Trail sign at the top of Catwalk
Today was another gorgeous day with beautiful sunny skies and temperatures reaching into the teens. The colder temperatures have been great for snowmaking. Our snowmakers have been working around the clock on Morse Mountain. Last night they made snow on Garden Path, Sir Henry’s Learning Hill, Midway, and Meadowlark. They made snow on Snow Snake the night before last. Snow Snake will be groomed tonight and open tomorrow. Our snowmakers moved over to Morse Highlands today. During the day they have been making snow on the lower half of Log Jam. They are making snow for Log Jam Terrain Park. Tonight they plan to make snow on Dixie’s Knoll, Sam’s Run, and Log Jam.
Lower Doc Dempsey’s
The snowguns on Dixie’s Knoll and Sam’s Run will be turned off in the morning and these trails will be open tomorrow. Tonight we plan to groom 30 trails including Smugglers’ Alley, Waterfall, and Wanderer for a grand total of 121 acres of freshly groomed terrain. 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 53 trails open and terrain for all ability levels. Birch Run Terrain Park is now open top to bottom with 10 features. Tomorrow’s forecast is calling for periods of light snow with an inch of accumulation possible and a high of 24 degrees. We could see another 1 to 2 inches of snow Tuesday night into Wednesday.
Sterling Pond with Mount Mansfield in the background
Mini Half Pipe is under construction
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.
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.
Wide open spaces
This is a wonderful beginner area with its own day lodge. There are nice wide gentle trails that make learning easier. The lift ride is short so it wonderful for chilly days like today. You can always stop into the lodge for continental breakfast, snacks, lunch, and beverages. The lodge is open daily from 9am till 3pm.
Lower Morse Liftline
25 trails have been groomed for today, including Ruthie’s, Curley’s Cutback, and Black Snake for a grand total of 107 acres of freshly groomed terrain. We have 66 skiable trails and 53 lift accessible trails open today. The Madonna I lift is presently on cold hold. We have 6 lifts operating today Sterling, Madonna II, Village, Morse Highlands, Mogul Mouse, and Sir Henry’s Wonder Carpet. Today’s forecast is partly to mostly sunny skies with a high of 0 degrees. It’s time for function not fashion. Wear an extra layer and enjoy the great conditions.
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.
Madonna Mountain seen from Midway
Our snowmakers have shut down snowmaking on Upper Chilcoot and the Practice Slope for now. We are presently making snow at Morse Highlands on Log Jam, Curley’s Cutback, and Hibernator. We have some great snowmaking temperatures tonight and our crew is ready to take full advantage. We hope to have the Morse Highlands area open this weekend. For Friday, we plan to have top to bottom skiing and riding on all 3 mountains with 5 lifts operating and 54 trails open. 22 out of the 54 trails will be groomed for tomorrow including Thomke’s and Smugglers’ Alley for a grand total of 95 acres of freshly groomed terrain. Birch Run Terrain Park is open with 7 features and is groomed daily. Tomorrow’s forecast is calling for periods of snow with 2 to 4 inches of accumulation possible with temperatures between 17 and 23 degrees.
We received 8 to 14 inches of new snow in the past 24 hours and 29 inches in the past week. The conditions are amazing with all the new snow that we received along with the colder temperatures. The snow is staying light and fluffy. I had great time this morning on Madonna Mountain. I skied Sally’s Alley, Madonna Liftline, the Black Hole, and Freefall. I skied with my family and the Lehouillier family over at the Morse Highlands midday. The Morse Highlands Area has something for everybody with nice big open gentle beginner slopes, glades, a terrain park, an intermediate trail, and a nice lodge. The kids were having so much playing in the powder filled trees. The parents were having fun too! It snowed hard pretty much all day long. The conditions were just too good for me not to go back to the upper mountains for a few more powder turns this afternoon. I was lucky enough to find some untracked powder in the trees. I can’t wait to ski it all over again tomorrow! Tonight’s forecast is flurries and a snow shower another inch of accumulation possible. Tomorrow’s forecast is cloudy skies with flurries and temperatures between 7 – 19 degrees. Tomorrow we plan to have top to bottom skiing and riding on all 3 mountains with all 8 lifts operating and 76 out of 78 trails open. 38 trails will be groomed for tomorrow including Snow Snake and Ruthie’s for a grand total of 136 acres of freshly groomed terrain.
Snow Sport University Instructor Neal Leach making it look easy as always.
We received a storm total of 13 inches in the past 3 days and we are expecting another 2 to 3 inches of snow by Sunday.The Ski Patrollers were very busy today dropping ropes. We now have 60 trails open for your skiing and riding pleasure. Tonight we plan to resume snowmaking at the Morse Highlands Area. We plan to make snow on Log Jam, Hibernator, and Lower Morse Liftline.Tomorrow’s forecast is a partly sunny sky early with snow developing in the afternoon an inch of accumulation possible with temperatures between 12 and 24 degrees. We have quite a bit planned for the last day of 2016. Tomorrow we will have
Mark Stritzler enjoying the fresh snow
Tomorrow we will have top to bottom skiing and riding on all 3 mountains with 7 lifts operating. There will be a Black Bear Tavern Après Sport Party featuring Switchback. Beginning at 2:00 pm, Goodtime Charlie hosts with trivia, bar games, prizes, and music. It’s a great place to meet other riders and skiers and some of the locals. There is also a New Year’s Celebration Bonfire, Torchlight Parade & Fireworks starting at 9pm near the Gazebo.
Snow Reporter meets snowdrift at the bottom of Doc Dempsey’s Glades
Bird’s eye view of Red Fox Glades
Justin Rule having fun in new snow
Freefall was open from the top today
Hokie playing in the powder on Upper FIS
Jeff is knee deep on Shuttle
Pat with the method
It snowed for three days straight and we ended up with 14 to 20 inches of new snow. We now have top to bottom skiing and riding on all 3 mountains with 5 lifts operating and 48 trails open. We have been making snow around the clock on Log Jam, Dixie’s Knoll, and Hibernator. All three of these trails are over at the Morse Highlands Area and we plan to have the Morse Highlands Lift operating this weekend. We have also been making snow on the Practice Slope and we plan to open the Sterling T-Bar in the near future. I would have to say that today was the best day of the season so far. The conditions were just amazing. I had so much fun on Doc Dempsey’s and Upper FIS. Skier’s left on Upper FIS was fantastic with drift filled moguls all the way down. Lower Catwalk opened this afternoon along with Shuttle, Red Fox Glades, and Lower Drifter. Skier’s right on the top section of Shuttle was also one of my favorites of the day.
Today was just amazing with beautiful sunny skies and temperatures reaching into the low 30’s. I was skiing with my two daughters over at the Morse Highlands Area. We skied the Log Jam Terrain Park seven times in a row. The girls were having too much fun on the rollers and funboxes. We were doing one of our laps in the terrain park when I saw this blind rider and guide. My hat is off to both the blind rider and guide. This relationship takes a great deal of trust. It was impressive to watch them work together as they rode down the mountain. We have top to bottom skiing and riding on all 3 mountains with all 78 trails open.