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Another powder day!

 

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Even the Welcome Sign has good coverage

We received 15 inches of new snow in the past 24 hours and 25 inches in the past 4 days! The conditions are just amazing! Sterling Mountain is 100 percent open! Today’s forecast is calling for even more snow with another 1 to 3 inches of accumulation possible.

 

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You can’t tell but Amelia LaPorte is smiling!

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We are off to a great start!

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Sam Laporte having fun on Full Nelson

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Conditions keep getting better

 

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Jason having fun on Pipeline Escape

At 5:30 am this morning we had 2 inches of new snow and by 7:45 am we had 4 inches. It continued to snow really hard this morning and by lunch time we had 6 to 8 inches of new snow. It snowed all day long we ended up with 8 to 10 inches of new snow today. The great thing about it snowing throughout the day is that the refresh button gets hit continuously. Tracks that I made this morning were hard to see by the end of the day. The forecast is calling for another 4 to 7 inches of new snow in the next 24 hours. It is going to be a little windy tomorrow and the direction has changed from southeast to northwest. The snow globe is being shook up pretty hard right on. Conditions will be amazing tomorrow and I can’t wait. Tomorrow we plan to have 3 lifts operating: Sterling Lift, Sir Henry’s Learning Hill surface lift, and Mogul Mouse Magic Lift to mid station. We now have 30 trails open with terrain for all ability levels.

 

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Knee deep

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Nate catching some nice air in Birch Run Terrain Park

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Face shots will give you a frosty beard

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Flatdown rail in Birch Run Terrain Park

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Throwing the skis sideways in Birch Run Terrain Park

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New snow and snowmaking

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Dusting of new snow overnight

We received 1 to 2 inches of new snow on top overnight. It’s currently 18 degrees at the summit of Sterling with light snow and winds of 5 to 10 mph. Today’s forecast is calling for partly to mostly cloudy skies with flurries and a snow shower with an inch of accumulation possible and temperatures between 21 and 33 degrees. We are presently making snow on Black Snake, the Practice Slope, and the Sledding Hill. 7 out of the 8 trails have been groomed for today, including Smugglers’ Alley for a grand total of 26.4 acres of freshly groomed terrain.

 

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HKD Fan Gun on the sledding hill

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Soft conditions

 

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Always a good sign!

This morning the temperature at the summit of Sterling was 26 degrees. There was a light coat of rime ice on the trees at the top. The groomers did a fantastic job last night. I skied Smugglers’ Alley on my first run and it was great. I really enjoyed cranking out turns on a steep smooth surface. This year Smugglers’ Alley has been open since the first day of the season. Our snowmakers did a wonderful job early season covering Smugglers’ Alley with a nice thick coating of snow. Our groomers have now taken over working their magic each night to keep it in tip top shape. The temperature is suppose to stay above freezing tonight and fall throughout the day back below freezing.

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Mountain Ash berries with a little rime ice

The plan is to do an early morning grooming to take advantage of the colder temperatures. Some trails might have a delayed opening due to grooming. Ski Patrol will do trail check in the morning and the snow report will be updated at that time. We plan to resume snowmaking once the temperatures allow.

 

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Riding the edge

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Birch Run Terrain Park

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Fun with family and friends

 

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Cruisin’ down Lower Rumrunner

Today was the first day on the mountain this season for all three of my children. My son Hugh’s good friends Connor and Mitchell joined us for the day also. My long time good friends Tony and Geoff joined our group midday. We all had so much fun exploring Sterling Mountain. We would break off into small groups at times, so one group could do Hangman’s Drop to Chute while the other group skied around Upper Rumrunner and then meet back up again. We kept doing this throughout the day mixing up who went with who and where we went. When someone mentioned Smugglers’ Alley everybody wanted to go! Snowmaking continues on Chilcoot and Waterfall tonight. They will also make snow on the Practice Slope if temperatures allow.

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Connor and Mitchell taking on Hangman’s Drop

Tomorrow’s forecast is partly to mostly cloudy skies with temperatures between 28 and 38 degrees. Tomorrow we plan to have the Sterling Lift and Sir Henry’s Magic Carpet operating with 21 trails open for beginner, intermediates, and experts. 8 out the 21 trails will be groomed for tomorrow, including Smugglers’ Alley and Birch Run for a grand total of 26.4 acres of freshly groomed terrain.

 

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This group is all smiles as they get ready for another run!

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James flying down Chute

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Hugh catching some air on Treasure Run

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New snow on top overnight

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Ski Patroller Walt Lattrell removing the new snow from the deck

Currently it is foggy and 32 degrees at the summit of Sterling with winds of 10 to 15 mph. We received 1 to 2 inches of new snow on top overnight. Today we plan to have the Sterling Lift operating with 18 trails open. Today’s forecast is a chance of flurries early, then skies becoming partly to mostly cloudy with temperatures between 26 and 37 degrees. Hangman’s Drop is now open.

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Ski Patrollers headed into the Top of the Notch building for their morning meeting.

 

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Good Morning

sunriseYesterday was a great start to the season! There’s so much snow on those trails thanks to our snowmaking team, and the skiing is great! Today’s forecast is calling for cloudy skies with a chance of a few showers mainly between noon and 3 pm. That being said, it’s been partly sunny all day so far! There is a chance of snow later in the day with temperatures between 35 and 43 degrees. The winds are predicted to lessen in the afternoon.  Today we plan to have the Sterling Lift and Sir Henry’s Magic Carpet operating with 8 trails open. 7 out of the 8 trails have been groomed for the day!