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Skiing and riding on all 3 mountains.

hugh blogThe Madonna II lift opened today and we plan to open Madonna I tomorrow. We now have 44 trails open with terrain for all ability levels. We received new snow for the past 4 days and the conditions are great. I took a few runs this morning with my wife Harley on Sterling. We had a wonderful time on her favorite run which is Harvey’s Hideaway to Full Nelson. I went skiing on Madonna II this afternoon and found tons of powder stashes. The forecast calls for a couple more inches of new snow tonight which will freshen things up for tomorrow.

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18 inches of new snow in the past 4 days!

KyleThe conditions are just fantastic! I had a great time on Upper Exhibition this morning with my good friend and Ski Patroller Mike Duncan. We really enjoyed the light fluffy snow on top of the heavier snow that we received on Tuesday night and into early Wednesday. The snow became lighter in the afternoon and stayed that way all night. In this photo is my brother in law Kyle and he loved the fresh snow in Highlander Glades. This weekend we plan to have top to bottom skiing and riding on all 3 mountains with the Madonna I chairlift operating.

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Jumping for joy

air blogWe received 11 inches of new snow in the past 24 hours and 13 inches in the past 2 days. We almost doubled our trail count in one day. We now have 31 trails open with terrain for all ability levels. The 8 inches of new snow that we received overnight was a heavy snow that made for a wonderful base. The snow that we were receiving by the end of the day was nice and light. We received 3 inches of new snow in 2 hours this afternoon. I did not want to stop skiing because the conditions just kept getting better.

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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.