Without overnight freezing temperatures next week the trail will remain unusable until freezing temperatures return. Links to trail conditions for all types of trails can be found at/trails. ATV/UTV trails will re-open when conditions allow as determined by each respective landowner or trail manager, usually sometime in late April/early May. The Tri-County Corridor and ATV/UTV road routes remain open as usual.
Even when some of the outputs of the changing climate are hard to predict, one key input — greenhouse gas pollution — is very much within humanity’s control. For those who care about winter sports, how the world uses that control will make all the difference. Some social scientists have worked to calculate the benefits that downhill and cross-country skiing, snowboarding, snowmobiling, snowshoeing, and the like deliver to the American economy. These experiences are designed for residents of the Hudson Valley and their guests to experience our National Historic Landmark resort as a day visitor.
Between 2040 and 2059, the state would see just 136 days per year with temperatures below freezing, a loss of 34 days relative to recent conditions. By midcentury, in other words, failure to curb our emissions could rob America’s biggest winter-sports state of more than a month of below-freezing days. And by the end of the century, the losses are projected to be twice as high. Snowshoe the trail and experience winter views throughout the Rainbow Wilderness Area or portions of the National Forest near Lake Owen.
Join us for ice skating in our open air Pavilion or hit the trails on cross-country skis or snowshoes. Warmer winter temperatures are causing snow totals in many areas around the Great Lakes to drop dramatically. Scientists say a warmer climate means cold and snowy winters will likely become more and more unreliable. The trail travels uphill along the steep, hemlock-studded rim of the big ravine. Trailhead access is on 4th Street uphill to the Bayfield School. Turn left on Sweeny Avenue and park at the baseball field.
Food, lounge, instruction and equipment rental are available at the chalet. The Ashwabay trails require users to purchase a daily or seasonal pass. You must bring your own ski, snow shoe, or traction device equipment (i.e. MICROspikes/crampons).Trails Pass users are required to use appropriate equipment for the current trail conditions. Please reference our ski trail report to confirm what winter activity is open for each day.