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Snow in the forecast

 

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WINTER STORM WATCH IN EFFECT FROM FRIDAY EVENING THROUGH SATURDAY EVENING

The snow starts Friday Night and will continue into Saturday Night. All of northern New York and the northern tier of Vermont will have the potential to receive 4 to 8 inches of snow with localized amounts up to 12 inches. Today we have top to bottom skiing and riding on all 3 mountains with 6 lifts operating, including the Madonna I lift. We have 74 trails open with terrain for all ability levels. Some trails will have a delayed opening this morning.

 

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Picture yourself here

 

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View from the summit of Madonna Mountian

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Upper Drifter

 

It’s hard to ask for a better day. 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 with all 78 trails open. Currently it is sunny and 20 degrees at the summit of Sterling with winds of 0 to 5 mph. 22 inches of new snow in the past week.

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100 percent open

 

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Upper FIS is back open!

Top to bottom skiing and riding on all 3 mountains with 6 lifts operating, including the Madonna I Lift and all 78 trails open. 33 trails have been groomed for today, that’s 141 acres of freshly groomed terrain. Today’s forecast is mostly sunny skies with a high of 32 degrees. Currently, it is 14 degrees at the summit of Sterling with beautiful sunny skies and winds of 0 to 5 mph. Last night our snowmakers blanketed Upper FIS with some nice edgeable snow and it is skiing great!

 

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Upper FIS is back open!

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Fantastic snow today and Kids’ Club kicks off this weekend!

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Field Goal!

Chait here, covering for Ron, covering for Hugh today. I’m going to go out on a limb and say today is the best day of the season so far. Sure, we’ve had some truly memorable days this season to date, but today seemed to be a combination of all the best scenarios. Temps were mild, winds very low, and there’s so much wonderful powder up on the hill! Many were treated to some fantastic fresh lines on Madonna, due in part to cold weather closings over the past week. On top of that, 2-4 inches of fresh snow fell overnight combined with some new snow yesterday and two feet in the last week!

 

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Woods on Sterling did not disappoint!

Fast Snow

I heard some comments (and even joined in, myself) from the more experienced skiers and riders about how nice the snow was sliding. Again, we owe this to temperatures being much closer to the freezing point. When the weather is super cold, wax can’t melt that tiny layer of snow, and thus, there’s no lubrication between your equipment and the snow surface to keep you sliding. Now that the snow is fast again, it’s much easier to slide that equipment around underfoot!

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Take your kids snowboarding!

Great conditions for all!

The warmer temps are keeping the fresh snow nice and soft on the groomers as well. I saw people of all ability levels out enjoying the nice quiet turns! Even the youngest of the shredders! Folks out taking lessons today were very happy with the way the snow felt.

 

 

 

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Seeking the goods in the Black Hole

Tomorrow’s Plan

For tomorrow, we plan on opening F.I.S. back up from the top with manmade snowmaking whales. These last few days, it has been closed due to a full-on snowmaking annihilation. That means Catwalk will again offer access to Freefall, Robin’s, and Madonna Liftline, as well as Lower Catwalk. While it was fun taking upper Madonna Liftline to access Freefall and the Black Hole today, it was certainly challenging negotiating the obstacles exposed by the strong winds associated with last Thursday’s storm. I’m a glutton for punishment, so I didn’t really mind it, but I know plenty of people who will appreciate the access from Catwalk, that’s for sure!

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Kids’ Club Treasure Chest is jam-packed

What’s happening this weekend?

We’re ready for a great holiday weekend! While there is some clear snow in the forecast for Friday, we expect it to clear out and finish off with the real kind…the white stuff. And we might just see quite a few inches of it. It’s a little early to tell for sure how much. We’re kicking off our brand new Kids’ Club this weekend with special activities, gift packs for kids, and much more, so be sure to ask about it when checking in at the Guest Service Desk. Your kids will NOT be disappointed, and it will certainly be nice to have some activities for them to work on while you do parent stuff. Find out more info about Kids’ Club here.

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Clear, cool, and beautiful

 

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Morning light over the Village

Today we plan to have top to bottom skiing and riding on all 3 mountains with 6 lifts operating. The Madonna I lift will have a delayed opening today. Today’s forecast is mostly sunny skies becoming partly sunny skies with a high of 6 degrees. We plan to have the Madonna I lift operating once things warm up a little today. The Sterling T-Bar will open at 8:30 am. Sterling Lift,  Mogul Mouse Magic Lift,  Morse Highlands Lift, and Sir Henry’s Wonder Carpet will all open at 9:00 am. All lifts will operate until 4:00 pm this afternoon. We have 75 trails open with terrain for all ability levels. 25 trails have been groomed for today, that’s a grand total of 110 acres of freshly groomed terrain.

 

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Glades it is

jamesIt was a little chilly today but it is going to be warmer tomorrow. The snow conditions are fantastic with 19 inches of new snow in the past 4 days. The glade skiing and riding is powder filled. I ran into my good friends Michael, Phil, and Phil’s son James today. We had a great time playing in the trees on Sterling Mountain. Staying in the trees kept us warmer because the trees protected us from the wind, you make more turns, and you move slower than you would on an open trail. Madonna Mountain was closed today, so there is a ton of fresh snow to be had up there tomorrow.

michaelWe plan to have top to bottom skiing and riding with 6 lifts operating. The Madonna I lift will have a delayed opening and we hope to have it running by the afternoon. It will be cold again tonight, but tomorrow’s forecast is mostly sunny skies becoming partly sunny skies with a high of +6 degrees. There is snow in the forecast for Sunday night into Monday with up to 4 inches of accumulation possible. Tomorrow we plan to have 75 trails open with terrain for all ability levels. 25 trails will be groomed for tomorrow that’s 110 acres of freshly groomed terrain.  The Sterling T-Bar will open at 8:30 am. Mogul Mouse Magic Lift, Morse Highlands, Sterling, and Sir Henry’s Wonder Carpet is open at 9 am.

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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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Goods in the woods

yellow goodThe glades were just amazing today! The trees protected the snow from the wind last night. There was over a foot of fresh snow to be had. Now don’t get me wrong there were many drifts in the woods, but most of them were still soft. We have 78 skiable trails and 46 lift accessible trails open for tomorrow.

Smugglers are known for being a special breed of skiers and riders; strong and bold, like a dark cup of coffee. For those noble adventure-seekers eager to take advantage of the fresh snow tomorrow, we’ll be offering full-day tickets at half-day prices, all day long. Bash Badge and Bash Badge Plus Holders receive $15 tickets for full day pricing.

snowboardTo stay safe in the anticipated cold weather tomorrow, we’ll be adjusting normal operations a bit. Sterling and the T Bar lifts will load from 9:00 am – 3:00 pm, and we will be holding off on opening Madonna for the day (ahem…pow turns on Sunday). On Morse, Sir Henry’s conveyor lifts, Village, and Highlands will also begin loading at 9:00 am and run until 4:00 pm. All levels for Snow Sport University will meet on the Morse Greeting Area at their normal meeting times with the exception of Discovery Dynamos and Trail Blazers level 1/2 which will meet at their normal location. Stay safe and enjoy all the new snow!
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Grooming in all the fresh snow

 

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Lower Morse Liftline

We received 12 inches of new snow in the past 24 hours and 15 inches in the past 3 days. We have 73 skiable trails and 60 lift accessible trails open today. The Madonna I lift is presently on wind hold. 31 trails have been groomed for today, that’s 130 acres of freshly groomed terrain. Today’s forecast is calling for light snow with another 2 inches of accumulation possible and a high of 0 degrees. Currently it is -10 degrees at the summit of Sterling with winds of 20 to 30 mph. Bundle up and enjoy all the new snow! The wind has moved the new snow around, if you get my drift. Powder pics to come soon.