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Winter Wonderland

Lifts and Trails

Tomorrow we plan to have 3 lifts operating, the Sterling Lift, the Mogul Mouse’s Magic Lift, and Sir Henry’s Glider. For Monday we will have 30 trails open with terrain for all ability levels. 7 trails on Sterling are temporarily closed due to snowmaking. 15 trails will be groomed for tomorrow, including Smuggler’s Alley, Thomke’s, and Lower Morse Liftline for a grand total of 65 acres of freshly groomed terrain. Surface conditions are packed powder and powder with average base depths of 20 to 50 inches.

Snowmaking

We plan to continue snowmaking on Black Snake and the Practice Slope tonight and tomorrow.

Weather

Currently it is 22 degrees at the summit of Sterling with partly cloudy skies and winds of 10 to 15 mph. Tomorrow’s forecast is calling for partly sunny skies with temperatures between 14 and 24 degrees.

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The Madonna 1 Lift with the notch in the background

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Bird eye’s view of Upper FIS

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Upper Chilcoot

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Arcing some turns on Upper Rumrunner

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Airtime on Upper Exhibition

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We have tons of snow

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Snow drift at the summit of Sterling Mountain

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The Highway with Shuttle and Madonna Mountain in the background

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Snowmaking on Black Snake

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Top to bottom skiing and riding on all 3 mountains

We have 4 lifts operating today, the Madonna 1 Lift, the Sterling Lift, the Mogul Mouse’s Magic Lift, and Sir Henry’s Glider. We have 56 trails open with terrain for all ability levels. Black Snake, Deer Run Glades, Pipeline Escape, Sherwood Forest, Snake Bite,Full Nelson, and the Practice Slope are closed today due to snowmaking. Surface conditions are packed powder and powder with average base depths of 20 to 50 inches. 21 trails have been groomed for today, including Smuggler’s Alley, Thomke’s, and Lower Morse Liftline for a grand total of 83 acres of freshly groomed terrain. We received 1 to 2 inches of new snow overnight and 29 inches in the past week. Today’s forecast is calling for a chance of light snow early then a mix of sun and clouds with temperatures between 20 and 31 degrees.

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View from the gazebo in the Village

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Another gorgeous day

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Billy Bob Bear did not fall down. He was so excited about all the snow that we made a snow angel!

Lifts and Trails

Tomorrow we plan to have top to bottom skiing and riding on all 3 mountains with 4 lifts operating, the Madonna 1 Lift, the Sterling Lift, the Mogul Mouse’s Magic Lift, and Sir Henry’s Glider. We have 63 trails open with terrain for all ability levels. Surface conditions are packed powder and powder with average base depths of 20 to 50 inches. 21 trails will be groomed for tomorrow, including Smuggler’s Alley, Thomke’s, and Lower Morse Liftline for a grand total of 83 acres of freshly groomed terrain.

Snowmaking

We are presently making snow on Midway and Curley’s Cutback. Our snowmakers will be moving to Sterling Mountain tonight. They plan to take full advantage of the cooler temperatures and  light up Black Snake and the Practice Slope.

Weather

Currently it is partly sunny and 5 degrees at the summit of Sterling with wind of 0 to 5 mph. Tomorrow’s forecast is calling for a mix of sun and clouds with temperatures between 20 and 30 degrees.

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Sterling and Mount Mansfield seen from Lower Catwalk

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Summit of Madonna Mountain with snow covered trees

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Snow Sport University Snowboard Instructor Justin Wright celebrating his student’s toe side turn on Sir Henry’s Learning Hill

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Snowmaking on Midway

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Bluebird Day

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View from Upper Drifter

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Base Lodge at the Upper Mountains

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Clear skies to start the day

Lift and Trails

Midway is now open. Today we have top to bottom skiing and riding on all 3 mountains with 4 lifts operating, the Madonna 1 Lift, the Sterling Lift, the Mogul Mouse’s Magic Lift, and Sir Henry’s Glider. We now have 65 trails open with terrain for all ability levels. 22 trails have been groomed for today, including Garden Path, Thomke’s, and Upper Drifter for a grand total of 91 acres of freshly groomed terrain. Most trail are covered with natural snow, so be aware and ski or ride with care. Surface conditions are packed powder and powder with average base depths of 20 to 50 inches.

Snowmaking

Last night we made snow on Lower FIS, Midway, Lower Madonna Liftline, and in front of the Base Lodge. We are presently making snow at the top of Morse, Midway, and Curley’s Cutback.

Weather

Currently it is 0 degrees at the summit of Sterling with beautiful sunny skies and winds of 0 to 5 mph. Today’s forecast is calling for mostly sunny skies with a chance of snow showers late in the day and a high of 18 degrees.

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Morning light over the Village

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12 inches of new snow in the past 24 hours

Today was simply amazing with all the great snow that we have been receiving in the past week. We received 29 inches of new snow in the past 6 day bringing our season snowfall total to 115 inches! Everything is skiing and riding so well right now, that being said the snow in the trees is really deep. My first run of the day was Upper Exhibition. It was so much fun letting my skis run as they floated through the fresh snow.

Lifts and Trails

For Saturday we plan to have top to bottom skiing and riding on all 3 mountains with 4 lifts operating, the Madonna 1 Lift, the Sterling Lift, Mogul Mouse’s Magic Lift, and Sir Henry’s Glider. We now have 65 trails open with terrain for all ability levels. 22 trails will be groomed for tomorrow, that’s a grand total of 91 acres of freshly groomed terrain. Surface conditions are packed powder and powder with average base depths of 20 to 50 inches.

Snowmaking

Our snowmakers are taking full advantage of the cooler temperatures. Tonight they are busy on Midway, Lower FIS, Lower Madonna Liftline, and around the Base Lodge.

Weather

Tomorrow’s forecast is calling for partly sunny early with a chance of snow showers later in the day with temperatures between 6 and 21 degrees.

Events

24th Annual Brewfest, Part 1 is Saturday, December 8t in the Meeting House

Vermont has the highest number of breweries per capita. Our BrewFest highlights some of our state’s excellent breweries plus regional favorites and craft ciders. Enjoy samples from Sam Adams, Angry Orchard Cider, Sierra Nevada, Stone, Rogue,  and more. If your tastes run closer to home, don’t miss samples from Vermont’s own Citizen Cider, Magic Hat, Boyden Valley, Shed, Otter Creek, Switchback, Woodchuck Cider, Long Trail, Halyard Brewing, 14th Star, Zero Gravity, and Fiddlehead. More breweries are being added; stay tuned! A DJ spins the tunes and the Mountain Grille puts on a tasty appetizer buffet. 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm in the Meeting House. Tickets are available at the door; $22 entry includes 8 samples, munchies, and a souvenir sampling glass. 21 & older, please. BrewFest group lodging packages are available for groups of 20 or more; please call 800-521-0536.

Plan a return visit for Spring skiing — BrewFest Part 2 is March 30, 2019

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Deep powder

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Boom

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Powder Day

We received 6 to 12 inches of new snow last night and this morning.  The snowfall that we received was an upslope snow event.

NoaaThe National Weather Service defines an upslope snow event as

These are highly localized, possibly high impact events that affect the region. Upslope precipitation in general is produced by cool moist air being forced up the mountain slopes, and in this study, on northerly to westerly winds. Depending on the details of each event, impacts can range from only a few inches along the peaks of the Green Mountains to a highway-closing 1 to 3 foot snowstorm along the western slopes of the Green Mountains and even into the Champlain Valley. One of the main factors in these events is the terrain of Vermont, as shown in Figure 1. The Green Mountains, with peaks as high as 4395 feet (Mount Mansfield) run primarily north to south through the central portion of the state and are one of the main contributors to upslope snowfall in the state.

Research by: Michael Muccilli, Meteorologist, NWS Burlington, VT

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Amazing conditions with Sterling Mountain 100 percent open! This weekend we plan to have top to bottom skiing and riding on all 3 mountains with 4 lifts operating, the Madonna 1 Lift, the Sterling Lift, Mogul Mouse’s Magic Lift, and Sir Henry’s Glider.

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Snow Sport University Ski Instructor Matt McCawley goes deep on Upper Exhibition

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Nemo floating down Upper Exhibition

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The Mogul Mouse’s Magic Lift is now open for the season!

Today we have 3 lifts operating the Sterling Lift, Sir Henry’s Glider, and the Mogul Mouse’s Magic Lift.  We have 36 trails open with terrain for all ability levels. We received 6 inches of new snow overnight and 23 inches in the past 6 days. Stay tuned for powder pics once the lifts start turning!

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Mogul Mouse has a snowflake for an eye

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The Mogul Mouse Crew getting the ramp all buffed up!

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It just keeps getting better

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Pete having fun on the Treasure Pitch

Lifts and Trails

Tomorrow we plan to have 3 lifts operating, the Sterling Lift, Mogul Mouse’s Magic Lift, and Sir Henry’s Glider with 36 trails open. The Mogul Mouse’s Magic Lift is now open for the season. We now have four more beginner trails open Garden Path, Lower Morse Liftline, Magic Learning Trail, and Wanderer. 12 trails will be groomed for tomorrow, including Smugglers’ Alley and Thomke’s for a grand total of 50 acres of freshly groomed terrain. Surface conditions are machine groomed and packed powder with average base depths of 16 to 48 inches. This weekend we plan to have top to bottom skiing and riding on all 3 mountains with 4 lifts operating, the Madonna I Lift, the Sterling Lift, Sir Henry’s Glider, and Mogul Mouse’s Magic Lift with around 60 trails open.

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Happy snowy faces

Snowmaking

Today our snowmakers were busy on Meadowlark, Mulcahy’s Link, Lower FIS, and Lower Madonna Liftline.  Snowmaking will continue tonight and tomorrow on Lower FIS and Lower Madonna Liftline. Our snowmakers will also be concentrating on Midway for the next 24 hours, so it will be closed tomorrow for snowmaking.

 

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The bench overlooking Sterling Pond is pretty much buried

Weather

Tonight’s forecast is calling for snow showers with 2 inches of accumulation possible. Tomorrow’s forecast is calling for a chance of snow showers early then partly sunny skies later in the day with temperatures between 6 and 25 degrees.

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Picture yourself here