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Great conditions for Closing Day

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAToday we have the Madonna I and Sterling lifts operating with 33 trails open for intermediates and experts. We received 2 inches of new snow overnight and 7 inches in the past week. 15 trails have been groomed for today, that’s 68 acres of freshly groomed terrain. Today’s forecast is snow, sleet, and mix with 1 to 2 inches of accumulation possible and temperatures between 22 and 28 degrees.

Thank you for a wonderful season!

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Closing Day is Sunday, April 15th

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Sterling and Mount Mansfield

I ran into my good friend Phil and his son James in Lot #1 this morning. We did some cruiser runs on Madonna and Sterling. It was great to catch up and make some turns together.

Tonights forecast is snow and sleet with 2 to 4 inches of accumulation possible. Tomorrow’s forecast is calling for more snow and sleet with another 1 to 3 inches of accumulation and temperatures between 21 and 32 degrees.

 

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Phil on Upper FIS

15 trails will be groomed for tomorrow, that’s 68 acres of freshly groomed terrain. We plan to have both the Madonna I and Sterling lifts operating tomorrow with 33 trails open for intermediates and experts.

 

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Catwalk

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James on Upper Rumrunner

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Madonna Mountain

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James Bellizia throwing some snow around on Upper FIS

The Madonna I and Sterling lifts are operating with 33 trails open, with terrain for intermediates and experts.  18 trails have been groomed for today, that’s 60 acres of freshly groomed terrain.

Today forecast is a chance of mix, snow, and sleet a dusting of accumulation possible with temperatures between 20 and 30 degrees.

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Here it comes

StormTotalSnowWeb1Tonight
Snow. Low around 19. Northeast wind around 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80%. New snow accumulation of 2 to 4 inches possible.
Sunday
Snow and sleet likely before 3 pm, then sleet likely between 3 pm and 5 pm, then freezing rain and sleet likely after 5 pm. Cloudy, with a high near 29. East wind 9 to 13 mph. Chance of precipitation is 70%. Little or no ice accumulation expected. New snow and sleet accumulation of 1 to 3 inches possible.
The Madonna I and Sterling lifts are operating with 34 trails open for intermediates and experts.
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Tower 10 on April 10

 

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Tower 10 on April 10.

Rockin’ Ron for Hugh. It’s the 10th of April and we’re still goin’ strong, with excellent snow coverage. The Sterling Lift is operating and servicing 22 trails. This weekend, in addition to Sterling, the Madonna I Lift will be operating and we should have close to 40 trails.

Let me give you thel 4-11 on 4-10… it’s Ben & Jerry’s FREE CONE DAY. Our Scoop Shop located in the Village Lodge, will be open till 8 pm tonight serving free cones. Mm, mm, mm!!!

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Don’t miss FREE CONE DAY!

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Fresh snow and sunshine

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Season total is now 292 inches

We received 2 inches of new snow last night and 5 inches in the past 6 days. Today we have the Sterling lift operating with 19 trails open for intermediates and experts. 16 trails have been groomed for today, that’s 44 acres of freshly groomed terrain.

Today’s forecast is sunny skies with a high of 32 degrees. Closing weekend April 14th and 15th we plan to have both the Madonna I Lift and Sterling Lift operating.

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Sterling Pond with Mount Mansfield in the background

 

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Sir Henry’s Learning Hill

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Snow Sport University Snowboard Lesson

We have 60 skiable trails and 37 lift accessible trails open today. The Madonna I lift is presently on wind hold. We have 3 lifts operating today Sterling, Mogul Mouse, and Sir Henry’s Wonder Carpet. 27 trails have been groomed for today, that’s 111 acres of freshly groomed terrain.

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You never know Hugh you’ll see

Randy and Crew

Becky, Warren (Hugh Impersonator), Shirley, Randy with a y and not an i.

Rockin’ Ron for Hugh. As I skied around the mountain, I kept seeing this guy in a familiar Helly Hansen jacket. I yelled “Hey Hugh” but he didn’t answer. Turns out, I wasn’t the only one who was confused, several Lifties and Instructors had the same reaction. I finally met the mystery man and his name is Warren. He was skiing with his partner Shirley and long time Smugglers Randy and Becky. Randy told me about some bear tracks he saw under the Sterling Lift and some rabbit tracks under the Madonna Lift. I saw hide nor hare of either.

On the skiing front, I enjoyed runs on Upper Drifter and the Flowground. On the events front, we have some BIG DOINGS on Saturday with Pond Skimming, Chillin’ & Grillin’ Tail Gate Party and some others in and around the Resort! That leaves me on the back end of this Blog… ski ya later!

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Sterling Mtn as viewed from Upper Drifter on Madonna Mtn.

 

Ski Tips

Tips for skiing: 1) ski early, and 2) ski often.

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Top to bottom skiing and riding on all 3 mountains

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Sterling and Mount Mansfield seen from the summit of Madonna

We have 4 lifts operating with 59 trails open with terrain for all ability levels. 38 trails have been groomed for today, including skier’s right side of Upper FIS, Smugglers’ Alley, and Snow Snake for a grand total of 136 acres of freshly groomed terrain.

Today’s forecast is calling for skies becoming mostly sunny with a high of 36 degrees.

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Upper Chilcoot looking good in corduroy

 

 

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Happy Easter

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Easter Bunny giving out chocolates this morning in the Village Courtyard

Top to bottom skiing and riding on all 3 mountains with 7 lifts operating. We have 58 trails open with terrain for all ability levels.  We received an inch of new snow on top this morning. 43 trails have been groomed for today, that’s 150 acres of freshly groomed terrain. Currently it is 32 degrees at the summit of Sterling with light snow and winds of 10 to 20 mph. Today’s forecast is snow showers and flurries early then partly sunny skies this afternoon with a high of 37 degrees.

Fun April Fool’s Day Quiz from Ski Patroller Walt Lattrell

Name four (4) alpine trails with bridges?

Name the four (4) glades named after local establishments?

How did “Mustache” glade get its name?

What tower #’s are the “Three Soldiers”?

Where are the Lift Line “Splices”/TUKS (splices or TUKS are where both ends of the cable are coiled together) on:

Sterling:

Madonna:

M2:

Mogul Mouse:

Village:

Highlands:

Name the two (2) trails that intersect the “Nakhole?”

Where is the “Leach Field?”

Where is “Chilean Bobsled?”

Name four (4) trails the “Wire Road” intersects?

How many “Exits” are there on the “Highway?”

True or False:

The “Geriatric Traverse” is how the “55 Plus Club” gets from Morse to Sterling?

Patrollers pick up the “Red” lift phone after how many rings on:

Madonna?

Sterling?

Morse?

Who is Gary B.?

What is the elevation of these peaks/lifts, to the nearest 100 feet:

Madonna?

Sterling?

Morse?

True or False:

Vail Corporation has made an offer to buy Smugglers’ Notch Resort – Mountain Operations?!?

The answers can be found in earlier post titled It is a beautiful day, in case you were curious