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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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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.

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Great conditions

 

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Still shot from today’s No Bull Video Snow Report in the Red Fox Glades

I had a great time today on Doc Dempsey’s, Red Fox Glades, Moonshiner’s Glades, and any other glade I could find. The warmer temperatures combined with the new snow overnight made things even softer today. The groomed snow is also very nice and edgeable. Tonight we plan to groom 31 trails including Snake Bite, Curley’s Cutback, and Playground for a grand total of 129 acres of freshly groomed terrain. Tomorrow we plan to have top to bottom skiing and riding on all 3 mountains with 6 lifts operating, including the Madonna I lift. We have 69 trails open with terrain for all ability levels. Tonight’s forecast is calling for snow showers with 1 to 2 inches of accumulation. Tomorrow’s forecast is a chance of flurries early then partly sunny skies with a high of 23 degrees. Watch today’s No Bull Video Snow Report

 

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Madonna Liftline open from Mid Station down

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The Friendly Pirate out making turns on Morse Mountain

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Alex Martin of Smuggs TV shooting today’s No Bull Video Snow Report

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Doc Dempsey’s

 

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Conditions are too good to stop

All the new snow that we have received lately is really adding up. 21 inches of accumulation in the past 6 days and it is still snowing.  Currently it is 26 degrees at the summit of Sterling with light snow and winds of 15 to 25 mph. We have top to bottom skiing and riding on all 3 mountains with 5 lifts operating and 69 trails open.

 

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Snowmaking on Morse Mountain

 

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Greeting Area in the Village

We are presently making snow in the Village Greeting Area and on Snow Snake. We received 1 to 2 inches of new snow overnight and 21 inches in the past 6 days. Today we have top to bottom skiing and riding on all 3 mountains with 6 lifts operating, including the Madonna I lift with 75 trails open. 28 trails have been groomed for today, that’s 123 acres of freshly groomed terrain. Currently it is 22 degrees at the summit of Sterling with flurries and winds of 5 to 10 mph. Today’s forecast is periods of light snow another 1 to 2 inches of accumulation possible with temperatures between 23 and 30 degrees.

 

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This is what dreams are made of

 

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Mount Mansfield seen from glades on Madonna

Today was fantastic with the sun working its magic and light winds. It was pretty cold this morning, but by this afternoon the temperature on top of Sterling was above zero. I had a great time watching the U 14 race on the Practice Slope this morning. These kids were really fast and I’m glad that I did not have to race against them. Talk about talented kids the Smugglers’ Notch Freeski Team came through Birch Run Terrain Park while I was taking photos at the jumps. They were pulling off some 360’s and 540’s with the grab! I went on a powder stash hunt next and I was successful! Madonna I did not operate today, so there is bunch of fresh snow waiting to be had up there tomorrow. Tonight’s forecast is calling for 1” to 2” of new snow. Tomorrow’s forecast is calling for light snow another inch of accumulation possible with temperatures between 19 and 28 degrees. Tomorrow we plan to have top to bottom skiing and riding on all 3 mountains with 6 lifts operating, including the Madonna I lift. We have 75 trails open with terrain for all ability levels.  28 trails will be groomed for tomorrow, that’s 123 acres of freshly groomed terrain.