Ski Patrollers Dave Sills and Eli Moore having their morning meeting at the summit of Madonna Mountain. We are 99 percent open with top to bottom skiing and riding on all 3 mountains with 6 lifts operating, including the Madonna I lift. We have 77 out of 78 trails open with terrain for all ability levels. We received 3 inches of new snow overnight and 20 inches in the past 3 days. We are expecting up to 11 more inches of snow by Thursday night. Conditions are fantastic and just getting better!
My first run of the day was on Madonna Mountain. I started on Upper Chilcoot and then headed for Upper FIS. Upper FIS was groomed last night. I made a few cruising turns on the freshly groomed terrain, which felt great under foot. I then decided to stop on the side of trail to get a few photos. I was watching the skiers and riders working their way down this long expert trail. While taking in all the action I started thinking about what made all this possible.
It starts with our snowmaking crew who hike down the trail when we are making snow on Upper FIS. Ski Patrollers also help with moving snowmaking hoses and making sure the trail is safe to ski and ride. Our groomers brave this steep trail at night. I want to thank all the Smuggs Mountain staff for providing a fun and exciting experience for me and everyone else. We appreciate your efforts.
We have top to bottom skiing and riding on all 3 mountains with 6 lifts operating and 34 trails open.
Tonight we plan to groom 34 trails for a grand total of 165 acres. Tonight’s forecast is calling for light snow with 1 to 2 inches of accumulation possible. Tomorrow’s forecast is calling for flurries with temperatures between 16 and 26 degrees.
I was riding the Sterling Lift this morning and I could see Ski Patrol on Thomke’s. They were marking obstacles with bamboo, so they could open it up. They were able to open Thomke’s, Thomke’s Express, and Chute today. I headed for Thomke’s and had fun in the natural snow. I stayed on Thomke’s down to the bottom of Bootlegger. These trails closed later in the day, but they were fun while they lasted. They will open again soon; there is more snow in the forecast for Saturday night and Sunday with up to 3 inches of accumulation possible.
We have been making snow around the clock on Upper Chilcoot. Our snow makers have now fired up on Black Snake and plan to also make snow on Birch Run Terrain Park tonight. They also plan to make more snow at the base area of the Practice Slope, so that it’s easier for skier and boarder traffic coming from lot #1.
Even colder temperatures are in the forecast on Sunday night through Tuesday with the low reaching -9 degrees on Monday night. These cold temperatures will allow us to make snow top to bottom and a bunch of it!
This morning I rode the Madonna I lift with the Ski Patrol to check lift and trail conditions. We were talking about all the snow that we have received in the past week and how good the conditions are. In fact we received 31 inches of new snow in the past week. The skis that you see in the photo are all for powder. I want to take a second to thank our ski patrol for all they do. They are always here for us from milk run to sweep everyday!