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Picture perfect

 

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Sun dog photobomb

Today was just a gorgeous day with beautiful sunny skies and light winds. I had a great time today with my good friend Ken. We skied Sterling Mountain in the morning and then Madonna Mountain in the afternoon. We had so much fun looking for powder stashes and amazing views. We were able to find plenty of both. The snowmaking on Morse Mountain sent ice crystals into the air that were creating some wonderful sun dogs. A sundog is a concentrated patch of sunlight occasionally seen about 22° to the left or right of the sun. Sundogs often form in pairs on either side of our daytime star when sunlight refracts through icy clouds containing hexagonal plate crystals aligned with their large, flat faces parallel to the ground.

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Dancing in the light

Technically known as parhelia (singular parhelion) they are often white but sometimes quite colorful, looking like detached pieces of rainbow, with red on the inside, toward the sun, and blue on the outside.

 

Snowmaking continues around the clock on Midway, Garden Path, Snow Snake, Meadowlark, and Sir Henry’s Learning Hill. 27 trails will be groomed for tomorrow, including Smugglers’ Alley for a grand total of 120 acres of freshly groomed terrain. Tomorrow we plan to have top to bottom skiing and riding on all 3 mountains with all 8 lifts operating and 53 trails open with terrain for all ability levels. Birch Run Terrain Park is now open top to bottom with 9 features.

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Ken finds a nice drift in the woods

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Flying onto Shuttle

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Sundog

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Mount Mansfield seen from Madonna Mountain

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Snowmaking and early morning grooming

 

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Last night we made snow on Lower Morse Liftline

Last night we made snow on the Magic Learning Trail, Wanderer, and Lower Morse Liftline.  The snowguns on these three trails are now turned off and our grooming crew is getting them ready for your skiing and riding pleasure. We are presently making snow on Curley’s Cutback and Snow Snake. We will continue making snow on these two trails today so they will be closed. Today we plan to have top to bottom skiing and riding on all 3 mountains with all 8 lifts operating. We have 45 trails open with terrain for all ability levels. 23 trails have been groomed for today for a grand total of 105 acres of freshly groomed terrain. Today’s forecast is mostly sunny skies with a high of 6 degrees.

 

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Early morning light over the Village

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Fresh snow

 

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Ken exploding through a drift

The snow today was just what we needed. We received 5 to 8 inches of new snow today and 14 inches in the past 6 days. The new snow was skiing and riding like it was deeper than it really was. I was lucky enough to catch Ski Patrol opening Upper Exhibition and got some sweet untracked turns!  Tomorrow we plan to have top to bottom skiing and riding on all 3 mountains with all 8 lifts operating and 46 trails open with terrain for all ability levels. Tonight we are making snow on Lower Morse Liftline, Magic Learning Trail, and Sir Henry’s Learning Hill. The snowmaking will be turned off before the lifts start running tomorrow morning. 23 trails will be groomed for tomorrow, including Upper Chilcoot, Black Snake, and Dixie’s Knoll for a grand total of 105 acres of freshly groomed terrain.

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Photo Credit Ken Rule

Tomorrow’s forecast is calling for mostly sunny skies with a high of 6 degrees.

 

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All smiles

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Making tracks on Upper Exhibition

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WINTER STORM WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT

StormTotalSnowWeb1We are under a Winter Storm Warning until 4 pm this afternoon. Moderate to heavy snow and sleet is occurring. Plan on difficult travel conditions. Total snow accumulation of 3 to 6 inches, with localized amounts up to 8 inches. Snowfall rates of 1 inch per hour are expected this morning. Be prepared for significant reductions in visibility at times.

 

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4 to 6 inches of new snow by morning

 

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Matthew having fun in the soft snow

Winter Storm Warning in effect from 7 pm tonight until 4 pm tomorrow afternoon. The snow is forecasted to start after midnight with 6 inches of accumulation possible.  Tomorrow’s forecast is snow throughout the morning becoming flurries in the afternoon with another 4 inches of accumulation possible and a high of 16 degrees. 15 trails will be groomed tonight for a total of 76 acres of freshly groomed terrain. Tomorrow we plan to have top to bottom skiing and riding on all 3 mountains with all 8 lifts operating and 30 trails open. More trails may open throughout the day due to the new snow.  Birch Run Terrain Park is open with 6 features. We plan to open the bottom half of Birch Run Terrain Park in the near future. The Free Family Fun Races start this weekend on Lower Madonna Liftline from 11 am till 2 pm. These timed races are being sponsored by HearthStone Stoves.

 

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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.