We are under a Winter Storm Warning until 4 pm this afternoon. Moderate to heavy snow and sleet is occurring. Plan on difficult travel conditions. Total snow accumulation of 3 to 6 inches, with localized amounts up to 8 inches. Snowfall rates of 1 inch per hour are expected this morning. Be prepared for significant reductions in visibility at times.
It was a little chilly today but it is going to be warmer tomorrow. The snow conditions are fantastic with 19 inches of new snow in the past 4 days. The glade skiing and riding is powder filled. I ran into my good friends Michael, Phil, and Phil’s son James today. We had a great time playing in the trees on Sterling Mountain. Staying in the trees kept us warmer because the trees protected us from the wind, you make more turns, and you move slower than you would on an open trail. Madonna Mountain was closed today, so there is a ton of fresh snow to be had up there tomorrow.
We plan to have top to bottom skiing and riding with 6 lifts operating. The Madonna I lift will have a delayed opening and we hope to have it running by the afternoon. It will be cold again tonight, but tomorrow’s forecast is mostly sunny skies becoming partly sunny skies with a high of +6 degrees. There is snow in the forecast for Sunday night into Monday with up to 4 inches of accumulation possible. Tomorrow we plan to have 75 trails open with terrain for all ability levels. 25 trails will be groomed for tomorrow that’s 110 acres of freshly groomed terrain. The Sterling T-Bar will open at 8:30 am. Mogul Mouse Magic Lift, Morse Highlands, Sterling, and Sir Henry’s Wonder Carpet is open at 9 am.
We received 12 inches of new snow in the past 24 hours and 15 inches in the past 3 days. We have 73 skiable trails and 60 lift accessible trails open today. The Madonna I lift is presently on wind hold. 31 trails have been groomed for today, that’s 130 acres of freshly groomed terrain. Today’s forecast is calling for light snow with another 2 inches of accumulation possible and a high of 0 degrees. Currently it is -10 degrees at the summit of Sterling with winds of 20 to 30 mph. Bundle up and enjoy all the new snow! The wind has moved the new snow around, if you get my drift. Powder pics to come soon.
The Winter Storm Warning goes from noon today until 7 am tomorrow morning. We could see up to 11 inches of new snow by Friday night. Today we plan to have top to bottom skiing and riding on all 3 mountains with 6 lifts operating and 69 trails open with terrain for all ability levels. The Madonna I lift will have a delayed opening this morning, it should open around 9 am. 31 trails have been groomed for today, including Smugglers’ Alley for a grand total of 130 acres of freshly groomed terrain.
We received 23 inches of new snow in the past week, 94 inches in the month of December so far, and 109 inches this season! We have top to bottom skiing and riding on all 3 mountains with all 8 lifts operating and 66 out of 78 trails open with terrain for all ability levels. We are presently making snow on Lower FIS, Lower Madonna Liftline, and Mulcahy’s Link.
Rockin’ Ron for Hugh. Santa must have put us on his nice list, because we’ve already received 108 inches of snow this season, 26 inches in the past week, 2 inches in the past 12 hours, and more snow is on the way! Snowmakers have also had some great snowmaking temps in the past 2 months. They most recently made snow is on Madonna Mountain. 66 trails are open to today!! Here are some scenes from our Village on Christmas Day.