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Fantastic conditions

 

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110 acres of freshly groomed terrain

Our snowmakers have been busy on all the 3 mountains this past week. They have been topping off our snowmaking trails with a nice coating of fresh snow. They also made some big piles of snow in Log Jam Terrain Park and Zone Terrain Park. Our Terrain Park Crew then took over and shaped the snow into many different features. Log Jam Terrain Park is now open with nice mellow rollers, spines, and a serpentine. Zone Terrain Park is now also open for the more advanced skiers and riders. It has 6 hits, which are larger than the hits in Birch Run Terrain Park. Our snowmakers also recently made snow on the lower half of Birch Run Terrain Park. This allowed our Terrain Park Crew to put in more features. Birch Run Terrain Park is now open with 10 features, including a wall ride. Mother Nature not only provided us with great snowmaking temperatures this past week, but we also received 13 inches of snowfall. This has allowed us to open more natural snow trails like the Black Hole and Freefall.

 

This weekend looks great with many events going on. This Friday, Saturday, and Sunday we have the Black Bear Tavern Après Sport Party. The party starts at 2 pm with live music from Jammin’ Sam and is featuring Coors Light this weekend. This Saturday and Sunday we have the Free Family Fun Race on Lower Madonna Liftline from 11 am till 2pm being sponsored by Hearthstone stoves.  On Saturday there is an ON3P Ski Demo in front of the Base Lodge. Boston’s Mix 104.1’s New Health Tour Now is also here on Saturday.  Join Mix 104.1 at the Gazebo from 10 am – 12 noon. Enjoy great Mix music, healthy samples, great tips, free giveaways, and fun souvenirs. Join Mix 104.1’s Erin O’Malley and Smuggs Goodtime Charlie from 2 pm – 4 pm at the après ski party at the Black Bear for great prizes, contests, and music!  Also on Saturday, there is a USASA Snowboard Rail Jam in Birch Run Terrain Park.  On Sunday, the Smugglers’ Notch Ski & Snowboard Club is hosting a U10 Giant Slalom Race.  Come see the future of Vermont racing at its best. Athletes 7 to 9 years old battle it out on the Sterling Mountain Practice Slope. These young athletes in this USASA event are from all the Northern Vermont Councils of the VT Alpine Racing Association.

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More open terrain

 

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Snowman by Evergreen

We now have top to bottom skiing and riding on all 3 mountains with 6 lifts operating, including the Madonna I lift with 55 trails open with terrain for all ability levels. Freefall is now open from the traverse on Upper FIS. Upper Madonna Liftline is open from Catwalk down to Robin’s work road. The Black Hole is also open. 30 trails have been groomed for today, including Upper FIS and Smuggles’ Alley for a grand total of 127 acres of freshly groomed terrain. Due to snowmaking; Full Nelson, Snake Bite, and Practice Slope are closed today. Currently it is 14 degrees at the summit of Sterling with light snow and winds of 10 to 15 mph. Today’s forecast is a chance of flurries early then partly sunny skies this afternoon with a high of 23 degrees.

 

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Snow Snake snow make

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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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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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Fresh snow

 

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Ken exploding through a drift

The snow today was just what we needed. We received 5 to 8 inches of new snow today and 14 inches in the past 6 days. The new snow was skiing and riding like it was deeper than it really was. I was lucky enough to catch Ski Patrol opening Upper Exhibition and got some sweet untracked turns!  Tomorrow we plan to have top to bottom skiing and riding on all 3 mountains with all 8 lifts operating and 46 trails open with terrain for all ability levels. Tonight we are making snow on Lower Morse Liftline, Magic Learning Trail, and Sir Henry’s Learning Hill. The snowmaking will be turned off before the lifts start running tomorrow morning. 23 trails will be groomed for tomorrow, including Upper Chilcoot, Black Snake, and Dixie’s Knoll for a grand total of 105 acres of freshly groomed terrain.

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Photo Credit Ken Rule

Tomorrow’s forecast is calling for mostly sunny skies with a high of 6 degrees.

 

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All smiles

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Making tracks on Upper Exhibition

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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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Good Morning

 

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Upper Chilcoot

Currently it is sunny and 10 degrees at the summit of Sterling Mountain with winds of 5 to 10 mph. Today’s forecast is partly to mostly sunny skies with a high of 18 degrees. Today we have top to bottom skiing and riding on all 3 mountains with 7 lifts operating, including the Madonna I lift with 66 trails open and terrain for all abilities. 29 trails have been groomed for today, including Smugglers’ Alley, Curley’s Cutback, and Dan’s Ford for a grand total of 125 acres of freshly groomed terrain. We are presently making snow on Upper FIS.

 

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Morning light

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Ski Patroller Eli Moore at the summit of Madonna Mountain