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121 acres of freshly groomed terrain

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Lower Morse Liftline

Today we plan to have top to bottom skiing and riding on all 3 mountains with 7 lifts operating. We plan to have 57 trails open with terrain for all ability levels. 28 trails have been groomed for today, including Upper Chilcoot, Black Snake, and Garden Path. Currently it is cloudy and 30 degrees at the summit of Sterling with winds of 10 to 15 mph.  Today’s forecast is mostly cloudy skies with flurries and a snow shower  with 1 to 2 inches of accumulation possible and temperatures between 24 and 38 degrees.

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Go for gold

 

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Banked turns

I had a great time today. I skied Sterling Mountain and enjoyed all the new snow that we have been receiving. This afternoon I headed over to Lower FIS to check out USASA skier/boardercross. To do a race course by yourself is one thing but, when you have 4 people fighting over the same line that is when things are taken to another level. It was so much fun to watch as these skiers and riders worked their way around banked turns, over rollers and off jumps. The skill level of these athletes is pretty amazing!

 

 

 

 

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Tight competition

We received 3 to 5 inches of new snow in the past 24 hours and 29 inches in the past week. The forecast is calling for another 1 to 2 inches of new snow tonight. Tomorrow’s forecast is snow and sleet early with a chance of mixed precipitation late in the day with temperatures between 28 and 35 degrees. 28 trails will be groomed tonight, including Upper Drifter, Black Snake, and Curley’s Cutback for a grand total of 129 acres of freshly groomed terrain.

 

 

 

 

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Patrick showing his Olympic spirit

We are 100 percent open with top to bottom skiing and riding on all 3 mountains with all 8 lifts operating. We have all 78 trails open with terrain for all ability levels. We have our Free Family Fun Race tomorrow along with an Amalgam Ski Demo in front of the Base Lodge.

 

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The starting gate of the USASA skier/boardercross

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Upper Chilcoot

 

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Steve Wry out on the mountain today enjoying his retirement

I ran into Steve Wry today in the Upper Parking Lot.  Steve recently retired from Smuggs where he was the Vice President of the Guest Skiing Experience. We had a great time taking a few runs and catching up on the lift rides.  We skied Upper Rumrunner, Black Snake, Practice Slope, Upper Chilcoot, Upper FIS, and Smugglers’ Alley. I want to thank our snowmakers for their hard work last night on Midway, Dixie’s Knoll, Meadowlark, Garden Path, and Lower Morse Liftline. I also want to thank our groomers for their hard work to get all these trails ready to ski and ride today. Tonight we plan to groom 35 trails including Upper FIS, Smugglers’ Alley, and Snow Snake for a grand total of 135 acres of freshly groomed terrain. The 24 hour forecast is calling for flurries and snow showers with 1 to 2 inches of accumulation possible with a high of 34 degrees. Tomorrow we plan to have top to bottom skiing and riding on all 3 mountains with 6 lifts operating. We have 42 trails open with terrain for all ability levels. Log Jam, Birch Run, and Zone Terrain Park are all open.

 

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Slalom Race

race 3The Saint Michael’s College Winter Carnival was yesterday and today. Today’s race is a slalom race being held on Black Snake, Snake Bite, and Practice Slope. There are 12 colleges racing in the Carnival with some of the best NCAA alpine racers in the east. The races have been so much fun to watch. The caliber of these racers is just amazing! The second run of the slalom race is starting soon. The Sterling T-Bar is open and is the easiest way to get to the race to be a spectator.

 

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Saint Michael’s College Winter Carnival

race 5It was pretty amazing to watch some of the best NCAA alpine ski racers in the east taking on Black Snake, Snake Bite, and Practice Slope. Today’s race was giant slalom and it began at the pine tree start near the top of Harvey’s Hideaway.  The racers built up speed on Black Snake before diving onto the steep pitch of Snake Bite. They would try to hold on as their skis loaded up as they rounded the gates. The skis would then spring them across the slope or in the air as the skis released the built up energy.  It all depended on their body position. They would try to carry as much speed off of Snake Bite to propel them down the lower angled Practice Slope. race 3These racers were not holding anything back. It was very exciting to watch and I am looking forward to tomorrow’s slalom race!

Tomorrow we plan to have top to bottom skiing and riding on all 3 mountains with all 8 lifts operating. We have 56 trails open with terrain for all ability levels. 31 trails will be groomed for tomorrow, that’s 131 acres of freshly groomed terrain. Log Jam, Zone, and Birch Run Terrain Parks are all open.

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Bluebird skies and great conditions

 

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Upper Drifter

Today was another great day out on the mountain. The 4 inches of new snow that we received on Wednesday night was groomed into our existing snow pack. This made our 132 acres of freshly groomed terrain that much better today. The new snow was also a nice addition to our natural snow trails.We are presently making snow on Upper FIS and Meadowlark. Tomorrow we plan to have top to bottom skiing and riding on all 3 mountains with all 8 lifts operating. We have 56 trails open with terrain for all ability levels. Zone, Birch Run, and Log Jam Terrain Parks are all open.

 

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Preparing for tomorrow’s Giant Slalom Race

Tomorrow’s forecast is calling for mostly sunny skies with a high of 22 degrees. The Saint Michael’s College Winter Carnival is Friday, January 26th and Saturday, January 27th. The races will be held on Black Snake, Snake Bite, and Practice Slope. Black Snake will only be open down to Harvey’s Hideaway tomorrow and Saturday. Snake Bite will be closed for the races. The Sterling T-Bar will be operating Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. You can use the T-Bar to access the Upper Parking Lot.

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Snowmaking on Meadowlark

 

 

 

 

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Flying down Snake Bite

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Top to bottom skiing and riding on all 3 mountains

 

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Ski Patroller Kristie Sills on Upper FIS

We have 7 lifts operating today, including the Madonna I lift and the Sterling T-Bar. Zone Terrain Park and Log Jam Terrain Park are open today. Birch Run Terrain Park is now open with 10 features. 28 trails have been groomed for today, including Upper FIS for a grand total of 110 acres of freshly groomed terrain. Last night we made snow on Black Snake, Snake Bite, and the Practice Slope. Currently it is cloudy and 20 degrees at the summit of Sterling with winds of 5 to 10 mph. Today’s forecast is calling for cloudy skies with a chance of flurries and a high of 27 degrees.

 

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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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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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New snow and snowmaking

 

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Smugglers’ Alley

The conditions were fantastic this morning and by this afternoon they were amazing. The snow started about 11 am and it intensified throughout the afternoon. Every run was better than the last. I did not want to stop skiing. The conditions tomorrow will be even better with the 2 to 4 inches of accumulation that are predicted for tonight. Tomorrow’s forecast is light snow with another 1 to 2 inches of accumulation possible with a high of 0 degrees. We could see a storm total of up to 11 inches of new snow by Saturday. Bundle up and enjoy all the fresh snow. Our snowmakers have been busy covering the bottom half of Birch Run Terrain Park and the Zone Terrain Park. They will move to Madonna Mountain tonight.

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Where are my skis?

They plan to make snow on Lower FIS, Playground, Lower Drifter, and McPherson’s. 31 trails will be groomed for tomorrow, including Upper Drifter, Black Snake, and Ruthie’s for a grand total of 130 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 and 67 trails open with terrain for all ability levels.

 

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Snowmaking on the Zone Terrain Park

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Lenny finds some untracked snow in the woods