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Double and triple black diamonds

The Black Hole is open from Upper Madonna Liftline and from Freefall. Upper Madonna Liftline is open from Catwalk down to Robin’s Run work road. Freefall is open from the traverse from Upper FIS. The traverse is located on skiers’ left just a few tower guns down from Catwalk. I found the best snow on Freefall to be on skiers’ left.  I just skied the Black Hole and it was great. The rain that we received last Friday made some holes in the snow. We have received 13 inches of new snow since then and most things are covered up. Just be aware as you enjoy the fresh snow.

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The Black Hole

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Traverse to Freefall

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More open terrain

 

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Snowman by Evergreen

We now have top to bottom skiing and riding on all 3 mountains with 6 lifts operating, including the Madonna I lift with 55 trails open with terrain for all ability levels. Freefall is now open from the traverse on Upper FIS. Upper Madonna Liftline is open from Catwalk down to Robin’s work road. The Black Hole is also open. 30 trails have been groomed for today, including Upper FIS and Smuggles’ Alley for a grand total of 127 acres of freshly groomed terrain. Due to snowmaking; Full Nelson, Snake Bite, and Practice Slope are closed today. Currently it is 14 degrees at the summit of Sterling with light snow and winds of 10 to 15 mph. Today’s forecast is a chance of flurries early then partly sunny skies this afternoon with a high of 23 degrees.

 

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Great conditions

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3 Mountain Glades

Today was another great day with 4 inches of new snow in the past 24 hours to play in. We have received 13 inches of new snow in the past 5 days. Our snowmakers were busy today on McPherson’s and Playground. Tonight they are moving to Snake Bite and Practice Slope. 30 trails will be groomed tonight, including Upper FIS and Smugglers’ Alley for a grand total of 127 acres of freshly groomed terrain. Tomorrow we plan to have top to bottom skiing and riding on all 3 mountains with 6 lifts operating, including the Madonna I lift. We have 53 trails open with terrain for all ability levels. Birch Run Terrain Park is now open top to bottom with 10 features. The Zone Terrain Park will open later this week.

 

 

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Lower Catwalk

Tomorrow’s forecast is calling for a chance of flurries early then partly sunny skies with a high of 23 degrees. This Saturday, January 20th is the USASA Snowboard Rail Jam on Lower Birch Run and there is also an ON3P Ski Demo in front of the Base Lodge.  This weekend we will have the FREE Family Fun Race on Lower Madonna Liftline from 11 am till 2 pm.  On Sunday, January 21 the Smugglers’ Notch Ski & Snowboard Club – SNSC is hosting a U10 Giant Slalom. These young athletes in this USASA event are from all the Northern Vermont Councils of the VT Alpine Racing Association.

 

 

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High School Race

race 7The Smugglers’ Notch Ski and Snowboard Club is hosting a High School Race Series this season. Today’s race tested the skills of these athletes on Snake Bite and Practice Slope. They started half way up Snake Bite and then continued onto Practice Slope. It does not take long to get up to speed on Snake Bite. The hard part is nailing the gates on the steep pitch so that you can carry speed down onto the lower pitch of Practice Slope. It was fun to watch and the best part is listening to everyone cheer each other on!

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New snow and 109 acres of freshly groomed terrain

 

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Early morning groom on Sir Henry’s Learning Hill and Lower Morse Liftline

We received 2 to 3 inches of new snow overnight and 14 inches in the past 5 days. Today’s forecast is light snow with another inch of accumulation possible and temperatures between 16 and 26 degrees. Last night we made snow on Lower Madonna Liftline, Mulcahy’s Link, McPherson’s, and Playground. Today we plan to continue snowmaking on McPherson’s and Playground. We have top to bottom skiing and riding on all 3 mountains with 6 lifts operating, including the Madonna I lift with 53 trails open and terrain for all ability levels. Currently it is 17 degrees at the summit of Sterling with light snow and winds of 0 to 5 mph.

 

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Sweeping the new snow off the chairs at the Mogul Mouse Magic Lift

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Ski Patrollers heading up the Village Lift to do trail check this morning

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Snow Snake snow make

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Billy Bob Bear carves it up! See evidence of recent snowmaking on the trees beside the trail.

Rockin’ Ron for Hugh. The Snowmakers and Groomers did an excellent job getting the Snow Snake trail open today. It’s a fun intermediate trail on Morse Mountain. If you’re skiing with beginners on Morse and you want something a little more challenging, sneak over to Snow Snake and slither down and around some exhilarating pitches and turns.

 

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Bluebird skies

 

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Trail sign at the top of Catwalk

Today was another gorgeous day with beautiful sunny skies and temperatures reaching into the teens. The colder temperatures have been great for snowmaking. Our snowmakers have been working around the clock on Morse Mountain. Last night they made snow on Garden Path, Sir Henry’s Learning Hill, Midway, and Meadowlark. They made snow on Snow Snake the night before last. Snow Snake will be groomed tonight and open tomorrow. Our snowmakers moved over to Morse Highlands today. During the day they have been making snow on the lower half of Log Jam. They are making snow for Log Jam Terrain Park. Tonight they plan to make snow on Dixie’s Knoll, Sam’s Run, and Log Jam.

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Lower Doc Dempsey’s

The snowguns on Dixie’s Knoll and Sam’s Run will be turned off in the morning and these trails will be open tomorrow.  Tonight we plan to groom 30 trails including Smugglers’ Alley, Waterfall, and Wanderer for a grand total of 121 acres of freshly groomed terrain. Tomorrow we plan to have top to bottom skiing and riding on all 3 mountains with 6 lifts operating, including the Madonna I lift with 53 trails open and terrain for all ability levels. Birch Run Terrain Park is now open top to bottom with 10 features. Tomorrow’s forecast is calling for periods of light snow with an inch of accumulation possible and a high of 24 degrees. We could see another 1 to 2 inches of snow Tuesday night into Wednesday.

 

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Sterling Pond with Mount Mansfield in the background

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Mini Half Pipe is under construction

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Another beautiful day with great conditions

 

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Sterling and Mount Mansfield seen from the Madonna I Lift

It is currently sunny and 10 degrees at the summit of Sterling with winds of 0 to 5 mph. Today’s forecast is partly sunny skies with a high of 15 degrees. Last night we made snow Garden Path, Midway, Meadowlark, and Sir Henry’s Learning Hill. Today we are making snow at the base of the Village Lift and on Lower Log Jam. Upper Log Jam is still open. We have top to bottom skiing and riding on all 3 mountains with all 8 lifts operating and 54 trails open. 120 acres of freshly groomed terrain.

 

 

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Fresh tracks

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Good Morning

riseToday we plan to have top to bottom skiing and riding on all 3 mountains with all 8 lifts operating. 53 trails will be open with terrain for all ability levels. Last night we made snow on Meadowlark, Midway, Garden Path, and Snow Snake. 27 trails have been groomed for today, including Smugglers’ Alley for a grand total of 120 acres of freshly groomed terrain. Currently it is partly sunny and 0 degrees at the summit of Sterling with winds of 5 to 10 mph. Today’s forecast is partly sunny skies with a high of 15 degrees.  There is snow in the forecast Tuesday into Wednesday with up to 3 inches of accumulation possible. It is going to be another gorgeous day!

 

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Picture perfect

 

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Sun dog photobomb

Today was just a gorgeous day with beautiful sunny skies and light winds. I had a great time today with my good friend Ken. We skied Sterling Mountain in the morning and then Madonna Mountain in the afternoon. We had so much fun looking for powder stashes and amazing views. We were able to find plenty of both. The snowmaking on Morse Mountain sent ice crystals into the air that were creating some wonderful sun dogs. A sundog is a concentrated patch of sunlight occasionally seen about 22° to the left or right of the sun. Sundogs often form in pairs on either side of our daytime star when sunlight refracts through icy clouds containing hexagonal plate crystals aligned with their large, flat faces parallel to the ground.

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Dancing in the light

Technically known as parhelia (singular parhelion) they are often white but sometimes quite colorful, looking like detached pieces of rainbow, with red on the inside, toward the sun, and blue on the outside.

 

Snowmaking continues around the clock on Midway, Garden Path, Snow Snake, Meadowlark, and Sir Henry’s Learning Hill. 27 trails will be groomed for tomorrow, including Smugglers’ Alley for a grand total of 120 acres of freshly groomed terrain. Tomorrow we plan to have top to bottom skiing and riding on all 3 mountains with all 8 lifts operating and 53 trails open with terrain for all ability levels. Birch Run Terrain Park is now open top to bottom with 9 features.

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Ken finds a nice drift in the woods

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Flying onto Shuttle

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Sundog

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Mount Mansfield seen from Madonna Mountain