Clear skies now and snow later

View from the summit of Madonna this morning. Photo taken by Assistant Patrol Director Ethan Costello
Ski Patrol taking in the beautiful morning light on Madonna. Photo taken by Lift Maintenance Manager Boder Stevens

Currently, it is 24 degrees at the summit of Sterling with mostly sunny skies. Today’s forecast is calling for snow to develop with some mixed precipitation and 1 to 3 inches of accumulation possible on top, with a high of 35 degrees at the base and 32 degrees at higher elevations. Today 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. 31 trails have been groomed for today, 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. There is more snow in the forecast for Friday night with another 2 to 4 inches of accumulation possible.

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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