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Picture perfect

Today was another beautiful day with plenty of sunshine and light wind. I had a great time this morning skiing on Sterling. Smugglers’ Alley was groomed last night and it sure was fun to make some big turns on a nice smooth surface.  I also had a bunch of fun playing in the trees. I hiked out to one of favorite places and I had to take a photo of Sterling Pond with Mount Mansfield in the background. I headed down to Morse Mountain in the afternoon in catch the last World Famous Cookie Race of the season.  I could not believe how the skiers were carving turns around the gates and the snowboarders were catching air off the jumps. Everyone was soaking up the beautiful sunshine and loving the warmer temperatures. Mogul Mouse was at the finish of the race giving out high fives to the skiers and riders as they went by. The kids were also pretty excited to get a cookie. I’m pretty excited about the forecast of a snow storm heading this way. The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm warnings and advisories calling for up to 14 inches of new snow by Saturday night. The snow is expected to start tomorrow with the majority of snowfall occurring Friday night. The snow will continue into Saturday also. Tomorrow we plan to have top to bottom skiing and riding on all 3 mountains with 4 lifts operating, including the Madonna 1 lift. We have 57 trails open with terrain for all ability levels. 37 trails will be groomed for tomorrow, including Upper FIS, Smugglers’ Alley, and Snow Snake for a grand total of 130 acres of freshly groomed terrain.

Sterling Pond with Mount Mansfield in the background.

Snow Sport University Instructor Oliver Blackman with his class enjoying the beautiful day.

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Cool, clear, and calm before the storm

 

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View from the summit of Sterling

 

 

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Harvey Wesson Local’s Race

The cold temperatures last night allowed our snowmakers to really pile up the snow last night. There are snowmaking whales all the way down Black Snake. I had fun skiing to the top of each of the snowmaking whales as I worked my way down. I enjoy all the different shapes and sizes of the whales.  The pile of snow our Snowmakers fabricated yesterday and last night in the Zone Terrain Park is huge. I look forward to seeing what our Terrain Park Crew will create with all this snow. The weather is going to change tonight.The forecast is calling for cloudy skies and light snow with 1 to 2 inches of accumulation possible.

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The Zone Terrain Park has a ton of snow

Tomorrow’s forecast is periods of snow, another 1 to 2 inches of snow possible with temperatures between 21 and 27 degrees. We are also expecting 1 to 3 inches of new snow Saturday night into Sunday.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Snowfall for Feb. 12th and 13th

The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Storm Watch for snow, Sunday through Monday. Tomorrow we plan to have top to bottom skiing and riding on all 3 mountains with all 8 lifts operating. We are 94 percent open with 72 out of 78 trails open with terrain for all ability levels. 36 trails will be groomed for tomorrow, including Upper FIS, Snow Snake, and Snake Bite for a grand total of 131 acres of freshly groomed terrain. Tonight we plan to make snow on Garden Path, the Village Courtyard, and Midway.

 

 

 

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Not quite as tall as Madonna Mountain

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Here comes the snow

The temperatures were in the 30’s today with nice soft conditions. I had a great time today carving up the corduroy. Black Snake down to the neck and Practice Slope was one of my favorites run of the day. I really enjoy the steeper sections. The soft snow really allowed me to set an edge and let the ski carve. Speaking of snow, it was snowing pretty hard this afternoon with low visibility. The flakes were really big and accumulating fast. Everything was covered in a short amount of time. We received an inch of new snow this afternoon with more on the way. The forecast is calling for up to 10 inches of new snow by Saturday night. The National Weather Service is predicting 9 to 20 inches of new snow by Saturday night. I expect the trail count to rise to almost its maximum by this weekend. Tomorrow we plan to have top to bottom skiing and riding on all 3 mountains with 6 lifts operating, including the Madonna 1 lift. We now have 61 trails open with terrain for all ability levels. 32 trails will be groomed for tomorrow, including Snow Snake and Thomke’s Express for a grand total of 124 acres of freshly groomed terrain. To see this week’s episode of the No Bull Video Snow Report just go to www.facebook.com/SmugglersNotch

Snow falling on Lower Morse Liftline

Heel side turn onto the Practice Slope

Smugglers’ Notch Adaptive Program

A still photo from this week’s No Bull Video Snow Report