Another great day on the slopes

Anna loading chairs with style at the Village Lift
Lunch time at Morse Highlands
The snowman at the base of the Village Lift

Yesterday was my day off and I came up to the mountain to take a few runs. It was really windy and we had a few lifts on hold. The Morse Highlands Lift was running, so I decided to ski over there. I got to the top of the Morse Highlands Lift and I saw my buddy Dave Gagnon a snowmaker here at Smuggs. Dave was working the top shack for the day. As the wind was blowing the snow off of his top ramp it would get an icy patch. Dave would put more snow on the ramp, but the wind would just take it away again. To make things better for the guests Dave put on his goggles and was out helping people as they were getting off the lift. He was also letting people know to go straight on the icy patch and turn when you got back on the snow. This allowed the lift to continue to operate smoothly. Thank you Dave for your extra effort!

Tomorrow we plan to have top to bottom skiing and riding on all 3 mountains with 7 lifts operating, including the Madonna I lift. We plan to have 77 out of 78 trails open tomorrow with terrain for all ability levels. 38 trails will be groomed tonight including, Upper FIS, Shuttle, Snake Bite, and Hibernator for a grand total of 150 acres of freshly groomed terrain. Surface conditions are machine groomed and packed powder with average base depths of 16 to 54 inches. Currently it is sunny and 10 degrees at the summit of Sterling. Tomorrow’s forecast is calling for partly sunny skies with a high of 10 degrees. Dress warm and enjoy the great conditions.

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Hugh Johnson

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