Today was another beautiful day with plenty of sunshine and light wind. I had a great time this morning skiing on Sterling. Smugglers’ Alley was groomed last night and it sure was fun to make some big turns on a nice smooth surface. I also had a bunch of fun playing in the trees. I hiked out to one of favorite places and I had to take a photo of Sterling Pond with Mount Mansfield in the background. I headed down to Morse Mountain in the afternoon in catch the last World Famous Cookie Race of the season. I could not believe how the skiers were carving turns around the gates and the snowboarders were catching air off the jumps. Everyone was soaking up the beautiful sunshine and loving the warmer temperatures. Mogul Mouse was at the finish of the race giving out high fives to the skiers and riders as they went by. The kids were also pretty excited to get a cookie. I’m pretty excited about the forecast of a snow storm heading this way. The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm warnings and advisories calling for up to 14 inches of new snow by Saturday night. The snow is expected to start tomorrow with the majority of snowfall occurring Friday night. The snow will continue into Saturday also. Tomorrow we plan to have top to bottom skiing and riding on all 3 mountains with 4 lifts operating, including the Madonna 1 lift. We have 57 trails open with terrain for all ability levels. 37 trails will be groomed for tomorrow, including Upper FIS, Smugglers’ Alley, and Snow Snake for a grand total of 130 acres of freshly groomed terrain.
It started snowing this morning and we have already received an inch of accumulation. The forecast is calling for a storm total of up to 7 inches of new snow by Sunday night. The forecast is also calling for colder temperatures tonight and we plan to resume snowmaking. The Sterling Lift is operating today with 4 intermediate trails open.
Well, we ended up with 3 inches of new snow today on top and more is in the forecast. We are expecting another 6 inches of accumulation by Sunday night. I did not want to leave the mountain this afternoon because it was snowing hard and every run just got better. We are planning to make snow tonight on Smugglers’ Alley and Thomke’s Express. The colder temperatures that are in the forecast for this weekend will allow our snowmakers to have snowguns running top to bottom. Ski Patrol will be checking the trail conditions first thing tomorrow morning to see if we can open some more terrain. Tomorrow we plan to have the Sterling Lift operating and 4 trails open. All 4 trails will be groomed tonight for a grand total of 16 acres.
This morning was pretty cool with flurries. Then the sun came out and warmed things up a little. We received 7 inches of new snow in the past 3 days, which made a big difference. I got to ski with the family today, all 3 kids and my wife Harley. We skied out on to Sterling Pond to take in all the amazing views. My daughters Hannah and Hayleigh had never been on the Pond before and they thought it was really cool. We took a run on Thomke’s, the kids loved the hairpin turns and ice flows. We also had fun in the Birch Run Terrain Park. After a hot chocolate break we headed for the top of Madonna Mountain. The lift ride up was just gorgeous. We hung out on top for a little while checking out all the other mountains you can see from the summit of Madonna Mountain. We then took a nice long cruiser on Chilcoot. A great day t0 be out on the mountain making memories.
Tomorrow we plan to have top to bottom skiing and riding on all 3 mountains with 6 lifts operating and 65 trails open. 36 trails will be groomed for tomorrow, including Upper FIS for a grand total of 168 acres. Tomorrow’s forecast is partly sunny skies early with increasing clouds later and temperatures between 17 and 28 degrees.
Last night I got to do one of my favorite things, the Snowshoe Adventure Dinner. It was a beautiful night with the moon dancing in and out of the clouds. We hiked out to the Sterling Pond Shelter on the Long Trail and then down to Sterling Pond. It was so pretty with the snow covered trees. We hiked across the pond back to the “Top of the Notch” building, where we enjoyed a fantastic meal from the Hearth and Candle. I want to thank Tim and Dave for preparing our great food. It’s always nice to take a walk after a wonderful meal and we did. We had a great hike down Upper Rumrunner and Lower Rumrunner, which was filled with conversation and laughter. I want to give a shout out to Natalie from Long Island, it was really nice to meet you and your husband. Thank you for following my blog.
I met with Alex Martin from Smuggs TV this morning to film this week’s “No Bull Video Snow Report”. I was telling Alex how pretty Sterling Pond was last night as we were riding the Sterling Lift. We decided to go and check it out. The ice was now covered with the new snow that we received last night. The sun came out and make all the trees that much brighter. We then headed for Upper Rumrunner and Black Snake. The groomed terrain was beautiful with some loose snow on the sides. Lower Snake Bite was groomed last night and was skiing very nicely.
We saw some skiers and riders in the Zone Terrain Park that seemed to be having a lot of fun. We skied down to see to new set up this season for the Zone Terrain Park. We ran into Snow Sport University Instructor Brian J. and his class. They were riding the T-Bar and doing laps in the Zone. Brain was telling us just how much he loves the new set up in the Zone Terrain Park and how great it is for teaching. These features are designed to help skiers and riders progress. I even found myself playing in the park.
I went to the World Famous Cookie Race this afternoon to catch all the action. It’s always fun to watch these little skiers and riders showing off their new learned skills. The best part is everyone wins and everyone gets a cookie.
Today was also the FamilyFun Magazine Winter Carnival. This is always a family favorite with music, games, ice carving, give a ways, face painting, and more. Everyone was having a great time enjoying the BBQ, cheese samplings, popcorn, hot chocolate, and sugar on snow. There is even more to come tonight with the torchlight parade and fireworks!
Tomorrow we plan to have top to bottom skiing and riding on all 3 mountains with all 8 lifts operating and 38 trails open. We plan to groom 34 trails for a grand total of 163 acres. Snow making resumes tonight on Morse Mountain. Tomorrow’s forecast is sunny skies early with increasing clouds and temperatures between 22 and 32 degrees.
The temperatures dropped last night and snow making resumed on Upper FIS. The cold temperatures allowed our snowmakers to produce some quality snow. The snow making whales are covered with nice edgeable snow. Upper FIS was definitely the expert trail pick of the day.
I want to thank our snowmakers for a job well done! The clear skies made for a beautiful sunny day and that was the calm before the storm. The forecast is calling for snow developing tonight 2 to 3 inches of accumulation possible. We could see up to 9 inches of new snow by Tuesday night.
Tonight we will also plan to make snow on McPherson’s and Lower Chilcoot. We have top to bottom skiing and riding on all 3 mountains with 5 lifts operating and 32 trails open. 21 trails will be groomed for tomorrow, that’s 120 acres of freshly groomed terrain.
I took a cruiser run down Drifter this afternoon. I stopped a few times to take some photos of Sterling Pond and the Notch. I could see snow coming down in the distance. The further down the mountain I got, the closer it got. The forecast is calling for a few inches of new snow tonight with some flurries in the morning. The conditions are already really good and will only be better with a few more inches of the fresh stuff.
I was checking out Sterling Pond from a vantage point to see if the visibility was worthy of a photo. I suddenly heard someone hiking through the woods. It turned out to be some Smuggs family members from Long Island. They told me that they follow my blog and enjoy the Smuggs videos. It’s always nice to meet members of the Smuggs family. Have a safe trip home and we will see again soon.