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Powder Day

5 to 8 inches of new snow overnight and 13 inches in the past 3 days.

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Calm before the storm

We could see 5 to 9 inches of new snow tonight! Tomorrow’s forecast is calling for periods of snow mostly before noon, with another 2 to 4 inches of accumulation possible, a high of 22 degrees at the base and 16 degrees at higher elevations. The 5 inches of new snow that we received yesterday made a big difference, so I’m expecting another foot of new snow to be quite amazing! 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 45 trails open with terrain for all ability levels. Last night and early this morning, we made snow on Lower Madonna Liftline and Playground. We plan to have both of these trails open tomorrow. 32 trails will be groomed for tomorrow, including Upper FIS, Snake Bite, and Hibernator, for a total of 128 acres of freshly groomed terrain. Surface conditions are packed powder and machine groomed with average base depths of 12 to 36 inches. The new snow should provide some nice powder conditions tomorrow. Birch Run Terrain Park is open with 4 jumps and 4 rails. Currently, it is cloudy and 15 degrees at the summit of Sterling with winds of 5 to 15 mph.

View from Garden Path this afternoon.
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Bluebird skies

We have top-to-bottom skiing and riding on all 3 mountains with 6 lifts operating, including the Madonna I Lift. We have 42 trails open with terrain for all ability levels. We received 5 inches of new snow in the past 2 days. 31 trails have been groomed for today, including Upper FIS, Smugglers’ Alley, and Snow Snake, for a total of 122 acres of freshly groomed terrain. Surface conditions are machine-groomed and packed powder with average base depths of 12 to 36 inches. Last night, we made snow on the Lower Madonna Liftline and the Playground. Currently, it is sunny and 11 degrees at the summit of Sterling with winds of 5 to 10 mph. Today’s forecast is calling for sunny skies early with increasing clouds throughout the day, a high of 24 degrees at the base and 20 degrees at higher elevations.

Upper Chilcoot
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Snow in the forecast

44.57°N 72.78°W (Elev. 1719 ft)

Thursday Night: Snow, mainly after 8 pm. Low around 17 degrees. The chance of precipitation is 100%. New snow accumulation of 3 to 7 inches is possible.

Friday: Snow showers likely, mainly before 10 am. Cloudy, with a high near 23 degrees. The chance of precipitation is 70%. New snow accumulation of 1 to 3 inches is possible.

Friday Night: Scattered snow showers. Cloudy, with a low of around 16 degrees. The chance of precipitation is 40%. New snow accumulation of 1 to 2 inches is possible.

We received 5 inches of new snow in the past 24 hours. 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 42 trails open with terrain for all ability levels. 31 trails will be groomed for tomorrow, including Smugglers’ Alley, Upper FIS, and Dixie’s Knoll, for a total of 122 acres of freshly groomed terrain. Surface conditions are packed powder and machine groomed with average base depths of 12 to 36 inches. Today, we made snow on Upper Chilcoot and Playground. Birch Run Terrain Park is open with 4 jumps and 4 rails. Currently, it is partly cloudy and 6 degrees at the summit of Sterling with winds of 15 to 25 mph. Tomorrow’s forecast is calling for sunny skies early with increasing clouds throughout the day, a high of 24 degrees at the base, and 19 degrees at higher elevations. The skiing and riding were amazing today!

Snow Reporter getting into his work. Photo credit Caleb Kessler
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Feeling the #smuggslove on Valentine’s Day!

5 inches of beautiful fluffy light snow overnight has made for some amazing turns today. We have skiing and riding on all 3 mountains with 6 lifts operating. The Madonna I Lift is closed today due to snowmaking operations on Upper Chilcoot. We have 30 trails open with terrain for all ability levels. 29 trails have been groomed for today, including Smugglers’ Alley, Snow Snake, and McPherson’s, for a total of 120 acres of freshly groomed terrain. Surface conditions are packed powder and machine groomed with average base depths of 12 to 36 inches. Currently, it is snowing and 2 degrees at the summit of Sterling with winds of 15 to 20 mph. Today’s forecast is calling for cloudy skies with a chance of snow showers early, breezy, a high of 18 degrees at the base and 9 degrees at higher elevations. Dress warm and enjoy all the new snow!

This is the before picture of Caleb
This is the after picture of Caleb
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Skiing and riding on all 3 mountains

The Madonna I Lift will be closed tomorrow and maybe Wednesday for snowmaking operations on Upper Chilcoot. We will operate the Madonna II Lift while the Madonna I Lift is closed. We will have 31 trails open tomorrow with terrain for all ability levels. 29 trails will be groomed for tomorrow, including Smugglers’ Alley, Snow Snake, Log Jam, Thomke’s, and McPherson’s, for a total of 115 acres of freshly groomed terrain. Surface conditions are machine groomed and loose granular with average base depths of 10 to 34 inches. Birch Run Terrain Park is open with 4 jumps and 4 rails. Currently, it is cloudy and 22 degrees at the summit of Sterling, with winds of 0 to 5 mph. Tomorrow’s forecast is calling for cloudy skies with a high of 29 degrees at the base and 22 degrees at higher elevations.

View from Midway
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Jr. Regional Freeski Competition

Today on the Madonna Liftline from Catwalk down to the Robin’s Run work road. The competition starts at 11 am. The best place to watch the action is from the Madonna I Lift. Skiers and snowboarders ages 12 to 18 years old will be taking on the infamous Madonna Liftline.

Today, we have top-to-bottom skiing and riding on all 3 mountains with 6 lifts operating, including the Madonna I Lift. We have 35 trails open with terrain for all ability levels. 33 trails have been groomed for today, including Upper FIS, Smugglers’ Alley, and Howie’s Wanderer, for a total of 130 acres of freshly groomed terrain. Surface conditions are machine groomed and loose granular with average base depths of 10 to 34 inches. Birch Run Terrain Park is open with 4 jumps and 4 rails. Currently, it is cloudy and 22 degrees at the summit of Sterling, with winds of 1 to 5 mph. Today’s forecast is calling for cloudy skies with a high of 31 degrees at the base and 24 degrees at higher elevations.

Athletes doing course inspection
The start
Finish area and judges tent

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Birch Run Fun

The Birch Run Terrain Park is open with 4 jumps and 4 rails. 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 35 trails open with terrain for all ability levels. 33 trails will be groomed for tomorrow, including Snow Snake, Dixie’s Knoll, Curley’s Cutback, Smugglers’ Alley, Thomke’s, Upper FIS, McPherson’s, and Chilcoot for a total of 130 acres of freshly groomed terrain. Surface conditions are machine groomed and loose granular with average base depths of 10 to 34 inches. Currently, it is cloudy and 26 degrees at the summit of Sterling with winds of 5 to 10 mph. Tomorrow’s forecast is calling for cloudy skies with a high of 30 degrees at the base and 23 degrees at higher elevations.

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