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Grooming operations

The Madonna 2 Lift will open at 9:30 am. The Madonna 1 Lift is closed for today. We have 6 lifts operating with 23 trails open. Currently, it is 21 degrees at the summit of Sterling with freezing rain and winds of 5 to 10 mph. Today’s forecast calls for sleet and freezing rain becoming snow with 1 to 2 inches of accumulation possible with a high of 34 degrees. Surface conditions are machine groomed and variable with average base depths of 8 to 30 inches.

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Grooming operations

Lower Morse Liftline

Today we have 6 lifts operating. The Madonna 1 Lift is presently on wind hold. We have 29 trails open with terrain for all ability levels. 20 trails have been groomed for today, including Rumrunner, Lower FIS, and Garden Path. Surface conditions are machine groomed and variable with average base depths of 8 to 30 inches. Currently it is cloudy and 31 degrees at the summit of Sterling with winds of 15 to 30 mph. Today’s forecast is calling for rain becoming snow showers with a high of 37 degrees at the base and 33 degrees at the summit of Sterling. Temperatures will be falling throughout the day.

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

This weekend the featured beer for the apres sports parties at Bootlegger’s and the Black Bear Tavern is Bud Light.

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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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Making Moves on Sir Henry’s!

Blowing snow on Sir Henry’s!

We’re making progress! I took a quick trip over to Sir Henry’s this afternoon and it’s looking good! If Mother Nature continues to cooperate we’re hoping to open it up on Friday.

And here’s some more good news – our new groomer arrived! It’s about to join the fleet and help carve some corduroy for the weekend.

Stay tuned for tomorrows weather from the hill and all things Smuggs!

New groomer!
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Sometimes it’s better to leave it alone

Tonight’s forecast is calling for temperatures to fall through the night. At around 3 am it falls below freezing. The forecasted rain then turns to sleet, becoming snow with 1 to 2 inches of accumulation possible. The temperature is going to fall 30 degrees between 1 am and 7 am. The existing snow will be pretty wet as the new snow falls on top. The new snow will insulate the wet snow as the temperature is falling rapidly. This will protect the wet snow from a flash freeze. Grooming wet snow is like stirring a cake mix. The stirring action brings the moisture to the top. If we groom tonight and tomorrow morning it will bring the moisture from the wet snow to the surface and it will flash freeze. If we leave it alone we believe that would provide the best skiing and riding experience on Friday.

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 plan to have 34 trails open with terrain for all ability levels. Surface conditions are variable and loose granular with average base depths of 14 to 46 inches. Currently, it is cloudy and 40 degrees at the summit of Sterling with winds of 15 to 30 mph. Tomorrow’s forecast is calling for snow showers an inch of accumulation possible with a high of 13 degrees at the base and 7 degrees at the top. Temperatures will be falling throughout the day.

Uphill Travel  

All 3 mountains are presently closed to uphill traffic. Stay tuned for updates.

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Grooming operations

The Village Lift, Madonna I Lift, and Madonna II Lift are presently on wind hold. Currently, it is raining and 40 degrees at the summit of Sterling with winds of 15 to 30 mph. Today’s forecast is calling for rain and gusty winds with a high of 51 degrees at the base and 44 degrees at higher elevations. We have 4 lifts operating today Sterling, Morse Highlands, Mogul Mouse’s Magic, and Sir Henry’s Glider. We have 19 trails open today. 15 trails have been groomed for today. The Birch Run Terrain Park is open.

Lower Morse Liftline
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1-2-3 inches of SNOW

Rockin’ Ron for Hugh. 3 inches of new snow overnight and a total of 7 inches in the past 2 days. Madonna I will have a slightly delayed opening due to snowmaking and grooming. 63 trails will be available for your skiing and riding pleasure. Having fun will be as easy as 1-2-3.

Patrol and SSU get ready for a Milk Run Clinic. Ray says it’s “whole” milk because the snow is so creamy.
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From Snow Report Central

Rockin’ Ron for Hugh. What a difference a week makes. Since I last reported here, we’ve received 21 inches of snow, and that’s in addition to our snowmaking efforts! Speaking of which, Upper FIS will be closed today for more snowmaking. You also need to know that parts of Black Snake and all of Snake Bite will be closed today for a Ski Race, but they will be completely open by 2 pm. I’m glad to report that it will be a good day to ski/ride with 60 available trails and a forecast of partly sunny skies and a high of 29 degrees.

The Snow Report Office is in a secure and top secret location.
Grooming by the Gazebo.

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Morning groom

Lower Morse Liftline

The temperature fell throughout the night. We had to wait for the temperature to drop below freezing to groom. Our groomers are finishing up Morse Mountain and we plan to open on time. Our groomers will be headed to Madonna and Sterling Mountain next. We plan to have Madonna and Sterling Mountain open soon. Ski Patrol is presently checking trail conditions on Madonna. This report will be updated as soon as possible. Today we plan to have top to bottom skiing and riding on all 3 mountains with 6 lifts operating, including the Madonna I Lift. Surface conditions are machine groomed and variable with average base depths of 14 to 52 inches. Currently it is cloudy and 15 degrees at the summit of Sterling. Today’s forecast is calling for mostly cloudy skies with a high of 34 degrees.