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Top to bottom skiing and riding on all 3 mountains

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Sterling and Mount Mansfield seen from the summit of Madonna

We have 4 lifts operating with 59 trails open with terrain for all ability levels. 38 trails have been groomed for today, including skier’s right side of Upper FIS, Smugglers’ Alley, and Snow Snake for a grand total of 136 acres of freshly groomed terrain.

Today’s forecast is calling for skies becoming mostly sunny with a high of 36 degrees.

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Upper Chilcoot looking good in corduroy

 

 

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Birch Run Terrain Park

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Method grab

The weather felt more like winter than spring this morning with the cooler temperatures and an inch of new snow during the Easter Summit Sunrise Service.  We had flurries through out the day with patches of partly sunny skies.  It was a little breezy this morning but the winds lessened making for a wonderful afternoon.  The groomers did another great job last night providing us with 150 acres of freshly groomed terrain. We have great conditions and coverage as we get ready for the last two weeks of the winter season.

Tomorrow we plan to have top to bottom skiing and riding on all 3 mountains with 4 lifts operating. We have 59 trails open with terrain for all ability levels. 38 trails will be groomed for tomorrow, including the skier’s right side of Upper FIS, Smugglers’ Alley, and Snow Snake for a grand total of 136 acres of freshly groomed terrain. Tomorrow’s forecast is calling for partly sunny skies early then mostly sunny skies later with a high of 35 degrees.

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140 acres of freshly groomed terrain

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Lower Morse Liftline

We are 100 percent open with top to bottom skiing and riding on all 3 mountains with 6 lifts operating. We have all 78 trails open with terrain for all ability levels. Robin’s Run is open from the work road down to Freefall. Freefall is open from the traverse on Upper FIS. 34 trails have been groomed for today, including Upper Drifter, Smugglers’ Alley, and Snow Snake.

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Morse Mountain

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Snow Sport University Snowboard Lesson

I did a three mountain tour today while I enjoyed the soft spring conditions.  We received a dusting of new snow last night. The natural snow softened before the manmade snow, but it all softened up. The groomed snow was very edgeable and fun to carve in.  Upper Drifter was groomed last night and it was pretty sweet. The spring conditions will continue tomorrow with partly sunny skies early with increasing clouds and temperatures between 39 and 51 degrees. We are 100 percent open with top to bottom skiing and riding on all 3 mountains with 6 lifts operating. 35 trails will be groomed for tomorrow, including Upper Drifter, Smugglers’ Alley, and Snow Snake for a grand total of 140 acres of freshly groomed terrain.

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Blue bird day

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Sterling Pond with Mount Mansfield in the background

You could not ask for a nicer day, ok maybe tomorrow.  Today was amazing with the beautiful sunny skies and the warmer spring air. There wasn’t a cloud in the sky and the views were fantastic.  I want to thank our groomers for the wonderful job that they have been doing.  Upper and Lower Drifter were very nice today. The natural snow trails are also in great shape. All of Madonna Liftline was open today. I skied it top to bottom and had a blast! When it comes to challenging trails, Madonna Liftline top to bottom, a.k.a. shack to shack, is right up there.

The wonderful weather continues tomorrow with sunny skies and temperatures between 35 and 47 degrees. Spring

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Upper Drifter

conditions will be all the rage!

 

We are 100 percent open with top to bottom skiing and riding on all 3 mountains with 6 lifts operating. We have all 78 trails open with terrain for all ability levels. Freefall is open from the traverse on Upper FIS. Robin’s Run is open from the work road down to Freefall. 39 trails will be groomed for tomorrow, including Upper Drifter, Chute, and Snow Snake for a grand total of 140 acres of freshly groomed terrain.

 

 

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View from the Madonna I Lift

 

 

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Bluebird Day

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Sterling and Mount Mansfield seen from the Madonna Lift I

Today started out a little cool but, the sun warmed things up nicely. This morning I had a great time on a powder stash hunt. I was able to find plenty of fresh snow in the trees. This afternoon this I took a few cruiser runs to take in all the amazing views. The 360 degree views from the summit of Madonna Mountain are pretty hard to beat.  You can see the White Mountains in New Hampshire off the backside of Madonna and looking in the opposite direction you have Lake Champlain and the Adirondacks of New York.

We are 100 percent open with top to bottom skiing and riding on all 3 mountains with 6 lifts operating. We have

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Upper Chilcoot

all 78 trails open with terrain for all ability levels. Robin’s Run is open from the work road down to Freefall. Freefall is open from the traverse on Upper FIS. 33 trails will be groomed for tomorrow, including Upper Drifter, Thomke’s Express, and Snow Snake for a grand total of 132 acres of freshly groomed terrain. Tomorrow is going to be another gorgeous day with mostly sunny skies and a high of 30 degrees.

 

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Lower Catwalk

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Do you like black diamonds?

 

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Winter Wonderland

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Shoveling the snow off the roofs in the Village

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100 percent open with great conditions

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Snow Reporter testing the product

Today was absolutely wonderful with 5 feet snow of new snow in the past week and the sun came out this afternoon. I had a blast today skiing with good friends Ken and Justin along with my son Hugh B. We played in the woods of all 3 mountains. We started on Madonna early then we went to Sterling before working our way to Morse in the afternoon. We were able to find many untracked lines. The snow quality is amazing with a great base and light fluffy powder on top.

We are 100 percent open with top to bottom skiing and riding on all 3 mountains with all 8 lifts operating and all 78 trails open. 40 trails will be groomed for tomorrow,

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Justin takes flight

including Upper Drifter, Smugglers’ Alley, and Snow Snake for a grand total of 149 acres of freshly groomed terrain. Tomorrow’s forecast is calling for partly sunny skies with a high of 17 degrees.

 

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Hugh B goes deep

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Ken loving the fresh snow

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47 inches of new snow in the past 3 days!

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Lenny skiing the Black Hole

The month of March has been quite the snow producer with 78 inches. We have been in a fantastic weather pattern! I went out this morning with Alex Martin of Smuggs TV and Snow Sport University Snowboard Instructor Kim Martin to film another edition of the No Bull Video Snow Report. We had a great time on Upper Pipeline, Black Snake, Harvey’s Hideaway, Full Nelson and Half Nelson. Later in the day I meet up with my good friends Tony, Big John, and Lenny. We skied Sally’s Alley, Freefall, Black Hole, Upper Drifter, and a bunch of glade runs in between. The smiles were big and the snow is deep!

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAWe are 100 percent open with top to bottom skiing and riding on all 3 mountains with 7 lifts operating. We have all 78 trails open with terrain for all ability levels. 39 trails will be groomed for tomorrow, including Upper Drifter, Smugglers’ Alley, and Snow Snake for a  grand total of 141 acres of freshly groomed terrain. Tonight’s forecast is calling for periods of snow with 2 inches of accumulation possible. Tomorrow’s forecast is calling for flurries and snow showers and another inch of accumulation possible with a high of 24 degrees.

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Still photo from the No Bull Video Snow Report which is on the Smugglers’ Notch Facebook page for your viewing pleasure. Photo credit: Alex Martin

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Tony finds some untracked snow

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Photo credit: Eric “Lenny” Leondhart

 

 

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Epic conditions

 

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Snowshoe Adventure Dinner Fun

My wife Harley’s birthday was yesterday and to celebrate we did the Snowshoe Adventure Dinner with our good friends Tony and Joie. I love being on top of the mountain after the lifts have closed. Everything is quiet and peaceful. The view of Sterling Pond from the lean-to was beautiful last night with all the snow falling. We had a wonderful time exploring Sterling while David and Nate of the Hearth & Candle Restaurant were preparing our meals. After our hike we headed back to the Top of the Notch building for a wonderful candle lit meal. David and Nate put a candle in Harley’s dessert, then we all sang Happy Birthday!  I think that Harley’s birthday wish must have been snow, because we sure do have some!

 

 

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Some of the best conditions of the season

We received 23 inches of new snow in the past 24 hours, 31 inches in the past 2 days, 56 inches in the past week, and 265 inches this season so far!  The National Weather Service is saying that we could see another 8 inches of new snow by 8 am tomorrow morning. Tomorrow’s forecast is also calling for snow with another 3 inches of accumulation possible and temperatures between 20 and 32 degrees. We are 100 percent open with top to bottom skiing and riding on all 3 mountains with 6 lifts operating. We have 78 trails open with terrain for all ability levels. 40 trails will be groomed for tomorrow, including Upper Drifter, Smugglers’ Alley, and Snow Snake for a grand total of 150 acres of freshly groomed terrain.

 

 

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Madonna Liftline

We have many events this weekend like the St. Paddy’s Day Lucky Leprechaun Challenge on Saturday, March 17th — Wear green, meet the Leprechaun on the slopes, and get raffle tickets for a chance to win. Join Goodtime Charlie at the Black Bear for music, door prizes, 12 beers on tap and giveaways from 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm! Go to Bootleggers’ Lounge at 4:30 pm, submit all your tickets and relax with 50% off appetizers and drink specials while you wait for your chance to win. We are giving away $5000 worth of prizes!

 

 

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Snow Sport University class headed into the Sugar woods

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Snowy Morse Mountain Fun

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Mogul Mouse and Billy Bob Bear happy to see all the new snow

Today was another amazing day of skiing and riding bliss. We received 16 inches of new snow in the past 3 days and the conditions are fantastic everywhere! It started snowing this afternoon and it really picked up around 2 pm. We have received 3 inches of new snow this afternoon.  The forecast calls for the snow to continue right through tonight and into the morning with another 7 inches of accumulation possible.

Tomorrow’s forecast is periods of snow early then flurries later with 2 inches of accumulation possible and temperatures between 22 and 34 degrees. We are 100 percent open with top to bottom skiing and riding on all 3 mountains with all 8 lifts and all 78 trails open.

 

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Snow falling this afternoon

35 trails will be groomed tonight, including Upper FIS, Bootlegger, and Snow Snake for a grand total of 143 acres of freshly groomed terrain. Tomorrow we have our Free Family Fun Race on Lower Madonna Liftline from 11 am till 2 pm. The Molly Fund Benefit Rail Jam is also tomorrow in Zone Terrain Park.

 

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Allie skiing through the Way Up High School at Sugar Woods