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Good morning

Today we plan to have skiing and riding on all 3 mountains with 6 lifts operating. The Madonna I Lift will be closed today, tomorrow, and maybe Wednesday for snowmaking operations. We have 38 trails open with terrain for all ability levels. 27 trails have been groomed for today, including Smugglers’ Alley, Black Snake, Dixie’s Knoll, Howie’s Wanderer, McPherson’s, and Lower FIS for a total of 113 acres of freshly groomed terrain. Surface conditions are machine groomed and variable, with average base depths of 12 to 36 inches. Currently, it is cloudy and 20 degrees at the summit of Sterling. Today’s forecast calls for cloudy skies with a chance of a snow shower early in the day, a high of 28 degrees at the base and 22 degrees at higher elevations. Today, we plan to make snow on Upper FIS.

Lower Morse Liftline
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Fantastic day on the slopes

I skied on all 3 mountains today. I was lucky enough to be on Madonna Mountain when patrol started dropping the ropes. I was riding the Madonna I Lift, and just as I passed mid-station, I could see someone on the Headwall. Once I got closer, I realized that it was patroller Jason Nemo, and he was ripping up the skier’s left side. It looked really good, and I was hoping that patrol would open it up. Just then, I got a text from Patrol telling me that Madonna Liftline, Black Hole, and Freefall from the Traverse were all opening. I got to the top, took an immediate right turn around the top shack, and headed down Liftline. Ski Patroller Alissa was dropping the rope at Catwalk just as I got there. I got a few fresh turns in, and then I took some photos of the skiers and riders in the fresh snow as they passed me. It was only a few people, and I still found some fresh turns as I skied down to the Robin’s Run work road. The skiers and riders in front of me did not go down the Headwall, so I did. I got the skier’s right side of the Headwall fresh! I then continued down Liftline for a true “shack-to-shack” run. I got to the bottom and jumped right back on the Madonna I Lift. I ran into Ski Patroller Ethan at the summit of Madonna; he was headed to drop the rope on Sally’s Alley and invited me to join him. We then took the traverse over to Freefall from Upper FIS. Ethan took the left side, and I took the right. The new snow was skiing fantastic! Tomorrow, we plan to have top-to-bottom skiing and riding on all 3 mountains with 5 lifts operating, including the Madonna I Lift. We have 73 trails open with terrain for all ability levels. 27 trails will be groomed for tomorrow, including McPherson’s, Midway, and Snake Bite, for a total of 112 acres of freshly groomed terrain. Surface conditions are packed powder and machine groomed with average base depths of 16 to 40 inches. Currently, it is cloudy and 23 degrees at the summit of Sterling. Tomorrow’s forecast calls for a chance of freezing drizzle becoming drizzle with a high of 35 degrees at the base and 33 degrees at higher elevations.

Ski Patrol Assistant Director Ethan Costello on Freefall
Upper Madonna Liftline
Snowmaking operations on Log Jam, Dixie’s Knoll, and Hibernator last night
Patroller Alissa dropping ropes on Madonna Mountain
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Winter wonderland

Tomorrow, we plan to have top-to-bottom skiing and riding on all 3 mountains with 5 lifts operating, including the Madonna I Lift. We have 67 trails open with terrain for all ability levels. 26 trails will be groomed for tomorrow, including Goat Path, Curley’s Cutback, and Smugglers’ Alley for a total of 105 acres of freshly groomed terrain. Surface conditions are packed powder and machine groomed with average base depths of 16 to 40 inches. Last night, we made snow on Log Jam, Hibernator, and Dixie’s Knoll. Currently, it is cloudy and 20 degrees at the summit of Sterling. Tomorrow’s forecast calls for cloudy skies with a chance of snow showers, a high of 26 degrees at the base, and 19 degrees at higher elevations.

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Another day in paradise

Currently, it is partly sunny and 20 degrees at the summit of Sterling with winds of 5 to 15 mph. Today’s forecast calls for sunny skies early with increasing clouds later in the day, a high of 29 degrees at the base and 26 degrees at higher elevations. We have top-to-bottom skiing and riding on all 3 mountains with 5 lifts operating, including Madonna I Lift. We have 67 trails open with terrain for all ability levels. Freefall is open from the traverse on Upper FIS. 27 trails have been groomed for today, including Chilcoot, Black Snake, and Midway, for a total of 112 acres of freshly groomed terrain. Surface conditions are packed powder and machine groomed with average base depths of 16 to 40 inches. We are presently making snow on Hibernator, Log Jam, and Dixie’s Knoll.

Sterling and Mount Mansfield seen from Madonna Mountain
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Top to bottom on all 3 mountains

Tomorrow, we plan to have Madonna I Lift, Village Lift, Mogul Mouse’s Magic Lift, Sterling Lift, and Sir Henry’s Glider all operating. We now have 69 trails open with terrain for all ability levels. 27 trails will be groomed for tomorrow, including Chilcoot, Smugglers’ Alley, and Garden Path, for a total of 116 acres of freshly groomed terrain. Surface conditions are packed powder and machine groomed with average base depths of 16 to 40 inches. We received an inch of new snow in the past 24 hours, 10 inches in the past 3 days, and 32 inches in the past 9 days! We are presently making snow on Birch Run, McPherson’s, and the Practice Slope. Currently, it is cloudy and 12 degrees at the summit of Sterling. Tomorrow’s forecast is calling for partly sunny skies early with increasing clouds, a high of 11 degrees at the base, and 4 degrees at higher elevations. Bundle up and enjoy the wonderful conditions!

Pushing out the huge snowmaking piles on Mulcahy’s Link
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Great day on the slopes

This morning, I got a text from Caleb Kessler. Caleb is the Social Media Manager here at Smuggs. He had heard the news that the Madonna I Lift was opening for the first time this season and wanted to get some photos. We met up and took a couple of amazing runs on Madonna! We were headed to Upper FIS and stopped to look down Doc’s. It was completely smooth with no bumps and had great coverage. It was really hard to ski by, but we decided to ski Upper FIS and then cut back to Lower Docs. The skier’s left on Upper FIS was wonderful. Lower Doc’s was so much fun with the lower-angle powder to float through. Caleb and I got to the base area of Madonna after our first run, and we were going to go back to our offices, but the line at Madonna I Lift was short. We looked at each other and headed right back to the Madonna I Lift. It was just too good not to do another run!

We are presently making snow on Upper Chilcoot, Mulcahy’s Link, and Lower FIS. The Madonna I Lift will be closed tomorrow through Friday for snowmaking operations. Tomorrow, we plan to have Madonna II Lift, Sterling Lift, Village Lift, Mogul Mouse’s Magic Lift, and Sir Henry’s Glider all operating. We will have 52 trails open tomorrow with terrain for all ability levels. 22 trails will be groomed for tomorrow; that’s a total of 96 acres of freshly groomed terrain. Surface conditions are packed powder and machine groomed with average base depths of 14 to 38 inches. Currently, it is partly cloudy and 10 degrees at the summit of Sterling with winds of 5 to 10 mph. Tomorrow’s forecast calls for snow showers with 4 to 8 inches of accumulation possible, with a high of 19 degrees at the base and 16 degrees at higher elevations. The conditions are fantastic and are only getting better!

Upper FIS Photo taken by Caleb Kessler
Caleb and I in the Rime Ice Forest
Goods in the woods. Photo taken by Caleb Kessler
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It’s going to be a beautiful weekend

 44.59°N 72.78°W (Elev. 1348 ft)

Saturday: Sunny, with a high near 37 degrees

Saturday Night: Mostly clear, with a low of around 14 degrees

Sunday: Sunny, with a high near 48 degrees

The Madonna I Lift and Madonna II Lift are presently on wind hold. The Sterling Lift is now open. We have 8 trails open with terrain for intermediates and experts only. All 8 trails have been groomed for today. Surface conditions are machine groomed and variable with average base depths of 12 to 50 inches. Currently, it is partly sunny and 24 degrees at the summit of Sterling with winds of 20 to 25 mph. Today’s forecast is calling for mostly sunny skies, windy with a high of 40 degrees at the base and 29 degrees at higher elevations. The last day of the 2022/2023 Season is this Sunday, April 9th.

This weekend we plan to have the Madonna 1 Lift and Sterling Lift operating. We plan to have 33 trails open with terrain for intermediates and experts only.

Trivia question:

How many chairs are on the Madonna 1 Lift?

Answer will be posted this afternoon.

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Sunny skies Friday, Saturday, and Sunday

Top of Catwalk
Upper Drifter

Tomorrow we plan to have the Madonna I Lift and Sterling Lift operating. We plan to have 23 trails open with terrain for intermediates and experts only. We plan to groom 20 trails for tomorrow, including Upper FIS, Drifter, Smugglers’ Alley, and Thomke’s for a grand total of 77 acres of freshly groomed terrain. Surface conditions are machine groomed and spring conditions with average base depths of 12 to 50 inches. Currently, it is 30 degrees at the summit of Sterling with light rain and winds of 20 to 30 mph. Tomorrow’s forecast calls for cloudy skies with a chance of showers, and wind, a high of 55 degrees at the base, and 51 degrees at higher elevations. The closing day of the 2022/2023 Season is Sunday, April 9th.