopened and it's my understanding that the soup and salad is back.  I haven't been over yet.  But some of the guests have and said it was good.

Thursday, January 17, 2019

Hard to believe...............

Just over a week ago the riding conditions where just rideable and now they are good to great with more snow on the way.  The thousand dollar question now is, will it make it to the end of the season without a warm up.  One can only hope!

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Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Another Day............

I'd say today was another day of above average traffic for a weekday.  We had lake effect most of the day and when it was all said and done I'd give it 3 to 4 inches.  Looks like we're going to get chilly tonight again with a low around 10 below.  Long range forecast is looking REALLY sweet.  So don't miss out on what could be some of the best riding of the season.   See if you notice my screw up in the video.

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Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Clouds have returned.............

Was cloudy all day and we had light snow in the air.  It didn't amount to anything more than a dusting.  For a weekday there was a good amount of sled traffic around town.  If this weekend's storm comes together, like they are calling for, traffic should lighten up in the area.  As more areas will have snow to ride on.

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Monday, January 14, 2019

Don't miss out............

We may not have feet of snow and you would think that conditions couldn't be all that great.  But the ice base is the key to the conditions we have.  You don't need all that much snow when you have 3 plus inches of solid ice for the base.  Forecast is looking good with cloud cover and light snow.  It was very pretty here today with the bright sun, but when it comes to holding the trail conditions together cloudy is the way to go.

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Better late than never............

Here's what it was looking like Sunday morning and some video from Saturday.  I'll be posting another video for today later on.

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Saturday, January 12, 2019

Stillwater at it's best..............

Today's video says it all on how the conditions are.

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Friday, January 11, 2019

First ride in Old Forge...........

Have a first time rider enjoying the trails here at Christy's today.  He'll be doing the pool loop in no time and the next thing you'll know is he'll be taking the trail to the back forty, just the big people.

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Heading North?

Please be careful this weekend.    As there will be a lot of people in the area and the ice base is still out there.  So you never know when your sled may break loose and take you for a ride you may not enjoy.

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Wednesday, January 9, 2019

Winter has returned.................

Snowed all day and we got a good 6 to 8 so far.  Doesn't sound like much, but trust me, it did make a world of difference.  Calling for more tonight and Thursday.  Won't be long and the light for the one foot mark on the snow stick will be under snow.  Not much else to saw, watch the video it says it all.

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Winter Storm Warning

Northern Herkimer-
Including the cities of Big Moose, Eagle Bay, McKeever,
Old Forge, Atwell, Nobleboro, and Northwood
620 AM EST Wed Jan 9 2019


* WHAT...Heavy snow and some blowing snow. Total snow
accumulations of 8 to 12 inches. Winds gusting as high as 40

Tuesday, January 8, 2019

Cross your fingers............

We had some R later this afternoon.  Nothing that really did much damage and the new snow soaked it up.  Looks like the temp is going to drop later tonight with snow coming back to the area.  So things should freeze back up and this could all work out for the best.  Making the base that much harder and thicker.  Keep tuned to the cams to see what's going on.

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Monday, January 7, 2019


Northern Herkimer-Hamilton-
Including the cities of Big Moose, Eagle Bay, McKeever,
Old Forge, Atwell, Nobleboro, Northwood, Long Lake, Sabattis,
Hoffmeister, and Wells
340 AM EST Mon Jan 7 2019


* WHAT...Snow expected. Total snow accumulations of 2 to 6 inches

* WHERE...Northern Herkimer and Hamilton Counties in the western

* WHEN...From 10 PM this evening to 10 AM EST Tuesday.

Sunday, January 6, 2019

Sunday 11am

It's been snowing all morning.  Nothing big, got and inch or two.  But at this point I'll take whatever we can get.

Saturday, January 5, 2019

Not much to report..............

Traffic was lighter today than the last few days.  Saw a few sleds at Stillwater around lunch time and a few getting gas across the street.  But besides that it's pretty quiet around here.  I'm sure most of you are watching the flip flop forecast for this week.  So let's hope it turns for the better and we get some snow, so we can get out riding again.

I reset the system on top of McCauley yesterday.  But by the time I got home it was off again.   So I'll get it back online ASAP.  It's having a connection problem with the router at the base.

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Thursday, January 3, 2019

What to say..............

I really don't like it when conditions are like this.  I got many calls today wanting to know what the conditions are like. What do you say?  Stay home or come up.  It all depends on what you're looking for.  Can you ride ….yes.  I didn't go out on the trails to see first hand how they are.  But I would guess that things are thin in areas and are holding up because of the light traffic.

The cams on top of McCauley and the trail went down this morning.  I'm hoping they'll reset in the morning.  If not it's off to the top to do it in person.

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11:45am and we still have light snow coming from the sky.  Radar shows it's from Old Forge north to the top of the county.  Snow total is around 4 inches.  Not enough to ride yet in my book.  But it's a start and more to come next week by the way it looks.  More later...……...

Wednesday, January 2, 2019

Cross eveything you got and get dancing!!!!!!!!!!


* WHAT...Snow expected. Total snow accumulations of 3 to 6 inches
expected, except 1 to 3 inches near and south of Interstate 90.

* WHERE...Herkimer, Hamilton, and Northern Fulton Counties.

* WHEN...From 10 PM this evening to 10 AM EST Thursday.

Tuesday, January 1, 2019

Happy New Year !

Late in the afternoon yesterday we started to see some light R  and as evening set in it got heavier. Over night the winds picked up and we had some downed trees in the area, but besides that there isn't much to talk about or report.  Forecast isn't looking all that great for the rest of the week, so dig into a project on the "Honey Do List" and win some points for when the conditions improve.

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