Saturday, May 1, 2021

More than a dusting............

 Well it stuck to the grass but not to the roads.  I'd say we got about two inches tops.  But it was melted off by noon.

Today's Video.............

Friday, April 30, 2021

How much?

 We started the month of April with snow and we're going to end it the same way.  How much I can't say, but it doesn't look  like more than a dusting


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Thursday, April 22, 2021

Sunday, April 11, 2021

Last of the snow..........

 These three spots are the last of the snow on the property.  One from the place I pile the snow up plowing and the other two are from me plowing and the snow off of the roof from next door.   But it may not be the last snow we see.  There are still some snow flakes in the upcoming forecast for us.





Friday, April 2, 2021

End of the season ride................

 Thanks to all for a great season and for watching the blog.  I put together a virtual ride for everyone to enjoy and get their fix till next season comes around.  The video is from my last ride on Tuesday the 9th of March.  Hope you enjoy it and make sure you watch it till the end.  I have something a little different for ya.

Today's video.............

Monday, March 29, 2021

Winter isn't over yet..........

 Well we are nice and white this morning again.

Today's video..........

Thursday, March 18, 2021

Hate to say it...............

 I took a ride out to the end of North Street yesterday and by what I saw.  I would guess that some of the inner trails my even be toast also.  If there is anything left out there it won't be for long.  Because starting Saturday the day time temps are all in the 40's and 50's for ten days.

Today's Video.................

Tuesday, March 16, 2021

New snow goes fast............

 Take note of the snow on the railing at Stillwater on Sunday.  The side of the railing is not covered with snow and the melt down of the snow is much faster than it is in the parking lot.  But as soon as a dark spot shows up in the lot, the melt down starts picking up speed there also.

Today's Video.........

Saturday, March 13, 2021

Looked pretty.............

 Had a dusting of snow overnight, which made it look all fresh and pretty this morning.  But it was short lived, as the sun cooked it off in no time and then it was back to the dirty snow. 

Today's Video.........

Friday, March 12, 2021

Doesn't look good.............

 I didn't take a ride out to north street today, to see what it's looking like.  But by what I saw here at the motel, I'd guess that it isn't pretty out there.  There are a few spots in the front yard that the grass is starting to show and the parking lot is bare in some spots.  I put a snow fix in at the end of the video for you.

Today's Video.............

Not looking........

 Not to be mister doom and gloom.  But it doesn't look all that promising for things to come back around before they close the gates.  There is some snow in the forecast, but it doesn't look like enough to make a difference.  I'm surprised no one has said anything about what is missing in the video.  Got any thoughts on what to do with what is left?

Today's Video..................

Wednesday, March 10, 2021

Hope not..............

 I'm hoping today wasn't the last of the season.  But just in case it was, I went out for a short ride this afternoon.  Overall the conditions today where good.  But with what I saw today, I don't think they will be all that great after two or three days of warmth and some R one day.  Just hope we get some new snow after the warm up or today just may have been my last ride of the season.

Today's Video..........

Monday, March 8, 2021

Quiet evening............

 It's pretty quiet around town this Sunday evening and nothing like it's been the last month.  Not much else to report.  Cross your fingers the mid week warm up doesn't hurt us to bad and we get some snow back in here to finish off the season till the end of the month.

Today's Video..........

Sunday, March 7, 2021

Temps Helped.............

 The cold temps over the weekend helped keep the trails frozen down, which was a big plus with the amount of traffic they saw.  The forecast for mid week isn't looking all that great.  But by Friday night we should be back to winter.  So next weekend may be a bust, but after that there is still two weeks before it's over and the gates swing shut for the season.

Today's Video............

Thursday, March 4, 2021

Two in one...............

 The video today shows what went on Wednesday and Thursday.  Trails are in great shape and the cold temps this weekend will help keep things together.  The Pink Ribbon Riders event will be in town this weekend.  I'm guessing they will be having trail rides, so keep an eye out for them.  Hope you have plans to get some seat time in.  Because I went out for a ride yesterday and you couldn't ask for better conditions.

Today's Video...........

Wednesday, March 3, 2021

Day late..........

 The cold temps have returned and the soft trail conditions from the warmth and R on Sunday and Monday are gone.  Groomers are out and the snow we received was enough to cover the ice in spots.  So here is Tuesday video on Wednesday morning.

Today's Video............

Monday, March 1, 2021

Don't like.............

Cross your fingers that the cold temps tonight freeze the lakes back up.  Because it looks like Stillwater has some slush on it.  I know the parking lot got soft in a few spots over the last few days, so it goes to figure the lakes got soft also.  We haven't seen much snow from the lake effect this evening, but at 10pm that all started to change.  How long will it last?  You never know with lake effect.  But we have gotten enough to make a change in the conditions, enough to cover the iced over spots.  Here's a pic at the info center.  But on the other hand we don't want to much or the lakes may not freeze back up.











Today's video............

Repeat of Saturday...........

 We saw some light R late in the afternoon on Sunday.  The warmer temps and the R that we did see over the last few days did put a hurting on the roads.  But colder temps are returning and with some new snow in the forecast for Monday the trails should be in pretty good shape.  It's that time of the year, spring time conditions are here.

Today's Video..........

Saturday, February 27, 2021

Didn't turn out to bad..........

 We had some light R today.  But nothing that I would call a wash out.  You may have gotten a little wet.  But it wasn't anything that washed out the trails or anything like that.  Take a look at the long range forecast and think about if you want to get another ride in this year.  Because there may be some ugly headed our way after next weekend.

Today's video................

Friday, February 26, 2021

Get it in..............

March is only a few days away and with it comes a hotter sun.  Today you could really feel the heat of the sun on your back when you went outside.  So get as much seat time in as you can.  Because who knows when it will come to an end.  Last year the first weekend in March was the end of the season for us.

Today's video.............

Thursday, February 25, 2021

Had some.............

 We did have some R over night.  But it wasn't anything to get upset about.  This morning a cold front came through and gave us an inch or so of snow.  It may not come true, but after looking at the super long range forecast. You may want to get in as much seat time as you can.  Because four days of temps in the high 30's can't be good for conditions.

Today's video...........

Wednesday, February 24, 2021

It's getting..............

 It's been a good run and I hate to say it, but we are getting to that time of the year when the weather doesn't always go the way we want it to.  Looks like a spike on Saturday and I'm hoping if it does happen, it holds off till later in the day.

Today's Video...........

Tuesday, February 23, 2021

Short Ride.................

Went out for a short ride this afternoon and over all the trails are in good shape.  Did 50 miles in about two hours. Went south on 6 then back north on the tracks.  Tracks could have been better than we just looped around up to Big Moose and back to Old Forge. 29 still wasn't great and we turned around.

Today's Video................

Just keeps getting better.....................

 Had snow most of the day and we picked up another 4 to 6 inches.  It looks like the amount of people in the area is going to be lighter this week,  by what I saw today.  So riding conditions this week should be at peak.  You'll see what I'm talking about in today's video.

Today's Video..........

Monday, February 22, 2021

Not as bad !

 Ten day forecast only has one day that we'll see the sun and that day the predicted high will be 27.  So the few days that the temp is predicted to go above freezing won't be as bad.  38 and cloudy compared to 38 and sunny makes a big difference in the damage done to conditions.

Today's Video................

Saturday, February 20, 2021

It's a good thing.............

 The number of people looking at the blog Saturday are down, which is a good thing.  That means they are out and about and I hope getting in some seat time.  Because it doesn't get much better than it is and who knows how long it will stick around.

Today's Video..............

Friday, February 19, 2021

Quick 47.............

 Went out for a short ride tonight.  Overall the trails are in pretty good shape.  The only one I wouldn't have taken again was Sheldrick Run.  It's always a hit or miss trail and tonight I should have missed it.  Put on a quick 47 miles and saw more sleds than normal for a Thursday night.

Today's Video..............

Wednesday, February 17, 2021

Will there be a second time..............

 Finished shoveling the roofs today.  Now the thousand dollar question is, will there be a second time?  We still have a week and a half in February and all of March to go.  Wouldn't be the first time I had to do it twice in one winter.  Noticed today that the snow stick is still hanging in at the two foot mark.  Yesterday's warmth and R settled the snow down a lot.  When I was shoveling I noticed that it also packed the snow down from Monday.

Today's video............
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Not what was predicted..............

 Well we didn't see as much as was predicted.  But what we did get, will help us out in the long term.  I am glad that I shoveled most the roofs and will be finishing them Wednesday.  It wasn't in the forecast, but we did have some R today and the weight of the snow has increased a lot. Also after today's weather, the base on the trails will be holding together a lot better.

Today's Video........

Tuesday, February 16, 2021

Did some more.........

 Did another section of the motel roof today.  There was two plus feet on this section also.  Which would be OK, but with another two feet predicted over the next ten days.  Now you're talking four feet and starting to push your luck.  It's not in the forecast, but all you would need then is some R and things could get ugly fast.

Today's Video...................

Monday, February 15, 2021

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

 There have been flurries in the air all morning.  At noon it has increased to the point that I can say it's snowing.  I'll keep you updated on how things are going.

Sunday, February 14, 2021

Saturday, February 13, 2021

Easy Two..................

To tell you the truth I didn't think it was that deep.  Started shoveling roofs today and there was an easy two feet up there. Looks like it's a good thing I started on them.  Because if we get the snow that is in the 10 day forecast, there will be another two up there in 10 days.

Today's video................

Friday, February 12, 2021

Got side tracked...........

 Crazy Friday morning and I forgot to video the parking lot this morning.  The upcoming week looks like it's going to be interesting when it comes to snow totals.  Not that I really want to, but I think I'm going to start shoveling the motel roofs Saturday, in case we do get the predicted snow.  Because if we do, they would have close to three feet on them. 

Today's Video.........

Thursday, February 11, 2021

Two in a day............

 Check it out, I didn't fall asleep in the chair tonight and posted the video before midnight. 

 Everyone I have talked with this week are putting on a hundred or more miles each day.  They are also going to areas that they haven't been to before.  

I'm sure many of you know about this, but for those of you that don't. It's called Polaris Ride Command and it's a free map app that shows you where snowmobile trails are.

Not much else to report.  If you have plans to head north this weekend remember to pack the warm stuff.  Because we will be having below zero temps at night.

Today's Video............

Heater is evil...............

 Went for a ride last night and started working on Wednesday's video when I returned.  I turned on the little heater in the office and started working on the video.  But after being out in the fresh air, it didn't take longer before I was fast asleep in the chair.  So here is Wednesday's video on Thursday.

Wednesday's Video.............

Wednesday, February 10, 2021

Do you see?

 I got my laugh for the day, when putting together today's video.  It's something we all have done.  Do you see what it is?  Conditions are good and just keep getting better.  Went to Stillwater to fix the camera and was very pleased with the conditions.  With conditions as good as they are, most people are taking longer rides, so I didn't pass many sleds on the way up and back.

Today' Video............

Tuesday, February 9, 2021

Looking good..............

 The forecast is looking really good for the upcoming holiday weekend, with cold temps and then a few shots of new snow to keep things fresh during the week.  Not much else to report on and if you don't have any plans to get some riding in, you are missing out on some of the best conditions we have seen in a few years.

Today's Video...........

Sunday, February 7, 2021

So what was I up to?

 Tuesday afternoon I started the fun job of shoveling off roofs.  The one you can see in the video is the sled shed roof.  I also did two other sheds and two roofs out back.  It won't be much longer and I'll be up on the motel roof, with the way it's been snowing around here.

Today's video.............

Saturday, February 6, 2021

Keeps Getting............

 The warmth and sun on Thursday and then add the great packing snow on Friday morning, trail conditions keep getting better.  The long range forecast is showing temps that will keep the base frozen down for the upcoming week.

Today's Video...........

Friday, February 5, 2021

Started doing............

 Over the last few days I started doing something around here.  You'll notice it in the video of the parking lot each morning.  What have I been up to?  Today we had sun all day and warm temps compared to what it has been.  But that is over and we'll be back to teens and below at night starting tonight.  Snow on Friday and it sounds like it will be good packing snow.

Today's Video...........

Thursday, February 4, 2021

It's a good thing............

I thought I posted this Wednesday night, but I came to my attention this afternoon that it didn't.  So here is Wednesday's post and I'll be doing one for Thursday later. 

Thinking about what to report on and all you have to say is.  Forecast looks good, over a foot of base, groomers are out, trail conditions are good and you couldn't ask for better temps.  Guess this fits the definition of, life is good if you're a snowmobiler.

Today's video.............

Wednesday, February 3, 2021

This Weekend

 Just had a room with two beds cancel for this weekend.

Will it?

 With the storm bringing snow to most of the north east, will the increased traffic let up some in the Old Forge area?    Something that has been a bonus, from the larger area of snow coverage, is being able to make loop rides outside of the normal lake effect snow band areas.

Today's Video.........

Tuesday, February 2, 2021

Not like some...........

We're going to see some snow from the storm, but nothing like some have.  Winter weather advisory is calling for up to 6 inches by Tuesday night.  But that's OK by me.  We don't need to see a two foot dump, on top of the two feet we already have on the ground.  That would put us into roof shoveling season for sure.

Today's Video.............

Monday, February 1, 2021

Another week...........

 Forecast is looking good and we should have another week of good riding.  Not much else to report, besides everyone seems to be having a good time and more snow is on the way.

Today's Video..........

Saturday, January 30, 2021

Great Weekend !

 Riding conditions are good and the temps this weekend had a lot to do with it.  11 below this morning and our high was 10.  So everything stayed frozen down and the trails held up well with the high sled traffic we had this weekend.

Today's Video.............

Friday, January 29, 2021

Make the call.............

 I said something in a previous video.  But I'm going to say it again in text.  If you're a regular Old Forge rider and you have thoughts of coming up this winter, you need to get a reservation in at your normal place you stay.  Because with other areas not having good snow this season, we are seeing a lot of new people to the area.  It's never fun when you have to tell a good returning guest that you don't have room for them.  On another note what did I mess up in this video?

Today's Video............

Thursday, January 28, 2021

Deep freeze.............

 Just watched the local 11pm news and they are calling for Old Forge to bottom out at 12 below tonight.  I cleared the weather station and I'll let you know tomorrow what it drops to.  We had light snow most of the afternoon, not anything that amounted to much.  Trails should hold up well this weekend, with the cold temps we'll be having here in the north country.

Today's Video...........

Sorry...

 No video today.  But the webcams tell the story.  If you aren't here you're missing out.  Have guys doing loop rides of 150 to 200 miles and enjoying every mile of it.

Wednesday, January 27, 2021

Slow and Steady...........

 Storm front came in late morning and by 1pm we starting seeing snow.  Not a big snow maker when it came to inches, but a good storm when it came to everyone getting it.  Made it better for taking loop rides and not having to stay where the lake effect bands gave us snow.

Today's Video............

Tuesday, January 26, 2021

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

 Snow got here later than predicted, started and 1:15pm, not 10am.  Which could be a good thing.  May mean the storm is moving slower than thought and we could see bigger numbers from it.  More later.

Monday, January 25, 2021

WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY

 WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY IN EFFECT FROM NOON TUESDAY TO 10 AM EST WEDNESDAY...

* WHAT...Snow expected. Total snow accumulations of 3 to 6 inches,
with locally higher amounts of up to 8 inches possible across
portions of the Mohawk Valley and southern Adirondacks.

Are we going to have a replay of last week?  If we get another 8 this week, we'll be in good shape for some time, as long as we don't get a warm up.  We did get to 10 below last night before  the clouds moved in and warmed things up.  Only other thing to report is, you're missing out if you are here.

Today's video...........



Sunday, January 24, 2021

So far............

 I think Monday morning is going to be the coldest one we've had this season so far.  Forecast is saying -2, but I'm predicting more like 10 to 15 below.  We had sun today and believe it or not, that can be a good thing in some ways.  It isn't good for keeping the roads covered.  But it can be good for the trails, it softens them up during the day and then they freeze down at night making for a better base.  Not much else to report on, besides winter is here and I hope you're getting a chance to enjoy it.

Today's Video.........

Hope You........

The number of times people looked at the blog was way down on Saturday.  So I hope it's because, you got a chance to get out and ride some with all the new snow the area has seen this past week.  Traffic was very heavy Saturday, but I think the colder temps helped keep things frozen down and the trails held up better the the high traffic level.

Today's Video..........

Friday, January 22, 2021

Video tells it all............

 No need to write anything tonight.  The video tells it all and it looks like the upcoming week is going to be a good one.  Got the trail cam back online.  Cross your fingers the fix holds and it stays on.

Today's Video............

Just a week ago............

 And to think just a week ago people where canceling their reservation for the holiday weekend because of lack of snow and by this weekend the groomers will be out in full force doing their magic.  Please give them the right of way, because the less times they have to stop, the more they can get done. 

Today's Video.........

Thursday, January 21, 2021

Stock Pile..................

 We had lake effect today again and added another inch or two to the snow total for the week.  Looks like another 4 to 6 on Thursday and Friday.  Which is OK by me, let's stock pile some snow.  Never hurts to have a extra foot or two on the ground, just in case you need it.  It also makes live so much easier on the groomers, when they don't have to worry about clipping something with the mogul master.

Today's Video..............

Wednesday, January 20, 2021

Keep it coming.............

 Lake effect gave us half a foot plus on Tuesday and looks like more to come by the end of the week.  What else can I say, we went from stay at home, to you're missing out in a matter of days.  Welcome to Upstate New York weather. 

Today's Video............

Tuesday, January 19, 2021

I didn't.....................

 So let's see who picks up on something that you don't see that often in today's video.  I watched it a few times before I caught it.  If nobody notices it, I'll give you some hits.  Conditions are good and getting better by the day.  Now let's just hope it stays this way till the end of the season.

Today's Video............

Monday, January 18, 2021

Crazy...........

 It's been crazy around here with the foot plus of new snow.  So I'm running behind on getting the Sunday video posted.  But here it is and I'm planning on posting again later, when Wes brings the camera back from today.

Sunday's Video..........

Saturday, January 16, 2021

It's time to ride............

 The storm dropped 6 plus inches of heavy wet snow that has turned things around overnight.  This evening the lake effect snow machine is starting to fire up and it looks like another 4 to 8 from that.  So conditions are good and it's time to get out there an start enjoying winter.  Today's video pretty much says it all, hope you enjoy it.

Today's Video.........

Saturday Morning Update.......

 Five inches of great packing snow and still snowing.  Conditions have gone from marginal to fair over night and if it keeps snowing like this all day, we will have good conditions by this evening.  You couldn't ask for better snow than we are getting today.  Then through in some lake effect after this storm front passes.  More later,  I'm going out to plow.

Friday, January 15, 2021

How much...........

If we get 6 to 12 of wet snow we'll be in pretty good shape.  Then the cold coming in behind it to freeze it all down.  Let the 2021 riding season begin!

Today's video...........

Thursday, January 14, 2021

It may just happen!

 The 2021 snowmobile season may be getting started this weekend, if we get the snow that is in the forecast.  You'll see in the video that there have been a few sleds around town, but nothing like it should be for the second week of January.  By what I'm seeing, the snow we will be getting will improve conditions very fast, as it will be snow from a storm and not lake effect.

Just watched the 11pm news and weather.  Local forecast is calling for 5 to 8 from the storm, with lake effect to follow.  Who knows, with it being a holiday weekend, we may just pull off a two day weekend of riding yet.  Just not the norm of Friday and Saturday, but Saturday and Sunday for those who have it off. 

Today's Video.........

WINTER STORM WATCH

WINTER STORM WATCH IN EFFECT FROM LATE FRIDAY NIGHT THROUGH SUNDAY MORNING...

* WHAT...Heavy snow possible. Total snow accumulations of greater
than 7 inches possible. Winds could gust as high as 35 mph
Saturday morning into the evening.

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

Tuesday, January 12, 2021

Could it be true?

 Forecast is still holding, with snow 8 out of 10 days.  The thousand dollar question is, will we get it?  No big number snow falls, which can be a good thing.  Light snow all day, could mean the roads don't get plowed and they just pack down.  Went out to north street and took a walk out onto trail 1 to see how it was looking.  Could see solid ice base, where someone spun their track, with an inch or two of cover.   How thick the base was I can't say for sure, but I would guess it isn't all that thick.  Saying sled traffic the last few days has been light, is an under statement.  Not much else to report and keep your fingers crossed the forecast comes true.

Today's video.............

Monday, January 11, 2021

Something Different.........

 Can you believe it, it's snowing.  Doesn't look like it's going to amount to much, but at least it's a start.  Everything is frozen down, all we need is 6 inches to make it rideable.  It won't be great, but better than anything we've had so far this season.



Sunday, January 10, 2021

At Least.............

 The long range forecast is now showing some numbers with the snow showers. Nothing to get all crazy about, but at least enough that we may start to get some riding in for the season if it comes true.  I'm also liking some of the wind directions I'm seeing, that may also bring us some lake effect.  But that you never know till it happens.  Nothing much else to report.  Hope everyone is safe and getting your projects done, as we all wait for it to snow.

Today's Video.........

Friday, January 8, 2021

Which one of you?

 So I want to know which one of you didn't have snow on your Christmas list for Santa?  There has to be someone to blame for the lack of snow this year.  I know it's all Dave's fault.  

Hasn't been much to report on.  Had a few people come up and give it a try the beginning of the week.  They all said the same thing.  Wasn't sorry they did it and only saw a few other people out there. Conditions aren't anything to talk about and if there was any kind of traffic at all, the little snow that is out there wouldn't last long.  So I guess that goes along with the town report of VERY MARGINAL conditions.

Today's Video..............

Monday, January 4, 2021

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

 Started doing the video yesterday and then I got side tracked.  So here is Sunday's video on Monday morning.  Things have frozen back down after the early Saturday morning R and we have gotten a heavy dusting to an inch of new snow late Sunday afternoon into the evening.  We also have some light snow this morning that is coming off of the lake.

Yesterday's Video.....

Saturday, January 2, 2021

Got Even................

 I've been saying that it's quiet around town the last few days.  Well with the R we had over night, turning everything into mashed potatoes this morning, it got even quieter today.  It's 8:30 at night and there is only one car in Fastrac's parking lot and not a sled to be heard or seen.  I'm just hoping that the few that did go out riding today, didn't mess things up to much.  Because the temps are dropping into the teens tonight and the trails will be freezing in however they left them.

Today's Video...........

Friday, January 1, 2021

Happy New Year !

 Hope everyone had a nice New Years Day and are safe and heathy.  It was a very quiet holiday here in the north country this year.  So quiet, one of the guests we have in, asked if it is always like this.  I told them no, between lack of snow and covid it's been a slow winter season so far.  I'm just hoping that Saturday morning we don't see to much R and it's more snow than anything.  So cross your fingers and put in a few extra dance steps.

Today's video...........