Uphill Access

Morning uphill will be available on Sterling starting Thursday from 5:30 am to 7:30 am.  We expect it to be available for the remainder of the season barring weather interruptions. It is imperative that participants check the snow report prior to heading out for status updates. The Sterling uphill route is Lower Rumrunner to Upper Rumrunner, descend on any open trail. Please review the uphill policy on the website and get refreshed on the rules (no dogs!).  Evening uphill on Morse remains open from 5 pm to 10 pm but will likely close in the future for several days to complete snowmaking operations. Evening uphill on Madonna and Sterling will remain closed pending the completion of snowmaking operations on those mountains.


Snowmaking Returns Tonight!

December 8, 2022 
Rumrunner on December 8, 2022

Nothing like starting the day off with a little bit of a refresher from Mother Nature. From the moment I got on the lift and so far through the afternoon, a light dusting of snow has fallen. I’ll take it!

The conditions are carvable thanks to our award-winning snowmaking and grooming teams laying down some beautiful corduroy. Down below it’s nice and granular, perfect for making some nice turns.

With cooler temps returning, our snowmakers are eager to get those guns firing again. Sometimes Mother Nature needs a little help and our team is more than up to the challenge! Our snowmaking efforts will continue tonight on Sterling focusing on Black Snake and Lower Rumrunner. We plan to have Lower Rumrunner open for the weekend, weather permitting. The lower mountain and beginner terrain is up next.

Stay tuned and think snow!


The Usual Suspects

Dale & Darcy
Dale & Darcy – longtime and frequent skiers. They are also talented musicians.

Rockin’ Ron for Hugh. Despite the date on the calendar, conditions are GREAT! Therefore, many of the usual suspects were on the slopes. It’s always fun to hang out with Darcy & Dale and talk tunes and trails. At the Rumrunner-Black Snake intersection we conferred with Blinky and Dr. John, and their suggestion was Harvey’s to Full Nelson, and good advice it was.


This Saturday and Sunday both Madonna I and Sterling will be operating with 50+ trails open for intermediates and experts. Expect spring conditions. We will be closed Monday, April 15th – Friday, April 19th and then RE-OPEN next weekend. On Saturday, April 20th we plan to operate both Madonna I and Sterling. On Sunday, April 21st, only the Sterling Lift will be running (loading for the Easter Sunrise Service is from 6:00 am – 6:30 am).

This car has a License to SKI!
This car has a License to SKI!

Going back a few years


Smugglers’ Notch Ski Ways

Smugglers’ Notch Ski Ways opened in December 1956 on Sterling Mountain. Black Snake, Rum Runner, Hangman’s Noose, and the Practice Area were some of the original trails.  Tom Watson Jr. renamed Smugglers’ Notch Ski Ways to Madonna Mountain in 1964.

Lifts and Trails

Tomorrow we plan to have top to bottom skiing and riding on all 3 mountains with 6 lifts operating. We have 65 trails open with terrain for all ability levels. Surface conditions are packed powder and machine groomed with average base depths of 20 to 50 inches. We plan to groom 41 trails tonight, including Ruthie’s, Evaporator, Wanderer, McPherson’s, Chute, and Smugglers’ Alley for a grand total of 153 acres of freshly groomed terrain.


Madonna Mountain


Currently it is 20 degrees with beautiful sunny skies and winds of 0 to 5 mph. Tomorrow’s forecast is calling for mostly sunny skies with temperatures between 12 and 28 degrees.