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Tons of snow

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The snow gauge says that we received 8 inches of new snow, but that is not true.  We have so much snow that the snow gauge is buried. The snow gauge sets on a platform, which is about 3 to 4 feet above the ground. You look down on the snow gauge as you ski or ride by! We did receive a dusting of new snow this afternoon and yesterday making our season snowfall total 376 inches.

Lifts and Trails

Tomorrow we plan to have the Sterling lift operating with 29 trails open with terrain for intermediates and experts. Surface conditions are machine groomed and variable with average base depths of 18 to 48 inches. We plan to groom 13 trails tonight, including Smugglers’ Alley, Thomke’s Express, Jolly Rodger, and the Practice Slope for a grand total of 44 acres of freshly groomed terrain.

Weather

Currently it is cloudy and 27 degrees at the summit of Sterling with winds of 10 to 20 mph. Tonight’s forecast is calling for snow an inch of accumulation possible. Tomorrow’s forecast is calling for snow showers another inch of accumulation possible with temperatures between 23 and 34 degrees.

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Great spring conditions

 

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Treasure Run

Today we have the Sterling lift operating with 29 trails open for intermediates and experts. 14 trails have been groomed for today, including Smugglers’ Alley, Chute, Jolly Rodger, Thomke’s Express, Lower Pipeline, and Practice Slope for a grand total of 45 acres of freshly groomed terrain. Surface conditions are machine groomed and spring conditions with average base depths of 18 to 48 inches.

 

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Sunday, April 21st

sunriseserviceEaster Summit Sunrise Service

On Easter Sunday, conditions permitting, the Sterling lift will transport attendees up the mountain free of charge to participate in a non-denominational service and Easter message by a local minister. Lift loading begins at 6:00 am and ends promptly at 6:30 am. No experience with riding the chairlift is necessary. Following the service, guests may ski or snowboard to the base area or ride the lift back down the mountain.

Please note: The service is held outdoors. All participants are advised to dress very warmly for the much cooler and windier conditions typically found on the mountaintop and for riding the lift. Be prepared to walk in the snow, warm and waterproof boots are recommended, from the lift unloading station to the gathering spot about 200 yards away.

Parking is available in any of the resort’s upper mountain lots. For information or questions regarding the service, please call 802-793-7095 or 802-644-8572. The service will not take place in the event of inclement weather. Any changes to this event will be posted here. We hope you’ll join us for this special event!

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Freshly groomed terrain

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Groomers on Lower Morse Liftline this morning

New Snow

We received 4 inches of new snow in the past 24 hours and 374 inches this season so far!

Lifts and Trails

We have 55 skiable trails and 40 lifts accessible trails open today. The Madonna I and Madonna II lift are presently on wind hold. We have 3 lifts operating today, Sterling, Mogul Mouse’s Magic, and Sir Henry’s Glider. Surface conditions are powder and machine groomed with average base depths of 18 to 48 inches. 32 trails have been groomed for today, that’s a grand total of 125 acres of freshly groomed terrain.

Weather

Currently it is partly cloudy and 11 degrees at the summit of Sterling with winds of 15 to 30 mph. Today’s forecast is calling for partly cloudy skies early with increasing sunshine and temperatures between 12 and 32 degrees.

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Don’t miss Spring events

Pond Skimming & Chillin' & Grillin'9th Annual Pond Skimming and Chillin’ & Grillin’ is April 6th

Pond Skimming

Sterling Mountain Practice Slope 12:00 noon – 2:00 pm

Elvis, a gorilla, guys in bikinis – you’ll see it all in the Zone Terrain Park during Pond Skimming! Registration for this free event starts at 10:00 am at the Smugglers’ Notch tent in Parking Lot 1. The first skimmer launches toward the pond at 12:00 noon. Prizes awarded for best costume. A “don’t miss” for spectators! Presented by Sierra Nevada Brewing Company.

Chillin’ & Grillin’

Parking Lot 1  8:00 am – 4:00 pm

Blue skies, long sunny afternoons … ahhhh, Spring! Join us for the ultimate tailgate party in Parking Lot 1, home of the finest tailgate scene since Soldier Field at the ’86 Bears.

Join us in the Sierra Nevada beer garden for a refreshing brew and refuel at the all-day-long Chillin’ & Grillin’ tailgate party.  Impress us with your bumperside party planning skills and you could win the Ultimate Tailgate Prize! Stop by our Vendor Village and the Smugglers’ Notch tent to enter for a chance to win awesome prizes! Drawings will be held throughout the afternoon for cash and prizes. MORE PRIZES THAN EVER THIS YEAR! Enter our Chillin’ 50/50 raffle where proceeds will benefit a local charity of the winner’s choice.

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Sunny and beautiful

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Family skiing Lower Catwalk

Currently it is 35 degrees at the summit of Sterling with sunshine and winds of o to 5 mph. Today’s forecast is mostly sunny skies with a high of 42 degrees. Top to bottom skiing and riding on all 3 mountains with 6 lifts operating, including the Madonna I Lift. 65 trails open with terrain for all ability levels. Great conditions!

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Upper Chilcoot and Catwalk

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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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Calm before the storm

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Sterling and Mount Mansfield seen from the Village Lift near the top

Lifts and Trails

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 48 trails open with terrain for all ability levels. Surface conditions are machine groomed and variable with average base depths of 20 to 50 inches. 42 trails will be groomed for tomorrow, including Upper FIS, Jolly Rodger, and Dixie’s Knoll for a grand total of 151 acres of freshly groomed terrain.

Weather

Currently it is 4 degrees at the summit of Sterling with sunny skies and winds of 5 to 10 mph. Tomorrow’s forecast is calling for snow developing late in the day with 1 to 2 inches of accumulation possible and temperatures between 10 and 20 degrees. Snow continues into Wednesday night with 6″ to 10″ tomorrow night, 3″ to 5″ during the day on Wednesday, and another 1″ to 3″ inches Wednesday night!

Valentine’s Day Special

Show the love – on the slopes at Smuggs with your Valentine. Purchase one Full Day Adult 3 Mountain Ticket and receive one Full Day Ticket (of equal or lesser value) FREE – PLUS a mouth watering Lake Champlain Chocolate for you and your Valentine. Both tickets must be used on February 14, 2019. No other discounts apply.

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Early morning groom

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Groomer on Morse Mountain

Lifts and Trails

We have 46 skiable trails and 30 lift accessible trails open today. The Madonna I lift is on hold. We have 5 lifts operating, Sterling, Mogul Mouse’s Magic, Village, Morse Highlands, and Sir Henry’s Glider. We hope to open the Madonna II lift around11 amm this morning. Surface conditions are machine groomed and variable with average base depths of 20 to 50 inches.

Weather

Currently it is cloudy and 30 degrees at the summit of Sterling with winds of 0 to 5 mph. Today’s forecast is calling for cloudy skies with a chance of some light rain and temperatures between 28 and 36 degrees.