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Winter Wonderland

park-crewThe Birch Run Terrain Park is now open with 8 features. We received another inch of new snow today and 22 inches in the past week.

The forecast is calling for another 5 inches of new snow by Saturday night. We have colder temperatures moving into tonight, which will stay around through the weekend. We are presently making snow on Black Snake and Thomke’s Express. The colder temperatures will allow us to make snow at lower elevations on the mountain. Our snowmakers are ready to take full advantage of the colder temperatures and plan to make snow on the bottom half of Morse Mountain.  thomkes-expressWe plan have some beginner terrain open in the near future.

 

 

 

 

 

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We plan to open the Birch Run Terrain Park at noon on Thursday.

birch-buildWe received another 3 inches of new snow last night and 21 inches in the past 6 days. Our trail count is more than 5 times what it was last Friday. The natural snowfall that we received along with round the clock snowmaking has really made a huge difference in the past week. Our snowmakers were busy last night on Thomke’s Express, Black Snake, Birch Run, and Practice Slope.  The snowmaking whales have been groomed out on Upper Birch Run and the rails are being installed. The final touches will be made tomorrow morning. We plan to have it ready to open by noon. The forecast is calling for some good snowmaking weather right through the weekend and up to 5 more inches of new snow by Friday night. race-femaleWe plan to have more terrain open this weekend. Tomorrow we plan to have the Sterling Lift operating with 21 trails open.  5 trails will be groomed for tomorrow, that’s 27 acres of freshly groomed terrain. Tomorrow’s forecast is flurries and a couple snow showers an inch of accumulation possible with temperatures between 20 and 32 degrees.   

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Making the Scene

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Looking toward Madonna Mtn from the Sterling Lift. You can glimpse the moon in the center of the sky through the flat light of a December afternoon.

Rockin’ Ron for Hugh.

I got in my first turns of the season! With the Snow Macon, the Natch and the sunny skies, my timing was perfect. As I skied a Blue Trail, the late afternoon light cast a blue hue (not to be confused with Hugh) over the mountain.

It was great to breathe the mountain air and let the mountain scenery take my breath. You shoulda seen the scene.

 

 

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Sleeper storm

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We received 4 to 5 inches of new snow in the past 24 hours and 17 inches in the past 4 days.  The snow is getting deeper and the trail count is on the rise.  The conditions are just fantastic. The snow that we received Friday and Friday night we a little heavier and made for a good base.  The snow on top has been lighter because of the colder temperatures.  Smugglers’ Alley, Thomke’s Express, Pipeline Escape, and Lower Bootlegger from Thomke’s are all open now. This morning I got to ski a few runs with my good friends Teo and Pete. We had a blast on Lower Pipeline, Upper Treasure, Thomke’s, and Lower Bootlegger. Pete is the photo at the top of the page; he is finding some nice snow on Lower Bootlegger.  Teo looks like he is getting shot out of a cannon in the middle photo also on Lower Bootlegger. Teo is also the bottom photo where he is demonstrating how to lay them over in the fresh snow. I can’t wait till tomorrow to do it all over again! The forecast for tomorrow is partly sunny skies with temperatures between 25 and 36 degrees.

 

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Snowmaking around the clock

pano-sir-henrysWe 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. tele-exhibitionThey 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.

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Trail count just tripled

hugh-bWe received 8 inches of new snow in the past 24 hours and 11 inches in the past 48 hours. 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. peeweeWe 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!

pondsprayIt 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

pat-and-alexToday 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

sunriseThe 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.