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Corduroy Blue Morning

Rockin’ Ron for Hugh. 74 acres of freshly groomed terrain await you! 17 trails have been corduroy-ed for today, including Smugglers’ Alley and Snake Bite. 24 open trails offer terrain for Green Circles, Blue Squares, and Black Diamonds. Today’s forecast is cloudy and breezy with snow showers – highs of 25 at the Base and 21 at the Summit. Ski you soon!

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Fresh snow

We received 4 inches of new snow during the day, 7 inches in the past 24 hours, and 10 inches in the past 4 days. This brings our season total to 88 inches. Currently, it is 19 degrees, and it is still snowing. Tonight’s forecast calls for snow showers with 1 to 2 inches of accumulation possible. Tomorrow’s forecast calls for flurries early, then partly sunny skies with a high of 26 degrees at the base and 20 degrees at higher elevations. We now have 29 trails open with terrain for all ability levels. 16 trails will be groomed for tomorrow, including Snake Bite and Sam’s Run, for a total of 72 acres of freshly groomed terrain. Surface conditions are packed powder and powder with average base depths of 12 to 38 inches. We are presently making snow on Lower Chilcoot and Curley’s Cutback.

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I feel the love
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Great day on the slopes

I would like to shout out to our groomers for another job well done! I had a blast today on both Smugglers’ Alley and Snake Bite. The conditions are good and are going to get even better. Tomorrow’s forecast calls for snow showers of 2 to 4 inches of accumulation possible, with a high of 27 degrees at the base and 22 degrees at higher elevations. Temperatures will be falling throughout the day. Tomorrow, we plan to have the Village Lift, Sterling Lift, Mogul Mouse’s Magic Lift, and Sir Henry’s Glider all operating. We have 15 trails open with terrain for all ability levels. We plan to open more terrain this weekend. All 15 trails will be groomed for tomorrow that’s a total of 63 acres of freshly groomed terrain. Surface conditions are machine groomed and loose granular with average base depths of 12 to 36 inches. Currently, it is cloudy and 25 degrees at the summit of Sterling.

Treasure Run
Some cool rime ice at the top of Thomke’s Express
The usual spot on Upper Rumrunner
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Race day

Open FIS GS 18 years and older men’s race on Black Snake, Snake Bite, and the Practice Slope. Academy and college racers from around the region.

We are 100 percent open with all 78 trails. Tomorrow we plan to have top to bottom skiing and riding on all 3 mountains with 6 lifts operating, including the Madonna I Lift. 38 trails will be groomed for tomorrow, including Ruthie’s, Drifter, Jolly Rodger, Smugglers’ Alley, Evaporator, and Snow Snake for a grand total of 147 acres of freshly groomed terrain. Drifter was groomed to perfection today. Surface conditions are machine-groomed and variable with average base depths of 16 to 54 inches. Currently, it is partly sunny and 29 degrees at the summit of Sterling. Tomorrow’s forecast is calling for snow showers with 1 to 2 inches of accumulation possible and a high of 35 degrees at the base and 29 degrees at higher elevations.

The Nordic Center is open with 17 km of cross-country trails and 15 km of snowshoeing trails.

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Race day

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.

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Looking good for the weekend

Forecast for Latitude 44.57°N and Longitude 72.78°W (Elev. 2402 ft)

Today Light snow likely, mainly after 1 pm. Cloudy, with a high near 24 degrees. Chance of precipitation is 60%. Total daytime snow accumulation of around an inch possible.

Tonight Snow showers likely. Cloudy, with a low around 14 degrees. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New snow accumulation of 1 to 3 inches possible.

Saturday Snow showers likely. Cloudy, with a high near 22 degrees. Northwest wind 10 to 14 mph. Chance of precipitation is 70%. New snow accumulation of 1 to 3 inches possible.

Saturday Night Snow showers likely, mainly before 1 am. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 7 degrees. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New snow accumulation of 1 to 2 inches possible.

Sunday Sunny, with a high near 21 degrees.

3 Mountain and Morse Mountain ticket sales are closed for Saturday, February 20th. We have reached our comfortable capacity.

Currently it is cloudy and 11 degrees at the summit of Sterling.Today we plan to have top to bottom skiing and riding on all 3 mountains with 7 lifts operating, including the Madonna 1 Lift. We have 75 trails open with terrain for all ability levels. 30 trails have been groomed for today, including Drifter, Log Jam, and Snake Bite for a grand total of 130 acres of freshly groomed terrain. Surface conditions are packed powder and powder with average base depths of 16 to 50 inches.

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From Snow Report Central

Rockin’ Ron for Hugh. What a difference a week makes. Since I last reported here, we’ve received 21 inches of snow, and that’s in addition to our snowmaking efforts! Speaking of which, Upper FIS will be closed today for more snowmaking. You also need to know that parts of Black Snake and all of Snake Bite will be closed today for a Ski Race, but they will be completely open by 2 pm. I’m glad to report that it will be a good day to ski/ride with 60 available trails and a forecast of partly sunny skies and a high of 29 degrees.

The Snow Report Office is in a secure and top secret location.
Grooming by the Gazebo.

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Winter wonderland

We received 2 to 4 inches of new snow today, 11 inches in the past 2 days, and 30 inches in the past 6 days. Tonight’s forecast is calling for snow showers with 1 to 3 inches of accumulation possible. Tomorrow’s forecast is also calling for snow showers with another 1 to 3 inches of accumulation possible and a high of 30 degrees. 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 plan to have 65 trails open tomorrow with terrain for all ability levels. Surface conditions are powder and packed powder with average base depths of 14 to 46 inches. 19 trails will be groomed tonight, including Smugglers’ Alley for a grand total of 92 acres of freshly groomed terrain. Last night we made snow on Black Snake, Birch Run, and Snake Bite.

Madonna Mountain
Upper Madonna Liftline near the Red Fox Glades
Snowboard tracks
Riding Upper Madonna Liftline
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New snow overnight and more in the forecast

The forecast from the National Weather Service

3-Day Forecast for Latitude 44.57°N and Longitude 72.78°W (Elev. 2402 ft)

Today: A 50 percent chance of snow showers, mainly before 5 pm. Mostly cloudy, with a temperature falling to around 10 degrees by 4 pm. Total daytime snow accumulation of less than one inch possible.

Tonight: A slight chance of snow showers before 7 pm, then a chance of snow showers after 4 am. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 7 degrees. Chance of precipitation is 30%. New snow accumulation of less than a half-inch possible.

Thursday: Snow showers likely, mainly between 8 am and 1 pm. Cloudy, with a high near 26 degrees. The chance of precipitation is 70%. New snow accumulation of 1 to 2 inches possible.

Thursday Night: A 50 percent chance of snow showers. Cloudy, with a low around 21 degrees. Southwest wind 8 to 13 mph. New snow accumulation of 1 to 2 inches possible.

Friday: A 50 percent chance of snow showers. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 28 degrees. West wind around 8 mph. New snow accumulation of around an inch possible.

We received 4 to 5 inches of new snow overnight and 2 feet in the past 5 days. Today we plan to have top to bottom skiing and riding on all 3 mountains with 5 lifts operating, including the Madonna I Lift. We have 67 trails open with terrain for all ability levels. Surface conditions are powder and packed powder with average base depths of 14 to 46 inches. We are presently making snow on Birch Run, Snake Bite, and Black Snake.