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Nice soft conditions

It was a wild weather day with sunny skies on top of Madonna this morning and cloudy skies everywhere else. The mild temperatures made for some great spring conditions! I was lucky enough to ski Upper Madonna Liftline from the top this afternoon and Freefall from the top. The soft snow made me feel like a hero. Tomorrow is going to pretty much be a repeat of today and I’m looking forward to it! We plan to have top to bottom skiing and riding on all 3 mountains with 6 lifts operating, including the Madonna 1 Lift. We have 47 trails open with terrain for all ability levels. 31 trails will be groomed for tomorrow, including Upper FIS, Black Snake, and Log Jam for a total of 130 acres of freshly groomed terrain. Surface conditions are machine groomed and spring conditions with average base depths of 8 to 34 inches. Currently, it is cloudy and 38 degrees at the summit of Sterling. Tomorrow’s forecast is calling for cloudy skies, some fog with a high of 48 degrees at the base and 38 degrees at higher elevations. The temperature is predicted to go below freezing tonight, but not until late. This may cause some delays in the morning due to grooming operations. Please check the report in the morning for the most up-to-date information.

Ski Patroller Jordan on Freefall
Lenny on Madonna Liftline
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Longtime Smuggs family members

I met Bryan and Zach at the top of Madonna this afternoon. Zach makes his skis and designed them specifically for Smuggs. Zach and his family have been vacationing at Smuggs for over 20 years. Bryan has been coming to Smuggs with good friend Zach for the past 10 years. It was wonderful to meet you guys and I hope you have a fantastic stay here at Smuggs. I’ll see you on the slopes.

Bryan is in the middle and Zach is holding the skis he made for Smuggs.
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Sunny skies on top of Madonna

Currently, it is sunny and 42 degrees at the summit of Madonna with winds of 0 to 5 mph. We have top to bottom skiing and riding on all 3 mountains with all 8 lifts operating. We have 43 trails open with terrain for all ability levels. 30 trails have been groomed for today, that’s a total of 127 acres of freshly groomed terrain. Surface conditions are machine groomed and spring conditions with average base depths of 8 to 34 inches.

Madonna 1 Lift
Upper Chilcoot

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Eventful day

The Vertical Challenge was fantastic! My daughter Hayleigh and I entered the race. We had a blast racing head to head. You raced twice, once on each course. It was so cool to see racers as young as 6 and racers as young as 77! A great time was had by all for sure. After the awards ceremony Hayleigh and I headed back to the Village for the Dunkin’ on the Mountain. Dunkin’ Donuts was next to the clock tower giving out donuts and samples our their new energy drink. Hayleigh and I took them up on both! A day full of fun. Tomorrow we plan to have top to bottom skiing and riding on all 3 mountains with all 8 lifts operating. We have 41 trails open with terrain for all ability levels. 31 trails will be groomed for tomorrow, including Snow Snake, Log Jam, Sam’s Run, Chilcoot, Upper FIS, Black Snake, and Smugglers’ Alley for a grand total of 127 acres of freshly groomed terrain. Surface conditions are machine groomed and variable with average base depths of 8 to 36 inches. We should have some spring conditions with tomorrow’s warmer temperatures. Currently, it is cloudy and 32 degrees at the summit of Sterling with winds of 5 to 10 mph. Tomorrow’s forecast is calling for mostly cloudy skies with a high of 48 degrees at the base and 43 degrees at higher elevations.

Race start of the Vertical Challenge
Thank you Vertical Challenge staff!
Award ceremony
Dress for success
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Dunkin’ on the mountain

Dunkin’ Donuts will be next to the clock tower in the Village today from 1 pm to 5 pm with some sampling and giveaways, including donuts and iced coffee

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Vertical Challenge is today!

Sign up at Madonna Sterling Base Lodge in Green Peppers

Schedule of Activities:
7:00 am – 11:00 am: Registration open
9:00 am – 2:00 pm: Sponsor Village open
10 am – noon : Racecourse open
1:30 pm: Vertical Victory Party and Awards

The Vertical Challenge is a series of free, casual ski and snowboard races held at the best ski resorts throughout the Northeast each winter.

In addition to the races, attendees enjoy a festival atmosphere, featuring fun snowy activities for all ages and special giveaways.

The race is on Lower Madonna Liftline
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Good morning, skiers and riders

Currently, it is partly cloudy and 28 degrees at the summit of Sterling. Today’s forecast is calling for cloudy skies with a chance of wintry mix early becoming rain late, breezy, with a high of 38 degrees at the base and 35 degrees at higher elevations. Today we plan to have top to bottom skiing and riding on all 3 mountains with all 8 lifts operating. We have 37 trails open with terrain for all ability levels. 34 trails have been groomed for today, including Curley’s Cutback, Snow Snake, Midway, Waterfall, Upper FIS, McPherson’s, Snake Bite, and Thomke’s for a total of 134 acres of freshly groomed terrain. Surface conditions are machine groomed and variable with average base depths of 8 to 36 inches.

Lower Morse Liftline
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It’s going to be a great weekend

Tomorrow it the Vertical Challenge on Lower Madonna Liftline and in front of the Base Lodge. Free ski and snowboard race, festival atmosphere, featuring fun snowy activities for all ages and special giveaways.

Tomorrow is also Dunkin’ on the Mountain from 3 pm to 6 pm. Dunkin’ Donuts will be on the Village Green for some sampling and giveaways, including donuts and iced coffee.

Tomorrow we plan to have top to bottom skiing and riding on all 3 mountains with all 8 lifts operating. We have 37 trails open with terrain for all ability levels. 34 trails will be groomed for tomorrow, including Snow Snake, Hibernator, Chilcoot, Upper FIS, Smugglers’ Alley, and Thomke’s Express for a total of 134 acres of freshly groomed terrain. Surface conditions are machine groomed and variable with average base depths of 8 to 36 inches. Last night we made snow on Morse Mountain. Currently, it is sunny and 25 degrees at the summit of Sterling with winds of 5 to 10 mph. Tomorrow’s forecast is calling for cloudy skies with a chance of a wintry mix, breezy, a high of 38 degrees at the base and 35 degrees at higher elevations.

Watch out for wildlife
Another gorgeous day
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Longtime Smuggs family member

I met Colin today on the Sterling Lift. Colin lives on Long Island and learned to ski here at Smuggs when he was 6 years old. His family has had a condo here at Smuggs for the past 20 years. Colin has skied at many resorts and even worked out west for a couple of years. He said, “Smuggs is my favorite!”. It was wonderful to meet you, ski a run together, and ride the Sterling Lift a couple of times. Enjoy the rest of your vacation and I hope to see you on the slopes again real soon!

You can see Sterling Rock in Colin’s goggles
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Thank you snowmakers and groomers!

Our snowmakers have been freshening up Midway, Magic Learning Trail, Lower Morse Liftline, Hibernator, Garden Path, and Dixie’s Knoll overnight. The snow guns are being shut off now and our groomers are pushing out the new snow. The Village Lift and Mogul Mouse’s Magic Lift will a delayed opening until 9 am, while the groomers are finishing up the trails. Morse Highlands Lift delayed until maybe 10 am. Today we plan to have top to bottom skiing and riding on all 3 mountains with 6 lifts operating, including the Madonna 1 Lift. We have 36 trails open with terrain for all ability levels. 34 trails will be groomed for today, including Snow Snake, Upper FIS, and Smugglers’ Alley for a grand total of 133 acres of freshly groomed terrain. Surface conditions are machine groomed and variable with average base depths of 8 to 36 inches. Currently, it is partly sunny and 3 degrees at the summit of Sterling. Don’t worry it is going to warm up. Today’s forecast is calling for skies becoming partly sunny, a little breezy, with a high of 33 degrees at the base and 29 degrees at higher elevations.

Snowmakers bringing hoses off the mountain
Groomer on Lower Morse Liftline