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Top to bottom skiing and riding on all 3 mountains

 

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Ski Patroller Kristie Sills on Upper FIS

We have 7 lifts operating today, including the Madonna I lift and the Sterling T-Bar. Zone Terrain Park and Log Jam Terrain Park are open today. Birch Run Terrain Park is now open with 10 features. 28 trails have been groomed for today, including Upper FIS for a grand total of 110 acres of freshly groomed terrain. Last night we made snow on Black Snake, Snake Bite, and the Practice Slope. Currently it is cloudy and 20 degrees at the summit of Sterling with winds of 5 to 10 mph. Today’s forecast is calling for cloudy skies with a chance of flurries and a high of 27 degrees.

 

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More open terrain

 

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Snowman by Evergreen

We now have top to bottom skiing and riding on all 3 mountains with 6 lifts operating, including the Madonna I lift with 55 trails open with terrain for all ability levels. Freefall is now open from the traverse on Upper FIS. Upper Madonna Liftline is open from Catwalk down to Robin’s work road. The Black Hole is also open. 30 trails have been groomed for today, including Upper FIS and Smuggles’ Alley for a grand total of 127 acres of freshly groomed terrain. Due to snowmaking; Full Nelson, Snake Bite, and Practice Slope are closed today. Currently it is 14 degrees at the summit of Sterling with light snow and winds of 10 to 15 mph. Today’s forecast is a chance of flurries early then partly sunny skies this afternoon with a high of 23 degrees.

 

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Great conditions

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3 Mountain Glades

Today was another great day with 4 inches of new snow in the past 24 hours to play in. We have received 13 inches of new snow in the past 5 days. Our snowmakers were busy today on McPherson’s and Playground. Tonight they are moving to Snake Bite and Practice Slope. 30 trails will be groomed tonight, including Upper FIS and Smugglers’ Alley for a grand total of 127 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. We have 53 trails open with terrain for all ability levels. Birch Run Terrain Park is now open top to bottom with 10 features. The Zone Terrain Park will open later this week.

 

 

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Lower Catwalk

Tomorrow’s forecast is calling for a chance of flurries early then partly sunny skies with a high of 23 degrees. This Saturday, January 20th is the USASA Snowboard Rail Jam on Lower Birch Run and there is also an ON3P Ski Demo in front of the Base Lodge.  This weekend we will have the FREE Family Fun Race on Lower Madonna Liftline from 11 am till 2 pm.  On Sunday, January 21 the Smugglers’ Notch Ski & Snowboard Club – SNSC is hosting a U10 Giant Slalom. These young athletes in this USASA event are from all the Northern Vermont Councils of the VT Alpine Racing Association.

 

 

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High School Race

race 7The Smugglers’ Notch Ski and Snowboard Club is hosting a High School Race Series this season. Today’s race tested the skills of these athletes on Snake Bite and Practice Slope. They started half way up Snake Bite and then continued onto Practice Slope. It does not take long to get up to speed on Snake Bite. The hard part is nailing the gates on the steep pitch so that you can carry speed down onto the lower pitch of Practice Slope. It was fun to watch and the best part is listening to everyone cheer each other on!

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Race training

race 2It was fun to watch the Smugglers’ Notch Ski Club training today on Black Snake, Snake Bite, and the Practice Slope. Snake Bite is a steep trail and it seems even steeper when there are gates on it. These young athletes took it on like champs. They were setting themselves up great to carry speed on to the Practice Slope. Weather permitting tomorrow we plan to have top to bottom skiing and riding on all 3 mountains with 6 lifts operating. We have 40 trails open with terrain for all ability levels. 18 trails will be groomed for tomorrow, that’s a grand total of 87 acres of freshly groomed terrain.

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This is what dreams are made of

 

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Mount Mansfield seen from glades on Madonna

Today was fantastic with the sun working its magic and light winds. It was pretty cold this morning, but by this afternoon the temperature on top of Sterling was above zero. I had a great time watching the U 14 race on the Practice Slope this morning. These kids were really fast and I’m glad that I did not have to race against them. Talk about talented kids the Smugglers’ Notch Freeski Team came through Birch Run Terrain Park while I was taking photos at the jumps. They were pulling off some 360’s and 540’s with the grab! I went on a powder stash hunt next and I was successful! Madonna I did not operate today, so there is bunch of fresh snow waiting to be had up there tomorrow. Tonight’s forecast is calling for 1” to 2” of new snow. Tomorrow’s forecast is calling for light snow another inch of accumulation possible with temperatures between 19 and 28 degrees. Tomorrow we plan to have top to bottom skiing and riding on all 3 mountains with 6 lifts operating, including the Madonna I lift. We have 75 trails open with terrain for all ability levels.  28 trails will be groomed for tomorrow, that’s 123 acres of freshly groomed terrain.

 

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Another beautiful day on the mountain

 

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Upper Drifter is like skiing or riding into a picture

The sun was out all day long which warmed things up pretty nicely. I skied Madonna Mountain this morning and the views were amazing in every direction. The trees at the summit are just so full of rime ice and snow. They look beautiful against the bright blue sky. I took a run down Upper Chilcoot and the groomed snow was wonderful. I was having so much fun making GS turns in the corduroy. 31 trails will be groomed for tomorrow, including Ruthie’s, Smugglers’ Alley, and Dixie’s Knoll for a grand total of 132 acres of freshly groomed terrain. Snowmaking continues around the clock on Sterling Mountain. We are presently making snow on Snake Bite, the Zone Terrain Park, Black Snake, and the Practice Slope.

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Smugglers’ Notch Ski and Snowboard Club the shining stars of tomorrow

Weather permitting tomorrow we plan to have top to bottom skiing and riding on all 3 mountains with all 8 lifts operating and 65 trails open with terrain for all ability levels. Birch Run Terrain Park is open with 7 features. The Flowground is also now open with banks, berms, bowls, and rollers. Tomorrow’s forecast is partly sunny skies with a high of 0 degrees. Bundle up and enjoy the great conditions!

 

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Mount Mansfield seen from the summit of Madonna Mountain

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Armand and his dad Tony spending some quality family time on Morse Mountain

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His first day skiing and Jameson is already making parallel turns on Sir Henry’s Learning Hill

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Snowmaking cloud over Practice Slope