With fluctuating temps, grooming that normally takes place overnight is taking place right now. Therefore there will be a delay in upper mountain lift openings. Trail conditions and trail count may vary, but it is not due to lack of snow.
I want to thank the Vertical Challenge Crew and everyone who helped put on the event today. The Vertical Challenge Crew was at the Base Lodge this morning before 6 am to get everything ready for the big day. They worked like a well-oiled machine. Everything ran so smoothly and a fantastic time was had by all!
We received 4 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. Tomorrow Mogul Mouse’s Magic Lift will open at 8:30 am and the Village Lift will open at 9:00 am. We now have 54 trails open with terrain for all ability levels. Surface conditions are packed powder and machine groomed with average base depths of 12 to 50 inches. 29 trails will be groomed for tomorrow, including Playground, Curley’s Cutback, and Thomke’s for a grand total of 121 acres of freshly groomed terrain. Currently, it is 27 degrees at the summit of Sterling with light snow and winds of 5 to 10 mph. Tonight’s forecast is calling for 1 to 2 inches of snow. Tomorrow’s forecast is snow showers another 1 to 3 inches of accumulation possible with a high of 32 degrees.
This Sunday, January 26th at the Base Lodge., the Vertical Challenge is making its stop at Smugglers’ Notch Resort for a day of fun on the hill with games, races, and giveaways. The Vertical Challenge is a series of free casual ski and snowboard races held at ski resorts throughout the Northeast during each winter season. Skiers and snowboarders are divided by gender and age to compete for gold, silver, and bronze medals in each category. In addition to the races, there is a festival element, featuring snowy activities for all ages and prize give-aways throughout a fun day at the mountain.
I would like you to meet Joe. Joe is from New Jersey and is here with a group. I was skiing Upper Drifter when I saw someone walking down the trail. I stopped to ask “what is going on”? Joe told me that “he rode his snowboard through a little water and now he has ice on the bottom of his board.” The ice on the bottom of his board would not allow him to slide. Joe did not have anything to scrap the ice off his board. I told Joe that “this has happened to me many times and it is easy to fix.” I took my skis off and used them to scrape the ice off his board. Joe said that “he was not able to keep up with his group because of ice on his board and he was not sure where to go.” I told Joe “No problem, let’s ski and ride down together. We will go to the Base Lodge and see if we can find anyone in your group.” When we got to the Base Lodge one of Joe’s friends was out in front of the ski racks looking for him. Joe was now back with his group and everybody was happy to see each other again. One thing I want to say about these young men I met today is that they are very nice and polite. Joe and his friends all shook my hand and gave me a sincere “Thank You.” It was wonderful to meet Joe and his friends. I hope you have a fantastic trip here at Smuggs and I hope to see you again.
We received 10 inches of new snow in the past 24 hours and 12 inches in the past 2 days. There were 3 inches of new snowfall this morning and it just snowed all day long. I thought it was done around 4 pm this afternoon and then it started dumping again! It was a great powder day with ropes dropping on all 3 mountains. Tomorrow we plan to have top to bottom skiing and riding on all 3 mountains with 6 lifts operating. The Madonna I Lift will be on cold hold until around 10 am tomorrow morning. We now have 43 trails open with terrain for all ability levels. Surface conditions are packed powder and powder with average base depths of 12 to 50 inches. 28 trails will be groomed for tomorrow for a grand total of 110 acres of freshly groomed terrain. Upper FIS will be groomed from Catwalk down to Goat Path. We are presently making snow on McPherson’s, the Practice Slope, and on Upper FIS from Goat Path down to Times Square. Currently, it is snowing and 17 degrees at the summit of Sterling with winds of 10 to 20 mph. Tonight’s forecast is snow showers early with 1 to 2 inches of accumulation possible. Tomorrow’s forecast is calling for mostly sunny skies and a high of 6 degrees. Dress warm and enjoy all the new snow!
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