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40 inches of new snow in the past 6 days

Ken finds a powder stash in the woods
Max heading into the Red Fox Glades
Harley having fun at the top of Doc’s
Katelin on Upper Drifter
Rick and Tony in Doc Dempsey’s Glades

We are 100 percent open with all 78 trails. We have top-to-bottom skiing and riding on all 3 mountains with 6 lifts operating, including the Madonna I Lift. 37 trails will be groomed for tomorrow, including Goat Path, Drifter, Thomke’s, Smugglers’ Alley, Snow Snake, and Hibernator for a grand total of 143 acres of freshly groomed terrain. Surface conditions are machine-groomed and variable with average base depths of 16 to 54 inches. Currently, it is partly cloudy and 11 degrees at the summit of Sterling. We received 4 inches of new snow in the past 24 hours. Tomorrow’s forecast calls for mostly sunny skies with a high of 38 degrees at the base and 32 degrees at higher elevations.

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Powder!

Tony goes deep
Chris riding the powder
Jason loving the new snow
Lenny having fun in the fresh snow
Snow Reporter getting into his work.
PC Tony Lehouillier

It’s great to have all the fresh snow! I want to take a minute to apologize for the lifts that were on hold today. The Village Lift was on wind hold most of the day, but it opened at around 2 pm. The Madonna I lift experienced an electrical problem and it shut down around 1:45 pm. We were able to get the Madonna II lift running around 2 pm. There ending up being a frozen wheel on the Madonna II lift that we missed and the lift had to be shut down for repairs. It was a pretty wild day for our lift staff. The good news is that we plan to have all 8 lifts operating tomorrow! Speaking of lifts I would like to remind people that jumping out of the chair can derail the lift. Even if you are low to the ground.

We received 14 inches of new snow in the past 24 hours and 24 inches in the past 2 days! Tomorrow we plan to have top to bottom skiing and riding on all 3 mountains with all 8 lifts operating. We plan to have all 78 trails open tomorrow with terrain for all ability levels. Surface conditions are powder and packed powder with average base depths of 18 to 56 inches. 33 trails will be groomed for tomorrow, including Ruthie’s, Snow Snake, and Practice Slope for a grand total of 138 acres of freshly groomed terrain. Tonight’s forecast is calling for 1 to 3 inches of snow. Tomorrow’s forecast is calling for cloudy skies with a chance of a snow shower with a high of 17 degrees.

The Extreme Challenge is this weekend on Upper Madonna Liftline. Tomorrow the competition will be held just below mid-station. Lower Madonna Liftline will be open. The Headwall and below mid-station will be closed this weekend for the competition. On Sunday the competition will be held on the Headwall. The conditions are perfect and the competition should be off the hook!

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It is still snowing

Where did my skis go?
Great conditions
Base Lodge nicely decorated

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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Just picture perfect

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Powder Hound

Today was gorgeous with great conditions and beautiful sunshine. The winds decreased allowing the sun to work its magic. The 23 inches of new snow that we received in the past 3 days has been incredible. The storm started out with warmer temperatures and wet snow. The temperatures slowly dropped as it continued to snow. The wet snow bonded with the old snow and was topped off with lighter snow, making it the perfect storm. Especially when the sun comes out right after the storm!

 

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View from Upper Drifter

Lifts and Trails

We are 100 percent open! Tomorrow we plan to have top to bottom skiing and riding on all 3 mountains with 6 lifts operating. We plan to have all 78 trails open with terrain for all ability levels.  Surface conditions are packed powder and powder with average base depths of 24 to 54 inches. We plan to groom 37 trails tonight, including Smugglers’ Alley, Snow Snake, and Drifter for a grand total of 145 acres of freshly groomed terrain.

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Taking flight

New Snow

We received 14 inches of new snow in the past 2 days, 23 inches in the past 3 days, and 368 inches this season so far!

Weather

Currently it is sunny and 27 degrees at the summit of Sterling with winds of 10 to 20 mph. Tomorrow’s forecast is partly cloudy skies with increasing sunshine and temperatures between 11 and 29 degrees.

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Powder Day

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Ken framed nicely

New Snow

We received 14 inches of new snow in the past 24 hours and 23 inches in the past 2 days.

Lifts and Trails

Tomorrow we plan to have top to bottom skiing and riding on all 3 mountains with all 8 lifts operating. We plan to have 76 trails open with terrain for all ability levels. Surface conditions are powder and packed powder with average base depths of 24 to 54 inches. We plan to groom 41 trails tonight for a grand total of 147 acres of freshly groomed terrain.

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The Mountain Report is here at Smuggs this weekend enjoying all the new snow!

Weather

Currently is it partly sunny and 16 degrees at the summit of Sterling with winds of 20 to 30 mph. Tomorrow’s forecast is partly sunny skies with a chance of a snow shower late in the day with temperatures between 17 and 35 degrees.

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Spring time picnic?

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Marlee enjoying the fresh snow

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Sometimes you just want to chill

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Ken riding a wave of powder

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POW

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Geoff throwing some snow around. Photo credit Ken Rule

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Hugh B takes flight. Photo credit Harley Johnson

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Powder Day

 

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Small flakes equal big snow

The storm really did not start until after 5 am this morning.  At 7 am the snow was sticking and accumulating. It only got better as the day went on and the snow just kept piling up.  I did a run with my daughter Hannah this afternoon in the Black Hole and she said “Her powder sensor was going off!”  It has been snowing hard all day and it’s going to continue right into midday tomorrow!

 

New Snow

We received 6 to 9 inches of new snow today, 14 inches in the past 6 days, and 354 inches this season so far!

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Hannah loving the deep snow in the Black Hole

Lifts and Trails

There is a possibility of high winds affecting some lift operations tomorrow morning. For the up to the minute report go to our “Trail by Trail” report for all the lift and trail information. Weather permitting tomorrow we plan to have top to bottom skiing and riding on all 3 mountains with all 8 lifts operating. We now have 73 trails open with terrain for all ability levels. Surface conditions are powder and packed powder with average base depths of 22 to 52 inches. We plan to groom 38 trails tonight for a grand total of 144 acres of freshly groomed terrain.

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Snow Reporter buried in work. Photo credit Hannah Johnson

Weather

Currently it is snowing hard and 28 degrees at the summit of Sterling with winds of 5 to 15 mph. Tonight’s forecast is snow with 6 to 10 inches of accumulation possible. Tomorrow’s forecast is snow and another 3 to 5 inches of accumulation possible with temperatures between 23 and 32 degrees.

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We just hit 350 inches of snow for the season!

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Free Refills

We received 4 to 5 inches of heavy new snow this morning with more on the way. We could see a storm total of up to 20 inches by Saturday afternoon. We have top to bottom skiing and riding on all 3 mountains with 6 lifts operating. We now have 68 trails open with terrain for all ability levels. Surface conditions are powder and packed powder with average base depths of 20 to 50 inches.

 

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Just getting started

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We received 1 to 2 inches of new snow this morning with much more to come!

Weather

Currently, it is snowing hard and 28 degrees at the summit of Sterling with winds of 5 to 10 mph. Today ‘s forecast is snow with 3 to 5 inches of accumulation possible and temperatures between 27 and 35 degrees. Tonight’s forecast is snow with another 6 to 10 inches of accumulation possible. Tomorrow’s forecast is snow and another 3 to 5 inches of accumulation possible.

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Mogul Mouse working the snow magic!

Lifts and Trails

Today we have top to bottom skiing and riding on all 3 mountains with 7 lifts operating, including the Madonna I Lift. We have 65 trails open with terrain for all ability levels. Surface conditions are powder and machine groomed with average base depths of 20 to 50 inches.  27 trails have been groomed for today, including Drifter, Sam’s Run, and Thomke’s for a grand total of 127 acres of freshly groomed terrain.