It’s a Family Affair

Rockin’ Ron Hugh. 3 inches of snow in the past 24 hours. Snowmaking on Lower Chilcoot and Mulcahy’s Link. Morse Highlands will re-open tomorrow.

Robert Lefkowitz, aka RoML, has been coming to Smuggs for 30 years! His crew now extends to the 3rd generation!!! While introducing Jacob to the joys of the mountain, we saw granddaughter Violet skiing by with Princess Pam and her SSU Class. RoML is famous for singing Gangham Style at Karaoke… in Korean (which he learned how to do from his son-in-law Adam). The Family has been known to do a choreographed Thriller as well. They are fun to be around and it’s their Family Affair.

Long-time Smugglers Kim, Adam, Kayla, Aubrey, RoML, and first-time Smuggler Jacob.
Kim is HAPPY to be at Smuggs!
Here they come!

Snowmaking and corduroy

Last night we made snow on Morse Mountain. All 16 trails have been groomed for today, including Smugglers’ Alley for a grand total of 72 acres of freshly groomed terrain. We received a dusting of new snow overnight and 6 inches in the past 3 days. 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 cloudy skies early becoming partly sunny with a chance of a snow shower late in the day a high of 31 degrees at the base and 21 degrees at the summit of Sterling. Today we have Sterling Lift, Village Lift, Mogul Mouse’s Magic Lift, and Sir Henry’s Glider all operating. We have terrain open for all ability levels with 16 trails open. Surface conditions are machine-groomed and variable with average base depths of 8 to 24 inches. Tonight’s forecast is calling for snow showers with 1 to 3 inches of accumulation possible.

Uphill travel is presently closed on all 3 mountains due to grooming and snowmaking operations. We plan to reopen Morse Mountain to uphill travel at its regular evening hours later this week. Stay tuned for more information.

This weekend the featured beer for the apres sports parties at Bootlegger’s and the Black Bear Tavern is Fiddlehead.


Happy Holidays

Ski lesson on Garden Path
Cross section of a snowmaking whale on Meadowlark
Midway with Sterling Mountain in the background

It was great to have Midway and Meadowlark open today. My office is in the Village and I really enjoy being able to ski or ride to the upper mountains. I love how the views of Madonna and Sterling change along the way. We received 2 inches of new snow and 15 inches in the past 4 days. Currently, it is still snowing and 14 degrees at the summit of Sterling. Tomorrow’s forecast is calling for cloudy skies, and snow showers with half an inch of accumulation possible and a high of 22 degrees in the Village and 19 degrees at higher elevations. Today we made snow on Sam’s Run and Dixie’s Knoll. Our snowmakers plan to move to Lower Chilcoot tonight. We have terrain for all ability levels with 30 trails open. 15 trails will be groomed for tomorrow, including Smugglers’ Alley for a grand total of 70 acres of freshly groomed terrain. Tomorrow we plan to have the Sterling Lift and Sir Henry’s Glider operating. We also plan to have the Village Lift and Mogul Mouse’s Magic Lift open to the top. Surface conditions are machine groomed and packed powder with average base depths of 6 to 36 inches.


Incoming Snow!

Our hardworking snowmakers taking a breather!

I got the chance to hang out with our amazing snowmaking team while they took a few minutes to celebrate their hard work before the snow rolls in tonight. Hopefully, Mother Nature takes over and gives these guys a little break.

As of now, the National Weather Service is predicting that we’ll get some decent snowfall on the mountain beginning tonight and continuing through Saturday. Fingers crossed they’re right!

Stay up to date with all mountain conditions including uphill access, lift status, and other pertinent operational information with our Snow Report.

Here comes the snow!

Making Moves on Sir Henry’s!

Blowing snow on Sir Henry’s!

We’re making progress! I took a quick trip over to Sir Henry’s this afternoon and it’s looking good! If Mother Nature continues to cooperate we’re hoping to open it up on Friday.

And here’s some more good news – our new groomer arrived! It’s about to join the fleet and help carve some corduroy for the weekend.

Stay tuned for tomorrows weather from the hill and all things Smuggs!

New groomer!

Snow Whales Spotted!

Snowmaking has begun on Morse Mountain!

Today I spotted some solid snowmaking whales on Morse Mountain! As you can see, our diligent snowmaking team has been taking advantage of the cooler temps and getting it done. The grooming crew is on deck to fill the trails from top to bottom.

Now is the time to get your ski legs underneath you. It’s looking like there’s a week of blue skies and mid 30 temps a head of us.

Stay tuned for all on hill updates!

Taking in the views on atop of Sterling!
Full snowmaking arsenal on Practice Slope

Making Snow and Sliding Where It Goes!

Snowmaking on Sterling Mountain
Snowmaking on top of Sterling Mountain

We’re blasting snow! Mother Nature is giving us some cooler temps and we’re taking full advantage. Our hardworking snowmaking and grooming teams are setting us up for a great weekend of skiing and riding. Lower Rumrunner is officially open with more trails to follow in the coming days.

It looks like it’s going to be a beautiful weekend. Keep thinking snow!

Skier enjoying some fresh turns on Upper Rumrunner

Snowmaking Symphony

Our Snowmakers are working around the clock to make the stuff that makes us happy! Snowguns were in action up and down Sterling Mountain this morning and will be throughout the day. Snowmaking Ops will soon move to the Village to prepare beginner terrain. And you couldn’t have snowmaking without grooming. Ski you soon!

Snowguns at the base of Sterling Mountain.
Director of Mountain Ops, Mark Delaney is driving the Cat this morning.

1-2-3 inches of SNOW

Rockin’ Ron for Hugh. 3 inches of new snow overnight and a total of 7 inches in the past 2 days. Madonna I will have a slightly delayed opening due to snowmaking and grooming. 63 trails will be available for your skiing and riding pleasure. Having fun will be as easy as 1-2-3.

Patrol and SSU get ready for a Milk Run Clinic. Ray says it’s “whole” milk because the snow is so creamy.