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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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Chilly weather with great conditions

 

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Lower Morse Liftline

We have 78 skiable trails and 43 lift accessible trails open today. Due to today’s cold weather Madonna Mountain will be closed. On the upper mountains we have the Sterling Lift and Sterling T Bar operating until 3 pm. On Morse Mountain we have the Village Lift, Morse Highlands Lift, and Sir Henry’s Wonder Carpet operating until 4 pm. 32 trails have been groomed for today, including Smugglers’ Alley, Curley’s Cutback, and Jolly Rodger for a grand total of 130 acres of freshly groomed terrain. We received 4 inches of new snow in the past 24 hours and 19 inches in the past 4 days. Today’s forecast is calling for mostly cloudy skies with a chance of flurries and a high of -10 degrees. Bundle up, cover up, take breaks, and enjoy all the new snow!

 

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Sugar woods

 

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Hannah finds some fresh tracks

The sugar woods are located at Morse Mountain on skier’s right below mid-station on Lower Morse Liftline. They are called the sugar woods because there are nearby sugar lines that collect sap in the spring time. The sap is collected from the Sugar Maple trees and it is then made into maple syrup. The sap runs in the springtime when it freezes overnight and the following day reaches over 40 degrees, this allows the sap to flow. The sap is then collected and put into an evaporator. This is where the Morse Highlands trail gets its name. The evaporator is a stainless steel box with maze-like partitions inside. The evaporator sits on top of a firebox known as the Arch. The Arch can be fueled by wood, fuel oil, and even natural gas. The sap boils in the evaporator removing the water until it reaches 67% sugar content. It is now Maple syrup; it is then filtered and bottled. It takes around 40 gallons of sap to make 1 gallon of syrup. Vermont is by far the country’s largest producer of maple syrup. U.S. Department of Agriculture statistics show the state yielded 1.9 million gallons in 2016, up from 1.4 million gallons in 2017.

 

 

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Hayleigh with the Way Up High School building in the background

Tomorrow we plan to have top to bottom skiing and riding on all 3 mountains with 6 lifts operating, including the Madonna I lift with 65 trails open with terrain for all ability levels. 27 trails will be groomed for tomorrow, including Upper Chilcoot, Snake Bite, and Curley’s Cutback for a grand total of 118 acres of freshly groomed terrain. Tomorrow’s forecast is calling for partly sunny skies early with increasing clouds later in the day, a chance of flurries and a high of +6 degrees.

 

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Top to bottom on all 3 mountains this weekend!

 

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Great conditions

We received 31 inches of new snow in the past 6 days and the conditions are fantastic. Tomorrow we plan to have 5 lifts operating. The Village Lift and Mogul Mouse Magic Lift will be operating to the top. Sterling Lift, Madonna I Lift, and Sir Henry’s Wonder Carpet will also be operating. The Madonna I Lift will have a delayed opening, but we plan to open at 9:30 am. We are presently making snow on Lower Chilcoot and the top of Link from the top of the Madonna II Lift down to Lower Chilcoot. Earlier this season we made some snow on Upper Chilcoot at the S turn. The rest of the trails that are open on Madonna will be natural snow coverage and there are some spots with thin cover.

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Snowmaking on Lower Chilcoot

Snowcats have been on Upper Chilcoot and Drifter to pack down the snow. They also spread out the snowdrifts to give the trails the best coverage. Madonna will be experts only this weekend. We plan to have Upper Chilcoot, Link, Upper Drifter, Lower Drifter, McPherson’s, Playground, Lower Madonna Liftline, and Lower FIS open on Madonna Mountain this weekend. Sterling Mountain is 100 percent open. We plan to have Garden Path, Sam’s Run, Lower Morse Liftline, Magic Learning Trail, Sir Henry’s Learning Hill, Wanderer, Midway, and Meadowlark open on Morse Mountain this weekend. Now that Midway and Meadowlark are open you can ski or ride to and from the upper mountains back to the village.

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Slalom gates on Black Snake

Tomorrow we plan to have 5 lifts operating with 46 trails open. 16 out of the 46 trails will be groomed for tomorrow that’s 72 acres of freshly groomed terrain. The Birch Run Terrain Park is open with 7 features.

 

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Snow Sport University Ski Instructor Matt McCawley on Full Nelson

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Snow Sport University Snowboard Instructor Luna on Upper Rumrunner

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Getting ready for the weekend

 

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Grooming out the snowmaking whales on Lower Morse Liftline.

I would like to thank our lift maintenance, our snowmakers, and our groomers for all their hard work so that we can have top to bottom skiing and riding on all 3 mountains this weekend. Lift maintenance has been working on the Madonna I Lift and the Village Lift to get them ready to turn this Saturday and Sunday. I saw Lift Maintenance Manager Boder Stevens at the summit of Madonna today. He was getting the heaters turned on in the warming hut and the top shack. They also have to clear all the chairs and the cable of snow. Our snowmakers have also been quite busy on Morse Mountain covering Midway, Meadowlark, Lower Morse Liftline, Sam’s Run, and Garden Path.

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Huge snowmaking whale at the base of Morse Mountain.

Snowmaking continues tonight on Sam’s Run, Midway, and Meadowlark. Our groomers have been working on flattening the snowmaking whales to make the trails nice and smooth. Once the snow is pushed out we can make more snow where it is needed. This weekend we plan to have the Village Lift and Mogul Mouse Magic Lift open to the top along with the Sterling Lift, the Madonna I Lift, and Sir Henry’s Wonder Carpet operating.

 

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Smuggs Lift Maintenance Manager Boder Stevens making sure the Madonna I lift is ready to operate this weekend.

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We plan to have top to bottom skiing and riding on all 3 mountains this Saturday!

We received 6 inches of new snow in the past 24 hours and 31 inches in the past 5 days. Snowmaking continues around the clock on Midway, Sam’s Run, Burton Riglet Park, and Lower Morse Liftline. We have 3 lifts operating today the Sterling Lift, Sir Henry’s Magic Carpet, and the Mogul Mouse Magic Lift to mid station. We now have 33 trails open with terrain for all ability levels. This weekend we plan to have the Village Lift and Mogul Mouse Magic Lift operating to the top with Garden Path, Lower Morse Liftline, Magic Learning Trail, Wanderer, Midway, Sir Henry’s Learning Hill, and Meadowlark all open on Morse. The Madonna 1 lift and Sterling lift will both operate this weekend. Snowmaking continues on Morse Mountain today and we plan to start making snow on Madonna Mountain tonight or tomorrow.

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Snowmaking at the Burton Riglet Park

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Morning light over the Village

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Lower Morse Liftline

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Snowmaking at the base of the Village Lift

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New snow, early morning grooming, and snowmaking

 

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Grooming Sir Henry’s Learning Hill and the base area at Mogul Mouse Magic Lift

We received 3 to 4 inches of new snow overnight, 10 inches in the past 3 days, and 17 inches in the past 6 days. Today’s forecast is 3 to 6 inches of snow accumulation with temperatures between 21 and 27 degrees, southeast winds of 25 to 35 mph at the summit diminishing in the afternoon to 10 to 20 mph. Snow continues tonight and tomorrow with another 4 to 7 inches of accumulation possible. Snowmaking continues around the clock on the Riglet Park, Garden Path, Lower Morse Liftline, and Midway. Today we plan to have 3 lifts operating the Sterling Lift, Sir Henry’s Wonder Carpet, and Mogul Mouse Magic Lift to mid station. We now have 29 trails open and the trail count will be going up in the next few days!

 

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Getting Magic Learning Trail ready for today

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Snowmaking continues around the clock on Morse

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Mogul Mouse Magic Lift opens Tuesday, December 12th

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Brian Williamson of Smuggs Lift Maintenance getting the Mogul Mouse Magic Lift ready to open

I want to thank the Smuggs Lift Maintenance crew for all their hard work getting the Mogul Mouse Magic Lift ready to open tomorrow. Our Smuggs Snowmakers also have been working hard to get the Magic Learning Trail covered in nice blanket of snow. They focused their efforts on Morse for the past few days and the snow is piling up. We plan to have the Mogul Mouse Magic Lift open to mid-station tomorrow with the Magic Learning Trail open. The lift may not open right at 8:30 am due to any grooming that might need to be done in the morning. Snowmaking continues around the clock on Midway, Garden Path, Lower Morse Liftline, the Sledding Hill, and Magic Learning Trail.

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Snowmaking on the Tubing Hill

Tomorrow we plan to have 3 lifts operating and 29 trails with terrain for all ability levels. 10 out of the 29 trails will be groomed for tomorrow including Smugglers’ Alley, Practice Slope, and Black Snake for a grand total of 40 acres of freshly groomed terrain. Tonight’s forecast is calling for snow to develop late with an inch of accumulation possible. Tomorrow’s forecast is snow 5 to 8 inches of accumulation possible with temperatures between 19 and 27 degrees. The snow continues tomorrow night into Wednesday with another 3 to 5 inches of new snow. The 6 inches of blower powder today was just amazing and with another 14 inches would be incredible!

 

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Snowmaking on Lower Morse Liftline

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Great snowmaking temperatures

 

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Snowmaking through the night

Tonight’s forecast is calling for light snow an inch of accumulation possible with temperatures between 11 and 21 degrees. Tomorrow’s forecast is a chance of flurries early then skies becoming partly sunny with temperatures between 9 and 22 degrees. These temperatures will allow our snowmakers to maximize our snowmaking efforts especially at lower elevations. The snowmaking whales on Morse will really grow in the next 24 hours! This will allow us to have more beginner terrain open in the near future. Natural snowfall is in the forecast for Monday night and Tuesday with up to 7 inches of accumulation by Tuesday night.

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3 double headed Snowlogic land guns

I forecast the trail count taking a nice jump up this Tuesday and Wednesday. Tomorrow we plan to have the Sterling Lift operating and Sir Henry’s Wonder Carpet with 21 trails open for beginners, intermediates, and experts. 9 out of the 21 trails will be groomed for tomorrow including Smugglers’ Alley and Practice Slope for a grand total of 33 acres of freshly groomed terrain. Black Snake will be groomed from Upper Rumrunner down to the top of Harvey’s Hideaway. The bottom half of Black Snake will be ungroomed snowmaking whales for tomorrow. We are presently making snow on Garden Path, Lower Morse Liftline, the Sledding Hill, and the Magic Learning Hill.

 

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Early morning snowmaking on Morse

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HKD Fan Gun blasting at the base of Mogul Mouse Lift

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Snow Sport University Instructor Nick Hover having fun on Black Snake