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Sunshine Springtime

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Madonna and Sterling Mountains as viewed from the Village.

Rockin’ Ron for Hugh. This could be one of those legendary ski days. Sunshine is in the forecast all day long, temps will range from 56 -67 degrees, and we have excellent snow coverage. Tell your boss that the Eye Doctor says he can’t see you coming in to work today.

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Beautiful Sunshine and Spring Conditions

 

Upper Madonna Liftline open from the top

Today was just perfect with blue bird skies and spring conditions. I took a run on Drifter this morning just to take in all the amazing views. It was groomed last night and skiing was great. The temperatures continued to rise all day long with some great spring conditions. Everything was soft and skiing great! Tomorrow is going to be a repeat of today except even warmer with mostly sunny skies and temperatures between 55 and 67. Tonight we plan to groom 14 trails that is 60 acres of freshly groomed terrain. The Madonna I lift and Sterling lift will be operating with 63 trails open for experts and intermediates.

 

Blue Bird Day

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Matthew enjoying the spring conditions

Sam and Amelia LaPorte showing their IAN Fund support

Sterling Lift

Upper Exhibition

Tony having fun on Shuttle

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Spring Conditions

 

Lower Madonna Liftline

It was a little firm on top today, but the bottom half of the mountain was beautiful soft snow. One skier was telling me that he was getting off at mid station on Madonna I lift and was just doing laps on the bottom half. I ran into my good friend Lenny this afternoon on Sterling. We found the best snow was below the pine tree start on Black Snake. I really enjoyed the steep pitch above the Practice Slope a.k.a. the neck. I just love corn snow on a steep pitch. Tomorrow we plan to have 2 lifts operating, Madonna I and Sterling. We have 62 trails open with terrain for intermediates and experts. 16 trails will be groomed for tomorrow that’s 70 acres of freshly groomed terrain.

Lenny enjoying the spring conditions

Tomorrow’s forecast is cloudy skies a chance of showers in the afternoon with temperatures between 36 and 48 degrees. These temperatures will make everything soft tomorrow and I can’t wait!

 

Carving it up on Madonna Mountain

Construction on the “Pond” continues as we get ready for the Drench Trench

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Here we go again!

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WCAX channel 3 snowfall map

Today’s forecast is mostly sunny skies with temperatures of 26 to 39 degrees. The snow starts tomorrow and will continue through Saturday. It is going to be another great weekend!

 

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Nice soft conditions

 

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Snow Sport University Instructor T. J. Hall having fun on Upper Pipeline

We have top to bottom skiing and riding on all 3 mountains with 6 lifts operating, including the Madonna I Lift. We have 54 trails open with terrain for all ability levels. Great spring conditions! We are expecting 1 to 2 inches of new snow during the day tomorrow.

 

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Another great day

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Father Winter tells a story in his teepee

It was a little warm today, but the spring conditions sure were fun. I had a great time helping out Snow Sport University by shuttling little ones up the Mogul Mouse’s Magic Lift. Every ride was different and entertaining at the same time. I made a quick stop to see Father Winter in his teepee on one of my runs. His teepee was full of kids listening to another one of his great stories. I want to thank the employees of 3 Mountain Outfitters, especially Jessica and Adrienne. They were very helpful with picking out the right goggles for me and my wife. They also went the extra mile when it can to dealing with some older gift cards that I had. It was great to be wearing my new goggles with the bright sunshine today.

 

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Snowmaker Justin Thoelke does some air boarding at the Mogul Mouse’s Magic Lift

Tomorrow we plan to have top to bottom skiing and riding on all 3 mountains with all 8 lifts operating and 77 out of 78 trails open. Tomorrow’s forecast is partly sunny skies early becoming mostly cloudy skies in the afternoon a chance of a shower with temperatures between 40 and 49 degrees.

 

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New goggles

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Birch Run Terrain Park

daffyThe blue bird days with corn snow continue! It was 32 degrees this morning on top of Sterling Mountain and it did not take long to warm up. Sterling Mountain is 100 percent open and it skiing great. Smugglers’ Alley was groomed last night and it was nice to carve up some turns on a smooth steep surface. The corn snow also made for some nice soft landings in the Birch Run Terrain Park. This photo shows a good old school daffy off of one of the hits in Birch Run. There are 4 more days of great spring skiing and riding to be had here at Smuggs. Tomorrow’s forecast is mostly sunny skies with temperatures between 47 and 58 degrees. 10 trails will be groomed for tomorrow, including Smugglers’ Alley, Thomke’s Express, and Black Snake for a grand total of 52 acres.

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Spring conditions

matt snow flyingAnother wonderful day to be out on the mountain! The snow turned to corn pretty quickly with the warmer temperatures. Sterling Mountain is 100 percent open with all 31 trails. I love skiing the bumps when they are nice and soft. The corn snow explodes as you hit each bump. It’s like the 4 of July with one explosion after another. Pictured here is Matthew demonstrating the corn snow explosion. The Sterling Lift is operating midweek this week. Weather permitting we plan to operate both Madonna I lift and Sterling this coming closing weekend. Tomorrow’s forecast is calling for skies becoming partly sunny with temperatures between 38 and 51 degrees. 7 trails will be groomed for tomorrow including Thomke’s and Practice Slope for a grand total of 42 acres.

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The Headwall on Madonna Mountain

headwall jumpSpring is definitely in the air! Today was a great day to be on the mountain with beautiful sunny skies and temperatures in the 40’s and 50’s. The snow turned to corn and it was game on. The Ski Patrol opened Madonna Liftline top to bottom and left it open until 4 pm. It was skiing great with the spring conditions! I also had a fantastic time on Upper FIS, Doc Dempsey’s, and Upper Morse Liftline. Tomorrow we plan to have the Sterling Lift operating with intermediate and expert terrain open. 12 trails will be groomed for tomorrow including Thomke’s Express and Jolly Rodger for a grand total of 66 acres. Weather permitting we plan to have both Madonna I Lift and Sterling Lift operating next weekend.