I was in the neighborhood this weekend as well. The squall that blew through Friday evening dropped a nice 3-4 inches of fresh snow that made the x-c trails very nice. On Saturday I brought a friend up a portion of the Jackrabbit Trail that I did in March 2009 
(http://list.uvm.edu/cgi-bin/wa?A2=ind0903B&L=SKIVT-L&D=0&P=47014), but we didn't get the view that I got then (list maintenance moved it here: http://www.uvm.edu/skivt-l/image_upload/World/photos/IMG_9468.jpg, with TEO's annotation: "Left to right: Marcy, Gray, Colden, Wright, Algonquin, Iroquois, Nye,
& Street.") The ski back down was much nicer, though--we had about the third track in, and saw 5 people in 3 hours.

On Sunday morning, we didn't have much time, so I took us to the section of Jackrabbit Trail that goes by Pitchoff Mountain, because I'd seen a couple of pictures of the ice cliffs. I didn't know it, but it turns out this is one of the best locations for moderate ice climbing in the Adirondacks, because of the quantity of ice and the location. The town now plows the first mile of the road, and we got the last parking space at the trailhead at 9:00 on a Sunday morning. From there it was only about a 1.5 mile ski to the beaver ponds--empty, desolate, beautiful, and another few hundred yards to the spectacular ice-covered cliffs of the north side of Pitchoff. There, 3 parties of climbers were working their way up different lines. We skied to the top of the little pass and then back to the car.

I have some pics, but they're still in the possession of the owner of the camera.

I wanted to go there because it was a short, mellow ski, and for the scenery. If you drive Rt. 73 from Keene to Lake Placid, as you drive through the Cascade Lakes Gorge, Cascade Mountain is to the south, Pitchoff to the north. The Jackrabbit trail goes on the other side of Pitchoff. Tony Goodwin's Ski and Snowshoe Trails in the Adirondacks has a nice photo of it, as does the Jackrabbit trail map. This is not my picture, but it looks like this:
--Alex


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Subject: [SKIVT-L] Whiteface/Esther, NY - Last 4 Days

Winter was stubborn in the Dacks the last few days.  Temps were much colder than forecasted in the middle of last week and the snow persisted, albeit in light amounts.  Toll Road had some nice skiing to be had the entire length and some good stuff was found on-piste! 
 
Mark P. Renson
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Subject: [SKIVT-L] Whiteface/Esther, NY - Last 4 Days

Winter was stubborn in the Dacks the last few days.  Temps were much colder than forecasted in the middle of last week and the snow persisted, albeit in light amounts.  Toll Road had some nice skiing to be had the entire length and some good stuff was found on-piste! 
 
Mark P. Renson
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