It went from spring back to winter today. The thermometer hit 50 degrees at the base earlier today. The temperature fell throughout the day. The temperature at the base is now 21 degrees. We had partly sunny skies most of the day. It clouded up quickly after 3 pm and that’s when it started to snow. We could see an inch of accumulation by tomorrow morning. Tomorrow’s forecast is calling for mostly sunny skies with a high of 15 degrees at the base and 9 degrees at higher elevations. Friday’s forecast is periods of snow with up to 11 inches of accumulation possible. If you were out on the slopes today make sure to get all your gear dry for tomorrow. Damp gloves or boots will not be much fun tomorrow. Our grooming staff will be busy tonight getting the slopes looking their best for tomorrow. They will concentrate their efforts on Sterling, Morse, and trails accessed from the Madonna II Lift. The Madonna I Lift will be closed tomorrow and we plan to reopen it on Friday. We need extra time to groom Upper FIS and Upper Chilcoot. Tomorrow we plan to have 6 lifts operating; Village, Sterling, Mogul Mouse’s Magic, Morse Highlands, Sir Henry’s Glider, and Madonna II. The Village Lift and Mogul Mouse’s Magic Lift will open at 8:30 am tomorrow and Friday morning. We have 29 trails open with terrain for all ability levels. More trails will be open this weekend. All 29 trails will be groomed for tomorrow for a grand total of 120 acres of freshly groomed terrain. Surface conditions are machine groomed and loose granular with average base depths of 12 to 46 inches.
Snowmaking resumes tonight on Garden Path, Midway, Meadowlark, and Lower Morse Liftline.
Uphill Travel: All 3 mountains are close to uphill traffic due to snowmaking and grooming operations.
We received an inch of new snow with more on the way. Currently, it is snowing and 9 degrees at the summit of Sterling with winds of 20 to 30 mph. Today’s forecast is calling for snow showers with 1 to 2 inches of accumulation possible and a high of 19 degrees at the base and 9 degrees at higher elevations. Temperatures will be falling throughout the day. We plan to open the Sterling Lift around 10 am today. We plan to open the Madonna II Lift around noon today. The Madonna I Lift is presently on wind hold. Surface conditions are variable and frozen granular with average base depths of 14 to 46 inches.
Forecast for Latitude 44.57°N and Longitude 72.78°W (Elev. 2402 ft)
Today: Light snow, mainly before 5 pm, then a chance of snow showers after 5 pm. High near 26 degrees. The chance of precipitation is 90%. Total daytime snow accumulation of less than a half-inch possible.
Tonight: Light snow with a chance of snow showers before 11 pm, then light snow likely between 11 pm and 2 am, then a chance of snow showers after 2 am. Low around 11 degrees. The chance of precipitation is 80%. New snow accumulation of 1 to 3 inches possible.
Thursday: Light snow likely. Cloudy, with the temperature falling to around 6 degrees by 5 pm. The chance of precipitation is 70%. New snow accumulation of 1 to 3 inches possible.
Thursday Night: Snow showers likely, mainly before 1 am. Mostly cloudy, with a low around -6 degrees. The chance of precipitation is 60%. New snow accumulation of 1 to 2 inches possible.
We received an inch of new snow last night and 15 inches in the past week. 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 63 trails open with terrain for all ability levels. Surface conditions are packed powder and powder with base depths of 14 to 46 inches. 22 trails have been groomed for today, including Smugglers’ Alley for a grand total of 101 acres of freshly groomed terrain. Currently, it is snowing and 17 degrees at the summit of Sterling.
Currently, it is snowing and 17 degrees at the summit of Sterling with winds of 5 to 10 mph. Tomorrow’s forecast is calling for a chance of showers between 9:00 am and 3:00 pm, then rain and wind after 3:00 pm with a high of 43. Lift service may be affected by the wind. Weather permitting tomorrow we plan to have Sterling Lift, Sir Henry’s Glider, and Mogul Mouse’s Magic Lift open to mid-station. We have 5 intermediate trails, 4 beginner trails, and 1 expert trail open at this time. Surface conditions are machine groomed and packed powder with average base depths of 18 to 40 inches.
Mask wearing is mandatory! You should wear your mask in line, in the parking lot, and on the chair. You can ski or ride without your mask, but please put it back on before going into the lift corral. Thank you for your understanding. We want to have a safe season!
The Madonna/Sterling Base Lodge is open daily for bathrooms and Cafeteria (8:30 am – 3 pm) and Black Bear reservations under smuggs.com/blackbear.