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Madonna and Sterling Mountain seen from Midway

madonna-and-sterling-bnwWe have top to bottom skiing and riding on all 3 mountains with 6 lifts operating, including the Madonna I Lift. We have 40 trails open with terrain for all ability levels. Snowmaking continues around the clock tonight on Upper FIS and the Riglet Park. 32 trails will be groomed for tomorrow, including Thomke’s Express and Hangman’s Drop for a grand total of 120 acres of freshly groomed terrain. The Zone Terrain Park is now open with spines and tabletops. Tomorrow’s forecast is calling for mostly sunny skies with temperatures between 20 and 30 degrees.

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Practice Slope

race-goodThe Practice Slope was pretty busy today with multiple race courses on skier’s right. The top half of skier’s left also had a course set up. The Zone Terrain Park opened today. The bottom half is open with spines and tabletops. It’s great to see all this activity going on at the Practice Slope.  The T-Bar adds so much to the Practice Slope, because it allows skiers and riders to quickly repeat a run or hit in the terrain park.  They can dial in a trick or try to shave some time off a race run.

 

 

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Fresh snow

 

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The Village Lift

We received a dusting to an inch of new snow overnight. It’s currently snowing hard and 12 degrees at the summit of Sterling with winds of 20 to 30 miles an hour. Snowmaking continues around the clock on Morse Mountain. Today we plan to have top to bottom skiing and riding on all three mountains with all 8 lifts operating and 38 trails open. 34 trails have been groomed for today, including Smugglers’ Alley and Upper FIS for a grand total of 140 acres of freshly groomed terrain.

 

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Family Fun on Morse Mountain

 

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Father Winter’s Welcome sign

I had a blast today playing on Madonna and Morse Mountain. The views from the Madonna I chairlift were just fantastic with the beautiful clear skies. I started my day off with skiing Upper Chilcoot and FIS. The freshly groomed terrain was nice and edgeable.  I really enjoyed the steep smooth surface on Upper FIS. This afternoon I headed to Morse Mountain to ski with my daughters Hannah and Hayleigh. We rode the Mogul Mouse Magic Lift which is designed for kids. The chairs are lower for loading and unloading, which makes it easier for the kids. The towers are also lower, so you are never that high off the snow. Dave and his staff at the Mogul Mouse Magic Lift are very friendly and always seem to be having a good time.

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Father Winter serving up some hot cider

Dave and one of his crew members were dancing to the music playing as we loaded one time. The girls decided that they want to visit Father Winter’s Tipi on one run, so we stopped by. Father Winter’s Tee  Pee is located between Lower Morse Liftline and Magic Learning Trail. It’s a real tipi with a hole at the top for the smoke to escape and Father Winter had a fire going. He had some cider in a pot on the fire and gave us all a nice warm cup of cider to enjoy. There are so many different things that Father Winter has in his tipi like games, furs, skulls, and more. Every time I visit Father Winter the items inside the tipi are different and I learn something new. The girls were having such a good time that they did not want to leave. I had to bribe them with another run on the Mogul Mouse Magic Lift and a trip to King Billy Bob’s Den to get them to go. It sure does make you feel good when your kids say ”Daddy that was really fun! We can’t wait to do it again!”

 

 

 

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Another guest at Father Winter’s teepee

Tomorrow we plan to have top to bottom skiing and riding on all 3 mountains with all 8 lifts operating and 38 trails open. Snowmaking continues around the clock tonight on Garden Path, Sam’s Run, Lower Morse Liftline, Log Jam, Midway, and Meadowlark. Tonight’s forecast is calling for an inch of new snow. Tomorrow’s forecast is flurries and a snow shower early then partly sunny skies with temperatures between 5 and 16 degrees. 34 trails will be groomed for tomorrow, including Upper FIS and Snake Bite for a grand total of 135 acres of freshly groomed terrain.

 

 

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A look inside of the teepee

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Hannah and Hayleigh having fun on Wanderer

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Beautiful Bluebird Day

 

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Sterling Mountain and Mount Mansfield seen from the summit of Madonna

Top to bottom skiing and riding on all 3 mountains with 7 lifts operating, including the Madonna I Lift. Snowmaking around the clock on Smugglers’ Alley, Bootlegger, Thomke’s Express, Thomke’s, Upper Pipeline, Chute, Hangman’s Drop, Midway, Meadowlark, and Upper Rumrunner.  32 trails had been groomed for today, including Upper FIS and Snow Bite for a grand total of127 acres of freshly groomed terrain. More trails may open throughout the day due to snowmaking.

 

 

 

 

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First tracks down Upper Chilcoot

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Snowmaking, grooming, and some natural snow

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Grooming Birch Run Terrain Park

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Setting an edge on Upper Rumrunner

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Snowing hard at Sir Learning Hill

We received a dusting to an inch of new snow in the past 24 hours. The temperature fell throughout the day and it’s presently 15 degrees at the summit of Sterling. The forecast is calling for temperatures to fall into the single digits tonight, which is perfect for snowmaking. We are making snow around the clock on Smugglers’ Alley, Bootlegger, Hangman’s Drop, Upper Pipeline, Chute, Thomke’s Express, Upper Rumrunner, Midway, and Meadowlark. These trails have a good base, but we want to bury them so that they last long into April for some prime spring skiing and riding. We have great snowmaking temperatures in the forecast right through the weekend and snowmakers plan to make the most of every minute!

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Shaping the Zone Terrain Park

More trails will open this weekend due to the snowmaking efforts of our award winning staff.  The warm-up that we just experienced is over and it has left us with a good solid base. We have good coverage. We just need a good storm or two to get us back to a 70 something trail count. Our groomers will be out tonight bringing corduroy back in fashion. They will push and till to make a beautiful snow surface for tomorrow morning. 32 trails will be groomed for tomorrow, including Upper FIS and Snake Bite for a grand total of 128 acres of freshly groomed terrain. Tomorrow’s forecast is mostly sunny skies becoming partly sunny with temperatures 5 and 16 degrees.

 

 

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Taking a moment to soak up the surrounding beauty

The Birch Run Terrain Park was groomed today and will be open tomorrow with 15 features. Our Terrain Park Crew has also started shaping the Zone Terrain Park.

 

 

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Snowmaking on Upper Pipeline

 

 

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Nice soft conditions

 

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Snowboarding on Upper FIS

Today’s weather was a little wild with the wind, but the rain seemed to skirt us all day long. I took a run on Thomke’s this morning. I like how the trail has multiple hairpin turns and a cool ice flow.  I stopped to take a few photos by the ice flow. Another skier came by and stopped to check the ice flow also. He told me that he tries to ski Thomke’s trail every time he comes to Smuggs to see how it keeps changing. He loves how it changes in size and color throughout the season. I know I’ve taken many pictures of it over the years. The wind died down in the afternoon and I headed up to Madonna Mountain. Upper FIS was nice and smooth with a top layer of soft snow. I had a great time making some big GS turns on the wide open slope.

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Snow Sport University Ski Lesson on Thomke’s

Tonight’s forecast is flurries and a snow shower late, an inch of accumulation possible. Tomorrow’s forecast is flurries early another inch of accumulation possible then skies becoming partly sunny with temperatures between 10 and 25 degrees. Temperatures will be falling throughout the day. We plan to groom 27 trails tonight for a grand total of 117 acres of freshly groomed terrain.

 

 

 

 

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Smugglers’ Alley

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Freshly groomed

groom-light30 trails were groomed for today, that’s 145 acres of freshly groomed terrain. We have 69 skiable trails and 42 lift accessible trails open today. The Madonna I, Madonna II, and Village Lift are presently on wind hold. We have 4 lifts operating Sterling, Mogul Mouse Magic Lift, Morse Highlands, and Sir Henry’s Wonder Carpet. Snow and colder temperatures are in the forecast for tonight and tomorrow with 1 to 2 inches of accumulation possible. Today’s forecast is occasional rain likely with temperatures between 38 and 45 degrees.

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2 to 3 inches of new snow overnight

 

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William Sladyk on Upper Exhibition

Madonna Liftline was open today from the summit down to mid station. I got to ski it with my good friend Matt. The new snow that we received was dense and was skiing really well. It was so much fun to ski the Headwall! We are looking forward to showcasing the Headwall in the year’s Extreme Skiing Challenge which is Sunday, March 5th.

 

Weather permitting tomorrow we plan to have top to bottom skiing and riding on all 3 mountains with 6 lifts operating and 69 trails open. 30 trails will be groomed for tomorrow, that’s 145 acres of freshly groomed terrain. Tomorrow’s forecast is occasional rain likely with temperatures between 38 and 45 degrees and windy.

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Matt goes for some hang time

There are colder temperatures in the forecast for Thursday night and Friday. We plan to resume snowmaking when the temperatures allow.