Top to bottom skiing and riding on all 3 mountains


Snow Sport University Ski Lesson on Sterling

I would have to say that spring has sprung. Today’s conditions were soft, from the bottom all the way to the top of Madonna.  I had a great day with my friends Tony and Ken! We skied Sally’s Alley, Upper FIS, Bootlegger, Smugglers’ Alley, Black Bear, Upper Chilcoot, and Lower Exhibition.  Bootlegger was groomed a few nights ago and is skiing really well. I’m amazed with the size of the drift on Upper Chilcoot at the entrance to Sally’s Alley. You can see the drift in the photo to the right with Tony, who is 6 feet tall standing on the drift. We have tons of snow, which will make for some great spring skiing and riding!


Huge drift of snow at the entrance to Sally’s Alley on Upper Chilcoot

Lifts and Trails

Tomorrow we plan to 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. Surface conditions are spring conditions and machine-groomed with average base depths of 20 to 50 inches. We plan to groom 28 trails tonight, including Ruthie’s, Snow Snake, and Thomke’s for a grand total of 122 acres of freshly groomed terrain.


Currently it is partly cloudy and 34 degrees at the summit of Sterling with winds of 5 to 10 mph. Tomorrow’s forecast is cloudy skies with a chance of some scattered showers and temperatures between 38 and 50 degrees.



Ken skiing the steeps of Sally’s Alley

March 30 and 31 Black Bear Après Sport Party

Black Bear Tavern 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm

The location for Upper Mountain off-slope fun! Choose from 20 different beers on tap, plus a wide selection of bottled beer. Join us at 2:00 pm for après sport entertainment – Goodtime Charlie hosts with trivia, bar games, prizes, and music. Weekend draft beer specials from Pabst Blue Ribbon. Ages 21 & older.

March 30 Friendly Freeski Challenge

Madonna I Lower Lift Line below Mid-Station 8:00 am – 4:00 pm

Skiers and Snowboarders will compete against each other during the Smuggs Friendly Freeski Challenge. Grouped by age. Cost: $20 plus optional $5 for Most Memorable Run Contest. $59 lift ticket vouchers available for competitors and family.


Tony having fun on Bootlegger

Most Memorable Run Contest: $5 to enter the most memorable run contest. Lots of awesome prizes to compete for!
Schedule of Events:
8:00 am – 9:00 am: Registration – Smugglers’ Notch Ski Club
9:00 am – 9:15 am Mandatory Athletes meeting – outside club
9:30 am – 10:30 am: Venue inspection
11:00 am – 3:00 pm: Competition
4:00 pm – Awards and Potluck 


Spring conditions

March 30 National Laser Tag Day

FunZone 2.0 at Smugglers’ Notch Resort 11:00 am – 10:00 pm

March 28, 2019 it is National Laser Tag Day! We will be celebrating this glorious day on Saturday, March 30 by offering $5 games per person all day.

Sterling Mountain Practice Slope 9:30 am – 3:00 pm

The Smugglers’ Notch Ski & Snowboard Club invites skiers (21 & older) to bash gates and relive their glory days with a qualifying GS course beginning at 9:30 am (two runs; best run of two) followed by a pro-style dual SL course for the top 16 men and the top 8 women. The equipment doesn’t have to be “old,” just the racers. Hamburger/hot dog barbecue and beverages included in the entry fee of $35. Registration takes place from 9:30 am – 10:00 am. 1st Qualification run: 10:30 Running order women (oldest to youngest), then men (oldest to youngest).

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