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Sunshine Surprise

Rockin’ Ron for Hugh. The forecast said increasing clouds… well, they didn’t increase. It was a Sunshine Surprise Day. The 22 groomed trails were skiing great, and some natural snow trails opened around midday! Tomorrow, the Madonna I Lift is back online, which will bring our trail count to 30. All 30 trails will be groomed. SNOW ALERT: 8-18 inches forecasted for Wednesday into Thursday night! Ski U soon.

It was a nice surprise and my good “fortune” to ride the lift and take some runs with my friend and long-time Smuggler, Mike, from New Jersey. His 3 girls all learned to ski here! This is not his family’s normal week – they’re here through Monday for the Solar Eclipse.
Charles (of Madonna I Lift fame), Pippa, and Nilu make a “foray” on skis on Morse Mountain.
Christina aka “Eena” and Discovery Camp kids celebrate Tutu Tuesday.
“Can’t see the trails for the trees.” Sterling Mountain as viewed from Snow Snake on Morse Mountain.
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Sunshine and Spring Snow

Rockin’ Ron for Hugh. The increasing cloud forecast was not quite accurate for the middle of the day. It was blue skies, sun, and spring snow. Met up with friend and fellow Activities staffer Seth “Carv-ison” Crevison to take some runs. Our first trail pick was Shuttle because it was groomed. We got there via Lower Catwalk. It was a bit of work considering the “grabby” surfaces. The word of the day was “wax.” Anywho, we had fun and a nice lunch on the Black Bear patio. Tomorrow, we should have 70+ trails open, and the forecast is showers and breezy with highs near 50 degrees fahrenheit. Wear the appropriate gear. Ski U soon.

Seth carves it up on Catwalk.
Taking a break at the Crossroads.
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Sunshine and corduroy

Ski Patrol Director Eli Moore on Upper Chilcoot

Today we have top to bottom skiing and riding on all 3 mountains with 7 lifts operating. We have 56 trails open with terrain for all ability levels. Surface conditions are machine groomed and variable with average base depths of 16 to 56 inches. 39 trails have been groomed for today, including Upper FIS, Bootlegger, and Snow Snake for a grand total of 150 acres of freshly groomed terrain. Currently, it is sunny and 24 degrees at the summit of Madonna with winds of 5 to 10 mph.

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It is going to be a beautiful day and more terrain just opened

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Nice morning light

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Sterling and Mount Mansfield seen from the Madonna 1 lift

Lifts and Trails

Today we have top to bottom skiing and riding on all 3 mountains with 7 lifts. We now have 56 trails open with terrain for all ability levels. 32 trails have been groomed for today, including Ruthie’s, Curley’s Cutback, and Thomke’s for a grand total of 127 acres of freshly groomed terrain. I just skied Upper Chilcoot, Ruthie’s, Curley’s Cutback, and Meadowlark. The new snow that we received recently mixed in with the existing snow made for some very nice corduroy turns this morning. Surface conditions are packed powder and powder with average base¬†depths of 14 to 44 inches.

Weather

Currently it is 23 degrees at the summit of Sterling with partly sunny skies and winds of 5 to 10 mph. Today’s forecast calling for partly cloudy skies early with increasing sunshine and temperatures between 23 and 36 degrees.

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The Madonna 1 lift