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Another powder day!

 

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Even the Welcome Sign has good coverage

We received 15 inches of new snow in the past 24 hours and 25 inches in the past 4 days! The conditions are just amazing! Sterling Mountain is 100 percent open! Today’s forecast is calling for even more snow with another 1 to 3 inches of accumulation possible.

 

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You can’t tell but Amelia LaPorte is smiling!

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We are off to a great start!

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Sam Laporte having fun on Full Nelson

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Conditions keep getting better

 

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Jason having fun on Pipeline Escape

At 5:30 am this morning we had 2 inches of new snow and by 7:45 am we had 4 inches. It continued to snow really hard this morning and by lunch time we had 6 to 8 inches of new snow. It snowed all day long we ended up with 8 to 10 inches of new snow today. The great thing about it snowing throughout the day is that the refresh button gets hit continuously. Tracks that I made this morning were hard to see by the end of the day. The forecast is calling for another 4 to 7 inches of new snow in the next 24 hours. It is going to be a little windy tomorrow and the direction has changed from southeast to northwest. The snow globe is being shook up pretty hard right on. Conditions will be amazing tomorrow and I can’t wait. Tomorrow we plan to have 3 lifts operating: Sterling Lift, Sir Henry’s Learning Hill surface lift, and Mogul Mouse Magic Lift to mid station. We now have 30 trails open with terrain for all ability levels.

 

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Knee deep

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Nate catching some nice air in Birch Run Terrain Park

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Face shots will give you a frosty beard

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Flatdown rail in Birch Run Terrain Park

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Throwing the skis sideways in Birch Run Terrain Park

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21 inches of new snow in the past 6 days!

 

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Ken Barton making some untracked turns

We received 6 to 8 inches of new snow today! It has really been snowing hard this morning and it continues this afternoon. The forecast for tonight and tomorrow is snow, with another 7 inches of accumulation! The conditions are just amazing and they are getting better by the minute! I would have to say that Full Nelson is one of my favorites for today!

 

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Hugh B finds the goods on Full Nelson

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Snow Reporter buried in work

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Good Morning

sunriseYesterday was a great start to the season! There’s so much snow on those trails thanks to our snowmaking team, and the skiing is great! Today’s forecast is calling for cloudy skies with a chance of a few showers mainly between noon and 3 pm. That being said, it’s been partly sunny all day so far! There is a chance of snow later in the day with temperatures between 35 and 43 degrees. The winds are predicted to lessen in the afternoon.  Today we plan to have the Sterling Lift and Sir Henry’s Magic Carpet operating with 8 trails open. 7 out of the 8 trails have been groomed for the day!

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Powder Day!

Ski Patroller Ethan Costello trail checking Bootlegger

6 to 10 inches of new snow in the past 24 hours and we could see another 3 inches during the day today. Powder and packed powder conditions! We have 2 lifts operating and 58 trails open.

Ethan having fun

 

 

 

Ski Partroller Walt Lattrell shoveling out the Top of the Notch building this morning

Single track in the winter

 

 

 

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Powder Day

 

Ski Patroller Mike Duncan on trail check

We received 8 inches of new snow in the past 24 hours and more is on the way. We have top to bottom skiing and riding on all 3 mountains with 4 lifts operating, including the Madonna I lift.  We now have 67 trails open!

 

Ski Patroller Ethan Costello trail checking Freefall

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7 inches of new snow

 

Yes it is still snowing

Today’s forecast is snow showers and flurries early, with another 1 to 2 inches of accumulation possible and temperatures between 4 below and 8 above zero and windy. The Madonna I Lift is presently on wind hold. Bundle up and enjoy the fresh snow! We have 78 skiable trails. The forecast is calling for another 2 inches of snow Thursday night into Friday.

 

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It just keeps getting better!

Matt riding the wave

I can not believe that we received another foot of snow last night after receiving 40 inches of snow since Tuesday morning. The snow we received last night was nice and fluffy. The wind moved some of it around last night, but the snow in the trees stayed put. My first run of the day was with Snow Sport University Instructor Oliver Blackman. We skied Upper FIS and the skier’s left-hand side was just fantastic! Most storms that roll through Smuggs load up the skier’s left-hand side of Upper FIS and today was no exception. I ran into Snow Sport University Instructors Matt McCawley and Mike Brainard in the afternoon along with Smuggs Employee Lenny. We had a great time on Black Snake, Harvey’s Hideaway, Full Nelson, and Half Nelson.

Lenny making a powder turn

I love the combo of Harvey’s to Full Nelson. If you do this run always be aware of people coming down Jolly Rodger as you come off of Harvey’s and head up to Full Nelson. I found some great snow on the skier’s right-hand side of Full Nelson, especially at the bottom. We all headed to Madonna for our next run and hit up the Headwall.

It skied fantastic with tons of snow, especially on the sections where there is less of a pitch and the wind does not get to it. We jumped into the bottom half of Red Fox Glades after finishing the Headwall. I was pleasantly surprised with all the snow that was in the trees. It was all

Snow Sport University Instructor Matt McCawley enjoying the deep powder

so good that we headed back up Madonna and this time we went for Freefall. Freefall is not open from the top, but you can get to it from the traverse on Upper FIS. We cut into the Black Hole and I was floating through the trees in powder up to my waist! It’s hard to beat good times with great friends.

 

 

 

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 and all 78 trails open. 39 trails will be groomed for tomorrow, including Goat Path, Wanderer, and Bootlegger for a grand total of 134 acres of freshly groomed terrain. There is a chance for another inch of accumulation tonight. Tomorrow’s forecast is flurries

Snow Sport University Mike Brainard loving the powder conditions

early, then skies becoming partly sunny with temperatures between 11 and 25 degrees.

 

Hey did you see the photo of my ski pole?

Lenny taking on the Headwall

Mike catching some air on the Headwall

Matt finds the good in the woods

Mike goes deep into the powder

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It is still snowing!

Oliver Blackman checking the trail conditions on the Black Hole this morning

We received another 10 to 12 inches of new snow overnight and 52 inches of snow in the past 3 days. We are 100 percent open with top to bottom skiing and riding on all 3 mountains with 6 lifts operating, including the Madonna I lift with all 78 trails open. Snow surfaces are powder and packed powder with average base depths of 20 to 60 inches. 40 trails have been groomed for today, including Upper Drifter, Jolly Rodger, and Snow Snake for a grand total of 146 acres of freshly groomed terrain.

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100 percent open!

We received 30 – 36 inches of new snow in the past 24 hours! 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. Best conditions of the season!