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Birch Run

birch runThe Birch Run Terrain Park is now open with natural features.  The top section of the trail is open with snowmaking whales.  The snow was pretty soft today and I had a great time playing on snowmaking whales on Birch Run and Smugglers’ Alley. The Alley has soft bumps on top of the snowmaking whales.  The forecast calls for colder temperatures with flurries and snow showers by morning. We are also expecting some more snow on Thursday night into Friday.  We now have the Sterling Lift operating with 6 trails open for intermediates and experts.

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Closing day is Sunday, April 19th.

greg fisThe Madonna I lift and Sterling Lift will be operating for closing day. We have 44 trails open with terrain for experts and intermediates. The conditions are just fantastic with great coverage and corn snow everywhere. I took advantage of the Madonna I lift operating today and made Upper FIS my first run. Pictured here is Greg Fatigate tearing up Upper FIS. Greg is a Snow Sport University Snowboard Instructor, Snow Sport University Training Manager, and Smuggs Park Groomer. Tomorrow’s forecast is mostly sunny skies with temperatures between 41 and 52 degrees. I’m really looking forward to one of the best closing days that I can remember.

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Harvest the corn

harley carveThe spring skiing and riding is just fantastic. This morning started off with a little bit of rain, but that did not last long. The sun came out this afternoon with temperatures reaching into the 5o’s at the summit of Sterling. I really enjoyed the soft corn snow on top of the smooth groomed snow. I also had a great time on the ungroomed snow of Upper Exhibition and Bootlegger. Pictured here is my wife Harley enjoying the spring conditions on Black Snake. This closing weekend we plan to have to have the Madonna I lift and Sterling lift operating with 43 trails open. 12 trails will be groomed for tomorrow for a grand total of 75 acres. Tomorrow’s forecast is increasing clouds with a chance of showers midday and later with temperatures between 39 and 51 degrees. The forecast for closing day Sunday, April 19th is mostly sunny skies with temperatures between 41 and 52 degrees.

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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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Making memories

Pictured here Justin and his daughter Michaila.  Justin is the snowmaking manager here at Smuggs. This was Michaila’s first time ever skiing Sterling Mountain.  The photo on the left shows Justin capturing the special event.  The photo on the right shows them living the moment. We have the Sterling lift operating with 31 trails open for Wednesday. 10 trails will be groomed for tomorrow, including Smugglers’ Alley, Thomke’s Express, and Black Snake for a grand total of 51 acres. Great spring conditions! Tomorrow’s forecast is mostly sunny skies with temperatures between 34 and 49 degrees.
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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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Sunrise service

hugh blog serviceIt was snowing very hard this morning on the lift ride up to the summit of Sterling for the Easter sunrise service. There was a great turn out even though the weather felt like winter. The clouds started breaking up during the service giving us some nice beams of light. It was a beautiful service followed by powder turns. The new snow made first run so peaceful and quiet. I took my time working my way down the mountain enjoying every turn. I can’t believe that we are still skiing powder and it’s Easter. We received 11 inches of new snow in the past 2 days and we’re expecting up to 5 more inches of new snow by Tuesday night. We have top to bottom skiing and riding on all 3 mountains with 5 lifts operating, including the Madonna I lift. We have 71 out of 78 trails open with terrain for all ability levels. We have 5 terrain parks open. 32 trails will be groomed for tomorrow including skier’s right on Upper FIS, Smugglers’ Alley, Thomke’s Express, and Snow Snake for a grand total of 173 acres. Tomorrow’s forecast is periods of light snow 1 to 2 inches of accumulation possible with temperatures between 27 and 37 degrees.

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Picture perfect with great conditions

I had a great time this morning on the Upper Mountain Fresh Tracks tour.  The temperature was in the 20’s and the wind was light at the summit of Madonna Mountain.  We all had a blast carving up the fresh corduroy. I met up with John mid morning, who is pictured here.  We played in the glades on Madonna and Sterling looking for powder stashes. We saw Vin from White Room skis outside the Base Lodge after we had taken a break.  Vin was demoing his custom built Vermont made skis. Vin put both John and I on a pair of his beautiful wood top sheet skis. We headed up Madonna and skied Liftline top to bottom. The skis and the conditions passed with flying colors! We have top to bottom skiing and riding on all 3 mountains with all 8 lifts operating and all 78 trails open. 33 trails will be groomed for tomorrow, including Drifter, Snow Snake, and Thomke’s Express for a grand total of 170 acres.  We are also expecting another 1 to 2 inches of new snow tonight.
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