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Here it comes

...WINTER STORM WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM 7 PM THIS EVENING
TO 4 PM EST SATURDAY...They are still calling for up to 10 inches of new snow by tomorrow night.

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Race training

race 2It was fun to watch the Smugglers’ Notch Ski Club training today on Black Snake, Snake Bite, and the Practice Slope. Snake Bite is a steep trail and it seems even steeper when there are gates on it. These young athletes took it on like champs. They were setting themselves up great to carry speed on to the Practice Slope. Weather permitting tomorrow we plan to have top to bottom skiing and riding on all 3 mountains with 6 lifts operating. We have 40 trails open with terrain for all ability levels. 18 trails will be groomed for tomorrow, that’s a grand total of 87 acres of freshly groomed terrain.

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Top to bottom skiing and riding on all 3 mountains

 

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View from the Village Lift

We have 6 lifts operating today, including the Madonna I lift. 70 out of 78 trails are open with terrain for all ability levels. 35 trails have been groomed for today, including Smugglers’ Alley that’s a grand total of 135 acres of freshly groomed terrain. Trail pick of the day for experts is Upper FIS. I just skied it and had a blast. Tuesday night our snowmaking crew took advantage of the colder temperatures and made some great snow. The tower snowguns make snowmaking whales that are wide, because they cover a larger area. Speaking of snow we are expecting up to 12 inches of new snow Friday night into Saturday night. This weekend we have the FREE Family Fun Race.  Who’s the fastest in your family? Find out on our timed race course sponsored by HearthStone Stoves! 11:00 am – 2:00 pm on Lower Madonna Liftline.  This Friday, Saturday, and Sunday the Black Bear Tavern Après Sport Party is featuring Stella Artois. The party starts at 2:00 pm with live music from Jammin’ Sam.

 

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Snow in the forecast

 

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WINTER STORM WATCH IN EFFECT FROM FRIDAY EVENING THROUGH SATURDAY EVENING

The snow starts Friday Night and will continue into Saturday Night. All of northern New York and the northern tier of Vermont will have the potential to receive 4 to 8 inches of snow with localized amounts up to 12 inches. Today we have top to bottom skiing and riding on all 3 mountains with 6 lifts operating, including the Madonna I lift. We have 74 trails open with terrain for all ability levels. Some trails will have a delayed opening this morning.

 

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High School Race

 

The Smugglers’ Notch Ski and Snowboard Club is hosting a High School Race Series. There will be 3 races held throughout the season. Today was pretty amazing with the beautiful sunshine, mild temperatures, and fantastic snow! I had wonderful time on both Madonna and Sterling today. I took a run on Upper Drifter this morning because on a day like today you just have to take in all the great views. It was also on the way to some powder filled glades. We are 100 percent open with top to bottom skiing and riding on all 3 mountains with 6 lifts operating, including the Madonna 1 Lift with all 78 trails open. 37 trails will be groomed for tomorrow, including Smugglers’ Alley for a grand total of 140 acres of freshly groomed terrain. Tomorrow’s forecast is cloudy skies with a chance of an early shower and temperatures between 37 and 42 degrees.

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Picture yourself here

 

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View from the summit of Madonna Mountian

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Upper Drifter

 

It’s hard to ask for a better day. We are 100 percent open with top to bottom skiing and riding on all 3 mountains with 7 lifts operating, including the Madonna I Lift with all 78 trails open. Currently it is sunny and 20 degrees at the summit of Sterling with winds of 0 to 5 mph. 22 inches of new snow in the past week.

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Try before you buy

demosTo try the latest and greatest equipment stop by 3 Mountain Equipment. They carry the newest Burton Snowboards, Salomon, Atomic, Elan, K2, Blizzard, Rossignol, and Volkl skis for you to demo.  3 Mountain Equipment carries a full line of brand name ski & snowboard boots, custom boot fitting, and ski & snowboard accessories.

 

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100 percent open

 

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Upper FIS is back open!

Top to bottom skiing and riding on all 3 mountains with 6 lifts operating, including the Madonna I Lift and all 78 trails open. 33 trails have been groomed for today, that’s 141 acres of freshly groomed terrain. Today’s forecast is mostly sunny skies with a high of 32 degrees. Currently, it is 14 degrees at the summit of Sterling with beautiful sunny skies and winds of 0 to 5 mph. Last night our snowmakers blanketed Upper FIS with some nice edgeable snow and it is skiing great!

 

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Upper FIS is back open!

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Fantastic snow today and Kids’ Club kicks off this weekend!

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Field Goal!

Chait here, covering for Ron, covering for Hugh today. I’m going to go out on a limb and say today is the best day of the season so far. Sure, we’ve had some truly memorable days this season to date, but today seemed to be a combination of all the best scenarios. Temps were mild, winds very low, and there’s so much wonderful powder up on the hill! Many were treated to some fantastic fresh lines on Madonna, due in part to cold weather closings over the past week. On top of that, 2-4 inches of fresh snow fell overnight combined with some new snow yesterday and two feet in the last week!

 

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Woods on Sterling did not disappoint!

Fast Snow

I heard some comments (and even joined in, myself) from the more experienced skiers and riders about how nice the snow was sliding. Again, we owe this to temperatures being much closer to the freezing point. When the weather is super cold, wax can’t melt that tiny layer of snow, and thus, there’s no lubrication between your equipment and the snow surface to keep you sliding. Now that the snow is fast again, it’s much easier to slide that equipment around underfoot!

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Take your kids snowboarding!

Great conditions for all!

The warmer temps are keeping the fresh snow nice and soft on the groomers as well. I saw people of all ability levels out enjoying the nice quiet turns! Even the youngest of the shredders! Folks out taking lessons today were very happy with the way the snow felt.

 

 

 

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Seeking the goods in the Black Hole

Tomorrow’s Plan

For tomorrow, we plan on opening F.I.S. back up from the top with manmade snowmaking whales. These last few days, it has been closed due to a full-on snowmaking annihilation. That means Catwalk will again offer access to Freefall, Robin’s, and Madonna Liftline, as well as Lower Catwalk. While it was fun taking upper Madonna Liftline to access Freefall and the Black Hole today, it was certainly challenging negotiating the obstacles exposed by the strong winds associated with last Thursday’s storm. I’m a glutton for punishment, so I didn’t really mind it, but I know plenty of people who will appreciate the access from Catwalk, that’s for sure!

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Kids’ Club Treasure Chest is jam-packed

What’s happening this weekend?

We’re ready for a great holiday weekend! While there is some clear snow in the forecast for Friday, we expect it to clear out and finish off with the real kind…the white stuff. And we might just see quite a few inches of it. It’s a little early to tell for sure how much. We’re kicking off our brand new Kids’ Club this weekend with special activities, gift packs for kids, and much more, so be sure to ask about it when checking in at the Guest Service Desk. Your kids will NOT be disappointed, and it will certainly be nice to have some activities for them to work on while you do parent stuff. Find out more info about Kids’ Club here.