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Corduroy is always in fashion

 

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Lower Morse Liftline

25 trails have been groomed for today, including Ruthie’s, Curley’s Cutback, and Black Snake for a grand total of 107 acres of freshly groomed terrain. We have 66 skiable trails and 53 lift accessible trails open today. The Madonna I lift is presently on cold hold. We have 6 lifts operating today Sterling, Madonna II, Village, Morse Highlands, Mogul Mouse, and Sir Henry’s Wonder Carpet. Today’s forecast is partly to mostly sunny skies with a high of 0 degrees. It’s time for function not fashion. Wear an extra layer and enjoy the great conditions.

 

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Snowmaking around the clock

 

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HKD Tower Fan Gun on the Practice Slope

We are presently making snow on Upper Chilcoot and the Practice Slope. The warmer air from yesterday has moved out and the temperature is falling.  At 11:00 am it was 18 degrees at the summit of Sterling with light snow and winds of 10 to 20 mph. We received an inch of new snow today and 13 inches in the past 5 days. We could see another inch today and another 4 inches Thursday night into Friday.

 

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Sir Henry’s Learning Hill

 

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Snow Sport University Ski Instructor Dara teaching her students speed control

Currently it is 20 degrees and cloudy at the summit of Sterling Mountain with winds of 15 to 25 mph. Today’s forecast is calling for cloudy skies with flurries and a snow shower with an inch of accumulation possible and temperatures between 11 and 24 degrees. There is snow in the forecast Thursday night and Friday with up to 4 inches of accumulation possible.  We are presently making snow on Upper Chilcoot. The Madonna I lift will not operate today due to the snowmaking on Upper Chilcoot. The Madonna II lift will operate today. We have 61 skiable trails and 45 lift accessible trails open today. 19 trails have been groomed for today, including Smugglers’ Alley for a grand total of 87 acres of freshly groomed terrain.

 

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Snow Sport University Snowboard Instructor Justin double checking his student’s helmet

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Getting the heel side turn

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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