Pow Now Brown Cow!
Well for many of us the "blizzard" or as Molly calls it the "S'nor'easter" turned out to be little more than what New England used to call a "snow storm". They did get hammered pretty hard down in Mass. but as you can see from the image above, we got between 10 and 6 inches of the nicest driest powder you could hope for here in the East.
We were fortunate that prior to this snow event, the ice sheets that had formed were thick enough to support the weight of this new snow with minimal sinking of the plate and minimal slush issues as far as we've seen. Most of the slush is near the edges and any pressure ridges. It looks like there will be consistently cold temps in the coming days, sub-zero with the wind chill. Be mindful in these temps if you come into contact with slush it will snap freeze to your ski or board and destroy any ability to slide.
As we mentioned the snow is very dry and with this cold it has not adhered to the plate. So if you drive the ski or board too hard on the powder you will cut down to the hard plate and if you don't have edges or if you are not mindful of this you may find the surfaces a little tricky. Especially in higher winds or if you start in light winds and the winds ramp up you may get caught in a situation where edges are critical.
So be mindful of you tune and the forecast. Otherwise ice conditions wise it seems everywhere is in good shape for the most part though we recommend staying off areas like the Broads on Winne as the plate formed just before the storm and between the wind and now with the snow covering potential hazards we don't have a clue what might be out there at this time. Give it a while. Right now Melvin is pretty prime.
Speaking of Melvin, please if you visit Melvin please be mindful not to block the lake access with parked vehicles and don't leave your kites and lines spread on the ice unattended. We want to be sure not to impede lake access to the locals.
WARNING. No ice is ever 100% safe. We offer condition reports as a service to our students and clients who are familiar with the area and as a source of general condition information to others. These reports are not intended to replace common sense or up to the minute first hand knowledge of a given area. Nor is it a substitute for common sense. When in doubt don't go out.