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We plan to run the Madonna I and Sterling lifts this weekend

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Nice bumps on Full Nelson

Today started off pretty foggy, but the snow was good. The fog lifted by the afternoon and we even saw some partly sunny skies for a little while. The temperature almost reached 40 degrees at the summit of Sterling today, so we had some great spring conditions.  The soft spring conditions made it fun to attack the steeper trails like Upper Pipeline, Chute, Smugglers’ Alley, Full Nelson, Snake Bite, and Bootlegger.

We have some snow on the way this weekend. Tomorrow’s forecast is calling for periods of snow and sleet 1 to 3 inches of accumulation possible with temperatures between 20 and 30 degrees. There is more snow in the forecast for Saturday night into Sunday with another 3 inches of accumulation possible.

 

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James Miller takes flight

For Closing Weekend we plan to have both the Madonna I and Sterling lifts operating. We plan to have 39 trails open for intermediates and experts.

 

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Upper Pipeline

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Great conditions

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Matt finds a nice deep pocket of snow

The 2 inches of new snow last night really made a big difference, especially with the other 5 inches of snow that we received this week.  The lighter snow was high on the mountain today.  I ran into my good friend Matt McCawley this morning and we went looking for fresh tracks. Many of the lines that we found already had rabbit tracks.  We skied in the woods skier’s right of Smugglers’ Alley and then came out on Shuttle. Shuttle was smooth with the all the new snow on top. Matt and I got up to speed and just floated in the powder. Tomorrow we plan to have the Sterling Lift operating with 25 trails open for intermediates and experts. 14 trails will be groomed for tomorrow, including Smugglers’ Alley, Upper Pipeline, Hangman’s Drop, Chute, and Thomke’s Express for a grand total of 41 acres of freshly groomed terrain. Tomorrow’s forecast is calling for partly to mostly cloudy skies with a chance of a shower late in the day with temperatures between 34 and 47 degrees. We should have some great spring conditions tomorrow!

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Ski Patroller Dave Sills enjoying the fresh snow

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Matt takes flight

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Here comes the snow

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Snow Sport University Ski Lesson on Lower Morse Liftline

Today started off with beautiful sunny skies, which lasted most of the morning. The clouds rolled in early in the afternoon and we went from flurries to snowing hard in a short amount of time. The snowflakes got really big for a while reducing visibility. The photo of Lower Morse Liftline shows the low visibility.

We received an inch of new snow this afternoon and we could see another inch of accumulation tonight.

We have top to bottom skiing and riding on all 3 mountains with 4 lifts operating. We have 42 trails open with terrain for all ability levels. 33 trails will be groomed for tomorrow, that’s 136 acres of freshly groomed terrain.

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Smugglers’ Alley

Tomorrow’s forecast is calling for cloudy skies early then partly sunny skies in the afternoon with a high of 32 degrees.

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Mogul Mouse’s Magic Lift

 

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Summit of Sterling

 

 

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Top to bottom skiing and riding on all 3 mountains

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Sterling and Mount Mansfield seen from the summit of Madonna

We have 4 lifts operating with 59 trails open with terrain for all ability levels. 38 trails have been groomed for today, including skier’s right side of Upper FIS, Smugglers’ Alley, and Snow Snake for a grand total of 136 acres of freshly groomed terrain.

Today’s forecast is calling for skies becoming mostly sunny with a high of 36 degrees.

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Upper Chilcoot looking good in corduroy

 

 

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Birch Run Terrain Park

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Method grab

The weather felt more like winter than spring this morning with the cooler temperatures and an inch of new snow during the Easter Summit Sunrise Service.  We had flurries through out the day with patches of partly sunny skies.  It was a little breezy this morning but the winds lessened making for a wonderful afternoon.  The groomers did another great job last night providing us with 150 acres of freshly groomed terrain. We have great conditions and coverage as we get ready for the last two weeks of the winter season.

Tomorrow we plan to have top to bottom skiing and riding on all 3 mountains with 4 lifts operating. We have 59 trails open with terrain for all ability levels. 38 trails will be groomed for tomorrow, including the skier’s right side of Upper FIS, Smugglers’ Alley, and Snow Snake for a grand total of 136 acres of freshly groomed terrain. Tomorrow’s forecast is calling for partly sunny skies early then mostly sunny skies later with a high of 35 degrees.

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Soft conditions

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Lamoille Union Middle School 7th graders here at Smuggs as part of their Fitness Friday Program. Photo credit: Melissa Piscitelli

We received a dusting of new snow on top this morning. The spring conditions are just so much fun! I had a blast today with good friends Ken and Justin on Sterling Mountain.  We enjoyed Hangman’s Drop, Upper Pipeline, Black Snake, Harveys’ Hideaway, Full Nelson, and the Practice Slope.  I would have to say that Upper Pipeline was my favorite today. It was recently groomed and was skiing very well.

Tomorrow we plan to have top to bottom skiing and riding on all 3 mountains with all 8 lifts operating. We have 57

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Justin having fun on Upper Pipeline

trails open with terrain for all ability levels. 36 trails will be groomed for tomorrow, including Upper Drifter, Smugglers’ Alley, and Meadowlark for a grand total of 139 acres of freshly groomed terrain.

 

Tomorrow’s forecast is calling for mostly sunny skies early then partly sunny skies in the afternoon with a high of 42 degrees.

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Ken loving the great conditions

 

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140 acres of freshly groomed terrain

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Lower Morse Liftline

We are 100 percent open with top to bottom skiing and riding on all 3 mountains with 6 lifts operating. We have all 78 trails open with terrain for all ability levels. Robin’s Run is open from the work road down to Freefall. Freefall is open from the traverse on Upper FIS. 34 trails have been groomed for today, including Upper Drifter, Smugglers’ Alley, and Snow Snake.

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Morse Mountain

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Snow Sport University Snowboard Lesson

I did a three mountain tour today while I enjoyed the soft spring conditions.  We received a dusting of new snow last night. The natural snow softened before the manmade snow, but it all softened up. The groomed snow was very edgeable and fun to carve in.  Upper Drifter was groomed last night and it was pretty sweet. The spring conditions will continue tomorrow with partly sunny skies early with increasing clouds and temperatures between 39 and 51 degrees. We are 100 percent open with top to bottom skiing and riding on all 3 mountains with 6 lifts operating. 35 trails will be groomed for tomorrow, including Upper Drifter, Smugglers’ Alley, and Snow Snake for a grand total of 140 acres of freshly groomed terrain.

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100 percent open with great conditions

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Snow Reporter testing the product

Today was absolutely wonderful with 5 feet snow of new snow in the past week and the sun came out this afternoon. I had a blast today skiing with good friends Ken and Justin along with my son Hugh B. We played in the woods of all 3 mountains. We started on Madonna early then we went to Sterling before working our way to Morse in the afternoon. We were able to find many untracked lines. The snow quality is amazing with a great base and light fluffy powder on top.

We are 100 percent open with top to bottom skiing and riding on all 3 mountains with all 8 lifts operating and all 78 trails open. 40 trails will be groomed for tomorrow,

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Justin takes flight

including Upper Drifter, Smugglers’ Alley, and Snow Snake for a grand total of 149 acres of freshly groomed terrain. Tomorrow’s forecast is calling for partly sunny skies with a high of 17 degrees.

 

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Hugh B goes deep

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Ken loving the fresh snow

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47 inches of new snow in the past 3 days!

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Lenny skiing the Black Hole

The month of March has been quite the snow producer with 78 inches. We have been in a fantastic weather pattern! I went out this morning with Alex Martin of Smuggs TV and Snow Sport University Snowboard Instructor Kim Martin to film another edition of the No Bull Video Snow Report. We had a great time on Upper Pipeline, Black Snake, Harvey’s Hideaway, Full Nelson and Half Nelson. Later in the day I meet up with my good friends Tony, Big John, and Lenny. We skied Sally’s Alley, Freefall, Black Hole, Upper Drifter, and a bunch of glade runs in between. The smiles were big and the snow is deep!

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAWe are 100 percent open with top to bottom skiing and riding on all 3 mountains with 7 lifts operating. We have all 78 trails open with terrain for all ability levels. 39 trails will be groomed for tomorrow, including Upper Drifter, Smugglers’ Alley, and Snow Snake for a  grand total of 141 acres of freshly groomed terrain. Tonight’s forecast is calling for periods of snow with 2 inches of accumulation possible. Tomorrow’s forecast is calling for flurries and snow showers and another inch of accumulation possible with a high of 24 degrees.

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Still photo from the No Bull Video Snow Report which is on the Smugglers’ Notch Facebook page for your viewing pleasure. Photo credit: Alex Martin

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Tony finds some untracked snow

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Photo credit: Eric “Lenny” Leondhart