Morse / Report / Uphill Info / Shanty

Rockin’ Ron for Hugh. I had a fun morning on Morse Mountain helping shuttle kids on Mogul Mouse’s Magic Lift for Snow Sport University. It’s great to see them progress in their on-snow abilities! In between groups, I got to catch up with my friend and co-worker Stacy “Webmaster” Maynard, who was also shuttling. Then, I snuck a run on Snow Snake… YES!

REPORT: Tomorrow’s forecast is sunny and breezy, with highs of 34 degrees at the base and 29 at the summit. We plan to have top-to-bottom skiing and riding on all 3 mountains, with 7 Lifts operating and 72 trails open. 34 trails will be groomed – that’s 132 acres of freshly groomed terrain. We’ve received 21 inches of new snow in the past 5 days. We’ll be making snow tonight on Sterling Mountain on Bootleggers’ and Thomke’s.

UPHILL ACCESS: Morning uphill on Sterling will be closed on Wednesday, but Madonna will be open. NEW! Evening uphill on Madonna and Sterling will open starting Wednesday night, February 21. The evening uphill schedule is as follows: Madonna on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday 6 to 8 pm, closed Sunday. Sterling on Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday, 6 to 8 pm, closed Sunday. Morse is open from 5 to 10 pm daily except Thursday. Remember to check the snow report daily for any changes before you go, as there may be closures at times when weather disrupts grooming schedules. Check here for more specific guidelines on our uphill policy.

Boot, scoot, and boogie UPHILL, or as Hugh says, “use the Shoe Leather Express.”
Mogul Mouse’s Magic Lift and the Magic Learning Trail.
Check out the Ski Shanty video by Rockin’ Ron the Friendly Pirate on YouTube/@SmuggsTV. It’s a sea shanty about skiing pirates that namechecks Smuggs trails and features Smuggs staffers Hugh “Snowman” Johnson, Caleb “Mr. Rizz” Kessler, Angie “Dispatcher Extraordinaire” Shorey, Jason “Nemo” Niemi, and Seth “Carv-ison” Crevison. The video was produced by Thaddeus Homan of Smuggs TV. The song was inspired by long-time Smuggs Guest Kim Riegel.

Uphill Access

Morning uphill will be available on Sterling starting Thursday from 5:30 am to 7:30 am.  We expect it to be available for the remainder of the season barring weather interruptions. It is imperative that participants check the snow report prior to heading out for status updates. The Sterling uphill route is Lower Rumrunner to Upper Rumrunner, descend on any open trail. Please review the uphill policy on the website and get refreshed on the rules (no dogs!).  Evening uphill on Morse remains open from 5 pm to 10 pm but will likely close in the future for several days to complete snowmaking operations. Evening uphill on Madonna and Sterling will remain closed pending the completion of snowmaking operations on those mountains.


Uphill Travel

All 3 mountains will be closed to uphill travel this Saturday night and Sunday morning. The forecast is calling for above freezing temperatures mid-mountain and lower on Saturday. The temperature will fall below freezing pretty quickly on Saturday night. We will need extensive grooming Saturday night and Sunday morning to provide the best snow quality for Sunday.