lake ef*fect snow (noun)
"snow falling on the lee side of a lake generated by cold dry air passing over warmer water, especially in the Great Lakes region. " --definition from Oxford Languages
Osceola and the Tug Hill Plateau means changeable weather! Luckily there are many ways to check on conditions before you jump in the car...
We report ski/snow conditions daily on this webpage--simply scroll down....
View trailside webcam (Osceola #1, updates every 10 min) provided courtesy of https://www.northernchateau.com/w/centermenu.html
SUNY Albany maintains a weather station on site as part of a network statewide to collect longitudinal weather data. https://www2.nysmesonet.org/
Also report frequently to Sno Country https://www.snocountry.com/cross-country-ski-reports/ny
Call us at 315-599-7377 for most up to date forecast.
Go to almost any weather website and enter zip code 13316 for forecast and radar.
3/20/22 Last post of the season (yayy, I can sleep in again!!) Current temp 39 degrees at 6am light rain and fog not great for skiing but I plan to try to get one last run in (!) Sad to say goodbye to the snow and ski season. It was short and sweet this year with some great trail conditions up to the bitter end (yesterday's ski through the fog on Malloy Brook trail was surprisingly good) A big and hearty thank you to all who visited us this year. We had a great time meeting so many interesting people and learning something new everyday (while also trying to fit in a ski) Thomas is proud to report less equipment failures due to rookie mistakes and each year he looks forward to learn more of the art and science of grooming snow. I am learning more about skis and boots and poles and wax and other merch and we hope to sell more skis next year despite pandemic and industry supply shortage and my newbie status. We have big plans to continue to add new trails and work on the lodge, so if you are in the neighborhood please stop in and say hello. We will soon be changing our phone number (landline that is, to cut down on bills...you can still reach us at my cell 315-558-4557) and updating map and website...I am also planning to (sigh) take the plunge down the rabbit hole of social media, so look for us "soon" on FB and Insta...Hope you have a healthy spring/summer/fall and we see you again come SNOW!
3/19/22 OK, time to call it: the season is over. Current temp 48 degrees at 5 am with a high of 62 degrees and rain showers, this weekend is more or less a washout. If you are a die-hard, come on out with your rock skis and do Malloy Brook Trail because that still has full coverage. You might have to swim across the field, but hey, then it's a biathalon! Other trails have bare spots under deep tree cover and/or lots of debris. It's hard for me to quit, so if you show up I will see you out there. Otherwise, have a great summer and we hope to see you next winter. And always, have a great day.
3/18/22 TGIF but I'm afraid this will be our last weekend open. Current temp 29 degrees at 6 am high today of 59 and mostly sunny. Time to start planning the garden. Our base is down to 6 inches so we're in the final stretch for skiing. Cool nights help stiffen things up for the following day, but conditions will get softer as the day warms. Still, it's been GREAT spring skiing. Nothing like strapping on a pair of skis with only a t-shirt, leggings and sunglasses to protect against the weather. If your work schedule allows, come get a last run in. Have a great day.
3/17/22 Happy St. Patty's Day! The luck of the Irish is not with Thomas who would really like to be grooming the trails today. Current temp 31 degrees at 6am our high will be, gulp, 63 and sunny today. That's gonna put a bite in our remaining 8 inch base. I'm sad to say it ubut our days are numbered folks. Thomas is heading to Osceola today to do some work in the lodge, so even though we should be closed, please feel free to come up and celebrate St. Patty's day with a ski. Conditions will be very spring-(summer)-like and earlier in the day will be less slushy, but hey it's still fun on sticks! Have a great day and if you are gonna rock the sham with beer or whiskey please don't drink and drive.
3/16/22 Current temp 33 degrees at 6 am and fog like pea soup. Ugh, high of 50 degrees. Good news: no rain today. Bad news: increasingly sunny today. Sounds like a beautiful day but we will be closed indefinately due to inclement weather. Not worth the gas money to get up there and grooming is strickly forbidden in these balmy temps. Planning to reopen this weekend so hopefully Mamma Nature will cooperate even just a little bit. Please stay tuned and keep your fingers and toes crossed. Instead, go get a car wash. Clean the bike. Have a great day.
3/15/22 Beware the ides of March, not only notable among the Romans for settling debts, today marks the beginning of a warm streak and the temperature is not due to fall below freezing in the forseeable future. Current temp 32 degrees at 5:30 am the high in Osceola today is 40 (tomorrow 50, Thursday 58, Friday 51) Thomas will not be grooming trails today and though there is still a decent base, it's a good day to take a day off so this week we will return to our standard business hours and be closed today and Thursday. Keeping our fingers crossed that this weekend will bring cooler temps and spring ski conditions, so stay tuned and have a great day.
P.S. for kicks and giggles I googled todays date and learned a few notable events also took place on the 15th of March: 1941 deadly blizzard in Minnesota, North Dakota and Canada, 1952 world record rainfall (73.62 inches--that's a lot of liquid-to-snow equivalent!) on an island in the Indian Ocean, and in 2003 The World Health Org issued a heightened global health alert (turned out to be SARS) ...Deja vu all over again, eh Brutus???
3/14/22 Current temp 28 degrees at 5:30 am the high today will be 41. This past weekend had great conditions and today may be our last GREAT day of skiing with debris free trails that will be somewhat soft but still freshly groomed. After today Thomas will not be able to groom with the warm temperatures predicted. We may still have a few GOOD days of skiing left before we run out of snow, but if you are sad to see the season grind to an end, come on up for a day of skiing--the bike can wait another week or two! Have a great day.
3/13/22 Current temp 14 degrees at 5:30 am (or 4:30 am if we didn't mess with the clocks last night,,,fingers crossed we get rid of daylight savings time in the not too distant future because it really trips me up) the high today will be 28, Chance of light snow showers throughout the day. The new snow we received yesterday made ytail conditions feel more like mid-winter than mid-March and today will be the same. Set track and skate lane will be fast. Hope you can fit a ski in today because warm weather is coming soon. Stay tuned and have a great day.
3/12/22 Woohoo--winter has return! Current temp 26 degrees at 5am, the temp will gradually decrease throughout the day to 19 degrees at 4pm and 12 degrees at midnight. Approximately 4 inches of snow fell overnight and light snow showers expected to continue through the day for another 4 or so inches followed by more light snow tomorrow and Monday. Wind gusts expected to pick up this afternoon, but the heavily wooded trails will feel like a winter wonderland and offer plenty of protection from blowing snow. Trails will be rolled and groomed for both classic and skate techniques. Hope you have good tires on the vehicle and can come up to Osceola for a ski (our play days are numbered now). Drive safe and have a great day,
P.S. We are selling a limited number of new backcountry skis/boots (Alpina Discovery 68cm) and today's conditions will be perfect for the "mountain bike" of skis--wider, more stable, and perfect for blazing your own trail through State Forest Land or just out the back door. See WHAT'S NEW page for more details.
3/11/22 Happy happy joy joy it's the weekend and we are forecast to get up to a foot of new snow to play with between tonight and tomorrow so ski conditions should be EXCELLENT this weekend!! Current temp 23 degrees at 5:30 am high today of 41. We still have an overall 10 inch packed powder base and light snow showers this week have refreshed the surface. Mamma nature is offering a sceond chance at winter fun so we ought to play along and have a great day.
3/10/22 Current temp 21 degrees at 6:45 am (oh my, I missed my alarm today) high of 37 degrees. We received enough new snow to refresh the trails and the courduroy will be soft. The trees are lined with snow and it looks like midwinter again. Reminder we are closed today but Mother Nature looks to be setting us up for a great weekend with many inches of new snow coming Saturday. Yippee skippee! Have a great day!!
3/9/22 Back online both power and snow-wise. 21 degrees at 6am with a high of 34 today and a bit more light snow in the forecast today...only a inch or so, but we'll take it. Trail conditions mostly granular with a dusting of new powder, trackset and skate lane will be fast today. Surprised how little blow down there was to clear from the trails after all the wind we experienced the other day. Hope you have a chance to get a ski in and have a great day.
3/8/22 Crazy wind and rain storm last night and I am posting from my phone, at home in Smyrna where the power has been out since dinner last night. Current temp in Osceola 23 degrees, high today of 29 degrees. We'll take that! Thomas has been itching to groom and the light snow that fell last night and continues this am will help refresh the trails. Conditions should be decent despite the day of summer we enjoyed this week. We're not giving up on winter up here yet! Have a great day.
3/7/22 CLOSED due to poor weather conditions. Current temp 34 degrees at 5:30 am, high of 41 degrees today with rain and sleet turning to snow this evening for a total of a few inches new snow (fingers crossed). Too warm to groom today, but tomorrow will be chill enough to get trails reconditioned. Despite yesterday's warm up, the trails still have full coverage, so with a little snow we can get back to the business of skiing. Happy to report none of the rain forecast to go with the balmy temps manifest yesterday so much less loss of base than we worried about. Have a great day.
3/6/22 Yup, it's sad but easy to describe today's trail conditions: very poor, terrible, wet, warm, yuck. Best thing sadly is to stay off the trails. Current temp 37 degrees at 5:30 am today's high is, gulp, 59 degrees at 2 pm. Light rain and even a chance of thunder, high winds with gusts up to 60 mph we will be checking trails for downed limbs. Sadly no grooming today...More snow in the 3 day forecast, so all is not lost...So try and have a great day,
3/5/22 Current temp 6 degrees at 6:30 am and the sunrise is orange and raspberry sherbert, the high today of 37 degrees doesn't hit until 5pm tonight so we have a great day to play on skis. Trails are soft and generously packed with powder from the foot + new snow we received over the last several days and are groomed with track and skate lanes. Sunday forecast is a bit of a bummer with rain and near 60 degrees, so please stay tuned for potential closure due to poor conditions tomorrow. Today is the pick day of the weekend so come on up! Have a great day,
3/4/22 TGIFriday!! Current temp -15 degrees at 6am it will warm to a high of 18 degees today...it's hard to believe the pendulum will swing to near 60 degrees the day after tomorrow, but that's what they are calling for...So the rollercoaster ride continues into March--all we can do is ride the wave. Luckily the trails are newly renovated by over a foot of new snow we received in the last week. Thomas has groomed this into a smooth track and skate lane so I hope you can jumpstart the weekend and get a ski in today and tomorrow before summer arrives on Sunday (!?)
...It's getting hard to predict when the season will end, but with a packed powder base of 17 inches we still have plenty of ski time ahead of us. Should we take bets? Last year we closed on March 24th and Hugh said that was earlier than usual...Email me if you want to give it your best shot: firstname.lastname@example.org
3/3/22 Current temp 23 degrees at 5:30 am with a few flakes still in the air, we received approximately 4 new inches of snow overnight. Today will be partly sunny with temperature dropping and staying in the teens (16 degrees at 1pm) Thomas is glad for the colder temps--better to work with the high moisture content snow that fell yesterday and overnight. Doesn't even seem like March--trails are gorgeous and thoroughly refreshed from the foot of snow we have accumulated in the last several days. He will be grooming the new fluff into singletrack and skate lane. Have a great day,
3/2/22 Current temp 22 degrees at 5:30 am, high today of 30 degrees. We are expecting another brief burst of snow this evening bringing 2-4 new inches thanks to the never-ending parade of clippers Canada is sending us, so our rollercoaster weather pattern is set to continue into the foreseeable future. Trails will be groomed with set track and skate lane. Our 17 inch base of packed powder will last well into March so don't hang up your skis yet and have a great day.
3/1/22 Current temp 18 degrees at 6 am the high today will be 36 degrees. Where does the time go??? Can't believe it's already March. Meteorologists consider this the first day of spring and those who enjoy snow sports are beginning to pine the loss, but we still have plenty of snow in Osceola to keep us going for weeks to come. Light snow showers set to bring 2-3 inches of new snow (NOT rain as forecast for the lowlands) today, most falling in the early evening. Thomas groomed trails late yesterday afternoon to prepare for this mandatory time out. No grooming today (reminder we are closed except for expected guests), but Thomas will be back at it tomorrow morning when temps are back in the teens. Have a great day.
2/28/22 Current temp -7 degrees at 6 am it will warm to a high of only 17 degrees so it's a good thing it will be a sunny day...Boy did I got it wrong yesterday--lake effect snow was persistent not occasional and fluffy with high water content so conditions were a bit wet and sticky despite temps in the 20s. (The good news: we scored the high end of the snow accumulation forecast adding more to the base). Luckily, today there's no precipitation to get wrong and it is cold enough to pack and groom the new snow into the firm packed powder base. Have a great Monday.
2/27/22 Current temperature 22 degrees with light snowfall at 5:30 am, high today of 28 degrees. Forecast is a near repeat of yesterday's weather which made for a perfectly excellent ski day: Occassional light snow showers expected to bless us throughout the day again. Total accumulation 4-7 inches. Lake effect snow is challenging to guesstimate because persistent bands move with wind direction. It's a winter wonderland up here on the plateau. Trail conditions are primo, Tom will refresh track and skate lane as needed today so expect to ski in a zen garden if you visit. Have a great day.
2/26/22 current temperature 9 degrees at 6 am high today will be 23 degrees. Hip hip hooray! We have lots of beautiful fluffy new snow to play with!! Chance of snow showers throughout the day and more expected tomorrow, this latest storm's big dump is over but Lake O is never one to give up too easily and new inches are always welcome. Trail conditions are in the top 10, nah, make it top three of the season. Double tracks set on wider trails and skate lane will be not too hard and not too soft. You must come out and play today! Have a great one
2/25/22 TGIF and we are getting a big dump today--all snow no sleet or freezing rain here on the Tug Hill. Current temp 18 degrees at 5:30 am with a high of 26 degrees. Eight to 12 inches expected with heaviest snowfall rates between 7am and 1pm, Tom will be working all day to pack and groom the new stuff and this weekend will be primo conditions for all winter enthusiasts so we hope to see you soon. Please drive safe if you venture out today.
2/24/22 Current temp 2 degrees today's high will be 24 degrees and mostly sunny. We only received one inch of new snow yesterday but it helps fluff things up a bit when mixed with the old granular so conditions will be hard and fast on the trails today. Skate lane and track set. Getting excited for the big snow due to drop Friday...
2/23/22 Current temp 41 degrees with wind chill of 35 degrees at 6am. Temperature dropping all day, 32 degrees at 10am, 27 degrees at 1pm, 22 degrees at 5pm, to a low of 4 degrees tonight. Thomas will begin renovating trails as soon as temperature allows. Light snow showers expected to drop an inch or so of snow today. The rain last night took a bite out of our snowpack, but still plenty of base and we are looking forward to our next storm (Thurs/Fri) expected to drop 10 or more inches. Bring it on. Have a great day.
2/22/22 That's a lot of twos and it's Tuesday too...exciting if you're into numerology (which I'm not) but a good distraction from the other numbers I need to report. Current temp 40 degrees with a high today of 51 which means the precipitation we will get today will be rain rather than snow, dang it. Chance of rain becomes more likely as the day progresses so get here early. It is too warm to groom today but our base is still about a foot deep so it will withstand this meltdown and new snow is forecast for Wed. and Friday this week. I am tempted to just say we are closed as per our usual Tuesday business hours, but it is a holiday break and I'm off from my other job and there's about a month left in our ski season so may as well get in some skiing while we can. Yesterday trails were soft and slow so expect a good workout if you decide to ski today. Pray for snow and have a great day.
2/21/22 Happy Birthday to President George Washington (his bday is actually tomorrow) hope you have the day off and can get some skiing in. Current temp 32 degrees at 5:30 am today's high is ,ugh, 43 degrees, low 34 so conditions will be springlike. Thomas resurfaced all trails yesterday afternoon in preparation for this warm up and though he will be itching to groom, today he will need to take a chill pill and stay off the trails. If you do catch him on the trails, it will be on a pair of skis. Have a great day.
2/20/22 Today is going to be a pick day for skiing. Current temp zero degrees at 5:30 am things will gradually warm to a high of 33 by late afternoon, sky's partly cloudy or partly sunny depending on your frame of reference. Nothing like yesterday's gusty winds and blowing snow which made grooming and staying on the trail in white out conditions a challenge. Not that we are complaining (!) We are ever so thankful for the new snow--approximately 6 inches, hard to get a good measure with all the blowing and drifting--which is groomed and ready for your skiing pleasure. Track set and skate lane will be softer than it's been in many days. Hope you can make it up and have a great day.
2/19/22 Happy days are here again! Lake effect storm expected to bless us with 6 or more inches of snow over the course of the day. Current temp 17 degrees at 6 am. High of 26 and low of 1 degree today. Windy conditions will produce drifting snow so you will want to bundle up and head into the sheltering woods rather than linger in the field today. This fresh snow is much appreciated and will help refresh trail conditions. Congratulations to the Camden High School Nordic team on a successful season and a strong finish yesterday despite unforgiving course conditions. Also special thanks to Dustin for ensuring a safe parking lot rather than an ice rink after the unwelcome meltdown and refreeze we suffered recently. Please drive safe and be preapred for persistent bands of lafe effect snow when traveling to Osceola today and have a great day.
2/18/22 Current temp 20 degrees and falling throughout the day. Light snow showers possible. Thomas will be grooming for Section III race today (3 pm start time) so come out and support our high school skiers. Trails will be renovated granular ice (good day for a snow cone so bring your real maple syrup) so conditions will be fast and firm. Drive safe today and be preapred to encounter black ice. Have a great day.
2/17/22 40 degrees at 7am, high today of 46, low of 16 degrees tonight. Actually glad to remind you that we are closed today because it is going to be a rainy day anyway, sigh. Precipitation changing to snow in the early morning hours so we hope to get a few inches and then more expected on Saturday. Hang on for the roller coaster ride Mother Nature is handing us and have a great day. Drive safe!
2/16/22 Current temp 18 degrees at 5:30 am high today of 41/low 36 degrees and partly sunny. Thomas will be lifting tracks today in preparation for warm weather and rain forecast for the next two days. Trails will be soft but fast after 11am today when temp rises above freezing. Should be a nice springlike day for skiing. Have a great one.
2/15/22 Current temp -15 degrees with a high today of 19 degrees/low 8 tonight. Light snow showers expected today, which will be nice to mix into the transformed, older snow Thomas has been renovating for the last few days, which makes for fast and firm trail conditions. Reminder we are closed today which is a good thing because Thomas has to fix the wiring on his plow, sigh. Have a great day.
2/14/22 Happy Valentine's Day! It's gonna be a cold one. Current temp -11 degrees at 5:30, the high today will be 10 degrees with a low of 1 degree. Mostly sunny so that should help...and of course LOVE can warm you from the inside out, so spread some love today...and go for a ski--that helps warm things up too. Trails are renovated granular ice and snow, so you'd never know we had a recent warm up. Everything is fluffed up nicely and tracks are set so today will be fast conditions for classic and skate skiers alike. Have a great day (and don't forget to spread some love!)
2/13/22 Happy Superbowl Sunday! Current temp 12 degrees at 6:30 am. Partly sunny and high of 16 degrees today. Got a bit of new snow yesterday to freshen up the trails. Gonna be a great day for classic and skate techniques and to work off some of those extra Superbowl snacks coming down the pike later today. 1.4 BILLION wings forecast for consumption today (that's a heck of a lot of chickens out of work if you think about it) and more than 11 million pounds of potato chips, wowza...Average price of a ticket to the game this year: $9000. Cross country skiing is a serious bargain and better for your health! Hope to see you in Osceola today,
2/12/22 (SEE 9 am UPDATE BELOW) Light rain and wet snow...not words I want to be typing, but it happened last night. Current temp 35 degrees at 6am, the temperature will be dropping throughout the day and fall below freezing before noon, but conditions will be soft and slow today. We are expected to get a bit of fresh snow today despite the warm temps and tomorrow will be colder. Thomas will renovate trail surface as soon as the temp allows, probably later this afternoon. Hope you enjoy a warm day outdoors.
9 am UPDATE: Just back from a scout ski and to pick up sticks on the trails. Happy to report conditions are not as bad as I feared. Granular snow is soft but fast rather than slow or sticky...which means you can get grip and not worry about pulling a groin muscle (!) However this is not a pick day for beginners, at least until later in the day when it is cold enough to run the Ginzu over the trails. Can't groom until it gets a bit cooler but the temp is dropping... Snow clouds in the sky, let's see if it drops on Osceola.
2/11/22 TGI Friday. Current temp 29 degrees at 5:30 am high today of 40 degrees. Today begins partly sunny turning to rain then snow later this evening. Warm, springlike conditions, trails groomed for classic and skate techniques. Thomas reports trails are soft but not sticky, so that's good. Temps forecast to drop this weekend thank goodness. Have a great day.
2/10/22 Happy Birthday Thomas! Mother Nature may have been thinking she was giving you the gift of a day off from grooming with this warm weather, but you'd rather be on the trails to celebrate, I know. Unfortunately current temp is 35 degrees at 6am and temps will remain above freezing all day, so it will be impossible to groom today. Nothing good will come from squishing those snow crystals and pushing water into the top layer of our "snow roads" in the woods to later freeze into a solid layer of ice. Good thing we are technically closed today (!) Thomas will be around working on other chores and looking forward to the weekend when temperatures will get colder again. Try to have a great day anyway.
2/9/22 Current temp 7 degrees at 6am, high today of 37/low 30 today with slight chance of snow showers. Next few days will bring spring skiing conditions with thermometer hovering around freezing, give or take. Lucky for us we have a thick base of snow and a few inches fresh snow. Trails groomed for classic and skate skiing. Have a great day.
2/8/22 Current temp 15 degrees with high today of 28/low 14 degrees. Reminder we are closed today. Thomas has errands in Syracuse this morning. Light snow showers expected today possibly adding up to a few new inches so Wednesday should be great ski conditions. Have a great day.
2/7/22 Happy Monday! Current temp 14 degrees high today of 36/low 21 degrees. Partly sunny with a slight chance of light snow showers today, makes for a great day of skiing, and hey if you choose cross country, you don't have to worry about getting stuck cold on a ski lift. Cheaper too. Ideal trail conditions, packed powder, set track, wide skate lane. Hope to see you in Osceola, have a great day.
2/6/22 Current temp 3 degrees at 7am, high today of 23, low 11 degrees. Partly sunny, freshly groomed packed powder--the trails are gorgeous. Keep an eye out today for the various tracks of woodland creatures who seem to use the trails as much as we humans do. Set track and wide skate lane, conditions will be fast and fun today. Have a great day.
2/5/22 Current temp 6 degrees at 5am, high today of 11 degrees with plenty of sunshine so bring your shades. Ski conditions are day-after-the-storm perfect: lots of fresh powder, set track and smooth skate lane. Snowshoeing today will be a hardy workout with all the new powder. Hope you can get outside and have a great day.
2/4/22 Woohoo--snow day! Widespread school closures from this snowstorm; up in Osceola we got a decent amount but nothing we can't handle. In fact, ironically we got less this time than other places including Camden, Morrisville and Fayetteville, NY. Snow forecast to continue throughout the morning for a total accumulation of approx. 9 or 10 inches (less than the 12-16 originally forecast by TV stations) of nice fluffy stuff. No complaints here. Current temp 16 degrees at 5am, high of 17 today. Grooming all morning to revamp classic track and skate lane. Expecting a super sunny weekend after today which will make for a PERFECT play date! Drive safe and have a great day.
2/3/22 Winter storm today through 1am Friday. Reminder we are closed today but Thomas will be working all day to keep the parking lots clean and the new snow groomed so trails will be in tip top shape for a beautiful Fri-ski-day. Current temp 32 degrees at 5:30 am and dropping throughout the day. NYSmesonet has already logged in .4 inches of snowfall in Osceola and the snow will not stop until we have accumulated 9 inches or more. No sleet or freezing rain for us, thank goodness, just fresh, beautiful snow. You can track the progress yourself on the webcams on our property (thanks to Paul Francia's Northerchateau.com and SUNY Albany's NYS Mesonet weather station--see above or our homepage for links) Have a great day and if you must travel, please be safe on the roads.
2/2/22 Today will begin the next rollercoaster ride in a wacky winter thus far. Current temp 26 degrees at 5:30 am, by 10am it will be 30 degrees and stay above freezing for most of the day with a high of 37/low of 29 degrees, so expect springlike conditions and wear your sunglasses. None the less, we have a hefty 17 inch base and trails are in great shape. Track set and skating is not to firm and not to soft, Goldilocks. Winter weather advisory to begin just after midnight tonight, this storm is forecast to drop 10 inches or more, mostly snow but a possiblity of some wintery mix beginning late tonight. Have a great day.
2/1/22 Welcome to February! Where did winter go? Heck, when did it start?? We are fortunate up here on the Tug Hill Plateau to have plenty of snow (thank you Lake Ontario) and great conditions for skiing when other areas are starving for snow. Trails are in great condition and todays high of 31 in the late afternoon will soften the hard packed powder conditions we have had with all the arctic weather of late. Mostly sunny with a low of 16. Reminder we are officially closed on Tuesdays, but Thomas will be available at least through the morning. Hope you have a great day.
1/31/22 Current temp 7 degrees at 5:30 am with slight chance of snow shower in a mostly sunny day. A few flakes are falling right now but conditions are still very firm and fast. I'm just beginning to learn the art of waxing so my best guess today is Swix V30 blue kick wax, with a dash of Toko blue klister for today's temp and transformed snow crystals. If you are a Wax Guru, please share your wisdom and philosophy with me because learning the Art and Science of Wax is HARD! High today 23 degrees, low 8 degrees, with 10am temp 14 degrees. Track set and skate lane wide. Have a great Monday.
1/30/22 Another wind chill warning day, but this will feel like Florida compared to yesterday, which ended up not so bad with the sunshine helping to make things feel warmer than it was. Current temp -19 at 5 am it will rapidly warm up to a balmy high of 16 degrees. At 10 am it will be 8 degrees. Mostly sunny today, with a chance of light snow showers late afternoon set to give up an inch or two of new powder. Conditions are firm and fast, set track and skate late groomed. Have a great day.
1/29/22 current temp -3 at 5am. Dress in warm layers today because high is 7 degrees. Weekend forecast for increasing sun will help soften the chill and the trails are in tip top shape with track set and wide skate lane. Also a great day for snowshoing, especially off trail if you want a great workout. The woods are gorgeous this time of year with plenty of critter tracks to follow. Hope to see you in Osceola, have a great day.
1/28/22 current temp 23 degrees at 5:30 am, the temperature will fall today with a noon temp of 15 degrees and low of -8. Light snowfall this morning will taper off by 10am and not add up to much but a fresh coat of powder is always appreciated on the trails. Tracks are set and skate lane is in perfect shape so grab your skis and have a great day.
1/27/22 Another chilly start to the day. Current temp -15 but this will rise to a high of 23 degrees, low tonight of 12 degrees. Partly sunny with a slight chance of light snow shower during the day. Forecast to recieve a few new inches of snow this evening. Trails are in tip top shape with a hefty base of 18 inches packed powder. Getting a few inches of new powder every couple of days is a lot easier to groom than storms that drop several feet in the span of a day, but we will take it all and groom it for your skiing pleasure. Trails are pristine and have set track and skate lane. Have a great day.
1/26/22 Current temp -11 degrees at 5:30am, high today of 9 degrees/low-9. New snow is rolled and groomed and tracks are set, so conditions are optimal for classic and skate skiing. Today will be sunny and calm, hope to see you in Osceola today. Have a great one.
1/25/22 Current temp 18 degrees at 6 am, high today of 21 degrees/low -8. We picked up a few new inches of snow last night and light snow showers will continue through the morning then it's partly sunny later today. We are closed today but Thomas will be up to pat down this new layer for a perfect day of skiing tomorrow. Wednesday forecast is chill and sunny.
1/24/22 Current temp -8 at 5am, high today 15 degrees/low 13. Party sunny with light snow showers forecast to begin around 7pm this evening and continue through Tuesday. The trails are in premium condition with a firm but not too firm packed powder base. Tracks set along with wide skate lane. We appreciate that we are spoiled on the Tug Hill Plateau--this is some of the best cross country ski conditions you can ask for. Fresh snow every couple of days and no trace of ice. Have a great day.
1/23/22 Today will feel mild after yesterday's negative temps which went barely noticed by the hardy skiers we visited with. Current temp 18 degrees with high in the low 20s and light lake effect snow showers set to toss us a few more inches of powder. Persistent bands will be to the north of Osceola today. Trails are well groomed with a newly renovated surface of fluffed up packed powder and conditions are optimal for skate and classic techniques alike. Snowshoing will be a great workout today too. Hope to see you in Osceola today.
1/22/22 Another cold morning to contend with. Negative 21 degrees with wind chill of -24 at 5:30am, the day will quickly warm to -1 by 10am and a high of 16 degrees by 2pm. Hopefully the abundant sunshine will help it feel warmer. Light snow showers forecast in the evening. Trails are firm packed and groomed for both skate and classsic techniques. Dress warmly and have a great day.
1/21/22 TGI Friday. -18 degrees at 5:30am high of 9 degrees, low tonight of -5 degrees. Wind chill advisory in effect but not a windy day so choose your layers wisely and protect your extremities. Trails are in great condition with a hefty base of 18" packed powder and an inch plus top layer of new snow that fell yestderday. Groomed for classic and skate skiing it will be a great day of skiing with cold but sunny day forecast. Weekend warming trend, mostly sunny with light snow showers forecast for Sunday. Have a great day.
1/20/22 Current temp 18 degrees at 5:30 am, with temperatures continuing to drop throughout the day and another wind chill warning but mostly sunny day Perfect conditions for grooming. Thomas will be renovating the surface on all trails and resetting tracks later this afternoon after a few chores/errands, to prepare for a beautiful weekend of skiing. Reminder we are closed on Thursdays unless otherwise noted here.
1/19/22 Early bird will get the best snow today. Current temp 20 degrees at 5:30 am, but temp is forecast to warm above freezing by 1pm with a high today of 34 degrees/low tonight of 7 degrees so skiing will get slower as the day progresses. Generous base of 19 inches with light and intermittent snow showers throughout the day possibly adding a few more inches. Thomas groomed late yesterday because it was uncertain whether conditions would be too warm to touch the trails today, but he will be out again this morning to fine tune any drifting snow after yesterdays windy conditions and several new inches of snow. Hope you can fit in a ski and have a great day.
1/18/22 Reminder we are closed on Tuesdays. (Still not sure how Hugh managed 7 days a week, he's a rock star) Thomas will be working on equipment and a few things at the lodge today (and prepping the trails to perfection for tomorrow.) Current temp 17 degrees. High of 12/low of 1 degree forecast today with light snow showers this morning. Snow depth is currently 20 inches so we got about a foot of new snow with the MLK storm. Sounds like we'll get more snow tomorrow. Have a great day.
1/17/22 Happy Martin Luther King Day. Don't let the newscasters scare you. Yes there is a winter storm warning until 5pm this evening, but it is not a "clobbering" event, despite being a "nor-easter" with some localized lake effect thrown in for good measure. Today's high will be 32 degrees (between 10am and noon) so Thomas will groom early and late in the day when temperatures drop back down to a few degrees below freezing. Conditions will be softer than the last two days of subzero temperatures and reconditioned granular snow and ice. Snow began falling around 10pm last night and snow depth at SUNY Albany's Mesonet weather station on site is 17 inches (up from 11 inch compressed base yesterday). Intermittent and often light snowfall all day and evening with rate of snowfall to be heaviest between 4 and 7pm with strong winds causing blowing snow and gusts as high as 30mph. Ironically a great day for skiing--windy but the wind is warm, new snow but not accumulating fast--this is a day+ weather event so the treated roads should be passable especially if you have good tires I think you can venture out without fear of getting stuck (extra flashlight food and water wouldn't hurt either in case of emergency). Yesterday we had to call AAA to get into someone's car after key fob battery died, and when we stepped into our vehicle later that evening I got a "low battery" message too. Coincidence? Symptom of arctic air we had the last few days? IDK, but be prepared and be safe because technology is great until it doesn't work. Hope you have a great MLK holiday and take a moment to remember the spirit and vision of a great man. A few more quotes to part with,
“The ultimate tragedy is not the oppression and cruelty by the bad people but the silence over that by the good people.”
Martin Luther King Jr.
1/16/22 It's gonna be a choice day for skiing. Sunny and warm (compared to yesterday, which was still a great day of skiing) high of 19/low 10 degrees. Trails are fast with granular/packed snow and track set. Winter storm expected to begin dropping snow around 10pm and continues through 1am Tuesday. Thomas will groom as needed throughout holiday Monday. Want to leave you with another great quote for this holiday weekend, hope you have a great day and it includes skiing. “Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, ‘What are you doing for others?’”
1/14/22 TGIF! Should be a great day for skiing. Current temp 26 degrees with high of 16 degrees and slight chance for trace to 1 inch new snow--perfect conditions for grooming. Most trails will have set tracks today. Temperatures will be dropping throughout the weekend, low tonight -6 degrees at midnight and -14 at 5am Saturday morning. Mostly clear skies and sunshine through Sunday with a storm warning in effect beginning Sunday night into Monday with up to a foot of new snow possible. Wind chill warnings also in effect all weekend so dress in layers. Good thing cross country skiing generates so much heat! Have a great day.
1/13/22 Mother Nature sure is fickle and I hate to say it but the next few days will be a bit challenging. Current temp 30 degrees with high today of 34 and low of 11 degrees. The snow showers they forecast last night turned into freezing drizzle so there's a dangerous coating of ice on everything now. Tom will do his best to renovate this crust with his knives, but with the warm temperature, this is a dicy project. The last thing we want to do is press all the air out of the snow crystals and create a thicker layer of ice that will need to be covered with new snow. Only a slight chance of snow showers forecast for today and tomorrow and little accumulation. Although we said we would be open today, I think it is responsible to warn people not to come. Tom will be checking things out this morning and keep me posted so I can in turn keep you posted on his progress. It is extremely possible that he will need to wait out the warmth today and postpone grooming until tomorrow, Friday, when temps begin to plunge...and that's the second half of this roller-coaster Mother Nature has us on: Wind chills this weekend could be as low as -30 degrees with high on Friday of 12 degrees and high on Saturday of zero degrees. Don't shoot the messenger. Have a great day anyway,
1/12/22 Current temp 11 degrees at 5:30 am, high today of 29, low of 24 degrees and mostly cloudy. Light snow showers expected this evening but nothing serious after the big event. Snow depth at the weather station currently reads 16" deep and when I checked in with Hugh he reminded me that snow fall is measured in regular intervals as it falls to mitigate for the natural settling and compaction of flakes, which we didn't do (amateurs). This can lead to variation in readings if folks measure more often that others and years ago a recordholder was stripped for just such a thing--scandal in the snow recording community yikes! We are open today and trails are packed and groomed. Thomas will groom with Ginzu today and classic conditions will be optimal, skating will be soft, and snow shoing off trail will be a hardy workout. Hope you can strap on skis and have a nice day,
1/11/22 Yep, we got blasted with snow yesterday, any way you size it. Literally: knee deep. Hugh taught me to troll NYSmesonet's multiple data sets (shout out to SUNY Albany) and like many of our members I check it multiple times a day. Yesterday's snow depth at 4pm read 25 inches...then 24, then 23 and this morning it's 21". Of course fluffy lake effect flakes eventually compact so this makes sense. And though the weather station is surrounded by fencing, there is still the confounding factor of wind and drifting snow. Suffice it to say we got A LOT!!On the trails when Thomas got got off the snowmobile to move a branch it was thigh-deep. Plowed the parking lot 3 times yesterday and will need to do a bit more clean up today. Yes, it will take more than a few hours to tame this beautiful shrew. But the real weather factor today is WIND CHILL. It is currently minus 11 degrees and today's high is expected to be a balmy 5 degrees, and partly sunny (that's partly cloudy to some folks)...and while we have been reconsidering our closed status on Tuesdays and Thursdays due to the late start of ski season, we will most definately be CLOSED today. In part because we want folks to stay safe and though xc skiing and snowshoeing is a great way to beat winter's cold, frostbite can zap exposed skin in as little as 15 minutes, so take care of yourselves today. I have a day off from school due to wind chill and we will be working on the trails dressed head to toe. Stay tuned for Thursday's open/closed status...we will likely be open and there is a slight chance for more of the white stuff (!) But with all this beautiful snow I hope we see you soon! As always, have a great day.
1/10/22 At long last we are enjoying a big lake effect snowstorm! Already approx 6 new inches of snow on the ground and it is expected to continue all day and evening. 16 degrees at 5:30am with high temp of 16 and low of -11 degrees. Thomas will be rolling throughout the day to stay on top of the accumulation. Wind chill warning tomorrow from 1am to 1pm dangerously cold conditions could cause frostbite on exposed skin in as little as 15 minutes, so please enjoy the winter weather with care. Please be careful on the roads today and have a great day.
1/9/22 Do you want the good news or the bad news first? Good news: big snow is coming! Bad news: it's gonna hit tomorrow and today is a changeable day of mixed precipitation. Current temp 24 degrees at 5am, high today of 35 degrees, low of 13. We will be open, but with snow, freezing rain, and just plain old rain likely, it will be difficult to groom the thin base we currently have and some areas have been skied off so it will definitely be a rock skis kinda day. Tomorrow a big storm is forecast (beginning tonight) with a foot or more coming our way. Patience grasshopper. Have a great day.
1/8/22 WOO-HOO!! FINALLY!! We've got snow to play with!! Current temp a balmy -5 degrees at 5am with a high today of 23 and low of 16, but a sunny day so it should feel warmer than that. Five inches new snow packed and groomed on top of the thin ice shield that remained after our last melt down. 100% corduroy, no set track. Osceola U trail is closed only because this trail has a perpetually rocky base due to natural springs and not enough snow yet to cushion should you stop short on a rock and take a tumble. Otherwise, the trails look great and are here to enjoy. Hope to see you today in Osceola.
1/7/22 current temp 20 degrees with high of 23/low 8 degrees and light snow through most of the day expected to add another inch or so today. Trails are skiable with 3 inch base, but with thin spots under tree cover, rock skis are the recommendation. Cold and sunny Saturday with more snow showers Sunday. Have a great day.
1/6/22 Current temp 25 degrees at 5:30 am, wind chill 16 degrees. High of 32 and low of 21. Light snow falling most of the day and into the evening. Hoping it will add up to several new inches because Thomas was checking the trails yesterday and was happy to report that the ice shelf base on the trails is still intact from previous packing efforts so a few inches is all that's needed to make things skiable. Wish we were getting clobbered with feet not inches, but it's Watertown's turn this time. Have a great day.
1/5/22 Current temp 26 (wind chill 22) degrees with high of 28 and low of 23 degrees. Still forecasting snow showers beginning around 10 pm tonight with another system to follow Thursday evening on the Tug Hill Plateau. Of course with lake effect, how much we receive in Osceola depends on which way the wind blows so really hoping we get more rather than less. It's time to ski already!
1/4/22 Opps--never pays to rush and I forgot to save my post this morning, so it is now Noon and current temp is 24 degrees/wind chill 20 with a high of 28 degrees forecast. No new snow but it sounds like we may get lucky on Thursday and Friday. Please stay tuned...
1/3/22 current temp 1 degree at 5:45am, high temperature today 17 degrees with low 10 degrees tonight. Just one inch of new snow fell, but it sounds like Thursday we are forecast to get more and thankfully temps remain below freezing except for a brief high of 37 on Wednesday prior to the new snow system due to arrive Thursday. Fingers crossed. Have a great day.
1/2/22 current temp 27 degrees and light snow forecast to fall throughout the day and into tomorrow. Good news since we lost our base. Patience is a virtue they say, so let's practice for the the next few days and hopefully we will be rewarded soon. Hope you have a great day.
January 1st, 2022 Happy New Year (if you're a duck). 40 degrees at 7am, high today of 44. Light rain forecast today, but snow reportedly on the horizon. It will take several inches to build back a skiable base, so we will keep you posted. In the meantime, have a great day.
12/31/21 "Okay campers rise and shine and don't forget your booties 'cause it's cold out there..." Current temp 33 degrees and today's movie pick is "Groundhog Day" a delightful spoof on deja vu starring Bill Murray. Good way to spend the day because you're not going skiing. Not in Osceola at least. Please stay safe and don't drink and drive and here's to a Happy (snowy) New Year. Have a great day.
12/30/21 current temp 33 degrees at 6am, high today of 33, low 31...sound familar? Forecast includes dusting to an inch of snow this evening (fingers crossed) but tomorrow's high is 41 degress so it's one step forward, two steps back. Have a great day.
12/29/21 current temp 30 degrees at 6:15am, high today of 35. We received a light dusting of snow last night. Just enough to tease, not enough to ski on. No significant change in the next several day's forecast except for slight warming trend in temperature. Yuck. But have a nice day.
12/28/21 current temp 33 degrees at 5:30 am. with temps forecast to hover above freezing throughout the day, the little precipitation that falls today will be icy. sigh. Good thing we still have indoor projects to keep busy with because there will be no snow grooming today. Have a great day anyway.
12/27/21 Ugh it pains me there isn't any good news to report. Trails closed, not enough snow. Light snow showers possible today but we need more than that at this point. At least today's temps stay below freezing so we won't lose the little we've got. Have a great day (rollerskiing anyone? haha)
12/26/21 Current temp 28 degrees with high of 34 today. Sadly, we are down to just 2 inches snow depth after yesterday's rain. No new snow fell overnight to cover the icy crust that remains and unfortunately that leaves not enough to renovate with the Ginzu. I was tempted to say trails are closed, but we will probably go for a ski once it softens up a bit to see what we are down to. Trails are still open but bring your rock skis. With no new snow forecast in the next several days I am not sure when we will groom again, but we're certainly hoping some of the stuff that clobbered California is headed our way soon. Have a great day anyway.
12/25/21 Merrry Christmas to those who celebrate it. Unforetunately we will be closed today due to conditions. Santa brought us
coal rain which is naughty of him and our high today of 37 isn't nice either. Current temp 33 degrees at 6am with rain showers turning to light snow in the early morning hours of
Sunday with dry and below freezing temps forecast for next several days, so lets all plan to be nice nice so we can ski ski again soon. Thank you to all who skied with us yesterday--I have to
admit it was pretty great to get out on skis for the first time myself this year, anda big thanks to our members (Ed, Jack) who gave me valuable feedback on the organization of this blog so you won't
have to scroll down so much anymore!
12/24/21 Current temp 20 degrees with wind chill feels like 13 at 6am with a high today of 34. Light snow last night and this morning added a fresh coating to a thin but skiable base. Season pass holder Ed stopped by yesterday for a spin and declared trails skiable. A few light spots under thick tree cover so best to bring your rock skis if you are planning a visit today. Tom took the Ginzu out for an inaugural pass since it's specifically designed to groom low-snow conditions and reports that grassy trails and fields are well covered, but some rocks still asserting their presence on Malloy Brook Trail (fishing access road). Sad to report we expect wintery mix then rain tomorrow, so if you celebrate Christmas, best stay home tomorrow and enjoy your family and a good movie--and we hope to see you today.
12/23/21 The snow dance must have worked. current temp 8 degrees, high today 31, low 13, with new snow on a packed ice/granular snow base. We are planning a soft opening today, packing and grooming the 3 inches of new snow we got yesterday and assessing for bare spots. More light snow in the forecast so please stay tuned. If conditions are decent we will be open X-mas eve and or day. Have a great day, as Hugh would say.
12/21/21 Winter solstice --winter officially begins today, woohoo, bring it on. Light snow showers today with high of 31 low 24 derees. Another light snow shower expected Wednesday. With the soil temperature steadily decreasing and below freezing temps for the extended forecast, this should stick around. Not enough yet to groom, but we will keep you posted. Feel free to join us in a Happy First Day of Winter snow dance
12/20/21current temp 7 degrees, high today 31 mostly sunny. light snow showers forecast for Tuesday and Wednesday evening. Stay tuned...
12/19/21 apologizies for the 10 day time out, but not enough snow to report on trail conditions...and not to tease further, but the 3-6 inches forecast for snow yesterday did not pan out since some of the precip came in the form of wintery mix. 1 inch snow and ice crust on the ground makes for a good initial base, but not enough to ski on yet. Current temp 19 degrees (9am) and more cold and snow in the forecast so keep your fingers crossed and check back soon!
12/9/21 noon temp 34 degrees, high of 37 today, low 34. Saturday high 56 degrees with rain showers. Hope the packed snow on the trails can withstand this warm up.
12/8/21 Not gonna lie, the forecast is way too warm for my liking. It's been a rollercoaster ride of hot and cold. We packed trails last weekend only to see it all melt. It's currently snowing and 28 degrees in Osceola, but Saturday's forecast is for a high of 52. Patience is a virtue and I am really working on developing more of it, but my birthday wish is for MORE SNOW!
12/5/21 today's high temp 34 low 33 turning windy with warm front coming through bringing warmer temps and (sigh) rain tomorrow. Not all bad news though, trails have icy packed base of 3 inches so the rain will create a nice bottom shell which will prolong the season when more snow comes (and comes and comes...) Please stay tuned,
11/28/21 Took a break from the computer while hosting out of town guests. Some light new snowfall yesterday and today--enough to pretty things up, but not enough to ski on yet. Soon, soon...
11/24/21 Happy Thanksgiving Eve. We are grateful for so much. 26 degrees, 2" snow. ground not frozen yet, but it is getting soon!!!
We are now grooming with Kubota UTV, two Skandic snowmobiles and Arctic Bear Cat, Yellowstone Track System's 84" Ginzu groomer, and 8 foot roller. One of the main advantages we have in Osceola Is a wealth of fresh soft snow. The way we groom allows us the abilty to renovate or pack any amount of snow. This lets our skiing stay firm to the ski for skate skiing. Set track for classic and no rug burns for those inadvertant sudden stops (falls).
Osceola Tug Hill XC Ski Center
1486 Osceola Rd
Camden, NY 13316
Phone: +1 315 599 -7377