Rockwood State Forest

Rockwood State Forest
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Monday, March 30, 2015

Stephens and Cascade Ponds near Blue Mountain Lake

Hard to believe I never skied Rockwood this winter. Long story short, I didn't go out probably 4 weekends due to the severe cold, negative wind chills, and also planning for a fishing trip to the Florida Keys which took up a lot of my time.

So I hope others had a fine time at Rockwood this winter.

I skied Stephens and Cascade Ponds from the Lake Durant Campground near Blue Mountain Lake in the Adirondacks yesterday. It was very good, with at least 18" of consolidated snow in the woods, with a thin layer of new snow on top. Bluebird skies all day. The ponds were just perfect skiing. There is so much ice to come off still. The Sacandaga River at Wells NY is still locked up in ice, with two days to go til trout season, ha!

Monday, April 7, 2014

G Lake

The road going in was icy in the morning where the sun had not hit it yet. Be prepared for a long slow climb to the lake. I skied the perimeter of the lake where the windblown snow was still covering everything. Otherwise 98% of the lake was ice and a soft layer of ice on top. Still solid, but not for skiing. Full tour took 4 hours, but I did take a few good breaks to soak up the sun. Mid-40's and so enjoyable. The road on the way out was just perfect spring corn.

With this tour I'm wrapping up the year. There were few better ones.

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Toast (End of Season)

Rockwood is toast for the season in my opinion. I skied the northside trails to the gate near the lake and back after work today. The snow is there, but it's dirty and potato-ish if you aren't skiing in previous tracks. I was able to follow snowshoe tracks, then snowmobile tracks and I stayed out of the soft stuff. As a quick ski, it was fun, temps were in the 40's and all I wore was a light sweater.

But my days at Rockwood are done for 2013/14. Up north in the mountains there will be another 3 weeks of snowcover I'm guessing. Not finished completely with skiing just yet, but close, and it was a great winter, one of the best.