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Just picture perfect

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Powder Hound

Today was gorgeous with great conditions and beautiful sunshine. The winds decreased allowing the sun to work its magic. The 23 inches of new snow that we received in the past 3 days has been incredible. The storm started out with warmer temperatures and wet snow. The temperatures slowly dropped as it continued to snow. The wet snow bonded with the old snow and was topped off with lighter snow, making it the perfect storm. Especially when the sun comes out right after the storm!

 

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View from Upper Drifter

Lifts and Trails

We are 100 percent open! Tomorrow we plan to have top to bottom skiing and riding on all 3 mountains with 6 lifts operating. We plan to have all 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 37 trails tonight, including Smugglers’ Alley, Snow Snake, and Drifter for a grand total of 145 acres of freshly groomed terrain.

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Taking flight

New Snow

We received 14 inches of new snow in the past 2 days, 23 inches in the past 3 days, and 368 inches this season so far!

Weather

Currently it is sunny and 27 degrees at the summit of Sterling with winds of 10 to 20 mph. Tomorrow’s forecast is partly cloudy skies with increasing sunshine and temperatures between 11 and 29 degrees.

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Picture yourself here

 

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Upper Drifter with Sterling Pond and Mount Mansfield in the background

Beautiful sunny skies and 20 degrees at the summit of Sterling with winds of 0 to 5 mph. Top to bottom skiing and riding on all 3 mountains with 6 lifts operating, including the Madonna I Lift. We have 65 trails open with terrain for all ability levels. Great conditions!

 

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Fresh snow and sunshine

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Sterling and Mount Mansfield seen from Upper Drifter

New Snow

We received an inch of new snow last night, 7 inches in the past 5 days, and 313 inches this season so far!

Lifts and Trails

We are 99 percent open! We have top to bottom skiing and riding on all 3 mountains with 6 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 machine groomed with average base depths of 24 to 54 inches. 42 trails have been groomed for today, including Shuttle, Ruthie’s, Smugglers’ Alley, and Evaporator for a grand total of 156 acres of freshly groomed terrain.

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Shadow dancing on Shuttle

Weather

Currently it is sunny and 2 degrees at the summit of Sterling with winds of 0 to 5 mph. Today’s forecast is sunny skies with temperatures between 5 and 17 degrees.

Snowmaking

Last night we made snow on Upper Zone. We plan to make snow on the Upper Zone tonight also.

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Smugglers’ Alley

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAWe received 2 to 3 inches of new snow in the past 24 hours and 15 inches in the past week. The new snow had a good bit of sleet in it and that made it dense. It skied more like 6 inches of new snow, because it could hold you up.  The wind blew it around and it filled in the low spots. I had a great time today on the groomers and playing in the trees.

Lifts and Trails

Weather permitting tomorrow we plan to have top to bottom skiing and riding on all 3 mountains. We plan to have 6 lifts operating with 77 trails open. Surface conditions are packed powder and machine groomed with average base depths of 24 to 54 inches. We plan to groom 33 trails tonight, including Upper Drifter, Wanderer, and Lower Pipeline for a grand total of 135 acres of freshly groomed terrain.

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Currently it is 27 degrees at the summit of Sterling with sleet and winds of 15 to 30 mph. Tonight’s forecast is snow showers up to 4 inches of accumulation possible. Tomorrow’s forecast is calling for snow showers another inch of accumulation possible with temperatures between 12 and 28 degrees.

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Upper FIS is groomed

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Ski Patroller Mike Duncan trail checking Upper FIS

Lifts and Trails

We are 100 percent open! We have top to bottom skiing and riding on all  3 mountains with all 8 lifts operating. All 78 trails are open with terrain for all ability levels. Surface conditions are powder and packed powder with average base depths of 24 to 54 inches. 43 trails have been groomed for today, including Upper Drifter, Hangman’s Drop, and Hibernator for a grand total of 156 acres of freshly groomed  terrain. Upper FIS is groomed on skier’s right from Catwalk down to the Doc’s cutoff and from there down it is groomed full width.

New Snow

We received 2 to 3 inches of new snow overnight, 15 inches in the past week, and 303 inches this season so far!

Weather

Currently it is 28 degrees at the summit of Sterling with flurries and winds of 10 to 20 mph. Today’s forecast is calling for a chance of mix early then becoming snow later an inch of accumulation possible with temperatures between 25 and 39 degrees.

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Another beautiful day here at Smuggs

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Snow Sport University Snowboard Lesson on Sterling

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 47 trails open with terrain for all ability levels. Surface conditions are machine groomed and variable with average base depths of 20 to 50 inches. 45 trails will be groomed for tomorrow, including Upper Drifter, Snake Bite, and Hibernator for a grand total 0f 176 acres of freshly groomed terrain.

 

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Rockin the Tie Dye on Chilcoot

Weather

Currently it is 10 degrees at the summit of Sterling with sunny skies and winds of 10 to 15 mph. Tomorrow’s forecast is calling for partly sunny skies with temperatures between 6 and 16 degrees.

Snowmaking

Last night we made snow on Meadowlark.

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LL Bean Bootmobile Mountain Tour was here at Smuggs this weekend

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A sunny powder day

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Morning light over the Village

New Snow

We received 8 to 10 inches of new snow in the past 24 hours and 21 inches in the 4 days.

Lifts and Trails

We are 100 percent open with top to bottom skiing and riding on all 3 mountains with 6 lifts operating, including the Madonna I lift. We have all 78 trails open with terrain for all ability levels. Surface conditions are powder and packed powder with average base depths of 24 to 54 inches. 38 trails have been groomed for today, including Upper Drifter, Snow Snake, and Thomke’s for  a grand total of 145 acres of freshly groomed terrain.

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Upper Morse Liftline

Weather

Current it is sunny and -7 degrees at the summit of Sterling with winds of 5 to 10 mph. Today’s forecast is sunny skies with temperatures between 4 and 11 degrees.

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Sir Henry’s Learning Hill

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The Village Lift is presently on wind hold. We have 7 lifts operating, including the Madonna I Lift. We have 77 trails open with terrain for all ability levels. Surface conditions are packed powder and powder with average base depths of 24 to 54 inches. 34 trails have been groomed for today, including Upper Drifter, Thomke’s, and Upper FIS from the Doc’s cutoff down for a grand total of 143 acres of freshly groomed terrain. We will continue to check the winds and the lower mountain lifts may open later today. Snake Bite is closed today for the Eastern Cup Giant Slalom Race today. Black Snake is open down to Harvey’s Hideaway.

Weather

Currently it is cloudy and 9 degrees at the summit of Sterling with winds of 15 to 30 mph. Today’s forecast is calling for snow to develop with 2 to 4 inches of accumulation possible and temperatures between 11 and 29 degrees.

Events

Free Family Fun Race today on Lower Madonna Liftline today from 11:00 am till 2:00 pm.

Parlor Skis Demo today in Parking Lot #1.

Black Bear Apres Sport Party from 2:00 pm till 4:30 pm in the Black Bear Tavern located in the Base Lodge. The location for Upper Mountain off-slope fun! Choose from 20 different beers on tap, plus a wide selection of bottled beer. Join us at 2:00 pm for après sport entertainment – Jammin’ Sam plays guitar and sings. Weekend draft beer specials from Harpoon

Eastern Cup Giant Slalom Race  today on Black Snake, Snake Bite, and the Practice Slope.

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We just opened over 25 trails

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Groomers leaving Morse Mountain after laying down many acres of corduroy

New Snow

We received 3 to 5 inches of new snow overnight and 33 inches in the past week.

Lifts and Trails

Today 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 now 72 trails open with terrain for all ability levels. 31 trails have been groomed for today, including Upper Drifter and Snow Snake for a grand total of 133 acres of freshly groomed terrain.

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It is snowing hard

Weather

Currently it is snowing and 18 degrees at the summit of Sterling with winds of 0 to 5 mph. Today’s forecast is calling for cloudy skies, a chance of snow showers an inch of accumulation possible with temperatures between 10 and 22 degrees.

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Early morning groom on Lower Morse Liftline

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It’s snowing!

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Snow flying

It was pretty warm today and some of the natural snow covered trails had to be closed. The snow was just too soft. The temperature fell throughout the day and it started snowing this afternoon. The new snow will help insulate the existing snow as the temperatures get colder tonight. This will help the moisture drain from the snow. This will also allow the existing snow to bond with the new snow.  On my last run of the day up Sterling it started snowing at tower 11. It was snowing pretty hard at the top and it was accumulating. We may open more trails throughout the day tomorrow.

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It is adding up

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 47 trails open with terrain for all ability levels. Surface conditions are variable and machine groomed with average base depths of 24 to 54 inches. 31 trails will be groomed for tomorrow, including Upper Drifter, Snow Snake, and Practice Slope for a grand total of 133 acres of freshly groomed terrain.

 

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Lenny having fun on Black Snake

Weather

Currently it is snowing and 30 degrees at the summit of Sterling with winds of 5 to 10 mph. Tomorrow’s forecast is snow showers 1 to 2 inches of accumulation possible with temperatures between 14 and 25 degrees.