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Snowmaking around the clock

We are presently making snow on Sir Henry’s Learning Hill, Thomke’s Express, Lower Rumrunner, Birch Run, and Smugglers’ Alley! We received 12 inches of new snow in the past 3 days. Our snowmakers having been busy down at Sir Henry’s Learning Hill. We have a window of colder temperatures down at the base areas and they are taking advantage of it. They have snowguns all the way around Sir Henry’s Learning Hill right now. Tonight’s forecast looks good for snowmaking with temperatures in the teens and low 20’s. Tomorrow’s forecast is calling for light snow 1 to 2 inches of accumulation possible with temperatures between 22 and 32 degrees. The Sterling Lift will be operating tomorrow with 15 trails open. tele-exhibitionpano-sir-henrys

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Trail count just tripled

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teigh-snowWe received 8 inches of new snow in the past 24 hours and 11 inches in the past 48 inches. Snowmaking continues on Smugglers’ Alley and Thomke’s Express. Our snowmakers plan to work their way down the mountain as temperatures allow tonight.  Today was a rope dropping good day at Smuggs.  We opened Upper Exhibition, Chute, Upper Pipeline, Hangman’s Drop, Hangman’s, Lower Pipeline, Thomke’s, Highlander Glades, Lower Birch Run, and parts of Harvey’s Hideaway.  It was so much fun to play in the new snow. I was still finding some fresh turns here and there at the end of the day. We could see a little more natural snowfall tonight. Tomorrow’s forecast is calling for a chance of flurries early then partly sunny skies with temperatures between 19 and 30 degrees.

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It’s snowing again!

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It started snowing this morning and we have already received an inch of accumulation. The forecast is calling for a storm total of up to 7 inches of new snow by Sunday night. The forecast is also calling for colder temperatures tonight and we plan to resume snowmaking. The Sterling Lift is operating today with 4 intermediate trails open.

Well we ended up with 3 inches of new snow today on top and more is in the forecast. We are expecting another 6 inches of accumulation by Sunday night.  I did not want to leave the mountain this afternoon because it was snowing hard and every run just got better.  We are planning to make snow tonight on Smugglers’ Alley and Thomke’s Express. The colder temperatures that are in the forecast for this weekend will allow our snowmakers to have snowguns running top to bottom.  Ski Patrol will be checking the trail conditions first thing tomorrow morning to see if we can open some more terrain.  Tomorrow we plan to have the Sterling Lift operating and 4 trails open. All 4 trails will be groomed tonight for a grand total of 16 acres.

 

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Ski and Ride

Today was a little warm but, that is going to change soon. The forecast is calling for colder temperatures and we plan to resume snowmaking tomorrow night. Saturday and Sunday night we will see temperatures dropping down into the teens and low 20’s.  Our snowmakers are ready to take full advantage of these temperatures and the snowguns will running top to bottom.  There are also flurries and snow showers in the forecast for the next few days with up to 5 inches of accumulation possible.  Snowmaking will allow us to open more terrain in the near future.  The Sterling Lift is operating with 4 intermediate trails open.

I was skiing down Upper Rumrunner when I saw Alex and Pat. These two local rippers really know how to ski and ride. They are so much fun to watch because of how they work a trail over. They make the most of every feature they can find. They both have a bag full of tricks and can pull them off with style every time.
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Morning light

The Sterling Lift is operating today with 4 intermediate trails open. Snow surfaces are machine groomed and spring conditions. Today’s forecast is calling for any rain to end early with cloudy skies and temperatures between 31 and 45 degrees. The forecast for Friday and Saturday is colder temperatures along with 2 to 5 inches of new snow by Saturday night.
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Tele turns on Treasure Run

The weather was cloudy and a little warm today. The snow softened up nice and was very edgeable.  I was having a blast just carving turns all the way down the mountain. I ran into some Smuggs employees Hesi, Shane, and Eliza out on the hill enjoying the nice conditions. Shane is pictured here demonstrating a nice tele turn. A good tele skier is neat to watch.  The graceful smooth flow from turn to turn. I have only tried tele skiing a few times and I can tell you that it is not as easy as it looks. The forecast for Thursday is cloudy skies and any rain ending early with temperatures between 36 and 48 degrees. The temperature will be falling throughout the day. The Sterling Lift will be operating tomorrow with 4 intermediate trails open. All 4 trails will be groomed for tomorrow, that’s 16 acres of freshly groomed terrain.

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55+ Club

55I was skiing down Upper Rumrunner when I saw some members of the 55+ Club. I stopped and chatted for a while with this fun-loving group of people. They get together multiple days a week and have an absolute blast.  Bodies in motion want to stay in motion.  We are presently making snow on Smugglers’ Alley, Lower Rumrunner, Thomke’s, and Thomke’s Express. Tomorrow’s forecast is a chance of mixed early then rain likely later with temperatures between 33 and 39 degrees.  We plan to have the Sterling Lift operating with 7 trails open.

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