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Old 12-18-2018, 07:15 PM   #1
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Thirteenth Lake ice thickness

Anyone been on Thirteenth Lake recently? I was going to head there next week but am not sure if the ice is safe yet. Any info is appreciated. I ski at my own risk. Thanks,
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Old 12-18-2018, 09:19 PM   #2
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You may want to shoot a message to the Garnet Hill Lodge also if you havenít done so already... https://www.garnet-hill.com/
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Old 12-19-2018, 11:02 AM   #3
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On Dec. 8 I walked on a small pond where I hunt that is about the same elevation. There was about 6 inches of ice. However, we've had a warm spell since then, and have another one coming.
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Old 12-19-2018, 05:50 PM   #4
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Here is a good satellite view from today. You can make out Thirteenth in the satellite image... and can compare it to Dec 7th which shows ice coverage on Thirteenth Lake as well. I was on Mason Lake last weekend and it had 6-8" of ice. The week before that I was on Indian and it too had 6-8" and I traveled the southern end for over 4 miles into a couple of bays.

https://worldview.earthdata.nasa.gov...47914665400002
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Old 12-19-2018, 07:03 PM   #5
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Thanks guys and thanks Bio for the image. That answers my question. Looks like I may need to wait a bit especially with the warm weather predicted this weekend. I'll still call Garnet Hill Lodge next week to be sure though.

Bio your Snowdog video has me all psyched up to get out there!
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Old 12-22-2018, 05:45 PM   #6
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What thickness is considered "safe" for a human on skis?
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Old 12-22-2018, 07:39 PM   #7
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What thickness is considered "safe" for a human on skis?
Might depend on solidarity of the ice & snow cover. I’ve been on hard ice only 2” thick with no snow cover & have been on soft ice 6” thick with slush...I don’t recommend either for skiing.
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Old 12-22-2018, 07:59 PM   #8
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I don't go on anything under 6". It helps to know where the feeder streams are in the lake too. The ice gets deceptively thin in those areas. Your best bet is to wait until we've had a couple of solid weeks of ADK cold weather.

Here is a link to the DEC guidelines for ice thickness safety.
https://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/7733.html


Like Justin says slush is a pain to deal with. Both on skis and when pulling a sled. You can't really tell which areas of the lake are slushed up until you get out there. At least I can't.
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Old 12-23-2018, 11:05 AM   #9
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I always try to give the inlets and outlets a wide berth.

I can recall iceskating on 13th, looking right down into the ice with no snow cover, and still not really knowing how thick it was.
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