Mix of sun and clouds this afternoon

Sterling and Mount Mansfield
Skier on Upper Chilcoot
Top of Upper Chilcoot
Cruising down Black Snake
Lift Operator Chad Kibbe showing his Smuggs love

Beams of sunlight were hitting the summit of Madonna this afternoon. The clouds from this morning were breaking up. The sun lite snow-covered trees at the summit of Madonna were calling my name. I had been on Madonna earlier in the day, but the visibility was pretty low. I skied over from the Village Lift to Madonna. I took a beautiful nonstop run from the summit of Madonna back to the Village. I skied Upper Chilcoot, Waterfall, Ruthie’s, Curley’s Cutback, and Meadowlark. I want to give a big shout-out to Grooming Manager Arlo Pouliot for buffing up Ruthie’s. It was just fantastic! Ruthie’s is a natural snow trail with multiple water bars. He did a wonderful job of filling in the water bars and leaving a nice smooth surface. Tomorrow we plan to have top-to-bottom skiing and riding on all 3 mountains with 6 lifts operating, including the Madonna I Lift. We have 65 trails open with terrain for all ability levels. We plan to groom 31 trails tonight, including Upper FIS, Black Snake, and Log Jam for a grand total of 130 acres of freshly groomed terrain. Surface conditions are machine-groomed and variable with average base depths of 8 to 30 inches. Currently, it is partly cloudy and 27 degrees at the summit of Sterling. Tomorrow’s forecast is calling for snow and freezing rain becoming sleet with a high of 34 degrees at the base and 32 degrees at higher elevations.

The Nordic Center is open with 15 km of snowshoeing and 17 km of cross-country trails. The ice rink is presently closed.

This weekend the featured beer for the apres sports parties at Bootlegger’s and the Black Bear Tavern is Bud Light.

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Hugh Johnson

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