Sunday, March 3, 2024

Will there be...............

 Rafting season starts in four weeks and the thousand-dollar question is.  Will there be enough water in the river to have rafting?  Because the snowpack will be gone and we'll have to count on R to get the river flowing.

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

Saturday, March 2, 2024

Quiet in town..............

 How quiet is it?  One of the clerks at the post office commented that they have been slow this winter and felt it was because of the lack of snow.

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

Friday, March 1, 2024

Winter this morning.............

 It still felt like winter this morning, by afternoon we warmed back up and it felt like spring again.  By Saturday afternoon any of the new snow we just got will be gone and we'll be back to the ugly once again.

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

Thursday, February 29, 2024

Three still down............

 We had high winds and the power was on and off last night.  Stillwater, McCauley and the Trail cam are offline at this time.  Hoping to get McCauley and the Trail back online Friday.  Let's see who is paying attention.  What's missing in today's video?

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

Wednesday, February 28, 2024

One Day..........

 Winter has returned but it won't be here long.  By the way the forecast looks, by Friday it will feel like spring again.  At 8:15pm we do have a good band of lake effect in the area.  I included still pics from 8:05 showing the snow. 

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




Tuesday, February 27, 2024

What I missed............

 The end of the video has pictures of what I missed in yesterday's video and what others saw that I didn't see.

Today's Video>>>>>>>

Monday, February 26, 2024

It's sad...........

 To see the snow conditions going downhill the way they have over the last week, just isn't good for your mental health.  Because we won't be jumping into spring in the near future.  We'll just have to look at the ugly before spring does get here.

I watched the video three time and then I saw it.  What did I see?  

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

Sunday, February 25, 2024

Looks close.............

 At first, I thought today was going to be the first day with no sled sightings.  But after watching the information center video very closely.  I did see one sled and noticed the tracks change a few times. It makes you wonder what a sled ever did to its rider for them to take it out in these conditions.  I know there's one sled that will never be ridden again for sure.  It burnt up last night just before the bridge on North Street.

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

Saturday, February 24, 2024

And it begins............

 The snow has iced over and isn't much good for snowmobiling.  So, the waiting game begins waiting for some new snow to ride on again.  Don't give up hope on the season yet.  We've had some good storms in March over the years.  Most March storms have heavy wet snow and can bring riding conditions around fast.

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

Friday, February 23, 2024

Not our friend............

 I was hoping to get the entire day without the sun.  But that didn't happen and most of the afternoon we had clear skies and it melted away more of the snow we didn't need to lose. 

Saturday morning update.  The temps dropped over night and it's 7 at 8:30am.  What was a soft mess yesterday is or will be frozen back up today with the high in the teens today.

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

Thursday, February 22, 2024

Looks Like.........................

 Not that I want to do a Dave.  But as I'm doing this post at 10:22 pm on Thursday night. It looks like this weekend is going to be a bust.  I have lived here long enough to know and have seen it can change overnight.  But at this point I don't see it in the forecast for it to come around.

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

Wednesday, February 21, 2024

Riding again.............

Ken updated his sled and he wanted to try it out.  So, we went out for a short ride to see how he liked it.  Put on 28 miles playing around on the trails south of pipeline and trail 1.  My take is he likes it.

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

Tuesday, February 20, 2024

Quick 25............

 Took a quick ride this afternoon to get some video.  The sun today wasn't our friend that is for sure.

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

Monday, February 19, 2024

Easy 75...........

Went out for a ride tonight and put on an easy 75 miles.  Was out for 5 hours including a stop at Stillwater for dinner.  We saw four groomers doing the best they can with the limited snow they have to work with.

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

Sunday, February 18, 2024

Not bad...............

 I have to say the weekend turned out a lot better than I thought it was going to be.  When you figure Thursday morning you could see grass in spots in the front yard. Since then, we got around 10 inches of new snow, and it was just enough to bring things around.

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

Saturday, February 17, 2024

Maybe..........

 Wednesday isn't looking that great, but the rest of the week looks like it should turn out OK.

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

Friday, February 16, 2024

Just in time............

 The snow we got saved the weekend. Are we going to have normal mid-February conditions? No What we do have is beginning of the season snow conditions, that started out with a marginal base.  Not the best, but better than nothing.

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

We're in the range.........

 My official count is 6 to 7 inches on the ground and the forecast is calling for up to another 2 inches before it ends.  The gates are open, let the fun begin.  Ride safe as there is solid ice under this new snow in many areas.

Thursday, February 15, 2024

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

 It's snowing, now all we can hope for is it snows till 1pm Friday like the storm warning is calling for.

WINTER STORM WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 1 PM EST FRIDAY...

* WHAT...Heavy snow. Snow accumulations of 5 to 10 inches. Winds
gusting as high as 45 mph.

* WHERE...Northern Herkimer and Hamilton Counties.

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

Wednesday, February 14, 2024

Will it?

 The thousand-dollar question is.  Will we get enough snow Thursday into Friday to open the trails for the weekend.  If we get the up to 9 inches I would say yes.  How good will it be, all depends on the type of snow we get and that you never know till it's on the ground.

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

We're white again!

 Got lake effect over night and I'd give it 2 to 3 inches.  Like always video later on.

Tuesday, February 13, 2024

It's white.............

 We had some snow this evening.  Not enough to break the sleds out.  But at least it's white again.  Ten day is showing snow towards the end of the week. But at this time, it doesn't look like enough to save the weekend.

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

Monday, February 12, 2024

My Guess........

 I'm guessing that most of the people getting the snow would be happy if we got it and not them.  It sure has been a long dry spell, that is for sure.

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

Sunday, February 11, 2024

It's below...............

 The temps have dropped below freezing and things are freezing back down.   The last few days hit us hard when it comes to the base.  It didn't take it all out, but there are bare spots out there.  Cross your fingers we see some snow on Monday and Tuesday.  If not, Thursday looks like the next chance to see some.

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

Saturday, February 10, 2024

Seeing double..........

 At first there was one red tent and now we have two.  I know there hasn't been much to report or show everyone.  But I like to show each day so you can see what we have going on.  On another note, the storm that is headed east can always change track.  So don't give up hope yet.  I know wishful thinking.

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

Friday, February 9, 2024

Found one.............

 Sad as it is I did find one plus to the lack of snow in the area.   Went out with some friends for dinner tonight and we didn't have to wait for a table on a Friday night in February.  But the truth of the matter is we need to see some snow.  Not just for the money it brings to the area.  But for the water table levels also.

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

Thursday, February 8, 2024

What the heck...........

 Forecast was looking good for next week.  But now it's changing every time you look at it.  Where the heck is all the precipitation?

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

Wednesday, February 7, 2024

Could it be?

 Forecast is showing snow for us next week.  Could the snow drought be over for us and we're back to winter?  Only time will tell, but I sure hope so. I'm not one to sit around much and waiting for it to snow is getting old.

Toady's Video..............

Tuesday, February 6, 2024

Last one...........

 Today was the last of the full days of sun for the week.  We should have some cloud cover the rest of the week, which will help slow down the melting.  Go back three days and look at the snow on the railing at Stillwater.  We've lost some snow, but not as much as you would think with the warm temps and sun the last few days.

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

Monday, February 5, 2024

One down.................

 It was sunny all day and Tuesday looks the same.  Doesn't look like we'll return to winter weather till Sunday.  Cross your fingers that we don't have to start building base all over again.

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

Sunday, February 4, 2024

Going to be.............

 The long-range forecast is just plain upsetting for the upcoming week.  Looks like another week of no snow and warm temps.  I don't know who pissed of Mother Nature or Old Man Winter.  But would you please make up with them!

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


 

Saturday, February 3, 2024

The few............

If town saw a normal weekend of sled traffic the trails wouldn't have lasted more than a few hours.  But with the limited traffic the few that did come to town had an enjoyable day of riding. 

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

Friday, February 2, 2024

More than............

 I was surprised to see the number of sleds in Stillwater's parking lot today.  Not sure where they came from.  As I only heard a few sleds on my end of town today.  But happy to see them there.  

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

Thursday, February 1, 2024

Another one..............

 Well, it going to be another honey do list weekend again.  We still have two months before the season comes to an end.  I cut it to close at the end of the video.  So, there's no "see ya" at the end today.

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

Wednesday, January 31, 2024

Be Safe.........

 I said the wrong day in the video.  I said Thursday when I should have said Wednesday morning.  A man from NJ went off the trail and hit a tree on trial 5 early Wednesday morning and he passed away.

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


Tuesday, January 30, 2024

What date is it?

 You would think it was the night before Christmas with as quiet as it is around town with the lack of snow.

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


Monday, January 29, 2024

I'm here.............

 Wasn't much going on around here over the weekend with the lack of snow. Chelsea was here holding down the fort.  So, I went to a birthday party for a friend that turned 94.  Cross your fingers that Thursday turns into something more than what they are predicting, or we'll be sitting around another weekend again.

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

Thursday, January 25, 2024

May not want to........

 Not sure if you should look at today's video or not.  If you're one of those people that get really upset when the trail conditions, go downhill.  It may be best if you don't look at today's video.  It's not a wash out, but conditions have changed in the last 24 hours.

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

Wednesday, January 24, 2024

How long?

Did you notice the sled sitting in the parking lot at Stillwater for three days now.    Funny what you pick up on when you get watching the cameras.  This is going to be a honey do list weekend for sure with the weather that is headed our way.

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

Tuesday, January 23, 2024

Wait and see..............

Tuesday night the conditions over all are pretty good.  Now it's a wait and see on what we get over the next few days for weather and what damage will be done.  I'm hoping we just see light R or drizzle.  Even though we may miss out on a weekend of riding.  It could be a blessing on building some more base.  As the trails were pretty loose tonight and depending on the temps, it could help tighten them up.

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


Monday, January 22, 2024

Light snow.............

 Went out for a ride tonight to Stillwater.  Put on 55 miles and over all I'd say conditions are pretty good.  When you figure the amount of traffic the trails saw this weekend.  Around 6pm light snow moved into the area.  

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

Sunday, January 21, 2024

Pretty sunny day................

 Had sun today, but with the cold temps it really didn't do any damage.  It did however make for some really nice trail video.

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

Saturday, January 20, 2024

On 4th Lake.............

People started running 4th lake this weekend, so trail 5 is going to get a break.  I'm keeping an eye on the mid-week forecast.  If we see just drizzle and not R, it could help on building more base.  It's a few days out yet, so who knows what we'll see.

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

Friday, January 19, 2024

Good thing..........

 With the number of trailers that have been coming into town today.  It's a good thing that we're going to have below zero temps this weekend.  It will help hold the trails together with the amount of traffic they're going to get.  

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

Thursday, January 18, 2024

Quiet in the office...........

 Lots of phone calls but didn't see many guests coming into the office today.  Everyone was out riding and enjoying the conditions we have at this time.

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

Holly Cow!!!!!!!

 Stillwater got hammered over night!  More later.



Wednesday, January 17, 2024

Don't be............

 There is going to be a lot of sleds out there this weekend. Please ride safe and keep right!  Don't be an accident waiting to happen.  All it takes is a split second and you can get yourself into trouble.   Trust me I know, because I have done it.  I've been lucky and have walked away from my mishaps.  But I can't say the same for the sled that I was riding. The Fire Dept is bringing in someone that crashed on trail 1 as I'm posting this tonight.

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

Tuesday, January 16, 2024

Fun by all...........

 The reports I'm hearing is over all the conditions are pretty good.  The snow we got today was light weight lake effect and even with it being light weight, it helped improve condition a lot.  Looks like more of it over the next few days.

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

Monday, January 15, 2024

No frowns...........

Didn't have one frown face come into the office, sorry they came up to ride.  The cold temps this week will hold the conditions we have till next week and it looks like we'll be getting snow the next three days.

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

Sunday, January 14, 2024

Parking lot is full............

 Looks like we'll have the next week of riding for sure.  With cold temps, cloudy days and snow on and off.  

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

Saturday, January 13, 2024

Going forward.........

Hopefully all the warm temps and R are behind us for the rest of the season.  

All we can do is cross our fingers and hope we get it!  The sad part is this was a every other day event 20 years ago.

WINTER STORM WARNING IN EFFECT UNTIL 7 AM EST MONDAY...

* WHAT...Heavy lake effect snow expected. Total snow accumulation
of 6 to 12 inches near and north of Route 28, although locally
higher amounts possible north of Stillwater Reservoir. Winds
gusting as high as 45 mph.

* WHERE...Northern Herkimer County.

* WHEN...Until 7 AM EST Monday.

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

Just a heads up.............

 We lost power over night and I'm having a problem with the server for the webcams also.  So, some of the cameras are working and others aren't.  Live camera is on at motel, Rec. Center, Stillwater, McCauley base and Summit are all on at this time.  It may be Monday before I can get everything back online.  The people I need to talk to don't work on the weekend.

Friday, January 12, 2024

Let's hope!

 After the predicted R for early Saturday morning, cross your fingers we get enough snow to fix whatever damage the R does.  I'm hoping we don't have another winter, that the crappy weather always shows up just before the weekend and everyone has to make a last second decision if they are coming up or not.

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

Gates are open!

 Talked to trail foreman this morning, the gates are open and the groomers are out packing the trails.  More later.

Thursday, January 11, 2024

Don't think..........

 You'll see on the info center video a few sleds outside.  I'm guessing they stopped in to see why the gate was closed and I'm guessing it didn't make them very happy.  Cross your fingers we get limited or no R Saturday morning and the gates get opened Friday morning.

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

Trails

 Just talked with the trail foreman and the plan, at this time, is to open the gates Friday morning if trials freeze back down.  There are still a lot of trees down and many water/slush areas.  By keeping the gates closed till Friday they are hoping for more of the water to drain off and not have what base we do have destroyed.

WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 6 PM EST THIS
EVENING...

* WHAT...Snow. Additional snow accumulations of 2 to 4 inches.
Total accumulations 3 to 6 inches in a few locations.

* WHERE...Northern Herkimer County.

* WHEN...Until 6 PM EST this evening.

* IMPACTS...Plan on slippery road conditions due to snow covered
roads. Travel could be difficult.

* ADDITIONAL DETAILS...The heaviest snow will fall from Route 28
and Old Forge northward to Stillwater Reservoir.

Wednesday, January 10, 2024

What a let down............

 You couldn't have asked for better snow or conditions than we had at 5PM on Tuesday.  A let down is an understatement to what we woke up to on Wednesday morning.  The R overnight washed away a good amount of the snow we got on Tuesday.  On the bright side next week's forecast is looking pretty good at this time.  Let's hope it all comes together.

WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY NOW IN EFFECT UNTIL 6 PM EST
THURSDAY...

* WHAT...Snow expected. Total snow accumulations of 3 to 6
inches. Winds gusting as high as 40 mph.

* WHERE...Northern Herkimer County.

ADDITIONAL DETAILS...The heaviest snow will fall from Route 28
and Old Forge northward to Stillwater Reservoir.

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

Tuesday, January 9, 2024

Looking better..............

You couldn't ask for better snow than we got today.  Have wind tonight and we lost the power once already.   Not much else to report and cross your fingers the forecast for next week comes true.  If it does, we'll all be smiling with the riding conditions that we could have.


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

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

 The snow started just before noon and it's snowing at a good rate.  More later.


Check out the size of this storm.




Monday, January 8, 2024

What will it be?

 Forecast is looking better for Tuesday and Wednesday than it did yesterday.  Cross your fingers that we see limited R, just enough to help make some base.  Long range forecast temps are looking good, let's just hope we get them.

WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY IN EFFECT FROM 3 PM TUESDAY TO 5 AM
EST WEDNESDAY...

* WHAT...Mixed precipitation expected. Total snow accumulations of
4 to 8 inches for elevations above 1500 feet and ice
accumulations of a light glaze. Winds gusting as high as 60 mph.

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

Sunday, January 7, 2024

5:30pm Report

 The snow has pretty much come to an end and after looking at the radar I'd say it's over.  We got 9 to 10 inches from the storm.  The snow isn't as wet as I thought it was going to be, but it's wet enough to pack down when you drive on it.

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

Sunday 9:30am

 7" on the ground and still snowing.  More info later.

WINTER STORM WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 7 PM EST THIS
EVENING...

* WHAT...Snow will continue throughout the day. Additional
snowfall accumulations of 3 to 5 inches are expected.
Accumulations totaling 6 to 10 inches with locally higher
amounts near 12 inches in higher terrain regions of the
Southwest Adirondacks and Southern Greens are expected. Winds
gusting as high as 30 to 40 mph in the higher terrain areas.

* WHERE...Mohawk and Schoharie Valleys, Greater Capital Region,
southern Vermont, Lake George and Saratoga Region, and the
Southern Adirondacks.

Saturday, January 6, 2024

Looking better...........

 The storm heading up the coast is looking better for us by the hour.  But like always you never know till it's all said and done on what we'll get from a north easter.  Fourth Lake has ice on it after the low temps on Thursday night Friday morning.  Keep an eye on the webcams to see how things are going.

WINTER STORM WARNING

WINTER STORM WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM 7 PM THIS EVENING
TO 7 PM EST SUNDAY...

* WHAT...Heavy snow expected. Total snow accumulations of 6 to
12 inches with locally higher amounts up to 15 inches.

* WHERE...Mohawk and Schoharie Valleys, Capital Region, southern
Vermont, Lake George and Saratoga Regions and the Southern
Adirondacks.



Friday, January 5, 2024

If only...........

Thought it was a nice picture and I'd share it. Wouldn't it be nice if there was snow like this all over?



Thursday, January 4, 2024

Chilly tonight..........

 The lakes will be cooling down tonight and maybe getting some ice on them with a low of 7.  Forecast may not be the best.  But at least it has cold temps and some snow in it.  

Today's Video.....


Wednesday, January 3, 2024

It's trying........

 Lake effect is in the Stillwater area.  Let's cross our fingers and hope that it turns into a full out lake effect event for the entire area gets it.  I know it's not in the forecast, but one can hope.