What is a snow snake?

Legend has it that the snow snake is the nemesis of skiers and snowboarders around the world. Snow snakes are found on steep snow-covered slopes. The white color of the snow snake makes it very hard to see while skiing and riding. This is why the snow snake is often the cause of unexplained wipeouts. The next time you take fall for no reason, just blame it on a snow snake!

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 plan to have 52 trails open with terrain for all ability levels. Surface conditions are spring conditions and machine groomed with average base depths of 12 to 46 inches. We plan to groom 17 trails tonight, including Chilcoot, Treasure Run, and the Magic Learning Trail for grand total of 86 acres of freshly groomed terrain. Currently, it is cloudy and 39 degrees at the summit of Sterling with winds of 0 to 5 mph. Tomorrow’s forecast is calling for a slight chance of an early shower then partly sunny skies with a high of 67 degrees.

Snow Sport University private lessons are available till Sunday, April 4th.

The last day for some lifts is expected to be Sunday, March 28, with Morse Highlands, Village, Madonna II, and the Sterling T-Bar closing for the season.

The Ice Skating Rink, Nordic, and Snowshoe Trails are now closed for the remainder of the season.

Can a snow snake get a skier and or snowboarder?
Hayleigh did not see any snow snakes on Snow Snake this run.

Mountains of adventure mountains of fun

Tomorrow we plan to have 5 lifts operating, Madonna I, Madonna II, Village, Mogul Mouse’s Magic, and Sir Henry’s Glider. The Sterling Lift will be closed for a few days for a mechanical repair. We have 67 skiable trails and 44 lift-accessible trails open tomorrow. 35 trails have been groomed for today, including Upper FIS, Shuttle, Ruthie’s, Goat Path, Snow Snake, Howie’s Wanderer, and Lower Rumrunner for a grand total of 123 acres of freshly groomed terrain. Surface conditions are machine groomed and variable with average base depths of 16 to 50 inches. Currently, it is cloudy and 24 degrees at the summit of Sterling with winds of 5 to 15 mph. Tomorrow’s forecast is calling for mostly sunny skies a high of 52 degrees. If you park in Parking Lot 1 you can ski or ride back to your vehicle by taking Shuttle, Crossover, Treasure Run, Lower Exhibition, and the Practice Slope.

Sterling Mountain is open during the day to uphill traffic. Please use Parking Lot 1, Practice Slope, old rope tow line, and Black Snake to ascend. There will be downhill traffic on Lower Rumrunner, Treasure Run, and Lower Exhibition.

Employees can ski or ride today.

Madonna Mountain and Sterling Mountain seen from Midway
Quinn having fun at the Nordic Center
Patroller John Fontanilles on Upper Drifter
Hayleigh copying Quinn’s move at the Nordic Center
Bridge at the Nordic Center

Cross Country Skiing

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThe Nordic Ski & Snowshoe Adventure Center has 30 km of cross country trails and dedicated snowshoe terrain. From beginner to expert trails, you will find our network both beautiful and varied with terrain suitable for classic and skate ski. Cross Country lessons are available.  To learn more check out the Nordic Ski & Snowshoe Adventure Center web page.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAnordic-map1819-image600