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Snowmaking on Morse Mountain

 

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Greeting Area in the Village

We are presently making snow in the Village Greeting Area and on Snow Snake. We received 1 to 2 inches of new snow overnight and 21 inches in the past 6 days. Today we have top to bottom skiing and riding on all 3 mountains with 6 lifts operating, including the Madonna I lift with 75 trails open. 28 trails have been groomed for today, that’s 123 acres of freshly groomed terrain. Currently it is 22 degrees at the summit of Sterling with flurries and winds of 5 to 10 mph. Today’s forecast is periods of light snow another 1 to 2 inches of accumulation possible with temperatures between 23 and 30 degrees.

 

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Fresh snow

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Family fun

We received 2 to 4 inches of new snow in the past 24 hours.  It snowed for a little while this morning before the sun came out.  The higher elevations received the most snow last night, so I made my first run on Madonna Mountain.  I found some really nice snow on the side of Upper Chilcoot and Upper FIS.  I also had a great time on Smugglers’ Alley. I skied the Alley after it had seen some traffic and the new snow was pushed into piles.  I went from one pile to another driving my skis through the soft fresh snow.

 

 

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Fireworks display

The Cat Trax Express Tour last night was beautiful. We were able to watch the torchlight parade and fireworks display before it started to snow.  The visibility was fantastic and there was still a thin horizontal red light left over from the sunset.

 

 

 

 

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Fresh snow on Smugglers’ Alley

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Fresh tracks

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Torchlight Parade getting ready to start

This weekend we plan to have top to bottom skiing and riding on all 3 mountains with 7 lifts operating and 38 trails open. 35 trails will be groomed for tomorrow, that’s 165 acres of freshly groomed terrain. Tomorrow’s forecast is calling for mostly sunny skies with temperatures between 10 and 24 degrees. Tonight we plan to make snow on Morse and Sterling Mountain.

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New snow and snow making

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Lower Madonna Liftline

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Mike Timbers enjoying the new snow on Shuttle

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View from the bottom of the Sterling Rock

We received 3 to 5 inches of new snow in the past 24 hours. Elevation made a big difference in the amount of snow that accumulated. The new snow became lighter as the temperature dropped. Natural snow trails like Drifter, Upper Exhibition, Harvey’s Hideaway, Ruthie’s, and more opened today. Sterling Mountain is 100 percent open.  Many glades runs also opened today like Red Fox, Highlander, Power Keg, Pirate’s Plank, Sherwood Forest, and Deer Run.  I had a blast skiing the new snow on Smugglers’ Alley, Bootlegger, Hangman’s Drop, Chute, Upper Chilcoot, Lower Catwalk, and Shuttle. I took a run with my friend Mike Timbers today. We had fun catching up and making powder turns.

 

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Snow making on Practice Slope

We are presently making snow on Practice Slope, Meadowlark, Midway, Lower Morse Liftline, and Garden Path. 34 trail will be groomed for tomorrow, that’s 157 acres. We now have top to bottom skiing and riding on all 3 mountains with 6 lifts operating and 64 trails open.

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Another beautiful day at Smuggs

We have received snowfall the past four days straight and today the sun came out.  It was just a  great day to be skiing and riding. Today was the second race of the season for our Local’s League. I decide to try my old carving snowboard in the race today. I took a run to the top of the Sterling Lift with my wife Harley. She was racing also and we wanted to warm up before racing.  We took Upper Rumrunner to Black Snake. It was fun to carve out some big GS turns on the groomed terrain. The 10 inches of snow that we received in the past four days has made the groomed snow very nice. I completed my two snowboard runs in the course and headed for Parking Lot 1 to change into my ski gear.  I went back up the Sterling Lift with my skis and headed straight for Upper Rumrunner and Black Snake.  My skis were holding nicely and I felt like I could really lay it over.

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View from the top of Sterling Mountain

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Blast from the Past Josh Adams is back racing

This weekend we have top to bottom skiing and riding on all 3 mountain with all 8 lifts operating and 43 trails open. We are presently making snow on Black Snake, Zone Terrain Park, Lower Rumrunner, Birch Run Terrain Park, Lower Link, Full Nelson, and Snake Bite. 27 trails will be groomed for tomorrow that’s 146 acres of freshly groomed terrain.

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Powder Day

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Hugh B finds some nice snow on the side of the trail.

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Mitchell having fun on Upper FIS

We received 4 to 6 inches of new snow in the past 24 hours and 9 inches in the past 3 days.  The new snow is light and fluffy. We made snow on Upper FIS last night and that was my first run of the day. The snowmaking whales were spread out and gentle with the new snow on top. The new snow was pushed into piles and that is what I was shooting for.  My skis would go right through the pile and it would blow up.  I had a great time skiing with my son Hugh B and his friend Mitchell. We went hunting for powder stashes and we found quite a few.  We skied Upper FIS, Smugglers’ Alley, Snake Bite, Lower Doc’s, Goat Path, Crossover, Treasure Run, Black Snake, Practice Slope, Meadowlark, Midway, Lower Exhibition, Upper Rumrunner, and the Birch Run Terrain Park. I guess what I am trying to  say is that it is all good. It was just a great day to be out on the mountain enjoying the fresh snow.  Tomorrow we plan to have top to bottom skiing and riding on all 3 mountains with 7 lifts operating and 38 trails open. 30 trails will be groomed for Friday, that’s 151 acres of freshly groomed terrain. Snowmaking continues on Sir Henry’s, Lower Morse Liftline, Magic Learning Trail, and Wanderer. The Zone Terrain Park is now open with 4 rails and 3 jumps.

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Let it fly

birch run boardThe forecast called for skies becoming partly to mostly cloudy.  It started to flurry this morning and it snowed all day long.  We received a dusting to an inch of accumulation today and a snow shower is in the forecast for tonight. Last night we made snow on Lower Morse Liftline, Wanderer, Meadowlark, Sir Henry’s, Garden Path, and Magic Learning Trail. Tonight we plan to make snow on Harvey’s Hideaway, Full Nelson, Snake Bite, and Lower Pipeline.

 

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There are flurries and snow showers in the forecast from Monday through Friday along with some good snow making temperatures.  Tonight we plan to groom 31 trails for a grand total of 161 acres. Tomorrow we plan to have top to bottom skiing and riding on all 3 mountains with all 8 lifts operating and 33 trails open.  The Birch Run Terrain Park is open with 15 features and is groomed daily. Tomorrow’s forecast is partly to mostly cloudy skies with a chance of flurries early and temperatures between 19 and 30 degrees.

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Tele turns on Link

tele turn on linkI had a great time today on Madonna and Sterling Mountain. I was out with Alex Martin from Smuggs TV filming another episode of the No Bull Video Snow Report. We went to the summit of Madonna Mountain to take in all the wonderful views.  We then took a cruiser run on Upper Chilcoot to Link for our first run.  Link was pretty nice with soft conditions. I would have to say that my trail pick of the day was Snake Bite.  I love the steep pitch and the snow was very edgeable.

The forecast is calling for colder temperatures tonight and we plan to resume snowmaking on Madonna Mountain. We plan to make snow on Link, Lower Madonna Liftline, and Lower FIS. We plan to groom 36 trails tonight for a grand total of 165 acres.  Tomorrow’s forecast is partly to mostly sunny skies with temperatures between 12 and 25 degrees.  The forecast is also calling for snow showers Saturday night and Tuesday.

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It’s all about having fun

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Dara hanging out

I was getting on the Sterling Lift when I saw Snow Sport University Instructor Dara.  She was hanging out waiting on some friends. The cool part is that she was having fun by only balancing on her skis tips and ski poles.

 

 

 

 

 

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Old Man Winter at the summit of Sterling

It looked like Old Man Winter was also having fun doing some runs on Sterling Mountain with his friend Young Man Winter.  The soft conditions in the Birch Run Terrain Park made all the landing fun too.  It was great to hear a group of friends cheering on their buddy who made it across one of the rails for the first time!

 

 

 

 

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Riding the rail in Birch Run Terrain Park

For Tuesday we plan to have top to bottom skiing and riding on all 3 mountains with 6 lifts operating and 37 trails open.  30 trails will be groomed for tomorrow, including Upper FIS, McPherson’s, Snow Snake, Snake Bite, and Log Jam for a grand total of 158 acres. We plan to resume snowmaking tonight on Sterling Mountain once the temperatures allow. Tomorrow’s forecast is partly to mostly sunny skies with temperatures between 20 and 32 degrees.