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Son of a… SNOW GUN!

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Dave Gagnon aka Son of a SNOW GUN.

Rockin’ Ron for Hugh. Yes, it does say March on the calendar, and yes, we are making SNOW! I saw snowmaking whales on Lower Madonna Liftline, Link, Midway, and Meadowlark. I ran into Dave Gagnon who was pumped to be pumpin’ the snow. Snowmaking will continue throughout the night on Morse Mountain. In other news, I rode up MI with John from Brewster, NY, whose family has been coming here for 11 years. He was pleasantly surprised to know that the Friendly Pirate was doing the Snow Report.I also took slalom runs on the Practice Slope for my Locals Race team known as  “I don’t care if you Tele”. At the starting gate, Mr. Edgerton said use your edgers. I gotta edge on outta here. See you on the slopes tomorrow.

 

 

 

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Mr. Edgerton – the smiling face at the start gate. “Use your edgers”.

 

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Thank you Snowmakers!

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Wrapping things up for the day

The temperatures last night dropped down a little lower than predicted. Our Snowmakers took full advantage and blasted away last night. They made snow on Midway, Meadowlark, Lower Madonna Liftline, Mulcahy’s Link, and in front of the Base Lodge. They are presently shutting down the snowmaking guns for the day and we plan to resume snowmaking efforts on Morse Mountain tonight. The forecast is calling for some great snowmaking temperatures tonight and our Snowmakers are ready to hit it hard again!  Today we plan to have top to bottom skiing and riding on all 3 mountains with 7 lifts operating, including the Madonna I Lift.We have 37 trails open with terrain for all ability levels.

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Snowmaking in front of the Base Lodge

Today’s forecast is partly to mostly sunny skies with temperatures between 7 and 19 degrees. Flurries and a snow shower are in the forecast for tonight a dusting to an inch of accumulation possible.

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Fan gun at the Base Area of Madonna II Lift

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Shutting down the system

 

 

 

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Snowmaking on Lower Madonna Liftline

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Snowmaking resumes tonight!

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Black Snake

We received 2 inches of new snow today! The new snow really made a difference of the day and will be great once groomed in with old snow. Tonight we plan to resume snowmaking on Link and then we plan to make snow on Morse Mountain tomorrow night. Tomorrow we plan to have top to bottom skiing and riding on all 3 mountains with 7 lifts operating, including the Madonna I Lift. We have 37 trails open with terrain for all ability levels. Tomorrow’s forecast is partly sunny skies with temperatures between 9 to 21 degrees. 37 trails will be groomed for tomorrow, including Upper FIS, Smugglers’ Alley, and Snow Snake for a grand total of 119 acres of freshly groomed terrain.

 

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Rebuilding the Birch Run Terrain Park

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Black Snake

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Black Snake

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Rollers, gates, banked turns, and jumps

roller.jpg smallWe received 3 inches of new snow in the past 24 hours and 21 inches in the past week. We could see up to 12 more inches of new snow by Monday night. We are 95 percent open with 74 out of 78 trails open with terrain for all ability levels. We plan to groom 37 trails tonight including Snake Bite, Snow Snake, and Drifter for a grand total of 136 acres of freshly groomed terrain. Tomorrow’s forecast is calling for increasing clouds snow developing in the afternoon 1 to 2 inches of accumulation possible with temperatures between 22 and 29 degrees.

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Cool, clear, and calm before the storm

 

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View from the summit of Sterling

 

 

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Harvey Wesson Local’s Race

The cold temperatures last night allowed our snowmakers to really pile up the snow last night. There are snowmaking whales all the way down Black Snake. I had fun skiing to the top of each of the snowmaking whales as I worked my way down. I enjoy all the different shapes and sizes of the whales.  The pile of snow our Snowmakers fabricated yesterday and last night in the Zone Terrain Park is huge. I look forward to seeing what our Terrain Park Crew will create with all this snow. The weather is going to change tonight.The forecast is calling for cloudy skies and light snow with 1 to 2 inches of accumulation possible.

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The Zone Terrain Park has a ton of snow

Tomorrow’s forecast is periods of snow, another 1 to 2 inches of snow possible with temperatures between 21 and 27 degrees. We are also expecting 1 to 3 inches of new snow Saturday night into Sunday.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Snowfall for Feb. 12th and 13th

The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Storm Watch for snow, Sunday through Monday. Tomorrow we plan to have top to bottom skiing and riding on all 3 mountains with all 8 lifts operating. We are 94 percent open with 72 out of 78 trails open with terrain for all ability levels. 36 trails will be groomed for tomorrow, including Upper FIS, Snow Snake, and Snake Bite for a grand total of 131 acres of freshly groomed terrain. Tonight we plan to make snow on Garden Path, the Village Courtyard, and Midway.

 

 

 

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Not quite as tall as Madonna Mountain

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Snowmaking on Black Snake

Snowmaking on Black Snake

We are presently making snow on the Zone Terrain Park and on Black Snake. We have some great snowmaking temperatures for tonight and tomorrow. We are expecting 1 to 2 inches of natural snowfall Friday night into Saturday. There is also a snow storm brewing for Sunday night. We have top to bottom skiing and riding on all 3 mountains with 7 lifts operating including the Madonna I lift. We are 94 percent open with 73 out of 78 trails. 32 trails will be groomed for tomorrow including Upper FIS, Snow Snake, and Smugglers’ Alley for a grand total of 121 acres of freshly groomed terrain.

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Tower fan gun at the Zone

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Snowmaking and more

Upper Chilcoot

We received 3 inches of new snow in the past 24 hours and 24 inches of snow in the past week. I had a great time today playing in the glades on Madonna and Sterling Mountain. I also enjoyed taking a few cruiser runs on Chilcoot and Black Snake. Tomorow’s forecast is snow in the morning with a chance of mix and sleet later in the day with 1 to 2 inches of accumulation possible, temperatures between 17 and 24 degrees. We are presently making snow on Lower FIS, McPherson’s, and the bottom of Upper FIS. We are making snow on Lower FIS for this weekend’s USASA Boarder/Skier Cross. This is an exciting head to head race with banked turns, gates, and jumps.

Freshly groomed terrain

This weekend is the Smugglers’ Notch Snowshoe Festival.
Saturday
 – Atlas Snowshoe Company, Tubbs Snowshoes, and Marmot present the inaugural Smugglers’ Notch Snowshoe Festival. Bring the whole family while we celebrate winter in Vermont with a weekend of snowshoeing and outdoor fun! Saturday kicks off with a 1/2K Kids’ Fun Run, a snowshoe obstacle course, scavenger hunt, and more! This event is open to all levels and all ages, with free demos and trials as well as discounted guided tours.

 

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Smugglers’ Notch Snowshoe Festival
Sunday
 – 16th Annual Northern Vermont Snowshoe 8K Race. Not racing? Come as a spectator! Call the Nordic Center directly to pre-register at 802-644-1173. A portion of the proceeds from this event will be donated to the Cambridge Food Shelf and the IAN Fund. Register Today!

 

 

 

 

Snowmaking on Lower FIS

Gilson Snowboards will be having a demo this Saturday and Sunday in front of the Base Lodge. Fatypus Skis will be having a demo on Saturday in front of the Base Lodge.

 

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Good morning from the summit of Madonna Mountain

 

Ski Patrol headed to the harming hut for their morning meeting

We received 2 to 3 inches of new snow overnight and 24 inches in the past week. We have top to bottom skiing and riding on all 3 mountains with 6 lifts operating including the Madonna I lift. We are 97 percent open with 76 out of 78 trails open. Lower FIS is closed due to snowmaking. 38 trails have been groomed for today including Upper FIS and Smugglers’ Alley for a grand total of 135 acres of freshly groomed terrain.

 

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Another beautiful day at Smuggs

 

Harvey’s Hideaway

The forecast called for an inch of snow last night and another inch today. We ended up with 4 inches of new snow in the past 24 hours and 22 inches in the past week. The new snow is so light and fluffy that you just fly right through it. Upper FIS had been groomed last night and it had the new snow on top. It was wonderful to have your skis ride the smooth corduroy as the light snow flew around you. I also had a great time playing in the woods looking for fresh snow. Tomorrow’s forecast is increasing clouds, snow developing later in the day with temperatures between 8 and 19 degrees. Tuesday night into Wednesday we are expecting 2 to 4 inches of new snow. Tomorrow we plan to have

 

 

Sun trying to come through the clouds at the summit of Sterling

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 are 99 percent open with 77 out of our 78 trails. 35 trails will be groomed for tomorrow, including Ruthie’s and Snow Snake for a grand total of 125 acres of freshly groomed terrain. Tonight we plan to make snow on Lower Morse Liftline, Garden Path, Sir Henry’s Learning Hill, and Meadowlark.

 

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Ticket Checker Steve Goodkind at the Madonna 1 Lift

 

Nice snow in the woods

Beautiful view from the Sterling Lift