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Sunshine and fresh snow

donnna blue birdWe received 6 inches of new snow in the past 36 hours. This morning started off with flurries and then the sun came out. The conditions are just fantastic. I was skiing the traverse to Freefall with thoughts of heading to the Black Hole. I came out on Freefall and looked down. It was so inviting that I had to ski it. I got to ski with my sister-in-law Donna today. We had a great time taking in the views on Upper Drifter and finding powder stashes in the glades. This photo is Donna skiing Lower Catwalk. We have top to bottom skiing and riding on all 3 mountains with 6 lifts operating, including the Madonna I Lift. We have 75 out of 78 tails open and 2 trails are closed due to the construction of the Boarder Cross course for this weekend. We are presently making snow on Lower Exhibition, Crossover, and Treasure Pitch. The forecast is calling for up to 6 inches of new snow for Friday.

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P-h-Ski

School house glades

The School House on Morse Mountain. It leads into some sweet beginner glades.

Rockin’ Ron for Hugh. I’m going for higher elevation education! I’m majoring in cruisers, steeps, moguls, and glades with Snow Sport University at Smugglers’ Notch Resort.

Today’s class was cruising in the fresh, creamy powder. Yea, the big fat flakes were flyin’. To quote Led Zeppelin “You need schoolin’, baby, I’m not foolin'”. I hope I get straight ‘A’s’… that’s Awesome Alpine Adventures.

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Great conditions

hugh powderToday started off with light snow and ended up with a sunny afternoon. I had a great time running some gates on the Practice Slope today. The Local’s Race Series will be starting soon and today was just practice. I traded my race skis for my all mountain skis and headed for Madonna Mountain. My good friend Tony and I went hunting for powder stashes in the sun filled glades. This photo shows that we were successful. This weekend we plan to have top to bottom skiing and riding on all 3 mountains with all 8 lifts operating. We have 77 out of 78 trails open with terrain for all ability levels.

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Bluebird Day

drifterWe received 18 inches of new snow in the past week and 119 inches so far this season. Last night we made snow on Lower FIS, Lower Madonna Liftline, Lower Drifter, and Link. We have top to bottom skiing and riding on all 3 mountains with 6 lifts operating, including the Madonna I Lift. We have 77 out of 78 trails open with terrain for all ability levels. The Log Jam, Birch Run, and Knight’s Revenge Terrain Parks are all open. Tonight we plan to groom 31 trails, including Bootlegger, Snow Snake, and Drifter for a grand total of 155 acres of freshly groomed terrain.

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12 inches of new snow in the past 24 hours!

matt McThe conditions were just fantastic today. The new snow that we received last night was heavy to start and got lighter. The higher on the mountain the lighter the snow was. The denser new snow allowed us to open more trails today like Robin’s Run, Freefall, and Upper Madonna Liftline. The snow stuck to everything and blanketed the mountain. It snowed all day so the trails kept getting refreshed. Tomorrow we plan to be 100 percent open with top to bottom skiing and riding on all 3 mountains. We have 6 lifts operating, including the Madonna I lift. 173 acres of freshly groomed terrain for tomorrow. Tomorrow is going to be another powder day with sunny skies and a high of 18 degrees.

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Matthew finds the goods in the woods

matthewThe conditions are fantastic and the forecast calls for 11 inches of new snow to fall by Tuesday night. Tonight’s forecast calls for 4 to 7 inches of snow and tomorrow’s forecast is another 2 to 3 inches. Tomorrow we plan to have top to bottom skiing and riding on all 3 mountains with all 8 lifts operating. We have 68 trails open with terrain for all ability levels. 138 acres of freshly groomed terrain for tomorrow.

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Another beautiful day filled with sunshine and snow

We received 10 inches of new snow in the past week and 102 inches this season so far.  Our snowmakers have been working around the clock at the Morse Highlands area and Morse Mountain recently.  The photo on the left shows the amount of snow our snowmakers can make in just one night with the right conditions.  Our snowmakers made tons of snow on Log Jam which was groomed out today and we plan to open the Log Jam Terrain Park soon. Our snowmakers have moved up to Sterling Mountain for tonight. We are presently making snow on Upper Pipeline, Hangman’s Drop, Bootlegger, the Zone, Lower Rumrunner, and Lower Exhibition.  The perfect snowmaking temperatures will allow us to open more trails this week.  We have top to bottom skiing and riding on all 3 mountains with 6 lifts operating, including the Madonna I Lift. We have 64 trails open with fantastic conditions.  On the grooming list tonight is 30 trails, including Upper FIS, Thomke’s Express, and Snow Snake.  A grand total of 164 of freshly groomed terrain.  Tomorrow’s forecast is partly sunny skies with temperatures in the 20’s.  The forecast for Thursday night and Friday is snow, 3 inches of accumulation possible.
snow and view snowmaking

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Fork in the Trail

Trail signsRockin’ Ron for Hugh. “If there’s a fork in the trail… TAKE IT!” so says Fletch, the eminent Philosopher and Black Bear Bartender. I took a run on Upper Chillycoot with the Socrates of the Slopes and the Tuesday Crew of Brett, Peter, and Dale & Darcy.

Two other pearls of wisdom from Fletch: “there are no bad conditions, just bad gear” and “getting excited about a snowstorm is like getting excited about a pay raise – you could be disappointed if it’s not as big as you thought it was going to be”.

I’m going to throw caution to the wind, and get excited about the 4 inches of new snow we could get by Wednesday night, and by the primo snowmaking conditions that are in the forecast for the rest of the week – both of which should lead to more trails opening. That’s the fork in the trail I’m taking. OK… I’m done for now, but don’t stick a fork in me… that would hurt.

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“Fresh” Prince

Apr 16, 2014 Brendan FreshRockin’ Ron for Hugh. What a difference a day makes.Yesterday was torrential rain and today was sunshine and powder. I saw Dave Sills (aka P1 or Patrol One) at the Top of the Notch. He said they had a heck of a time assessing the conditions this morning. After just a couple of runs, I can see what they went through. Well, my hat (or helmet) is off to you Dave, and the rest of Patrol and Mountain Ops. I chanced upon Greg Fatigate and he raved about the Birch Run Terrain Park, and he was right – it was in excellent condition with 4 rails and 3 jumps. Pictured is Brendan Simpson getting some fresh powder on the trail that connects Thomke’s to Bootleggers and Smugglers’ Alley. We skied a nice variety of terrain including Highlander Glades and Pipeline.Today was a crowning achievement to the season – we felt like Princes of Powder – like Jon Snow in Game of Thrones.