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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.

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Sterling Pond

photo resizeviewI just love the combination of fresh snow and sunshine. I think it’s the contrast between the bluebird sky and the bright white snow. The wind was very light today so the snow stayed in the trees. It was a great day to be on the mountain taking in all the wonderful views.

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Birch Run Terrain Park

photo.JPG birch runWe received another 3 inches of new snow overnight. We are presently making snow on Black Snake, Practice Slope, and Lower Morse Liftline. Sir Henry’s Learning and Fun Park open today with the Wonder Carpet operating. My youngest daughter Hayleigh had an absolute blast riding the Wonder Carpet this morning. My older two kids Hugh and Hannah were helping Hayleigh with her turns. They were all having so much fun being back on the mountain again. I headed up to Sterling Mountain for the afternoon. It was great to see the Birch Run Terrain Park open with 5 features.

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Smugglers’ Alley

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The warmer temperatures today changed the surface conditions to spring conditions. My trail pick of the day was Smugglers’ Alley. The snowmaking whales changed the shape of the trail.  The snowmaking whales were covered with soft moguls.  I had so much fun skiing up one side of the whales and back down another. I skied the Alley five times in a row and never took the same line twice.  I want to thank our snowmakers for providing us such great coverage this opening weekend.

 

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Opening Day of the 2014 – 2015 Winter Season

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John Holcomb having fun on Thomke’s Express.

What a great start to the season. Mother Nature has been giving us some good snowmaking temperatures and 14 inches of new snow in the past 4 days. I had a blast skiing Thomke’s Express and Upper Exhibition this morning. It is wonderful to have trails open with just natural snowfall on opening day.

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12 to 14 inches of new snow in the past 3 days!

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Alex Holcomb finds some fresh snow on Upper Exhibition.

We have had some great snowmaking weather along with nice natural snowfalls in the past few days. The opening day of the 2014 2015 Winter Season is this Saturday, November 22. We plan to have the Sterling Lift operating with intermediate and expert terrain open.

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Snowmaking on Upper Rumrunner

photo (1) rumrunnerDue to the hard work of our snowmakers and some help from Mother Nature we are going to open this Saturday, November 22 and Sunday, November 23. We plan to have the Sterling Lift operating with 4 intermediate trails open. We will then be closed Monday, November 24 through Thursday, November 27. We will reopen on Friday, November 28th for the season.

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Fan of the Fan Gun

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Photo by Sharon Salls

Join our fan club! Millions of snow crystals are forming the largest fan club on the mountain. Temps are dropping, staying cold and snowmaking continues. Currently we are making snow on four trails on Sterling. Snow sports fans get ready!