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More open terrain

 

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Snowman by Evergreen

We now have top to bottom skiing and riding on all 3 mountains with 6 lifts operating, including the Madonna I lift with 55 trails open with terrain for all ability levels. Freefall is now open from the traverse on Upper FIS. Upper Madonna Liftline is open from Catwalk down to Robin’s work road. The Black Hole is also open. 30 trails have been groomed for today, including Upper FIS and Smuggles’ Alley for a grand total of 127 acres of freshly groomed terrain. Due to snowmaking; Full Nelson, Snake Bite, and Practice Slope are closed today. Currently it is 14 degrees at the summit of Sterling with light snow and winds of 10 to 15 mph. Today’s forecast is a chance of flurries early then partly sunny skies this afternoon with a high of 23 degrees.

 

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Happy Holidays

 

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Snow Sport University Lesson on Lower Morse Liftline

We have top to bottom skiing and riding on all 3 mountains with 6 lifts operating, including the Madonna I Lift. We now have 62 trails open with terrain for all ability levels including Freefall, Black Hole, Shakedown, and Upper Madonna Liftline. 24 trails have been groomed for today, that’s a grand total of 104 acres of freshly groomed terrain. Birch Run Terrain Park is open with 7 features. The Nordic Center is open with 18km of cross country skiing and 15km of snowshoeing.

 

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Making memories at Sir Henry’s Learning Hill

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104 acres of freshly groomed terrain and new snow

 

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Lower Morse Liftline

Our groomers have been working on Morse Mountain this morning. They are grooming in the 7 to 10 inches of new snow that we received in the past 24 hours. This gives our beginners a nice smooth surface to ski or ride. Speaking of beginners, Morse Highlands opens today. We have top to bottom skiing and riding on all 3 mountains with 7 lifts operating and 61 trails open, including Upper Madonna Liftline, Freefall, and the Black Hole. Today’s forecast is calling for freezing rain and rain early then a chance of drizzle in the afternoon with temperatures between 31 and 36 degrees. Colder temperatures and more snow return tonight with up to 3 inches of new snow possible. We also have snow in the forecast Sunday night into Monday with another 3 to 5 inches of accumulation possible.

 

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We just hit 100 inches for the season

 

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Sterling woods

We received 5 to 8 inches of new snow today and 26 inches in the past week. The conditions are fantastic! I skied Freefall and the Black Hole today. Skier’s left at the top of Freefall not only had good coverage, but the snow was very nice too. I would have to say my trail pick of the day was definitely the Black Hole. I found many fresh and soft turns in the trees. Tonight’s forecast is calling for another 4 inches of snow and I can’t wait to hit the hill again tomorrow! Tomorrow’s forecast is sleet and snow with another 2 inches of accumulation possible and temperatures between 28 and 36 degrees. Tomorrow we plan to have top to bottom skiing and riding on all 3 mountains with 7 lifts operating.

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Sterling woods

We will also run the Madonna II lift if needed. We now have 54 trails open with terrain for all ability levels. More trails may open throughout the day tomorrow due to the new snow. Morse Highlands opens tomorrow with the Morse Highlands lift operating and Dixie’s Knoll open. 24 out of the 55 trails will be groomed for tomorrow, that’s a grand total of 104 acres of freshly groomed terrain. Birch Run Terrain Park is open with 7 features.

 

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Tony disappearing into the Black Hole

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More open terrain

 

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The snow is adding up fast

The Black Hole, Freefall, Robin’s Run, and Upper Madonna Liftline from Catwalk to the Headwall are now open. We now have top to bottom skiing and riding on all 3 mountains with 5 lifts operating and 53 trails open with terrain for all ability levels. Snowmaking continues around the clock on Log Jam, Hibernator, and Curley’s Cutback. We have already received 2 inches of new snow today and we could see up to a 15-inch storm total by Saturday night. Birch Run Terrain Park is open with 7 features.

 

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Upper FIS

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Freefall, Black Hole, Robin’s Run, and part of Upper Madonna Liftline are now open

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Happy Holidays

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April Fool’s Day

 

Justin getting some air on Chute

The new snow that we received last night and today was just perfect. It was heavy and stuck to everything, which allowed us to open so many trails today. Robin’s Run, Madonna Liftline, Black Hole, and Freefall from the traverse were all open. I skied Freefall this morning and it was wonderful. The new snow held me back nicely and I did not have to work as hard controlling my speed. I would have to say that the best snow was at higher elevations, especially later in the day when the temperature came up a little. My son Hugh B and I got to ski with our good friends Ken, Justin, and Loic. We skied Upper Fis, Lower Doc’s, Goat Path, Dan’s Ford, Chute, Hangman’s Drop, Black Snake, Lower Chilcoot, Upper Chilcoot, and Lower Pipeline.

Ken having fun on Hangman’s Drop

I would have to say that Upper FIS was one of my favorite runs of the day. It was groomed on Wednesday night, but it was not groomed last night. It was still pretty flat from Wednesday night’s grooming and with the 8 inches of new snow on top it was amazing. The bumps were soft because they were made of the new snow. Tomorrow we plan to have top to bottom skiing and riding on all 3 mountains with 4 lifts operating, including the Madonna 1 Lift. We have 71 trails open with terrain for all ability levels. 30 trails will be groomed for tonight, including Upper Drifter, Snow Snake, and Thomke’s Express for a grand total of 123 acres of freshly groomed terrain.

 

 

Ken on Chute

Tomorrow’s forecast is calling for flurries early then partly cloudy skies later with temperatures between 28 and 39 degrees

 

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April Fool’s Day Fun

Justin on Hangman’s Drop

Loic having fun in the new snow

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Powder Day

 

Ski Patroller Mike Duncan on trail check

We received 8 inches of new snow in the past 24 hours and more is on the way. We have top to bottom skiing and riding on all 3 mountains with 4 lifts operating, including the Madonna I lift.  We now have 67 trails open!

 

Ski Patroller Ethan Costello trail checking Freefall

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Blast from the Past

The forecast called for the snow to turn to rain late yesterday afternoon. It snowed all day long and then after we closed for the day it rained lightly for just a few minutes before turning back to snow. It continued to snow into the night with another 4 inches of accumulation falling. The snow that fell overnight was pretty heavy with the warmer temperatures. It filled in very nicely giving us some great coverage. I skied Freefall from the top this morning and I have not done that in a little while and I found some untracked snow in the Black Hole. Robin’s Run was open from the top today and the Headwall was also open. This afternoon I headed over to the Practice Slope to check out the Blast from the Past race. It was very exciting to watch the head to head dual panel slalom races. They have bull gates at the start of the race. Yes, they are similar to the gates that let out the crazy bulls that are spinning, twisting, and jumping to try to remove the rider on their back, because everything is under control until the gate opens! Both ski racers wait behind the swinging doors that are spring loaded and are being held closed by a rod. The race starter will ask if the blue course is ready and if the red course is ready, then they pull the handles which allow the bull gates to fly open. The racers are holding themselves back with their poles waiting to dive through the gates the split second they open. A hundredth of a second could determine the race so timing is everything at the start. I want to thank the Smugglers’ Notch Ski and Snowboard Club for hosting this fun event every year.

We are 100 percent, tomorrow we plan to have top to bottom skiing and riding on all 3 mountains with all 8 lifts operating and all 78 trails open. 30 trails will be groomed for tomorrow, including Ruthie’s, Garden Path, and Smugglers’ Alley for a grand total of 118 acres of freshly groomed terrain. Tomorrow’s forecast is increasing clouds throughout the day with a chance of snow and sleet, temperatures between 22 and 34 degrees.

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Great conditions with more snow on the way

Hannah loves Strawberry Fields

I can’t believe that we had another blue bird day! The temperature started off a little cool, but the sun worked its magic and the temperature rose from 3 degrees to 26 degrees at the summit of Sterling throughout the day. The wind had moved the snow around some but there is plenty of light fluffy snow in the trees. My son Hugh B and daughter Hannah only had a half day of school today, so we skied together for the afternoon. We had a great time on Hangman’s Drop, Chute, Exhibition, Bootlegger woods, Alley woods, Highlander Glades, Crossover, Treasure Run, Birch Run Terrain Park, Lower Exhibition, Lower Rumrunner, Thomke’s, and Strawberry Fields. Strawberry Fields’ was amazing with the sunlight and all the fresh snow in between the trees.

Hugh B finds some nice untracked snow

We all spread out looking for fresh turns anywhere we could. We would give out a hoot and a holler every time we found freshies. 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 and all 78 trails open. Robin’s Run is open from the work road down and Freefall is open from the traverse on Upper FIS. Tomorrow’s forecast is calling for snow early 1 to 3 inches of accumulation possible, a chance of some mix late in the day with temperatures between 29 and 37 degrees.

 

Birch Run Terrain Park

35 trails will be groomed for tomorrow, including Lower Catwalk, Hangman’s Drop, and Snow Snake for a grand total of 126 acres of freshly groomed terrain.

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Picture Perfect

 

The top of Madonna Mountain with Mount Mansfield in the background

We are 100 percent open with top to bottom skiing and riding on all 3 mountains with 6 lifts operating, including the Madonna I Lift and all 78 trails open. Robin’s Run is open from the work road down and Freefall is open from the traverse on Upper FIS. Today’s forecast is mostly sunny skies with temperatures between 13 and 25 degrees. Enjoy the beautiful sunshine!