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New snow and the World Famous Cookie Race

We received 3 to 4 inches of new snow last night and 18 inches in the past 6 days.  My first run of the day was Upper FIS and skier’s right was groomed last night. I like having the moguls on skier’s left and the groomed terrain on skier’s right.  The new snow was lighter on top of the mountain and the wind moved it around a little. I had fun looking for different drifts to play in. Pictured on the left is Ski Patrol Director Dave Sills on Upper FIS.  This afternoon I headed down to Sir Henry’s Learning and Fun Park to catch the Cookie Race. In the photo on the right snowboarder Emma makes it across a funbox as Snow Sport University Instructor Allison celebrates in the background. It’s always so much fun watching the young skiers and riders showing off their new learned skills. We have top to bottom skiing and riding on all 3 mountains with 5 lifts operating including the Madonna I Lift. We have 70 out of 78 trails open with terrain open for all ability levels.
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Birch Run Terrain Park

birchI just love spring skiing and riding. This season has been a little colder than usual. The snow that we received we were able to keep and our snow depths show that. We have fantastic coverage with more snow in the forecast for tonight. We’re expecting a mix of snow and sleet with 3 to 5 inches of accumulation possible. Tomorrow’s forecast is calling for a chance of mix early and cloudy skies with temperatures between 30 and 38 degrees. We have top to bottom skiing and riding on all 3 mountains with 70 out of 78 trails open. 31 trails will be groomed for tomorrow, including skier’s right on Upper FIS, Smugglers’ Alley, Hangman’s Drop, Upper Pipeline, and Snow Snake for a grand total of 159 acres. Tomorrow in the Village courtyard is the MapleFest Winter Carnival from 3:00 pm till 5:00 pm. Our Maple Celebration features games, sugar on snow, specialty foods, music, and more.

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Madonna Liftline

 

oliver 2We received 2 inches of new snow in the past 24 hours and 13 inches in the past 3 days. Skier’s right on Upper FIS was groomed last night. I decided to make it my first run of the day. The new snow on top of the groomed snow was wonderful. You have the nice smooth surface underneath the new snow. Upper FIS was groomed full width below the Doc’s cutoff. I let my skis run a little and started making some GS turns. We have top to bottom skiing and riding on all 3 mountains with 5 lifts operating, including the Madonna I Lift. We have 71 out of 78 trails open with terrain for all ability levels. We have 5 Terrain Parks open. The forecast for the next 24 hours is snow with 2 to 3 inches of accumulation possible and temperatures between 26 and 39 degrees. Pictured here is Oliver Blackman from Snow Sport University. He’s a great instructor, great guy, and one of the smoothest skiers I know!

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Sunrise service

hugh blog serviceIt was snowing very hard this morning on the lift ride up to the summit of Sterling for the Easter sunrise service. There was a great turn out even though the weather felt like winter. The clouds started breaking up during the service giving us some nice beams of light. It was a beautiful service followed by powder turns. The new snow made first run so peaceful and quiet. I took my time working my way down the mountain enjoying every turn. I can’t believe that we are still skiing powder and it’s Easter. We received 11 inches of new snow in the past 2 days and we’re expecting up to 5 more inches of new snow by Tuesday night. We have top to bottom skiing and riding on all 3 mountains with 5 lifts operating, including the Madonna I lift. We have 71 out of 78 trails open with terrain for all ability levels. We have 5 terrain parks open. 32 trails will be groomed for tomorrow including skier’s right on Upper FIS, Smugglers’ Alley, Thomke’s Express, and Snow Snake for a grand total of 173 acres. Tomorrow’s forecast is periods of light snow 1 to 2 inches of accumulation possible with temperatures between 27 and 37 degrees.

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Skimmin’ n Chillin’ n Grillin’

We received 8 to 10 inches of new snow in the past 24 hours. My first run of the day was Upper FIS and it is really good. The new snow started off pretty wet and dried out as the temperatures dropped.  The wet snow stuck to everything which is great. The new snow should insulate the older snow and they should bond well. It was a little cool today for pond skimming, but we still had a great turn out.  There were some amazing costumes and crashes! Check out the costumes the Ski Patrollers/Lifeguards were wearing in the photo on the left. The Tailgate Party was so much fun with its festive vibe and live music from Right Coast Leftovers. Everyone had a fantastic time and the sun came out for a little while too. We have top to bottom skiing and riding on all 3 mountains with 5 lifts operating, including the Madonna I Lift. We have 73 out of 78 trails open with terrain for all ability levels.  We have 5 Terrain Parks open.rena and hymie
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Another beautiful day and more progress on the pond

Today was just gorgeous with the blue bird skies and milder temperatures.  It was so pretty out today that I had to take a few runs just for the scenic views.  I like the photo on the left because Madonna Mountain and Upper Drifter look different from this angle.  Our Terrain Park Crew was in the Zone today getting ready for the Pond Skimming on Saturday, April 4th. It was neat to watch as the groomer cut a little deeper with each pass through the pond.  The pond is really taking shape. I am really looking forward to skimmin’ n chillin’ n grillin’ this weekend!  We have top to bottom skiing and riding on all 3 mountains with 5 lifts operating, including the Madonna I Lift. We have 73 out of 78 trails open with terrain for all ability levels.  Tomorrow’s forecast is partly to mostly cloudy with a chance of flurries or a light shower early with temperatures between 37 and 45 degrees, which will make for some great spring conditions.  33 trails will be groomed tonight including skier’s right on Upper FIS, Smugglers’ Alley, Wanderer, and Hangman’s Drop for a grand total of 168 acres.
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Upper FIS

powderWe received 4 inches of new snow last night and that brings us to 250 inches so far this season. The colder temperatures we had last night made the new snow nice and light. The wind was able to move the new snow around a little and I found some nice drifts to play in because of it. We have top to bottom skiing and riding on all 3 mountains with 73 out of 78 trails open. We will have 5 lifts operating tomorrow including the Madonna I lift. 31 trails will be groomed tonight, including Smugglers’ Alley, skier’s right on Upper FIS, and Snow Snake for a grand total of 170 acres. Tomorrow’s forecast is calling for mostly sunny skies with temperatures between 15 and 28 degrees. I can’t wait to go looking for powder stashes tomorrow. Rabbit Rabbit

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Local’s race series

darren raceThe best part of the Local’s race series is the comradery. You might not win the race, but you want to beat your friend. You know the one who always finishes right ahead of you. Today that friend beat me by more than I would like. Pictured here is my good friend Darrin. He even looks like he is moving in a still photo. This weekend we have many events like the Molly Rail Jam in the Zone Terrain Park starting at 2 pm on Saturday. Also on Saturday we have Boston’s Sports Hub Radio 98.5 in the Black Bear from 2 pm till 4 pm with music, games, and prizes, including a pair of tickets to see the Boston Celtics! We have top to bottom skiing and riding on all 3 mountains with all 8 lifts operating. 38 trails will be groomed for Saturday, including skier’s right on Upper FIS, Smugglers’ Alley, Chute, Harvey’s, Snow Snake, and Evaporator for a grand total of 181 acres. We are also expecting up to 5 inches of new snow by Sunday night.

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The Zone Terrain Park

 

zoneToday was a beautiful blue bird day. It started off a little cool, but it did not take long for the sun to work its magic. I was out on my snowboard with a hard setup. The groomed snow was perfect for carving some nice turns. I could really trust the snow and just lay it out. It was a great day to be out on the mountain enjoying the sunshine and great conditions. The weather this weekend looks fantastic with temperatures in the 20’s and we are expecting 2 inches of new snow on Saturday night. 31 trails will be groomed for tomorrow including skier’s right on Upper FIS, Snow Snake, and Thomke’s Express for a grand total of 164 acres. We have top to bottom skiing and riding on all 3 mountains with all 78 trails and all 8 lifts operating.

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The Mitey Mites

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“The Knuckleheads”

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View of Smuggs at 6AM this morning

Today I got to spend the 6th Sunday this season with my Mitey Mites group, known as “The Knuckleheads.” This group of chargers has been so much fun to ski with, we might not be pretty, but we can make it down anything. I have taken a unique approach with this group, instead of bombarding them with drills to perfect turns, I have been pushing mountain awareness. (note: I do teach skills too) The goal with this is to develop all of these local kids into lifelong skiers, who have a passion for the sport, and can conduct themselves in an appropriate manner on the hill. We have looked into such topics as weather, equipment, conditions, safety, and group or team camaraderie. I have enforced these ideals through homework assignments like knowing the weather, equipment upkeep, knowing the responsibility code, and watching ski videos. For a final project I am having each student lead the group down the entire mountain for 1 run, and in doing so they will have to make an appropriate trail choice, manage the group, and know where they are going. This might not sound like the toughest task, but for a child to be responsible for 8 others at one time, really will be nothing short of a miracle, but I have faith. I’m really excited for our last two weeks, to see where these “knuckleheads” drag me. To the right you can see six of the members of our group at the top of F.I.S.  Normally there are three more, but because of the school break we have a few members on vacation, to places such as Colorado, California, and British Columbia.

I also grabbed this picture on my way to the mountain to do the morning report. Pink sky in the morning, skiers and riders aren’t taking warning, we are getting our gear ready because snow is in the forecast!

Tomorrow look for 77 trails to be open, accessed by 6 lifts. Snow should be falling out of the sky with accumulations adding up to around 5″. Temps again should be in the 20s, but probably will be dropping during the day. 36 trails will be groomed, or around 175 acres total.

-Matt McCawley