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Top to bottom skiing and riding on all 3 mountains

Today started off quite foggy with temperatures near freezing at higher elevations. I skied over to the upper mountains this morning and rode the Madonna 1 Lift. The sky got brighter as I worked my up the mountain. I could see some spots of blue skies when I got to the summit of Madonna. The sun burned off the fog and we had beautiful sunny skies by midday. The sun also brought the temperatures up, we reached the upper 30’s at higher elevations and into the 40’s at the base. I was a gorgeous afternoon! If you were on the mountain today and you plan to hit the slopes again tomorrow, make sure to dry out all your gear. The temperature will be falling throughout the night and early morning. It is going to fell like winter again tomorrow, so dress for success! Tonight’s forecast is calling for a mix becoming snow an inch of accumulation possible. Tomorrow’s forecast is calling for mostly sunny skies, breezy, with a high of 12 degrees at the base and 5 degrees at higher elevations. Currently, it is sunny and 35 degrees at the summit of Sterling. Tomorrow we plan to have all 8 lifts operating. We have 75 trails open with terrain for all ability levels. 37 trails will be groomed for tomorrow, including Drifter, McPherson’s, Upper FIS, Snow Snake, Hibernator, Thomke’s Express, Snake Bite, and Smugglers’ Alley for a total of 141 acres of freshly groomed terrain. Surface conditions will be machine groomed and loose granular with average base depths of 12 to 40 inches. The Extreme Challenge is Sunday, Feb. 25th.

Upper FIS
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Gorgeous day

Upper Chilcoot and Mount Mansfield seen from the top of Catwalk
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Blue skies up high

Today we have top to bottom skiing and riding on all 3 mountain with 7 lifts operating, including the Madonna 1 Lift. We have 73 trails open with terrain for all ability levels. We received an inch of new snow on top overnight. Currently, it is partly cloudy and 31 degrees at the summit of Sterling with winds of 0 to 5 mph. Today’s forecast is calling for cloudy skies with a high of 40 degrees at the base and 32 degrees at higher elevations. 35 trails have been groomed for today, including Drifter, Upper FIS, Goat Path, Ruthie’s, Hibernator, Curley’s Cutback, Log Jam, Black Snake, and Smugglers’ Alley for a total of 143 acres of freshly groomed terrain. Surface conditions are machine groomed and variable with average base depths of 14 to 40 inches. I just skied Drifter and the groomers did a fantastic job! Robin’s Run just opened!

View from the summit of Madonna Mountain
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Extreme Challenge is Sunday, Feb. 25th

The Smugglers’ Notch Ski and Snowboard Club hosts this exciting event – an opportunity for junior and adult freeskiers and riders to show their big mountain skiing on the most difficult terrain the East has to offer. Spectators will be treated to a birds-eye view from Madonna I Lift or watch from a roped off area easily accessed from midstation.

Course inspection for a previous competition

Tomorrow, we plan to have top-to-bottom skiing and riding on all 3 mountains with 7 lifts operating, including the Madonna I Lift. We have 72 trails open with terrain for all ability levels. 36 trails will be groomed for tomorrow, including Drifter, Upper FIS, Sam’s Run, Snow Snake, Thomke’s Express, and Smugglers’ Alley, for a total of 143 acres of freshly groomed terrain. Surface conditions are machine-groomed and variable, with average base depths of 14 to 40 inches. Currently, it is cloudy and 28 degrees at the summit of Sterling. Tomorrow’s forecast calls for a chance of snow showers early, then mostly sunny skies with a high of 43 degrees at the base and 36 degrees at higher elevation.

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Freshly groomed terrain

Today, we have top-to-bottom skiing and riding on all 3 mountains with 7 lifts operating, including the Madonna I Lift. We have 74 trails open with terrain for all ability levels. 32 trails have been groomed for today, including Snake Bite, Upper FIS, and Dixie’s Knoll, for a total of 125 acres. Surface conditions are machine-groomed and packed powder with average base depths of 14 to 40 inches. Currently, it is partly sunny and 23 degrees at the summit of Sterling with winds of 5 to 10 mph. Today’s forecast calls for partly sunny skies early with a chance of rain late in the day, a high of 36 degrees at the base, and 32 degrees at higher elevations.

Lower Morse Liftline
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Top to bottom on all 3 mountains

The day started a little cool, but the sun worked its magic, and we had a gorgeous day! I skied over to the upper mountains this morning. I decided to take advantage of the clear skies and do a run on Drifter for the amazing views. I stopped at a few of my favorite spots and just soaked up the beauty all around me. Skiing and riding isn’t just about sliding down a mountain. It’s also about being outside, the fresh air, and experiencing nature. I guess you could say I stopped to smell the roses. Tomorrow, we plan to have 7 lifts operating, including the Madonna I Lift. We have 74 trails open with terrain for all ability levels. 34 trails will be groomed for tomorrow, including Drifter, Upper FIS, Smugglers’ Alley, Thomke’s, Snow Snake, and Hibernator, for a total of 134 acres of freshly groomed terrain. Surface conditions are machine-groomed and packed powder with average base depths of 14 to 40 inches. Currently, it is sunny and 23 degrees at the summit of Sterling. Tomorrow’s forecast calls for partly sunny skies with a high of 36 degrees at the base and 32 degrees at higher elevations.

Upper Drifter with Camel’s Hump in the background
I caught up to long-time Smuggs family member “Long Island Rick” on Morse today
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Uphill access update

Morse Mountain is open Fridays through Wednesdays, 5 pm to 10 pm.

Sterling is open daily from 5:30 am to 7:30 am.

Madonna is open on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 6 to 8 pm, closed Sundays.

Sterling is open Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays 6 to 8 pm, closed Sundays.

Check here for specific guidelines on our uphill policy. Make sure you check this report daily for any changes before you head out. Thank you for your cooperation.

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Beautiful sunny skies

Currently, it is sunny and 16 degrees at the summit of Sterling with winds of 10 to 20 mph. Today’s forecast calls for mostly sunny skies with a high of 32 degrees at the base and 27 degrees at higher elevations. We have top-to-bottom skiing and riding on all 3 mountains with 7 lifts operating, including the Madonna I Lift. We have 73 trails open with terrain for all ability levels. 36 trails have been groomed for today, including Upper FIS, Curley’s Cutback, and Smugglers’ Alley, for a total of 137 acres of freshly groomed terrain. Surface conditions are packed powder and machine groomed with average base depths of 14 to 40 inches. Last night, we made snow on Thomke’s Express and Bootlegger.

View from Madonna Mountain