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Winter Wonderland

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Sterling and Mount Mansfield seen from the top of the Madonna I lift

We have top to bottom skiing and riding on all 3 mountains with 6 lifts operating, including the Madonna I lift. We have 75 trails open with terrain for all ability levels. Beautiful sunny skies with a high of 24 degrees today.  131 acres of freshly groomed terrain.

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Harley skiing Upper Chilcoot

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Freefall, Waterfall, Snowfall

Waterfall Freefall

Freefall as viewed from Waterfall

Rockin’ Ron for Hugh. At midday, Madonna I came off wind hold, so I had to grab me some runs up there. My last run was from the top of the mountain back to the Village, like so: Upper Chilcoot > Mulcahy’s Link > Ruthies > Curley’s > Meadowlark. That’s 2,164 feet of vertical and 3 miles of trails, if you’re counting.

I had to stop and see some of my friends in Reservations aka Reso. They are one of the behind-the-scenes departments that keep the Resort going.

SNOW

4″ new snow in the past 24 hours and 16″ in the past week. Snow is in the forecast for most of the week, and I hear that there is an “Upslope” Snow Event that we are well situated for. I’m not sure what that means other than we could get pounded with more snow!

Reso

Some of our Reso staff, L to R: Amanda, Kendall, Max, and Kristy. If you booked your trip on the phone, you may have spoke to one of them.

LIFTS & TRAILS

For Wednesday, we plan to have 6 lifts operating including Madonna I, and 71 trails open. 29 trails/118 acres are scheduled to be groomed for tomorrow.

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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

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Mountains of adventure and mountains of fun

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Treasure Run

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 29 trails open with terrain for all ability levels. 27 trails will be groomed for tomorrow, including Smugglers’ Alley, Upper Chilcoot, and Log Jam for a grand total of 109 acres of freshly groomed terrain. Surface conditions are machine groomed and variable with average base depths of 12 to 40 inches.

 

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Thomke’s

Snowmaking

Today our snowmakers were busy on Lower Chilcoot and Meadowlark. Tonight they plan to continue snowmaking on these two trails.

Weather

Currently it is partly sunny and 16 degrees at the summit of Sterling with winds of 0 to 5 mph. Tomorrow’s forecast is calling for sunny skies early with increasing clouds later in the day with temperatures between 15 and 24 degrees.

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360 in Birch Run Terrain Park

Snow

We received a dusting of new snow this morning, 8 inches in the past 5 days, and 137 inches this season so far!

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Old School Daffy

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Snowmaking moves to the upper mountains tonight

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Bottom of the S turn on Upper Chilcoot

Snowmaking

Today we made snow on Lower Morse Liftline, Midway, Meadowlark, and Garden Path. Tonight the snowmakers will be headed to Black Snake, Snake Bite, the Practice Slope, and Mulcahy’s Link. Snowmaking will continue throughout the day on Black Snake from the pine tree start (top of Harvey’s) down, so make sure you have your goggles.

 

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Billy Bob and Mogul Mouse hanging by the fire after a great day on the slopes

Lifts and Trails

Tomorrow we plan to have top to bottom skiing and riding on all 3 mountains with 6 lifts operating. We have 27 trails open with terrain for all ability levels. Midway and Meadowlark will be open tomorrow. 26 trails will be groomed for tomorrow, that’s a grand total of 96 acres of freshly groomed terrain. Surface conditions are variable and machine groomed with average base depths of 12 to 36 inches.

 

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Upper Chilcoot

Weather

Currently it is sunny and 15 degrees at the summit of Sterling with winds of 5 to 10 mph. Tomorrow’s forecast is calling for cloudy skies with a chance of light snow and temperatures between 19 and 31 degrees.

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Snowmaking on Garden Path

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The Village Lift is now open for the season

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Mountain Operations Manager Mike McAdoo and the crew from the Village Lift putting the finishing touches on the loading ramp

Lifts and Trails

Today we plan to have top to bottom skiing and riding on all 3 mountains with 5 lifts operating, Madonna I Lift,  VillageLift, Sterling Lift, Mogul Mouse’s Magic Lift, and Sir Henry’s Glider.  23 trails have been groomed for today, including Garden Path, Black Snake, and Upper Chilcoot for a grand total of 102 acres of freshly groomed terrain. Some trails are closed due to overnight temperature changes. Snow in the forecast will allow more terrain to open in the near future. Today we have 54 trails open with terrain for all ability levels. Surface conditions are variable and machine groomed with average base depths of 18 to 48 inches.

Weather

Currently it is foggy and 31 degrees at the summit of Sterling with winds of 10 to 15 mph. Today ‘s forecast is calling for cloudy skies with increasing sunshine later in the day and temperatures between 31 and 39 degrees. There is snow in the forecast for Sunday night into Monday with a couple inches of accumulation possible. The forecast is calling for colder temperatures at the beginning of this week and we plan to resume snowmaking at that time.

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More terrain opens tomorrow

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Harvey’s Hideaway

Lifts and Trails

Tomorrow we plan to have top to bottom skiing and riding on all 3 mountains with 5 lifts operating; Village Lift, Madonna I Lift, Sterling Lift, Mogul Mouse’s Magic Lift, and Sir Henry’s Glider. We plan to have 64 trails open with terrain for all ability levels. 20 trails will be groomed for tomorrow, including Upper Chilcoot, Curley’s Cutback, and Thomke’s for a grand total of 101 acres of freshly groomed terrain. Surface conditions are packed powder and machine groomed with average base depths of 20 to 50 inches.

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Writer Jay Flemma having a blast on Black Snake

Weather

Currently it is 30 degrees at the summit of Sterling with cloudy skies and winds of 15 to 20 mph. Tomorrow’s forecast is calling for mostly cloudy skies with temperatures between 30 and 39 degrees.

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Mike enjoying the soft snow on Full Nelson

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Smiles for miles

 

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAAnother amazing day here at Smuggs! It has been one of the most snow filled Novembers I can remember. The 4 inches of new snow that we received last night were smaller flakes, which made the snow surface denser. The denser snow skied like it was deeper than it was because it allowed you to float with less snow. I had two fantastic powder runs early this morning with my good friend Matt McCawley ( see the photos in post below).  I then got to ski with my good friends Geoff and Tony. Today was special because Tony turned 50 years young.  A great way to celebrate, making powder with your good friends!  OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThis afternoon I took a couple runs with the Snow Sport University Supervisors. They were having fun training in the wonderful snow.

Snowmaking

The lines are charged and our snowmakers getting ready to make snow on Upper Chilcoot and Waterfall tonight.

Lifts and Trails

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERATomorrow we plan to have the Sterling Lift and Sir Henry’s Wonder Carpet operating. We have 32 trails open with base depths of 14 to 40 inches. Sir Henry’s Learning Hill is open for beginners. This weekend we plan to have the Madonna I lift operating which will almost double our trail count. 8 trails will be groomed for tomorrow, for a grand total of 30 acres of freshly groomed terrain.

Weather

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERATomorrow the forecast is calling for increasing clouds with temperatures between 20 and 34 degrees.

 

 

 

 

 

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We still have tons of snow

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Sterling and Mount Mansfield

Today was very pleasant with partly sunny skies in the morning and a few flurries in the afternoon.

Today was the last day that Mogul Mouse Magic Lift will be operating this season, so I took a few lift rides for good measure.  I got off at mid-station on my first run. I thought that I had put my phone in my inside pocket but, I missed the pocket and my phone slid down inside my jacket. When I stood up at mid station and skied away my phone stayed on the chair.  My phone stayed on the chair for a little while longer, before falling off above where Snow Snake cuts under the Mogul Mouse Magic Lift.  I

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Upper Chilcoot

was unaware that my phone was missing and skied down the Magic Learning Trail, before heading back to my office.  I then realized that my phone was missing and I headed back to the Mogul Mouse Lift.  Lift Attendant Jeff stopped me and told me that Elizabeth who was working mid-station saw my phone fall somewhere near tower 15.  I headed back up the lift and was able to find my phone.  I want to thank our Lift Attendants and Lift Maintenance staff for their help in finding my phone it is greatly appreciated.  What was really cool was when I rode the Mogul Mouse Magic Lift again later in the day every lift attendant asked to make sure that I got my phone back. #smuggslove

 

 

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Rockin’ Ron and Owen going “around the world.”

The Sterling Lift will be operating this Monday through Friday. We plan to have both the Madonna I Lift and Sterling Lift operating this closing weekend April 14th and 15th.

 

Tomorrow we will have 20 trails open for intermediates and experts. 16 trails will be groomed for tomorrow, that’s 44 acres of freshly groomed terrain.

Tomorrow’s forecast is calling for mostly sunny skies early becoming partly sunny later in the day with a high of 32 degrees. Birch Run Terrain Park is open.