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It is this good and that’s before the storm

New Snow

We received 3 inches of new snow in the past 24 hours, 5 inches in the past 48 hours, and 203 inches this season so far!

Lifts and Trails

Weather permitting tomorrow we plan to be 100 percent open with top to bottom skiing and riding on all 3 mountains with all 8 lifts operating. We have all 78 trails  open with terrain for all ability levels. Surface conditions are powder and packed powder with average base depths of 24 to 54 inches. 37 trails will be groomed for tomorrow, that’s a grand total of 145 acres of freshly groomed terrain.

Weather

Currently it is snow hard and 4 degrees at the summit of Sterling with winds of 10 to 15 mph. Tonight’s forecast is snow up to 8 inches. Tomorrow’s forecast is more snow another 12 to 16 inches of accumulation possible with temperatures between 1o and 16 degrees. We could see another 6 inches of snowfall Sunday night through Monday. That’s up to 30 more inches of new snow on top of what we already have!

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Grass sticks bamboo poles demo in front of the Base Lodge both Saturday and Sunday

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100 percent open

We have top to bottom skiing and riding all 3 mountains with all 8 lifts operating and all 78 trails open! Packed powder and powder conditions with average base depths of 24 to 54 inches. 202 inches of snowfall this season with another 29 inches predicted by Monday!

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Ken does his disappearing act

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Hugh B jumping for joy over the amazing conditions

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The calm before the storm

Lifts and Trails

Today we plan to be 100 percent open with top to bottom skiing and riding on all 3 mountains with all 8 lifts operating. We have all 78 trails open with terrain for all ability levels. Surface conditions are packed powder and powder with average base depths of 24 to 54 inches. 37 trails have been groomed for today, including Ruthie’s, Hibernator, and Lower Pipeline for a grand total of 145 acres of freshly groomed terrain.

Weather

Currently it is -4 degrees at the summit of Sterling with partly sunny skies and winds of 0 to 5 mph. Today’s forecast is calling for partly sunny skies early with increasing clouds through out the day and snow developing late an inch of accumulation possible with temperatures between -2 and +6 degrees.  Tonight’s forecast is snow 4 to 8 inches. Tomorrow’s forecast is snow 12 to 16 inches. Tomorrow’s night forecast is light snow another 2 to 4 inches. We could see up to 29 inches of new snow by Monday!

New Snow

We received 2 inches of new snow overnight and 202 inches this season so far!

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Lower Morse Liftline

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200 inches of snowfall so far this season!

We received 1 to 2 inches of new snow today, which brings us to the big 200 inches. The new snow really made a difference making everything a little bit softer.  I had a blast this morning with Matt McCawley. We skied both Sterling and Madonna in search of the steep and deep. Luckily we were able to find an abundance of both!  Speaking of deep there is a bunch of snow that is going to be arriving here at Smuggs Saturday night and into Sunday. If you are worried about traveling in the snow, you should arrive before the storm. You can then park your car and take a shuttle to where ever you need to go here at Smuggs. Even better you could just ski or ride from the Village to the Upper Mountains and back. You can dig your car out when it is time to leave.

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 77 out of 78 trails open with terrain for all ability levels. Surface conditions are packed powder and powder with average base depths of 24 to 54 inches. 37 trails will be groomed for tomorrow, including Ruthie’s, Sam’s Run, and Lower Pipeline for a grand total of 145 acres of freshly groomed terrain.

Weather

Currently it is snowing and 20 degrees at the summit of Sterling with winds of 10 to 20 mph. Tomorrow’s forecast is calling for snow developing late in the afternoon, an inch of accumulation possible with temperatures between -2 and +6 degrees.

Events

Grass Sticks Demo Days

Saturday, January 19 and Sunday, January 20 at the Madonna Sterling Base Lodge  from 8:00 am – 4:00 pm

Beautifully handcrafted, high-performing, eco-friendly poles for the outdoor enthusiast. We have used the best bamboo in the world to take ski poles to the next level of performance, while improving durability and strength. All products are hand built with custom options by ski bums and river rats in Steamboat Springs, Colorado.

 

 

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Josh Adams getting ready to blast through a gate in the Harvey Wesson Locals Race Series

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GS training on the Practice Slope

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Matt takes flight on Upper Madonna Liftline

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Great conditions

We received an inch of new snow today so far with more on the way. We have top to bottom skiing and riding on all 3 mountains with 7 lifts operating, including the Madonna 1 lift. We have 77 trails open with terrain for all ability levels. Surface conditions are packed powder and powder with average base depths of 24 to 54 inches.

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Matt finds some nice snow in the trees on Sterling

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Snow storm this weekend

NoaaThe forecast from the National Weather Service

 

Today
Snow showers likely, mainly after 1pm. Cloudy, with a high near 27. Chance of precipitation is 60%. Total daytime snow accumulation of 1 to 3 inches possible.
Tonight
A 40 percent chance of snow showers, mainly before 11pm. Mostly cloudy, with a low around -2. New snow accumulation of less than a half inch possible.
Saturday
Snow likely, mainly after 5pm. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 12.  Chance of precipitation is 60%. New snow accumulation of less than a half inch possible.
Saturday Night
Snow. The snow could be heavy at times. Areas of blowing snow after 8pm. Low around 0.  Chance of precipitation is 100%. New snow accumulation of 5 to 9 inches possible.
Sunday
Snow. The snow could be heavy at times. Areas of blowing snow after 1pm. High near 8.  Chance of precipitation is 100%. New snow accumulation of 6 to 10 inches possible.

Lifts and Trails

Today we plan to have top to bottom skiing and riding on all 3 mountains with 7 lifts operating, including the Madonna 1 lift. We have 76 trails open with terrain for all ability levels. Surface conditions are packed powder and machine groomed with average base depths of 24 to 54 inches. 35 trails have been groomed for today, including Ruthie’s, Hibernator, and Smuggler’s Alley for a grand total of 141 acres of freshly groomed terrain.

Weather

Currently it is snowing and 9 degrees at the summit of Sterling with winds of 5 to 10 mph.

Snowmaking

Last night we made snow on Bootlegger, Thomke’s Express, Hangman’s Drop, Upper Pipeline, Chute, and the Zone.

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Quality Family Time

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Hannah on Lower Catwalk with Sterling and Mount Mansfield in the background.

I got to take a few runs with my daughter Hannah this afternoon. She was here with her 5th grade class from Cambridge Elementary School. She has been participating in the Winter Wellness Program. They have all been having such a great time! She has really been enjoying the amazing conditions. She will be back tomorrow and she cannot wait!

Lifts and Trails

Tomorrow we plan to have top to bottom skiing and riding on all 3 mountains with 7 lifts operating. We have 73 trails open with terrain for all ability levels. 35 trails will be groomed for tomorrow, for a grand total of 141 acres of freshly groomed terrain. Surface conditions are packed powder and machine groomed with average base depths of 24 to 54 inches.

 

 

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Hannah finds some fresh snow in the trees

 

 

Snowmaking

Tonight we plan to make snow on Bootlegger, Thomke’s Express, Upper Pipeline, Chute, Hangman’s Drop, and the Zone.

 

 

 

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Todd and his daughter Reese at Morse Mountain today. Reese’s birthday is in the summer, but they wanted to celebrate with a special Father and Daughter ski day. They decided to celebrate the 1/2 year and come to Smuggs today!

Weather

Currently it is sunny and 3 degrees at the summit of Sterling with winds of 0 to 5 mph.  Tomorrow’s forecast is calling for snow showers 1 to 2 inches of accumulation possible with temperatures between 2o and 31 degrees.

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Smuggs Family

 

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Smiles all around

I would like you to meet Sam, Jake, and Nick. They are long time friends with families of their own. Their three families have been coming to Smuggs for the past five years. They all have kids taking lessons in Snow Sport University. They arrived last night, got their kids to their lessons this morning, and are now headed to the upper mountains for a day full of adventure. I rode the lift with Sam and he was telling me that they have been checking out “Hugh’s Views” to see what the mountains are like in preparation for their trip. They asked me what I would suggest for them to see and ski. I told them about trails with snowmaking, groomed trails, and I told them that on a day like today the views from the summit of Madonna would be amazing.  I hope you have a wonderful vacation here at Smuggs and many more returns.

 

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Here it comes

NoaaThe forecast from the National Weather Service is looking good for this weekend!

Lifts and Trails

Today we plan to have top to bottom skiing and riding on all 3 mountains with 6 lifts operating. We have 71 trails open with terrain for all ability levels. Surface conditions are packed powder and machine groomed with average base depths of 24 to 54 inches. 33 trails have been groomed for today, including Dan’s Ford, Snow Snake, and Jolly Rodger for a grand total of 129 acres of freshly groomed terrain.

StormTotalSnowSnowmaking

We are presently making snow on Bootlegger, Thomke’s Express, Snake Bite, Full Nelson,  and Hangman’s Drop. Full Nelson, Bootlegger, and Snake Bite will be closed today due to snowmaking.

Weather

Currently it is sunny and -8 degrees at the summit of Sterling with winds of 5 to 15 mph. Today’s forecast is calling for partly sunny skies with temperatures between -5 and +14 degrees. Tomorrow’s forecast is calling snow mostly before 2 pm with 1 to 3 inches of accumulation possible and temperatures between 2o and 30 degrees. A big storm is brewing for Saturday night into Sunday with over a foot of fresh snow predicted.

 

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#smuggslove

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERALifts and Trails

Tomorrow we plan to have top to bottom skiing and riding on all 3 mountains with 6 lifts operating. We have 73 trails open with terrain for all ability levels. Surface conditions are packed powder and machine groomed with average base depths of 24 to 54 inches. 34 trails will be groomed for tomorrow, including Dan’s Ford, Snow Snake, and Jolly Rodger for a grand total of 129 acres of freshly groomed terrain.

Weather

Currently it is 20 degrees at the summit of Sterling with light snow and winds of 5 to 15 mph. Tomorrow’s forecast is calling for partly sunny skies with temperatures between -5 and +15 degrees.

Snowmaking

Tonight we plan to make snow on the Zone and Snake Bite. Tomorrow we plan to make snow on Full Nelson and Snake Bite. Both of these trails will be closed tomorrow due to snowmaking.