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Snow Snake snow make

BBB on Snow Snake

Billy Bob Bear carves it up! See evidence of recent snowmaking on the trees beside the trail.

Rockin’ Ron for Hugh. The Snowmakers and Groomers did an excellent job getting the Snow Snake trail open today. It’s a fun intermediate trail on Morse Mountain. If you’re skiing with beginners on Morse and you want something a little more challenging, sneak over to Snow Snake and slither down and around some exhilarating pitches and turns.

 

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Bluebird skies

 

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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.

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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.

 

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Sterling Pond with Mount Mansfield in the background

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Mini Half Pipe is under construction

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Good Morning

riseToday we plan to have top to bottom skiing and riding on all 3 mountains with all 8 lifts operating. 53 trails will be open with terrain for all ability levels. Last night we made snow on Meadowlark, Midway, Garden Path, and Snow Snake. 27 trails have been groomed for today, including Smugglers’ Alley for a grand total of 120 acres of freshly groomed terrain. Currently it is partly sunny and 0 degrees at the summit of Sterling with winds of 5 to 10 mph. Today’s forecast is partly sunny skies with a high of 15 degrees.  There is snow in the forecast Tuesday into Wednesday with up to 3 inches of accumulation possible. It is going to be another gorgeous day!

 

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Picture perfect

 

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Sun dog photobomb

Today was just a gorgeous day with beautiful sunny skies and light winds. I had a great time today with my good friend Ken. We skied Sterling Mountain in the morning and then Madonna Mountain in the afternoon. We had so much fun looking for powder stashes and amazing views. We were able to find plenty of both. The snowmaking on Morse Mountain sent ice crystals into the air that were creating some wonderful sun dogs. A sundog is a concentrated patch of sunlight occasionally seen about 22° to the left or right of the sun. Sundogs often form in pairs on either side of our daytime star when sunlight refracts through icy clouds containing hexagonal plate crystals aligned with their large, flat faces parallel to the ground.

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Dancing in the light

Technically known as parhelia (singular parhelion) they are often white but sometimes quite colorful, looking like detached pieces of rainbow, with red on the inside, toward the sun, and blue on the outside.

 

Snowmaking continues around the clock on Midway, Garden Path, Snow Snake, Meadowlark, and Sir Henry’s Learning Hill. 27 trails will be groomed for tomorrow, including Smugglers’ Alley for a grand total of 120 acres of freshly groomed terrain. Tomorrow we plan to have top to bottom skiing and riding on all 3 mountains with all 8 lifts operating and 53 trails open with terrain for all ability levels. Birch Run Terrain Park is now open top to bottom with 9 features.

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Ken finds a nice drift in the woods

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Flying onto Shuttle

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Sundog

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Mount Mansfield seen from Madonna Mountain

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Snowmaking and early morning grooming

 

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Last night we made snow on Lower Morse Liftline

Last night we made snow on the Magic Learning Trail, Wanderer, and Lower Morse Liftline.  The snowguns on these three trails are now turned off and our grooming crew is getting them ready for your skiing and riding pleasure. We are presently making snow on Curley’s Cutback and Snow Snake. We will continue making snow on these two trails today so they will be closed. Today we plan to have top to bottom skiing and riding on all 3 mountains with all 8 lifts operating. We have 45 trails open with terrain for all ability levels. 23 trails have been groomed for today for a grand total of 105 acres of freshly groomed terrain. Today’s forecast is mostly sunny skies with a high of 6 degrees.

 

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Early morning light over the Village

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Snowmaking on Morse Mountain

 

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Greeting Area in the Village

We are presently making snow in the Village Greeting Area and on Snow Snake. We received 1 to 2 inches of new snow overnight and 21 inches in the past 6 days. Today we have top to bottom skiing and riding on all 3 mountains with 6 lifts operating, including the Madonna I lift with 75 trails open. 28 trails have been groomed for today, that’s 123 acres of freshly groomed terrain. Currently it is 22 degrees at the summit of Sterling with flurries and winds of 5 to 10 mph. Today’s forecast is periods of light snow another 1 to 2 inches of accumulation possible with temperatures between 23 and 30 degrees.

 

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April Fool’s Day

 

Justin getting some air on Chute

The new snow that we received last night and today was just perfect. It was heavy and stuck to everything, which allowed us to open so many trails today. Robin’s Run, Madonna Liftline, Black Hole, and Freefall from the traverse were all open. I skied Freefall this morning and it was wonderful. The new snow held me back nicely and I did not have to work as hard controlling my speed. I would have to say that the best snow was at higher elevations, especially later in the day when the temperature came up a little. My son Hugh B and I got to ski with our good friends Ken, Justin, and Loic. We skied Upper Fis, Lower Doc’s, Goat Path, Dan’s Ford, Chute, Hangman’s Drop, Black Snake, Lower Chilcoot, Upper Chilcoot, and Lower Pipeline.

Ken having fun on Hangman’s Drop

I would have to say that Upper FIS was one of my favorite runs of the day. It was groomed on Wednesday night, but it was not groomed last night. It was still pretty flat from Wednesday night’s grooming and with the 8 inches of new snow on top it was amazing. The bumps were soft because they were made of the new snow. Tomorrow we plan to have top to bottom skiing and riding on all 3 mountains with 4 lifts operating, including the Madonna 1 Lift. We have 71 trails open with terrain for all ability levels. 30 trails will be groomed for tonight, including Upper Drifter, Snow Snake, and Thomke’s Express for a grand total of 123 acres of freshly groomed terrain.

 

 

Ken on Chute

Tomorrow’s forecast is calling for flurries early then partly cloudy skies later with temperatures between 28 and 39 degrees

 

Hugh B finding some fresh

April Fool’s Day Fun

Justin on Hangman’s Drop

Loic having fun in the new snow

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Picture perfect

Today was another beautiful day with plenty of sunshine and light wind. I had a great time this morning skiing on Sterling. Smugglers’ Alley was groomed last night and it sure was fun to make some big turns on a nice smooth surface.  I also had a bunch of fun playing in the trees. I hiked out to one of favorite places and I had to take a photo of Sterling Pond with Mount Mansfield in the background. I headed down to Morse Mountain in the afternoon in catch the last World Famous Cookie Race of the season.  I could not believe how the skiers were carving turns around the gates and the snowboarders were catching air off the jumps. Everyone was soaking up the beautiful sunshine and loving the warmer temperatures. Mogul Mouse was at the finish of the race giving out high fives to the skiers and riders as they went by. The kids were also pretty excited to get a cookie. I’m pretty excited about the forecast of a snow storm heading this way. The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm warnings and advisories calling for up to 14 inches of new snow by Saturday night. The snow is expected to start tomorrow with the majority of snowfall occurring Friday night. The snow will continue into Saturday also. Tomorrow we plan to have top to bottom skiing and riding on all 3 mountains with 4 lifts operating, including the Madonna 1 lift. We have 57 trails open with terrain for all ability levels. 37 trails will be groomed for tomorrow, including Upper FIS, Smugglers’ Alley, and Snow Snake for a grand total of 130 acres of freshly groomed terrain.

Sterling Pond with Mount Mansfield in the background.

Snow Sport University Instructor Oliver Blackman with his class enjoying the beautiful day.

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Sunny Sunday

 

Upper Chilcoot

Today started off a little cool but, it did not take too long for the sun to work its magic. The sky was blue bird early in the day and the clouds started to roll in this afternoon. I went skiing today with all 3 of my kids. We started here in the village and skied our way over to the upper mountains. The views from the Madonna I Lift were just amazing, especially when the Headwall is open. We skied Lower Catwalk to Drifter and then to Red Fox Glades. My daughter Hannah really likes Red Fox Glades and it was her trail pick. It’s nice with the birch trees and the sun filled open spaces. We also had a great time in the Shire.

 

 

 

Gotcha!

The Shire is low angle glade run, which is nice because you don’t have to check your speed very much and you can just cruise in between the trees.

 

Tomorrow we plan to have top to bottom skiing and riding on all 3 mountains with 4 lifts operating, including the Madonna I lift. We are 94 percent open with 73 out of 78 trails open. Madonna and Sterling are 100 percent open. 32 trails will be groomed for tomorrow, including Ruthie’s, Snow Snake, and Smugglers’ Alley for a grand total of 127 acres of freshly groomed terrain. Tomorrow’s forecast is freezing rain early becoming rain later with temperatures between 31 and 37 degrees.

Beautiful view from Lower Catwalk

Wear something waterproof and enjoy the soft conditions.

 

Little Ripper on Lower Madonna Liftline

Family Fun in the trees

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Great conditions with more snow on the way

Hannah loves Strawberry Fields

I can’t believe that we had another blue bird day! The temperature started off a little cool, but the sun worked its magic and the temperature rose from 3 degrees to 26 degrees at the summit of Sterling throughout the day. The wind had moved the snow around some but there is plenty of light fluffy snow in the trees. My son Hugh B and daughter Hannah only had a half day of school today, so we skied together for the afternoon. We had a great time on Hangman’s Drop, Chute, Exhibition, Bootlegger woods, Alley woods, Highlander Glades, Crossover, Treasure Run, Birch Run Terrain Park, Lower Exhibition, Lower Rumrunner, Thomke’s, and Strawberry Fields. Strawberry Fields’ was amazing with the sunlight and all the fresh snow in between the trees.

Hugh B finds some nice untracked snow

We all spread out looking for fresh turns anywhere we could. We would give out a hoot and a holler every time we found freshies. 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. Robin’s Run is open from the work road down and Freefall is open from the traverse on Upper FIS. Tomorrow’s forecast is calling for snow early 1 to 3 inches of accumulation possible, a chance of some mix late in the day with temperatures between 29 and 37 degrees.

 

Birch Run Terrain Park

35 trails will be groomed for tomorrow, including Lower Catwalk, Hangman’s Drop, and Snow Snake for a grand total of 126 acres of freshly groomed terrain.

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