The Smugglers’ Notch Ski and Snowboard Club hosted a high school race today. There were about 140 racers. There was a GS race on Snake Bite and Practice Slope this morning. This afternoon there was a slalom race on the Practice Slope. It was exciting to watch these athletes take out the steep and unforgiving Snake Bite. Tomorrow we plan to have top-to-bottom skiing and riding on all 3 mountains with 6 lifts operating, including the Madonna I Lift. We have 73 trails open with terrain for all ability levels. 26 trails will be groomed for tomorrow, including Chilcoot, Black Snake, and Log Jam for a grand total of 117 acres of freshly groomed terrain. Surface conditions are machine-groomed and variable with average base depths of 8 to 30 inches. Currently, it is cloudy and 41 degrees at the summit of Sterling. Tomorrow’s forecast is calling for partly sunny skies early with increasing clouds, a high of 36 degrees at the base, and 33 degrees at higher elevations.
The Nordic Center is open with 15 km of snowshoeing and 17 km of cross-country trails. The ice rink is presently closed.
This weekend the featured beer for the apres sports parties at Bootlegger’s and the Black Bear Tavern is Pabst Blue Ribbon.
Today was the Harvey Wesson Memorial Race Series on the Practice Slope. Today’s course was a paneled slalom. I thought I had short enough skis for the tighter turns, but I was not able to make clean carves as I wanted. I still had a great time and I enjoyed watching the racers take on the panel slalom. There is more racing this weekend. Our Free Family Fun Race is tomorrow on Lower Madonna Liftline. On Sunday it is the Vertical Challenge Race on Lower Madonna Liftline. We have many events this weekend. For more information just go to our events page.
Tomorrow we plan to have top to bottom skiing and riding on all 3 mountains with all 8 lifts operating. We have 49 trails open with terrain for all ability levels. Surface conditions are machine groomed and packed powder with average base depths of 14 to 50 inches. 28 trails will be groomed for tomorrow, including Smugglers’ Alley, Hibernator, and Playground for a grand total of 125 acres of freshly groomed terrain. Currently, it is partly cloudy and 27 degrees at the summit of Sterling. Tomorrow’s forecast is calling for a slight chance of freezing rain early then sleet and snow later with a high of 32 degrees. There is snow in the forecast for Saturday night with 1 to 3 inches of accumulation possible.
We plan to open more terrain tomorrow and Saturday!
Tomorrow we plan to have 3 lifts operating, Sterling Lift, Sir Henry’s Wonder Carpet, and Mogul Mouse’s Magic Lift to the top. Garden Path will be open tomorrow. We now have 11 trails open with terrain for all ability levels. All 11 trails will be groomed for tomorrow. That’s a grand total of 46 acres of freshly groomed terrain. Surface conditions are machine groomed and variable with average base depths of 12 to 48 inches. Tonight we plan to make snow on Midway, Meadowlark, Practice Slope, and Birch Run. Currently it is cloudy and 12 degrees at the summit of Sterling with winds of 5 to 10 mph. Tomorrow’s forecast is calling for partly sunny skies with a high of 35 degrees.
On Saturday we plan to have 4 lifts operating, Sterling Lift, Sir Henry’s Wonder Carpet, Madonna II Lift, and Mogul Mouse’s Magic Lift to the top. We plan to open Midway and Meadowlark on Saturday. The Madonna II Lift will allow you to access Mulcahy’s Link and Lower Madonna Liftline.
This Saturday, December 14th is Backcountry Basecamp
At Madonna / Sterling Mountain Base Lodge from 9:00 am – 4:30 pm. Join the first BASECAMP stop of the season. They will be running demos from tour sponsors and conducting backcountry safety workshops all day on Saturday. At 5:00 pm, they will host a huge raffle and après party at the Brewster River Pub & Brewery, where 100 percent of raffle proceeds will benefit the Cambridge Rotary’s Winter Wellness Days.
9:00 am – Free demos all-day
10:00 am – Backcountry skiing intro workshop with Sunrise Mountain Guides 11:00 am – How to perform a beacon search 12:00 noon – Free Good To-Go food demo 1:00 pm – Backcountry skiing intro workshop with Sunrise Mountain Guides 2:00 pm – How to perform a beacon search 5:00 pm – Après party and raffle to benefit Cambridge Rotary’s Winter Wellness Days at the Brewster River Pub & Brewery. Tickets are $10 and available at the BASECAMP trailer. The drawing will happen at 5:00 pm.
This is the 3rd Annual competition for skiers and riders age 14 and under. The venue will be held on Madonna Liftline from mid station down. Registration is open until 9 am at the Smugglers’ Notch Ski and Snowboard Club building at the base of the Practice Slope.