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140 acres of freshly groomed terrain

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Lower Morse Liftline

We are 100 percent open with top to bottom skiing and riding on all 3 mountains with 6 lifts operating. We have all 78 trails open with terrain for all ability levels. Robin’s Run is open from the work road down to Freefall. Freefall is open from the traverse on Upper FIS. 34 trails have been groomed for today, including Upper Drifter, Smugglers’ Alley, and Snow Snake.

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Quality family time

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Hayleigh and Harley on Lower Catwalk with Sterling in the background

The forecast called for cloudy skies, but the sun decided to make an appearance. I got to take a couple runs with my wife and all 3 kids this afternoon on Madonna.  We had a great time on Upper Chilcoot, Lower Catwalk, Red Fox Glades, and Three Mountain Glades. The snow in the trees was wonderful. We all also enjoyed the Free Family Fun Race on Lower Madonna Liftline.  The kids made sure that we always ended our run on Lower Madonna Liftline, so that they could do the race again.

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. Robin’s Run is open from the work road down to Freefall. Freefall is open from the traverse on Upper FIS. 37 trails will be groomed for tomorrow, including Shuttle, Bootlegger, and Curley’s Cutback for a grand total of 140 acres of freshly groomed terrain. Tomorrow’s forecast is calling for partly to mostly cloudy skies with a chance of flurries and a high of 34 degrees.

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100 percent open on a beautiful day

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Ski Patroller Lee Anderson with his daughter Marlee on Madonna Liftline

We have top to bottom skiing and riding on all 3 mountains with 7 lifts operating. We have all 78 trails open with terrain for all ability levels. Robin’s Run is open from the work road down to Freefall. Freefall is open from the traverse on Upper FIS. 28 trails have been groomed for today, including Waterfall, Black Snake, and Curley’s Cutback for a grand total of 120 acres of freshly groomed terrain. Currently it is partly sunny and 28 degrees at the summit of Sterling with winds of 0 to 5 mph.

 

 

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Hugh B having fun on Freefall

 

 

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Good Morning

 

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Village Courtyard with Madonna in the background

Currently it is partly sunny and 26 degrees at the summit of Sterling with winds of 0 to 5 mph.  Today’s forecast is increasing clouds with a high of 34 degrees. We are 100 percent open with top to bottom skiing and riding on all 3 mountains with 6 lifts operating. We have all 78 trails open with terrain for all ability levels. Freefall is open from the traverse on Upper FIS. Robin’s Run is open from the work road down to Freefall.

This afternoon we have our  MapleFest Winter Carnival — The Village Courtyard and the Green will host our weekly Winter Carnival with a dash of maple flavor in honor of MapleFest! Enjoy games, sugar on snow, and specialty food and beverage samplings starring Vermont maple in products such as Elm Brook Farm’s specialty spirits, TreTap sparkling water, Karen’s Artisan Popcorn, Boyden Valley Winery wines and liqeurs, Butternut Mountain Farm maple products and It’s Arthur’s Fault sweet and savory sauces and marinades. 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm, admission is free. For more details about MapleFest please visit smuggs.com/maple

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Another beautiful day

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Skiers on Upper Drifter

Today started off a little cool, but that did not last long with the wonderful sunshine. I ventured on all 3 mountains today exploring the woods and also enjoying the groomed terrain.  Upper Drifter was groomed last night and is skiing very nicely. I like to stop at different spots when I’m on Upper Drifter just to take in the fantastic views.  As I was skiing by Shuttle I noticed that too had been groomed recently. I took a left and made a few GS turns before letting my skis run.  The smooth surface made the dip easy to manage and was able to carry my speed up the other side no problem.

 

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Snow Sport University Ski Instructor Larry Arnold on Lower Morse Liftline

Tomorrow we plan to have top to bottom skiing and riding on all 3 mountains with 6 lifts operating. We have all 78 trails open with terrain for all ability levels. Robin’s Run is open from the work road down to Freefall. Freefall is open from the traverse on Upper FIS. 33 trails will be groomed for tomorrow, including Waterfall, Bootlegger, and Curley’s Cutback for a grand total of 127 acres of freshly groomed terrain. Tomorrow’s forecast is mostly cloudy skies with a chance of flurries early and a high of 33 degrees.

 

 

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Deep base depths

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Snow bell

We received 52 inches of new snow in the past 6 days, 83 inches in the month of March so far, and 286 inches this season. All 3 mountains are in great shape.

We are 100 percent open with top to bottom skiing and riding on all 3 mountains with 6 lifts operating. We have 78 trails open with terrain for all ability levels. Robin’s Run is open from the work road down to Freefall. Freefall is open from the traverse on Upper FIS. 37 trails will be groomed for tomorrow, including Ruthie’s, Jolly Rodger, and Log Jam for a grand total of 152 acres of freshly groomed terrain.

 

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Ken enjoying the sunshine and fresh snow

Tomorrow’s forecast is calling for mostly sunny skies with a high of 23 degrees. It is going to be another beautiful day out on the mountain!

 

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Snow Reporter doing a base depth check

 

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Picture yourself here

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Sterling and Mount Mansfield seen from the Village Lift

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. 40 trails have been groomed for today, that’s 149 acres of freshly groomed terrain. Freefall is open from the traverse on Upper FIS. Robin’s Run is open from the work road down to Freefall. 52 inches of new snow in the past 6 days.

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47 inches of new snow in the past 3 days!

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Lenny skiing the Black Hole

The month of March has been quite the snow producer with 78 inches. We have been in a fantastic weather pattern! I went out this morning with Alex Martin of Smuggs TV and Snow Sport University Snowboard Instructor Kim Martin to film another edition of the No Bull Video Snow Report. We had a great time on Upper Pipeline, Black Snake, Harvey’s Hideaway, Full Nelson and Half Nelson. Later in the day I meet up with my good friends Tony, Big John, and Lenny. We skied Sally’s Alley, Freefall, Black Hole, Upper Drifter, and a bunch of glade runs in between. The smiles were big and the snow is deep!

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAWe are 100 percent open with top to bottom skiing and riding on all 3 mountains with 7 lifts operating. We have all 78 trails open with terrain for all ability levels. 39 trails will be groomed for tomorrow, including Upper Drifter, Smugglers’ Alley, and Snow Snake for a  grand total of 141 acres of freshly groomed terrain. Tonight’s forecast is calling for periods of snow with 2 inches of accumulation possible. Tomorrow’s forecast is calling for flurries and snow showers and another inch of accumulation possible with a high of 24 degrees.

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Still photo from the No Bull Video Snow Report which is on the Smugglers’ Notch Facebook page for your viewing pleasure. Photo credit: Alex Martin

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Tony finds some untracked snow

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Photo credit: Eric “Lenny” Leondhart

 

 

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Freefalling

 

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Freefall

We have top to bottom skiing and riding on all 3 mountains with 6 lifts operating, including the Madonna I lift. We now have 65 trails open with terrain for all ability levels. 33 trails have been groomed for today, including Upper FIS, Smugglers’ Alley, and Snow Snake for a grand total of 136 acres of freshly groomed terrain. Today’s forecast is calling for cloudy skies with a chance of light snow this afternoon a dusting of accumulation possible, temperatures between 24 and 33 degrees. The forecast is calling for up to 3 inches of new snow tonight.

 

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Ski Patroller Keith Oshel opening Freefall from the traverse

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Keith a.k.a. Stitch having fun on Freefall

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Fantastic conditions

 

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110 acres of freshly groomed terrain

Our snowmakers have been busy on all the 3 mountains this past week. They have been topping off our snowmaking trails with a nice coating of fresh snow. They also made some big piles of snow in Log Jam Terrain Park and Zone Terrain Park. Our Terrain Park Crew then took over and shaped the snow into many different features. Log Jam Terrain Park is now open with nice mellow rollers, spines, and a serpentine. Zone Terrain Park is now also open for the more advanced skiers and riders. It has 6 hits, which are larger than the hits in Birch Run Terrain Park. Our snowmakers also recently made snow on the lower half of Birch Run Terrain Park. This allowed our Terrain Park Crew to put in more features. Birch Run Terrain Park is now open with 10 features, including a wall ride. Mother Nature not only provided us with great snowmaking temperatures this past week, but we also received 13 inches of snowfall. This has allowed us to open more natural snow trails like the Black Hole and Freefall.

 

This weekend looks great with many events going on. This Friday, Saturday, and Sunday we have the Black Bear Tavern Après Sport Party. The party starts at 2 pm with live music from Jammin’ Sam and is featuring Coors Light this weekend. This Saturday and Sunday we have the Free Family Fun Race on Lower Madonna Liftline from 11 am till 2pm being sponsored by Hearthstone stoves.  On Saturday there is an ON3P Ski Demo in front of the Base Lodge. Boston’s Mix 104.1’s New Health Tour Now is also here on Saturday.  Join Mix 104.1 at the Gazebo from 10 am – 12 noon. Enjoy great Mix music, healthy samples, great tips, free giveaways, and fun souvenirs. Join Mix 104.1’s Erin O’Malley and Smuggs Goodtime Charlie from 2 pm – 4 pm at the après ski party at the Black Bear for great prizes, contests, and music!  Also on Saturday, there is a USASA Snowboard Rail Jam in Birch Run Terrain Park.  On Sunday, the Smugglers’ Notch Ski & Snowboard Club is hosting a U10 Giant Slalom Race.  Come see the future of Vermont racing at its best. Athletes 7 to 9 years old battle it out on the Sterling Mountain Practice Slope. These young athletes in this USASA event are from all the Northern Vermont Councils of the VT Alpine Racing Association.