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Powder day

Upper Madonna Liftline

We received 5 inches of new snow overnight, 13 inches in the past 4 days, and 22 inches in the past week! Madonna and Sterling are 100 percent open. We have top to bottom skiing and riding on all 3 mountains. We have 7 lifts operating, including the Madonna I Lift. We now have 73 trails open with terrain for all ability levels. 24 trails have been groomed for today, including Upper Chilcoot, Garden Path, and Black Snake for a grand total of 105 acres of freshly groomed terrain. Surface conditions are powder and packed powder with average base depths of 8 to 30 inches. Upper FIS is groomed from Catwalk down to the Lower Doc Dempsey’s cutoff. Currently, it is still snowing and 28 degrees at the summit of Sterling with winds of 10 to 20 mph. Today’s forecast is calling for snow and another 3 to 7 inches of accumulation possible with a high of 33 degrees and breezy. Temperatures will be falling throughout the day. Tonight’s forecast is also snow with another 2 to 4 inches of accumulation possible. It’s shaping up to be an amazing weekend. Don’t forget to plan ahead and buy your tickets online at smuggs.com/reload.

The Nordic Center is open with 15 km of snowshoeing and 17 km of cross-country trails. The ice rink is presently closed.

Next weekend the featured beer for the apres sports parties at Bootlegger’s and the Black Bear Tavern is Zero Gravity, Powder Jones

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Uphill Access

Just a reminder to all you uphill aficionados; Madonna is currently closed to uphill travel.  While we applaud those who have abided by the uphill policy, there have been several instances of behavior that is not in compliance. Smugglers’ has neither the time nor the resources to police behavior and continued issues could lead to closure. Sterling uphill is open as scheduled Thursday morning. The skin track is up Rumrunner only.  Depending on snow conditions come morning, there is a possibility that we will need to groom Rumrunner before the lift opening. If that is the case, please give any groomers you see on the trail plenty of space. We expect snowmaking will be commencing on Snake Bite Thursday night. That means Black Snake will be closed below Jolly Rodger Thursday night and Friday morning, reopening Saturday morning. We are nearing the end of our major snowmaking efforts and you can expect evening uphill access on Madonna and Sterling to commence soon, probably later next week. Remember, check the snow report!

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Cloudy today then snow sleet snow

View from Upper Drifter
Upper Chilcoot

Currently, it is snowing and 18 degrees at the summit of Sterling. We received a dusting of new snow. The snowstorm is just getting started! Tonight’s forecast is calling for 4 to 8 inches of new snow at higher elevations. Tomorrow’s forecast is calling for snow and sleet with another 4 to 6 inches of accumulation possible, breezy, and a high of 30 degrees at the upper elevations with temperatures falling throughout the day. Tomorrow night were expecting another 2 to 4 inches of new snow. We are presently making snow on Upper FIS. Tomorrow we plan to have top to bottom skiing and riding on all 3 mountains. We plan to have 6 lifts operating, including the Madonna I Lift. We have 69 trails open with terrain for all ability levels. 24 trails will be groomed for tomorrow, including Lower FIS, and Howie’s Wanderer for a grand total of 105 acres of freshly groomed terrain. Surface conditions are packed powder and machine groomed with average base depths of 8 to 28 inches. Surface conditions will change with the new snow we will be getting tonight and tomorrow.

The Nordic Center is open with 15 km of snowshoeing and 17 km of cross-country trails. The ice rink is also open.

Next weekend the featured beer for the apres sports parties at Bootlegger’s and the Black Bear Tavern is Zero Gravity, Powder Jones

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Break in the clouds before the next storm

View from the top of Madonna
Catwalk is open to Doc Dempsey’s Glades only today. Upper FIS is closed due to snowmaking. Lower Catwalk and the front four are open from Upper Madonna Liftline.
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Winter Storm Warning

 44.56°N 72.75°W (Elev. 3343 ft)

Today: Snow likely, mainly after 4 pm. Cloudy, with a high near 20 degrees. The chance of precipitation is 60%. Total daytime snow accumulation of 1 to 3 inches is possible.

Tonight: Snow, mainly before 3 am, then a chance of snow showers after 3 am. The snow could be heavy at times. The temperature rises to around 29 degrees by 5 am. The chance of precipitation is 100%. A new snow accumulation of 6 to 10 inches is possible.

Thursday: Snow showers, mainly after 8 am. Temperature falling to around 18 degrees by 5 pm. The chance of precipitation is 80%. New snow accumulation of 3 to 5 inches is possible.

Thursday Night: Snow showers are likely, mainly before 1 am. Cloudy, with a low of around 7 degrees. The chance of precipitation is 70%. New snow accumulation of 1 to 3 inches is possible.

Today we plan to have top to bottom skiing and riding on all 3 mountains. We have 6 lifts operating today, including the Madonna I Lift. We have 71 trails open with terrain for all ability levels. 24 trails have been groomed for today, including Smugglers’ Alley, Upper Chilcoot, and Dixie’s Knoll for a grand total of 103 acres of freshly groomed terrain. Surface conditions are packed powder and machine groomed with average base depths of 6 to 28 inches. Upper FIS is presently closed due to snowmaking. Currently, it is cloudy and 14 degrees at the summit of Sterling with winds of 5 to 10 mph.

The Nordic Center is open with 15 km of snowshoeing and 17 km of cross-country trails. The ice rink is also open.

Next weekend the featured beer for the apres sports parties at Bootlegger’s and the Black Bear Tavern is Zero Gravity, Powder Jones.

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On top of Madonna – all covered in SNOW!

Rockin’ Ron for Hugh. Got my first turns of the season on Upper Chilcoot. It’s easy to forget that there is almost always more snow, usually a lot more, at the top of the mountain. It may not be snowing in your backyard, but we’ve got our share up here and more is on the way. We received 1-2 inches today. The forecast for Wednesday into Thursday is 8-15 inches of SNOW! Can you say woo-hoo?

We plan to be making snow on Upper FIS tomorrow during the day. This may cause visibility issues and Upper FIS may have to close. Just wanted to give you a heads up, but we will have to wait until tomorrow to see. No pun intended.

The mighty Madonna Mtn as viewed from the Midway trail, just below Rum Runners’ Hideaway.
On top of Madonna getting ready to ride down Upper Chilcoot.
The double black trail Liftline on Madonna Mtn.
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Snow Cat is purring

Rockin’ Ron for Hugh. Here be yer morning update. 15 inches of white gold in the past 5 days. Snow of 1 to 3 inches at higher elevations is forecasted for today, with 6 to 12 inches for Wednesday night into Thursday! Snowmaking on Upper F.I.S. from Catwalk to Goat Path (this may cause the closure of a few nearby trails). Grooming on 24 trails for a total of 95 acres of freshly groomed terrain (can’t you hear Hugh’s voice when you read that?). OK, I gotta get my second cup of coffee, then I’ll feel purr-fect.

It’s not just the trails that get groomed, it’s the areas between and around the lifts, and of course the Tubing Hill. Hey, can you do my driveway?
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Great conditions

Vin on Upper Madonna Liftline
Fresh tracks on Morse
Carving up Lower Morse Liftline

We are in a wonderful cycle, where the refresh button just keeps getting hit. We received 5 inches of new snow in the past 24 hours, 14 inches in the past 4 days, and 28 inches in the past 2 weeks. Ropes were dropping again on Madonna Mountain today. Freefall was open from the top and the Headwall was also open. I had a great time on Freefall and the Black Hole. I also played in the woods a bit. The conditions are fantastic and will be getting even better with more snow in the forecast. We also plan to make snow on Upper FIS tonight and tomorrow. Some trails may be closed tomorrow due to snowmaking operations on Upper FIS. Check the trail-by-trail report for more information tomorrow morning. Currently, it is cloudy and 18 degrees at the summit of Sterling. Tonight’s forecast is calling for snow showers with 1 to 2 inches of accumulation. Tomorrow’s forecast is snow showers with another 1 to 3 inches of accumulation with a high of 30 degrees at the base and 24 degrees at higher elevations. 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 now have 70 trails open with terrain for all ability levels. Surface conditions are packed powder and machine groomed with average base depths of 6 to 28 inches. 24 trails will be groomed for tomorrow, including Black Snake, Upper Chilcoot, and Howie’s Wanderer for a grand total of 95 acres of freshly groomed terrain.

The Nordic Center is open with 15 km of snowshoeing and 17 km of cross-country trails. The ice rink is also open.

Next weekend the featured beer for the apres sports parties at Bootlegger’s and the Black Bear Tavern is Zero Gravity, Powder Jones.

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More open terrain

Upper Madonna Liftline
The Madonna I Lift

Freefall is open from the top. The Headwall, Bermuda, Knight’s Revenge, and Shakedown are also open. Sterling Mountain is 100 percent open! 4 inches of new snow in the past 24 hours and 13 inches in the past 4 days. The conditions are just fantastic!

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Let it snow

44.56°N 72.75°W (Elev. 3343 ft)

Today: Snow likely, mainly before 2 pm. Cloudy, with a high near 24 degrees. The chance of precipitation is 70%. Total daytime snow accumulation of 1 to 3 inches is possible.

Tonight: Snow likely before 4 am, then a slight chance of snow showers after 5 am. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 16 degrees. The chance of precipitation is 60%. A new snow accumulation of 1 to 2 inches is possible.

Tuesday: Snow showers likely, mainly between 11 am and 3 pm. Cloudy, with a high near 25 degrees. The chance of precipitation is 60%. New snow accumulation of 2 to 4 inches is possible.

We received 4 inches of new snow in the past 24 hours and 13 inches in the past 4 days. Currently, it is 23 degrees at the summit of Sterling with flurries and winds of 0 to 5 mph. Today we plan to ski and ride on all 3 mountains with 6 lifts operating, including the Madonna I Lift. We now have 67 trails open with terrain for all ability levels. Sterling Mountain is 100 percent open. 25 trails have been groomed for today, including Smugglers’ Alley, Upper Chilcoot, and Dixie’s Knoll for a grand total of 105 acres of freshly groomed terrain. Surface conditions are packed powder and powder with average base depths of 8 to 28 inches. Yesterday we made snow on Upper FIS.

The Nordic Center is open with 15 km of snowshoeing and 17 km of cross-country trails. The ice rink is also open.

Next weekend the featured beer for the apres sports parties at Bootlegger’s and the Black Bear Tavern is Zero Gravity, Powder Jones.

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