The sun was out in force today with temperatures rising over 20 degrees. The snow stayed dry up high on Madonna and it was spring conditions everywhere else. We have the deepest snow base depths of the season along with milder temperatures for your skiing and riding pleasure. I had a blast today on Upper FIS, Lower Doc’s, Ruthie’s, Snake Bite, Chilcoot, and Black Snake. I went skiing with Nick Anastasi of Smuggs TV this morning. We did a three-mountain tour while filming this week’s No Bull Video Snow Report. This afternoon my daughter Hayleigh and I headed for Madonna Mountain for some after-school runs. We did Upper FIS to Lower Doc’s on our first run. The snow was nice and dry on Upper FIS. As soon as we got into Lower Doc’s the snow was soft the rest of the way down. We had so much that we just had to do it again. Usually, I would be back at my office by 3:30 pm to do the night report, but it was too nice out and we skied till the lifts closed.
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 76 trails open with terrain for all ability levels. 35 trails will be groomed for tomorrow, including Drifter, Smugglers’ Alley, and Snow Snake for a grand total of 140 acres of freshly groomed terrain. Upper FIS will be groomed on the skier’s right half from Catwalk down to Dan’s Ford. We also plan to groom the lower half of Shuttle. Surface conditions are machine groomed and spring conditions with average base depths of 16 to 54 inches. Currently, it is sunny and 39 degrees at the summit of Sterling. Tomorrow’s forecast is calling for a chance of rain with a high of 43 degrees at the base and 39 degrees at higher elevations.
Rockin’ Ron for Hugh. Camps, Groups, Privates. No, not military designations, but the different kinds of lessons taught by Snow Sport University (aka SSU). Martha and “Princess” Pam have taught them all – from 3 year olds to 93 year olds – and every age and ability in between. Pam is a past recipient of the Spirit of the Mountain Award, and, they’ve both been Summer Hiking Guides for the Activities Department! We’re glad that you two are Smugglers!
SNOW REPORT INFO: For Wednesday, we plan to have Madonna I open, as well as 5 other lifts. 33 trails will be open and 31 trails/130 acres will be groomed. Tomorrow’s forecast is partly sunny skies with a high of 38 degrees.
Well, it is hard to find better weather than what we have had the past few days. The streak continues tomorrow with mostly sunny skies and a high of 65 degrees. For tomorrow 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 49 trails open with terrain for all ability levels. Surface conditions are spring conditions and machine groomed with average base depths of 14 to 48 inches. 26 trails will be groomed for tomorrow, including Smugglers’ Alley, Snow Snake, and Chilcoot for a grand total of 112 acres of freshly groomed terrain. Currently, it is sunny and 53 degrees at the summit of Sterling with winds of 0 to 5 mph.
We presently have 5 lifts operating, Sterling, Morse Highlands, Village, Mogul Mouse’s Magic, and Sir Henry’s Wonder Carpet. We plan to open the Madonna II lift at 1:30 pm this afternoon due to grooming. The Madonna I lift is presently on hold. Ski Patrol is presently checking trail conditions on Madonna and this report will be updated as soon as possible. We plan to have around 35 trails open with terrain for all ability levels. Surface conditions are machine groomed and variable with average base depths of 14 to 52 inches. Currently it is cloudy and 18 degrees at the summit of Sterling with winds of 5 to 10 mph. Today’s forecast is calling for mostly cloudy skies with a high of 34 degrees.
Mogul Mouse’s Magic Lift is designed for kids. The chair height when loading and unloading is lower to make it easier for the kids. The lift also operates at a slower speed to give the kids more time when loading. It is made for kids, but can be used by adults also. It is great for beginners of any age. The slower speed allows more time to prepare for loading the chair. The unload ramp at mid-station and at the top are small, which also makes unloading easier. The unload ramp on the Village Lift is a little bigger, so if it is your first time going to the top of Morse you might want to use Mogul Mouse’s Magic Lift. The photo at the top of this post shows a high five. The Lift Attendants give high fives to the kids who are going by mid-station and are headed to the top. It is a wonderful gesture by the lift attendants to acknowledge that the students have graduated to the summit of Morse.