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Ya never know… until ya go!

Snow SnakeRockin’ Ron for Hugh. By the time I hit the slopes it was more mixed precip than the white fluffy (aka clear snow in Snow Reporter parlance). After all these years, I don’t know why I was surprised that the trails were nice-n-creamy. I was also surprised when Sam the Snow Snake snuck up on me while I rode Mogul Mouse’s Magic Lift! I was surprised because it’s not every day you see a reptile on a Lift Tower. BOO-HISSS!

P.S. Try saying “Mogul Mouse’s Magic Lift” 5 times fast.

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Snowmaking Whales on Lower Madonna LIftline

whalesThe temperatures have been just wonderful for snowmaking. I was really surprised with the amount of snow that we made in the past 24 hours.  As you can see from this photo the snowmaking whales are pretty big.  We have also been making snow on Garden Path so that we can open Morse Mountain from the top in the near future.  The forecast also calls for a storm of snow and mixed from Tuesday through Thursday with up to 8 inches of accumulation possible.

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Running gates

racerThe temperature stayed in the single digits on top today and our snowmakers were taking full advantage. Snowmaking has begun on Madonna Mountain with Link and Lower Madonna Liftline. We are also making snow on Garden Path. Today we opened more terrain with Thomke’s and Full Nelson. It was great to see the Smugglers’ Notch Ski and Snowboard Club athletes training on the Practice Slope today. As you can see from the photo they were really getting into it!

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Darrin playing in the snow on Smugglers’ Alley

Darren cropWe received 2 to 3 inches of new snow today and 9 inches in the past 4 days. My trail pick of the day would have to be the Alley. It has not been groomed since we made snow on it. I had a great time playing on the different features from the snowmaking. I also enjoyed Black Snake and Practice Slope now that they are open. Thanks again to our snowmaking staff!

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More terrain opens

matt black snakeI want to thank our snowmakers for all their hard work. Today we opened Lower Morse Liftline, Black Snake, and Practice Slope because of their efforts. Black Snake and Practice Slope were open with snowmaking in progress. The new tower guns are quieter, more efficient, and make a better quality snow. The snow flying off of Matt’s skis in this photo is the quality snow that I am talking about.

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Upper Rumrunner

patrolI spoke with our snowmakers this morning at about 5:30 am. They told me that we only had a dusting of new snow overnight. I updated the snow report and headed for the mountain. The closer I got to the mountain the harder it snowed. We had 2 to 3 inches of new snow by 8:30 am. The clouds cleared and it became sunny. The clear skies are bringing colder temperatures. Our snowmakers are taking full advantage of this weather. We are presently pushing 3000 gallons of water a minute through our snow guns. All of the snow that we are making is going to allow us to open more terrain tomorrow. We plan to open Black Snake, Practice Slope, and Lower Morse Liftline on Friday, December 5.

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Nate having fun on Smugglers’ Alley

natealleyWe received 2 to 3 inches of new snow overnight. It rained for just a little bit after it snowed and that made the new snow creamy. Smugglers’ Alley was nice and smooth with a nice blanket of new snow. I was doing laps on the Alley when I met up with my good friend Nate (pictured here). He was also just doing laps on the Alley; as a matter of fact he had already skied the Alley 9 times when I met up with him.

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Mount Mansfield seen from Sterling Pond

photo croppedWhat a difference a day makes. Yesterday morning it was 37 degrees at the summit of Sterling and it was 2 degrees this morning. Our snowmakers have been on Sterling and Morse mountain making the most of this great cold weather. We are presently making snow on Lower Morse Liftline, Black Snake, Practice Slope, and Lower Birch Run.

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Upper Rumrunner

photoToday started off a little warm but it didn’t stay that way. The temperature fell 12 degrees in 3 hours. Tonight’s forecast calls for clear skies with temperatures between 4 and 14 degrees. The colder temperatures have allowed us to resume snowmaking. We are presently making snow on Black Snake, Lower Rumrunner, Birch Run, and Lower Morse Liftline.

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Smugglers’ Alley

 

photoI want to thank our snowmakers for all of their hard work. It is wonderful to have Smugglers’ Alley and Sir Henry’s open this early in the season. Our snowmakers have also been working on Black Snake, Lower Morse Liftline, and the Practice Slope.