Smugglers’ Notch Ski Ways opened in December 1956 on Sterling Mountain. Black Snake, Rum Runner, Hangman’s Noose, and the Practice Area were some of the original trails. Tom Watson Jr. renamed Smugglers’ Notch Ski Ways to Madonna Mountain in 1964.
Lifts and Trails
Tomorrow we plan to have top to bottom skiing and riding on all 3 mountains with 6 lifts operating. We have 65 trails open with terrain for all ability levels. Surface conditions are packed powder and machine groomed with average base depths of 20 to 50 inches. We plan to groom 41 trails tonight, including Ruthie’s, Evaporator, Wanderer, McPherson’s, Chute, and Smugglers’ Alley for a grand total of 153 acres of freshly groomed terrain.
Currently it is 20 degrees with beautiful sunny skies and winds of 0 to 5 mph. Tomorrow’s forecast is calling for mostly sunny skies with temperatures between 12 and 28 degrees.