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Our snowmakers covered Upper FIS last night

andyWe had some great snowmaking weather last night and our snowmakers took full advantage. They fired up the tower guns on Upper FIS and put down a beautiful layer of very edgeable snow.  The tower guns spread the snow nicely and also make a great product. The whole trail was covered with a consistent chalky snow.  Everyone I talked to on the mountain today mentioned how good the snow on Upper FIS was. I have to agree with them because I could not stop skiing it. I can’t wait to ski it again tomorrow.

 

2-kidsWe have top to bottom skiing and riding on all 3 mountains with 6 lifts operating, including the Madonna I Lift. We have 41 trails open with terrain for all ability levels. Tonight we plan to make snow on Upper Chilcoot. 30 trails will be groomed for tomorrow, including Smugglers’ Alley and Snake Bite. Tomorrow’s forecast is calling for sunny skies early with increasing clouds; snow late with temperatures between 28 and 37 degrees. We could see up to 4 inches of new snow by Wednesday night.

 

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Sunset over the Village last night

sunsetToday we have top to bottom skiing and riding on all 3 mountains with 7 lifts operating, including the Madonna I Chairlift. We now have 40 trails open with terrain for all ability levels.  Snowmaking continues around the clock on Upper FIS and the Riglet Park. 34 trails have been groomed for today, including Smugglers’ Alley and Thomke’s Express for a grand total of 120 acres of freshly groomed terrain.  The Birch Run Terrain Park is open with 15 features. The Zone Terrain Park is also open with spines and tabletops. Today’s forecast is mostly sunny skies with temperatures between 20 and 31 degrees. The forecast is calling for 2 to 4 inches of new snow Tuesday night into Wednesday.

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Madonna and Sterling Mountain seen from Midway

madonna-and-sterling-bnwWe have top to bottom skiing and riding on all 3 mountains with 6 lifts operating, including the Madonna I Lift. We have 40 trails open with terrain for all ability levels. Snowmaking continues around the clock tonight on Upper FIS and the Riglet Park. 32 trails will be groomed for tomorrow, including Thomke’s Express and Hangman’s Drop for a grand total of 120 acres of freshly groomed terrain. The Zone Terrain Park is now open with spines and tabletops. Tomorrow’s forecast is calling for mostly sunny skies with temperatures between 20 and 30 degrees.

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Beautiful Bluebird Day

 

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Sterling Mountain and Mount Mansfield seen from the summit of Madonna

Top to bottom skiing and riding on all 3 mountains with 7 lifts operating, including the Madonna I Lift. Snowmaking around the clock on Smugglers’ Alley, Bootlegger, Thomke’s Express, Thomke’s, Upper Pipeline, Chute, Hangman’s Drop, Midway, Meadowlark, and Upper Rumrunner.  32 trails had been groomed for today, including Upper FIS and Snow Bite for a grand total of127 acres of freshly groomed terrain. More trails may open throughout the day due to snowmaking.

 

 

 

 

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First tracks down Upper Chilcoot

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Snowmaking, grooming, and some natural snow

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Grooming Birch Run Terrain Park

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Setting an edge on Upper Rumrunner

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Snowing hard at Sir Learning Hill

We received a dusting to an inch of new snow in the past 24 hours. The temperature fell throughout the day and it’s presently 15 degrees at the summit of Sterling. The forecast is calling for temperatures to fall into the single digits tonight, which is perfect for snowmaking. We are making snow around the clock on Smugglers’ Alley, Bootlegger, Hangman’s Drop, Upper Pipeline, Chute, Thomke’s Express, Upper Rumrunner, Midway, and Meadowlark. These trails have a good base, but we want to bury them so that they last long into April for some prime spring skiing and riding. We have great snowmaking temperatures in the forecast right through the weekend and snowmakers plan to make the most of every minute!

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Shaping the Zone Terrain Park

More trails will open this weekend due to the snowmaking efforts of our award winning staff.  The warm-up that we just experienced is over and it has left us with a good solid base. We have good coverage. We just need a good storm or two to get us back to a 70 something trail count. Our groomers will be out tonight bringing corduroy back in fashion. They will push and till to make a beautiful snow surface for tomorrow morning. 32 trails will be groomed for tomorrow, including Upper FIS and Snake Bite for a grand total of 128 acres of freshly groomed terrain. Tomorrow’s forecast is mostly sunny skies becoming partly sunny with temperatures 5 and 16 degrees.

 

 

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Taking a moment to soak up the surrounding beauty

The Birch Run Terrain Park was groomed today and will be open tomorrow with 15 features. Our Terrain Park Crew has also started shaping the Zone Terrain Park.

 

 

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Snowmaking on Upper Pipeline

 

 

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Snow Snake snow make

snow-snake-snow-makeRockin’ Ron for Hugh. Our Snowmakers have been busy all Winter. Today they were making snow on Lower Rumrunner. Pictured here is recent evidence of their efforts on Snow Snake. Being on Morse Mountain, which offers primarily beginner terrain, Snow Snake is a hidden gem. This intermediate cruiser has several steep pitches and winding turns that snake around and down the hill. Better call a Reptile Doctor because… this Snake is TOTALLY SICK!

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Snowmaking and great conditions

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Taking a ride down Upper Drifter

Today was a little cool with temperatures starting off this morning below zero. Snow doesn’t melt when it’s cold and the snow stays nice and fluffy. The sun was out earlier today and worked its magic. The temperature came up and reached 5 above zero at the summit of Madonna Mountain. It wasn’t that windy today, which was nice. One of my runs today was on Upper Drifter. I think Upper Drifter is one of the most scenic trails that we have here at Smuggs. I don’t know if I have ever skied it without taking a photo. The views keep changing as you work your way down the mountain making turns to the left and right. You even get to ski or ride uphill for a little while. I also like taking Shuttle when I want to get back to the Upper Parking Lot. I like Upper Drifter, Shuttle, Crossover, Treasure Run, and the cut over to Lot #1 because it makes for a nice long lasting run.

 

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Just a little frosty

Our snowmakers have been making snow around the clock for days now and the piles are getting really big. The mountains of snow on the lower half of the Zone Terrain Park are quite impressive. Crossover Trail and Treasure Run also have some big piles of snow on them from last night. Tonight our snowmakers will be working on Lower Rumrunner, Lower Exhibition, Snake Bite, Full Nelson, and the Zone. 30 trails will be groomed tonight, including Snow Snake and Upper FIS for a grand total of 139 acres of freshly groomed terrain. Tomorrow we plan to have top to bottom skiing and riding on all 3 mountains with over 90 percent of our terrain open. We have 6 lifts operating, including the Madonna I Chairlift with 71 trails open.

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Beautiful view from the Madonna 1 Chairlift

Tomorrow’s forecast are skies becoming mostly cloudy with snow developing in the afternoon and temperatures between 19 and 28 degrees. We could see up to 4 inches of new snow by Wednesday morning.

 

 

 

 

 

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Snowmaking Mountain in the Zone

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Upper Madonna Liftline

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T.J. White making a nice turn

I was heading for the Madonna I Chairlift when I saw Matt McCawley in front of the Base Lodge. I stopped to chat for a minute. He was getting ready to take his class up Madonna Mountain. Matt has a level nine group from the Smuggs Mitey Mites program. Mitey Mites is a Snow Sport University program that meets on Saturdays or Sundays for 8 weeks from 10am till 2pm.This is a really fun program for kids to meet up weekly with the same group. They have a great time while learning new skills with old friends and with kids who become new friends.

 

 

 

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Snow Sport University Instructor Matt McCawley showing how it’s done!

 

For Monday we plan to have top to bottom skiing and riding on all 3 mountains with 6 lifts operating, including the Madonna I Chairlift. We now have 69 trails open with terrain for all ability levels. 30 trails will be groomed for tomorrow, including Upper FIS and Thomke’s Express for a grand total of 154 acres of freshly groomed terrain. Snowmaking moves to Sterling Mountain tonight. We plan to make snow on Crossover Trail, Treasure Run, Lower Exhibition, and Snake Bite. Tomorrow’s forecast is partly sunny skies early with a chance of flurries later, temperatures between 6 and 14 degrees. There is snow in the forecast starting late on Tuesday with 4 inches of accumulation possible by Wednesday.

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Shay White catching some air

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Synchronized turn

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Good morning

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Grooming Lower Morse Liftline with Madonna Mountian in the background.

We have top to bottom skiing and riding on all 3 mountains with 7 lifts operating, including the Madonna I Chairlift. We now have 68 trails open with terrain open for all ability levels. 32 trails have been groomed for today, including Upper FIS and Smugglers’ Alley for a grand total of 150 acres of freshly groomed terrain. Today’s forecast is increasing clouds with snow developing this afternoon 1 to 2 inches of accumulation possible. Knight’s Revenge Gladed Park is now open.

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Snowmaking piles at the base of the Village Lift

 

 

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Powder and Sunshine

 

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The Village Lift with Madonna Mountain in the background

Believe it or not we received another sleeper storm last night with 3 to 4 inches of beautiful powder. It was pretty cold last night, so the new snow was really light and fluffy. My first run of the day was Upper Chilcoot to Upper FIS. They had both been groomed and were powder covered.  The snow was so deep and light that you could not see if you were behind someone. On a powder day, you want to be first anyway.  Tonight our snowmakers are moving back to Morse Mountain. They will be firing up snowguns on Snow Snake and Lower Morse Liftline. 31 trails will be groomed for tomorrow, including Upper FIS and Thomke’s Express for a grand total of 161 acres of freshly groomed terrain.

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Fresh snow on Upper FIS

Tomorrow’s forecast is partly sunny skies with temperatures between 5 and 16 degrees. We plan to have top to bottom skiing and riding on all 3 mountains with 6 lifts operating and 61 trails open.