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Today is the last day of lift operations for the 2016 / 2017 Winter Season

 

Steve Wry Smugglers’ Notch Vice President of Mountain Guest Experience speaking at the service this morning

The Madonna I lift is presently on wind hold. The Sterling lift is operating with 24 trails open for intermediates and experts. Some trails will have a delayed opening until they soften up. Today’s forecast is mostly cloudy skies with a chance of some showers after 2:30 pm this afternoon with temperatures between 58 and 70 degrees. Thank you for wonderful season! We look forward to seeing you next year!

 

Easter Summit Sunrise Service at the top of Sterling Mountain

The sun came out during the service

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Time to harvest the corn

It’s hard to get better spring conditions then what we had today. At 2:00 this afternoon it was 62 degrees at the summit of Sterling and 55 degrees at the summit of Madonna Mountain. Everything softened up and was just fantastic. I had a great time skiing the corny bumps on Upper FIS! It is so nice to have warm weather for closing weekend. Tomorrow’s forecast is mostly cloudy skies with a chance of a shower early then some more showers later but not starting until between 3:00 pm and 4:00 pm with temperatures between 57 and 69 degrees. 11 trails will be groomed for tomorrow that is 50 acres of freshly groomed terrain. Tomorrow we plan to have the Madonna 1 lift and Sterling lift operating with 37 trails open for intermediates and experts. Tomorrow morning we will have Sunrise Service at the summit of Sterling Mountain. The Sterling Lift will start loading at 6:00 am and ends promptly at 6:30 am. Tomorrow is the last day of lift operations for the 2016 / 2017 Winter Season.

Who is that guy?

Brad Holden on Upper FIS

Catching some air on Upper Rumrunner

Tele turns in the soft bumps on Upper FIS

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Perfect Spring Conditions!

Cruisin’ down Upper Chilcoot

Hazel showing us how it’s done!

Blue blue sky and soft conditions

Beautiful sunny skies with temperatures reaching 60 degrees! The Madonna 1 lift and Sterling lift are operating with 36 trails open for intermediates and experts. 14 trails have been groomed for today that is 55 acres of freshly groomed terrain. The Birch Run Terrain Park is open.

Laying down some tracks

Black Snake

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Oh yeah Spring!

Greg enjoying the soft bumps on Upper FIS

Sterling with great coverage

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Today was a picture perfect spring skiing and riding day. It froze overnight and the snow softened through out the day. I skied Upper FIS this morning and it was not quite spring conditions, but by this afternoon it sure was! The conditions are looking great as we head into the last weekend of the 2016 / 2017 Winter Season. Tomorrow we plan to have the Madonna 1 lift and Sterling lift operating with 36 trails open for intermediates and experts. 14 trails will be groomed for tomorrow that is 55 acres of freshly groomed terrain. Tomorrow’s forecast is partly sunny skies with increasing clouds and temperatures between 42 and 54 degrees. The Birch Run Terrain Park is open.

 

 

Taking in the views from Upper Chilcoot

Mount Mansfield seen from Mulcahy’s Link

Ski it if you can

Shawna ripping down Upper FIS

Birch Run Terrain Park

Birch Run Terrain Park

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Foggy start but the sun came out

 

The summit of Sterling

It set up last night for the first time in the past 3 nights. Our groomers were out last night working their magic on the trails. I am glad they did because this morning those were the trails of choice. The snow really softened up by the afternoon and I was skiing Hangman’s Drop and Chute. Tomorrow is going to more of the same with warmer temperatures and mostly sunny skies and a high of 48 degrees. Tomorrow we plan to have the Madonna lift and Sterling lift operating with 35 trails open for intermediates and intermediates. 14 trails will be groomed for tomorrow that is 55 acres of freshly groomed terrain. More warm weather is in the forecast for this weekend with a high of 54 degrees on Saturday and 68 degrees on Sunday.

Sterling Mountain with the top of Mount Mansfield in the clouds

Bring it in Spring!

 

 

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4 more days left of the 2016 – 2017 Winter Season

 

Upper Pipeline

We had a little rain earlier today and it was dry for the rest of the day. The temperature fell slowly throughout the day. At 2:00 pm it was 42 degrees at the summit of Sterling, so the snow was still spring conditions. The snow was pretty grabby yesterday but today’s cooler temperatures made the snow a little faster. The bumps on Upper FIS, Upper Pipeline, Snake Bite, and Full Nelson were fun to ski today. I also enjoyed the smooth soft groomed terrain of Lower FIS, Black Snake, and Lower Rumrunner.

 

 

 

John Farrell carving it up on Black Snake

Tomorrow we plan to have the Madonna I lift and Sterling lift operating with 35 trails open for intermediates and experts. 16 trails will be groomed for tomorrow that is 62 acres of freshly groomed terrain. Tomorrow’s forecast is a chance of flurries early then skies becoming partly sunny with temperatures between 34 and 46 degrees. Friday’s forecast is mostly sunny skies with temperatures between 36 and 48 degrees.

 

 

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Another gorgeous day

Snake Bite

Rental Shop is having an end of the season sale

Upper FIS

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Spring has sprung for sure! Today was sunny with the temperatures reaching into the 70s. I love spring bumps because they are so soft. I had a blast today on Upper FIS. The bumps on skiers’ left are tighter and closer together, so you can make quick turns. The skier’s right side had bumps that were further apart and you could make bigger turns that were a little smoother. I also enjoyed Full Nelson, Snake Bite, Upper Pipeline, Upper Chilcoot, Mulcahy’s Link, Lower FIS, Upper Rumrunner, and Black Snake. It will be warm tonight and it will not freeze, so the conditions should be soft first thing in the morning. Tomorrow’s forecast is mostly cloudy skies, a chance of an early shower with temperatures between 44 and 57 degrees and falling through out the day.  Tomorrow we plan to have the Madonna 1 lift and Sterling lift operating with 50 trails open for intermediates and experts.

 

 

 

 

Sterling and Mount Mansfield seen from the Madonna 1 lift

 

The Top to Notch Building at the summit of Sterling with Mount Mansfield in the background.

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Beautiful Sunshine and Spring Conditions

 

Upper Madonna Liftline open from the top

Today was just perfect with blue bird skies and spring conditions. I took a run on Drifter this morning just to take in all the amazing views. It was groomed last night and skiing was great. The temperatures continued to rise all day long with some great spring conditions. Everything was soft and skiing great! Tomorrow is going to be a repeat of today except even warmer with mostly sunny skies and temperatures between 55 and 67. Tonight we plan to groom 14 trails that is 60 acres of freshly groomed terrain. The Madonna I lift and Sterling lift will be operating with 63 trails open for experts and intermediates.

 

Blue Bird Day

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Matthew enjoying the spring conditions

Sam and Amelia LaPorte showing their IAN Fund support

Sterling Lift

Upper Exhibition

Tony having fun on Shuttle

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Drench Trench and Chillin’ n’ Grillin’ Tailgate Party

Irian on the start ramp

Wow what a day, it started off with powder turns in 10 inches of fresh snow. The wind had moved some of the snow around a little, but if you could find any trail that was protected it was just beautiful, with a nice blanket of new snow. I headed to the Drench Trench Pond Skimming for Good event to catch all the wild action. The costumes were great and some the crashes caused some big splashes. Congratulations to James Miller for being the only person to actually make it across and out of the water. The good times continued into the Upper Parking Lot with Brett Hughes and the Honky Tonk Crowd providing some wonderful live music. The parking lot was full of grills, costumes, laughter, and of course, good times being had by all!

 

 

Drench Trench

Tomorrow we plan to have the Madonna I lift and Sterling lift operating with 63 trails open for intermediates and experts. 18 trails will be groomed for tomorrow that’s 72 acres of freshly groomed terrain. Tomorrow’s forecast is partly to mostly sunny skies with temperatures between 43 and 54 degrees. Spring conditions here we come!

 

T.J. touching down

Brett Hughes and the Honky Tonk Crowd

Going bananas

Free Ben and Jerry’s Ice Cream

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coco and koyia

Caroline and Koiya are pretty happy

Must ride

Smugglers’ Notch Patroller and Life Guard Riley

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Powder Day!

Ski Patroller Ethan Costello trail checking Bootlegger

6 to 10 inches of new snow in the past 24 hours and we could see another 3 inches during the day today. Powder and packed powder conditions! We have 2 lifts operating and 58 trails open.

Ethan having fun

 

 

 

Ski Partroller Walt Lattrell shoveling out the Top of the Notch building this morning

Single track in the winter