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A little more fresh snow

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Dave throwing some snow around on Full Nelson

We received a dusting to an inch of new snow overnight. We have the Sterling lift operating today with 24 trails open for intermediates and experts. 15 trails have been groomed for today, that’s 40 acres of freshly groomed terrain. Today’s forecast is mostly sunny skies with increasing clouds and a high of 42 degrees.

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Geoff on Full Nelson

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Ice flow on Upper Rumrunner

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Mount Mansfield seen from Upper Rumrunner

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What a day!

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Rueben Campbell getting ready to skim the pond

Tomorrow we plan to have top to bottom skiing and riding on all 3 mountains with 4 lifts operating. We have 42 trails open with terrain for all ability levels. 39 trails will be groomed for tomorrow, that’s 135 acres of freshly groomed terrain. Tomorrow’s forecast is calling for partly sunny skies early then a chance of an afternoon snow shower or flurries with a high of 33 degrees.

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Winner of best skim Dave Gagnon

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Lot 1 Tail Gate Pub and Grill

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Monster Energy Drink Truck

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ON3P Ski Demo

 

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Here comes the snow

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Snow Sport University Ski Lesson on Lower Morse Liftline

Today started off with beautiful sunny skies, which lasted most of the morning. The clouds rolled in early in the afternoon and we went from flurries to snowing hard in a short amount of time. The snowflakes got really big for a while reducing visibility. The photo of Lower Morse Liftline shows the low visibility.

We received an inch of new snow this afternoon and we could see another inch of accumulation tonight.

We have top to bottom skiing and riding on all 3 mountains with 4 lifts operating. We have 42 trails open with terrain for all ability levels. 33 trails will be groomed for tomorrow, that’s 136 acres of freshly groomed terrain.

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Smugglers’ Alley

Tomorrow’s forecast is calling for cloudy skies early then partly sunny skies in the afternoon with a high of 32 degrees.

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Mogul Mouse’s Magic Lift

 

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Summit of Sterling

 

 

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Blue bird skies

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Lower Morse Liftline

We have top to bottom skiing and riding on all 3 mountains with all 8 lifts operating. Madonna mountain will have a delayed opening this morning due to grooming. We have 55 trails open with terrain for all ability levels. Some trails will have a delayed opening until they soften up. Currently it is sunny and 25 degrees at the summit of Sterling with winds of 0 to 5 mph. Today’s forecast is mostly sunny skies early then partly sunny skies this afternoon with a high of 42 degrees.

 

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First Chair… I’m there!

Rockin’ Ron for Hugh. first chairWoo-hoo, this lucky rider snagged first chair in the Village! With a forecast of sunny skies and temps of 25-34 degrees fahrenheit, lots of folks will be snagging chairs and cruising slopes. 64 of our 78 trails are open today and 5-8 inches of snow is in the forecast for Wednesday night into Thursday! It’s good news all around.

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New snow today and sunshine tomorrow

 

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Practice Slope

Tomorrow we plan to have top to bottom skiing and riding on all 3 mountains with 6 lifts operating. We received 3 inches of new snow today. We have 37 trails open with terrain for all ability levels. 36 trails will be groomed for tomorrow, including Upper FIS, Smugglers’ Alley, and Snow Snake for a grand total of 138 acres of freshly groomed terrain. Tomorrow’s forecast is calling for mostly sunny skies with temperatures between 23 and 39 degrees.

 

 

 

 

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Snake Bite

We have many events going on this weekend. Here is a list of the happenings:

 

Friday, March 2
Black Bear Tavern Après Sport Party – The location for Upper Mountain off-slope fun! Check out the expanded draft line-up featuring Goose Island. Beginning at 2:00 pm, Jammin’ Sam plays guitar and sings. It’s a great place to meet other riders and skiers and some of the locals. Ages 21 & older.

Saturday, March 3
Extreme Skiing Challenge – The Smugglers’ Notch Ski and Snowboard Club hosts this exciting event — an opportunity for junior and adult freeskiers to show their big mountain skiing on the most difficult terrain the East has to offer! The Extreme Skiing Challenge is IFSA Junior regional (U12), and Junior National (12-18) sanctioned event allowing Eastern skiers to garner ranking and seeding points in this competitive series. In addition, the Extreme Skiing Challenge is the 3rd stop on the Ski The East Freeride Tour.

Snow Sport University Ski Instructor Ira Tillberg with his class on Meadowlark

Snow Sport University Ski Instructor Ira Tillberg with his class on Meadowlark

The first day of competition features the Junior regional for U12 athletes and the qualifier for skiers ages 12-18 competing in Junior National event.  Competitors will be judged on line, control, fluidity, technique, and style. $39 lift ticket available. The field will be capped at 120 competitors. The organizers plan to utilize the rowdiest terrain Smuggs has to offer.

FREE Family Fun Race – Who’s the fastest in your family? Find out on our timed race course sponsored by HearthStone Stoves! 11:00 am – 2:00 pm on Lower Madonna Liftline.

Black Bear Tavern Après Sport Party – The location for Upper Mountain off-slope action! Check out the expanded draft line-up featuring Goose Island. Beginning at 2:00 pm, Goodtime Charlie hosts with trivia, bar games, prizes, and music. It’s a great place to meet other riders and skiers and some of the locals. Ages 21 & older.

ON3P Demo Day — Since the beginning, we’ve believed we could build skis better, build them ourselves, and build them here in America. We’re skiers who founded a manufacturing company, not one who entered the game as an overfunded marketing business, focused on creating hype, then outsourcing our production. There’s no pride in skis we didn’t press, nor a personal stake in skis being sent off to be built by someone else. Above all else, we cherish the knowledge that we’ve created every aspect of the skis we take to the mountains and ski on our days off. There’s pride in what we do and without our craft, we’re just like the rest. But with it, we’re ON3P Skis

Sunday, March 4
Extreme Skiing Challenge – The Smugglers’ Notch Ski and Snowboard Club hosts this exciting event — an opportunity for junior and adult freeskiers to show their big mountain skiing on the most difficult terrain the East has to offer! The Extreme Skiing Challenge is an FWQ2* (19 yrs & older) sanctioned event allowing Eastern skiers to garner ranking and seeding points in this competitive series. In addition, the Extreme Skiing Challenge is the 3rd stop on the Ski The East Freeride Tour. The organizers plan to utilize the rowdiest terrain Smuggs has to offer.  Competitors will be judged on line, control, fluidity, technique, and style. $39 lift ticket available. The field will be capped at 120 competitors.

FREE Family Fun Race – Who’s the fastest in your family? Find out on our timed race course sponsored by HearthStone Stoves! 11:00 am – 2:00 pm on Lower Madonna Liftline.

Black Bear Tavern Après Sport Party – The location for Upper Mountain off-slope fun! Check out the expanded draft line-up featuring Goose Island. Beginning at 2:00 pm, Jammin’ Sam plays guitar and sings. It’s a great place to meet other riders and skiers and some of the locals. Ages 21 & older.

ON3P Demo Day — Since the beginning, we’ve believed we could build skis better, build them ourselves, and build them here in America. We’re skiers who founded a manufacturing company, not one who entered the game as an overfunded marketing business, focused on creating hype, then outsourcing our production. There’s no pride in skis we didn’t press, nor a personal stake in skis being sent off to be built by someone else. Above all else, we cherish the knowledge that we’ve created every aspect of the skis we take to the mountains and ski on our days off. There’s pride in what we do and without our craft, we’re just like the rest. But with it, we’re ON3P Skis.

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Fresh snow and sunshine

 

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Beautiful view from Robin’s Run

The storm that brought us the 9 inches of new snow in the past 24 hours has now moved out. The skies are now clearing. We are 99 percent open with top to bottom skiing and riding on all 3 mountains. Surface conditions are powder and packed powder! 18 inches of new snow in the past 5 days!

 

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Partly sunny today, snow tomorrow

 

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Moon over the Village

We have top to bottom skiing and riding on all 3 mountains with all 8 lifts operating. We have 67 trails open with terrain for all ability levels. Last night our snowmakers were busy on Lower Madonna Liftline, Mulcahy’s Link, McPherson’s, and Playground.

 

Today’s forecast is calling for partly sunny skies with increasing clouds later in the day with a high of 15 degrees. Tomorrow’s forecast is periods of snow 1 to 3 inches of accumulation possible. The snow continues into Sunday night with another 2 inches of accumulation possible. There’s also more snow in the forecast Tuesday night into Wednesday. February is off to a great start!

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Lower Morse Liftline

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Good Morning

welcome signToday we have top to bottom skiing and riding on all 3 mountains with all 8 lifts operating. We have 55 trails open with terrain for all ability levels. 31 trails have been groomed for today, that’s 131 acres of freshly groomed terrain. Today’s forecast is partly sunny skies early with increasing clouds and temperatures between 32 and 42 degrees. Currently it is partly sunny and 32 degrees at the summit of Sterling with winds of 10 to 20 mph. Saint Michael’s College Winter Carnival is today on Sterling Mountain. Black Snake is only open down to Harvey’s Hideaway due to the race. This weekend we have our Free Family Fun Race on Lower Madonna Liftline.

 

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Sunrise over Smuggs

We also have the Annual Smugglers’ Notch Pass Ice Climbing Event.   A weekend of gear demos, clinics for the beginner to advanced climber, multimedia slideshows, dry tooling competition, raffles, and camaraderie in Vermont’s premier ice climbing destination, Smugglers’ Notch. For more information, visit the Smuggs Ice Bash page.

 

Today we have Kiss 108-FM Winter Games – Join the KISS 108-FM Winter Games Team for a day of fun and entertainment. 11:00 am – 2:00 pm the Winter Games Team will be on the deck at Green Peppers at the Sterling/Madonna Base Lodge – games, prizes, corn hole, music, and more! 2:30 pm – 4:30 pm the KISS Winter Games Team will join Goodtime Charlie at the Black Bear Lounge for an Après ski party – with great games like Clothes Swap, Frozen T-shirt contest, trivia, and prizes!

WinterFest – Presented by the Cambridge Area Rotary. Our community celebrates Winter with a variety of events for all ages! Activities in the local area include: children’s storytime, Pie for Breakfast, lasagna dinner, bonfire, balloon glow, an outdoor adventure dinner hosted by the Boy Scouts, fireworks, a hot chocolate road race, junior snowmobiles, and sledding. Events are subject to change; all events weather permitting. Full WinterFest 2018 schedule

Winter Trails Day at Smugglers’ Notch Resort. – This annual celebration of snowshoeing and cross country skiing is free for novices and nationally sponsored by the Snow Sports Industries of America to encourage newcomers to these winter sports. Nordic Center staff will be there from 9:00 am – 4:00 pm to give tips for first time snowshoers and cross-country skiers. Rentals and trail access for first timers are free. For more information and to sign-up call 802-644-1173.