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Great conditions and tons of snow

Lift and Trails

Blue sky jump

Tomorrow we plan to have the Sterling lift operating. We have 31 trails open for intermediates and experts. Surface conditions are machine groomed and variable with average base depths of 18 to 48 inches. We plan to groom 9 trails tonight for a grand total of 36 acres of freshly groomed terrain.

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Sterling lift on wind ice hold today

Due to high winds and freezing rain Sterling lift will not open today. We plan to reopen tomorrow with Sterling lift operating and 30 trails open for intermediates and experts. There is snow in the forecast for Tuesday night with up to 3 inches of accumulation possible. We plan to have Sterling lift operating Tuesday, April 9th through Friday, April 12th. We plan to have both Madonna I and Sterling lifts operating this weekend. We will be closed Monday, April 15th through Friday, April 19th. We plan to reopen for Saturday, April 20th and Sunday, April 21st.

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Sunshine and corduroy

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Lower Morse Liftline

Lifts and Trails

We have 62 skiable trails and 32 lift accessible trails open today. The Madonna I lift is presently on wind hold. We have 3 lifts operating, Sterling, Mogul Mouse’s Magic, and Sir Henry’s Glider. Surface conditions are machine groomed and variable with average base depths of 18 to 48 inches. 138 acres of freshly groomed terrain for today.

Weather

Currently it is sunny and 16 degrees at the summit of Sterling with winds of 15 to 30 mph. Today’s forecast is calling for mostly sunny skies with temperatures between 17 and 38 degrees. Winds are forecasted to decrease this afternoon.

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Top of the Notch Snowshoe Adventure Dinner

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Adventure seekers crossing Sterling Pond

This is easily one of my favorite activities here at Smuggs! The combination of a mountain top adventure, spectacular views, and an amazing meal is hard to beat. The weather last night was absolutely perfect with clear skies, light winds, and comfortable temperatures.  We trekked out on the Long Trail to the lean-to that over looks Sterling Pond with Mount Mansfield in the background. This is one of my favorite spots here at Smuggs. I stayed at the lean-to lookout while the rest of the group headed for Sterling Pond, so that I could get a photo of them on the pond.  I then headed back to the Top of the Notch building to enjoy my delicious meal from the Hearth & Candle, special thanks to our chefs Dave and Nate. I also want to thank our guides P.K., Lisa, Derek, and Ski Patroller Duncan for a wonderful experience!

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Snowshoes lined up by the Sterling Lift

 

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Everyone enjoying their wonderful meal prepared by the Hearth & Candle restaurant in the Top of Notch building

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Sun setting over the Top of the Notch building

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Somebody shook the snow globe

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We have 77 skiable trails and 42 lift accessible trails open today. The Madonna I lift, Madonna II lift, Village lift, and  Mogul Mouse’s Magic lift are presently on wind hold. We have 4 lifts operating today, Sterling, Sterling T-Bar, Morse Highlands, and Sir Henry’s Glider. The Sterling lift will be operating a little slower than usual. Surface conditions are packed powder and powder with average base depths of 24 to 54 inches.

Weather

Currently it is snowing and 18 degrees at the summit of Sterling with winds of 25 to 35 mph. Today’s forecast is calling for snow 1 to 3 inches of accumulation possible with some mix, breezy, and temperatures between 20 and 33 degrees.

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Smuggs Family Members

 

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Mike with two of his sons at the summit of Sterling

I would like you to meet Mike and his family, who are from Philadelphia. I was about to get on the Sterling Lift this afternoon as a single rider when Mike skied up and joined me. We had a great conversation on the chair lift ride. Mike told me that he and his family have been coming to Smugglers’ Notch for 23 years! Mike went on to tell me how much he and his family enjoy skiing here at Smuggs. He also said that all of his kids have taken ski lessons here. The best part is that Mike did not recognize me until we were almost to the top of Sterling. It wasn’t until he asked me what I do here at Smuggs. Another thing Mike told me was that how happy it makes him that his grown kids would rather ski with their father and siblings then to ski with their friends. It was wonderful to meet you and your family Mike. Enjoy the rest of your stay and we look forward to your return.

 

Lifts and Trails

Tomorrow we plan to have top to bottom skiing and riding on all 3 mountains with 7 lifts operating, including the Madonna I Lift. We have 77 out of 78 trails open with terrain for all ability levels. Surface conditions are packed powder and powder with average base depths of 24 to 54 inches. We plan to groom 40 trails tonight including Drifter, Smugglers’ Alley, and Snow Snake for a grand total of 150 acres of freshly groomed terrain.

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Skiing and riding on all 3 mountains

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Magic Learning Trail

Lifts and Trails

We now have 6 lifts operating, Sterling, Madonna II, Village, Mogul Mouse, Morse Highlands, and Sir Henry’s Glider. We have 46 skiable trails and 38 lift accessible trails open today. The Madonna I lift is presently on hold. Surface conditions are machine groomed and variable with average base depths of 20 to 50 inches.

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Another gorgeous day

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Lower Morse Liftline

Lifts and Trails

We have 78 skiable trails and 65 lift accessible trails open today. The Madonna I lift is presently on cold hold. We have 7 lifts operating today, Madonna II, Sterling, Mogul Mouse, Morse Highlands, Village, Sir Henry’s Glider, and the Sterling T-Bar. Surface conditions are packed powder and powder with average base depths of 28 to 60 inches. 37 trails have been groomed for today, that’s 145 acres of freshly groomed terrain.

Weather

Currently it is sunny and -2 at the summit of Sterling with winds of 15 to 30 mph. Today’s forecast is sunny skies with temperatures between 1 and 16 degrees.

Events

Black Bear Apres Sport Party is Friday, Saturday, and Sunday in the Black Bear Tavern starting at 2 pm. The weekend draft special is Woodchuck.

Free Family Fun Race is Saturday and Sunday on Lower Madonna Liftline from 11 am till 2 pm. Races are being sponsored by Hearthstone Stoves.

Essex High School Winter Carnival Race is Saturday, February 2nd. The Essex High School Winter Carnival top high school athletes battle it out on the GS course on the Sterling Mountain Practice Slope.

Super Sunday Celebration Come watch Super Bowl LIII, live from the Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, Georgia, at our Big Game Football Party! Settle in to your seats in front of a gigantic television screen and enjoy a half-time Super Sunday Snack Buffet with all your favorite munchies! Doors open at 6:00 pm in the lower level of the Meeting House. Game time 6:30 pm.

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Snowfall totals increase

NoaaThe forecast from the National Weather Service

Today
Rain showers likely before 9:00 am, then snow showers likely. Chance of precipitation is 70%. Total daytime snow accumulation of 1 to 3 inches possible.
Tonight
A 40 percent chance of snow showers, mainly before 1;00 am. New snow accumulation of 2 to 4 inches possible.

Lifts and Trails

Today Sterling Lift and Mogul Mouse’s Magic Lift will open at 9:00 am. Morse Highlands Lift will open at 10:00 am. The Village Lift and Madonna I Lift are presently on hold. Midway and Meadowlark are closed today and we plan to reopen them tomorrow. Use the shuttle today to get back and forth from the upper mountains. We have 17 trails open with terrain for all ability levels. More trails may open throughout the day.