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Great conditions

We received 14 inches of new snow in the past 3 days and 99 inches this season so far. Mogul Mouse’s Magic Lift, Sterling Lift, Village Lift, Madonna I Lift, and Madonna II Lift are presently on wind hold. We have 67 skiable trails and 6 lift-accessible trails open today. We have the Sterling T -ar and Sir Henry’s Glider operating. Currently, it is cloudy and 17 degrees at the summit of Sterling with winds of 30 to 40 mph. Today’s forecast is calling for cloudy skies with a chance of snow showers early less with than an inch of accumulation possible, windy, and a high of 31 degrees at the base. 24 trails have been groomed for today that’s a grand total of 95 acres of freshly groomed terrain. Surface conditions are packed powder and powder with average base depths of 12 to 42 inches. We are presently making snow on McPherson’s and Lower Chilcoot.

Photo taken January 18th on Full Nelson

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Wild wintery weather

We now have skiing and riding on all 3 mountains. We have 5 lifts operating, the Sterling Lift, Madonna 2 Lift, Village Lift, Mogul Mouse‚Äôs Magic Lift, and Sir Henry’s Glider. We now have 38 trails open with terrain for all ability levels. Presently it is snowing and 25 degrees at the summit of Sterling with winds of 15 to 30 mph. Today’s forecast is calling for snow and sleet 3 to 5 inches of accumulation possible, strong gusty winds with a high of 30 degrees. Tonight’s forecast is calling for more snow another 3 to 5 inches of accumulation possible. We received 3 to 5 inches of new snow so far.

Sir Henry’s Glider
Bench by the Welcome Sign in the Village
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Terrain Park

Birch Run Terrain Park is now open with 3 jumps and 2 rails. We have skiing and riding on all 3 mountains. We have 5 lifts operating today; Sterling Lift, Village Lift, Madonna II Lift, Mogul Mouse’s Magic Lift, and Sir Henry’s Glider. We now have 38 trails open with terrain for all ability levels. 21 out of the 38 trails have been groomed for today, including Smugglers’ Alley, Snow Snake, and Lower FIS for a grand total of 89 acres of freshly groomed terrain. Surface conditions are machine groomed and variable with average base depths of 6 to 32 inches. We are presently making snow on Playground, Lower Madonna Liftline, and McPherson’s. Currently, it is 10 degrees at the summit of Sterling with flurries and winds of 5 to 10 mph. Today’s forecast is calling for a chance of snow early then skies becoming sunny in the afternoon and a high of 21 degrees. Temperatures will be falling throughout the day.

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Skiing and riding on all 3 mountains

Lift operations may be limited on Saturday, January 15th due to cold and windy conditions. Check back after 9 am tomorrow morning for updated information.

Birch Run Terrain Park opens tomorrow with 3 jumps and 2 rails.

Tomorrow we plan to have 5 lifts operating; Madonna II Lift, Sterling Lift, Village Lift, Mogul Mouse’s Magic Lift, and Sir Henry’s Glider. We now have 31 trails open with terrain for all ability levels. 21 out of the 31 trails will be groomed for tomorrow, including Smugglers’ Alley, Mulcahy’s Link, and Snow Snake for a grand total of 89 acres of freshly groomed terrain. Surface conditions are machine groomed and variable with average base depths of 6 to 32 inches. Tonight we plan to resume snowmaking operations on McPherson’s, Playground, and Lower Madonna Liftline. Currently, it is cloudy and 26 degrees at the summit of Sterling with winds of 5 to 10 mph. Tomorrow’s forecast is calling for the chance of light snow early then gradual clearing with a high of 17 degrees in the Village and 12 degrees at the summit of Sterling. Temperatures will be falling throughout the day.

Uphill travel

Morse Mountain open from 5:00 pm till 10:00 pm.

Sterling Mountain is open from 5:30 am till 7:30 am.

Madonna Mountain is presently closed.

Employees will be red-flagged this Sunday from 10:00 am till 2:00 pm.

Smugglers’ Alley
Lower Exhibition
Lower Morse Liftline
Highlander Glades
Smugglers’ Alley
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Chilly Willy

Rockin’ Ron for Hugh. It’s the Big Chill out there, and I don’t mean “chill” in the smooth or mellow sense. Currently, it’s 21 below at the summit of Sterling. Due to the cold temps, the Sterling, Village, and Mogul Mouse Magic Lifts will have delayed openings of 11:00 am. However, Sir Henry’s Glider will open at 9:00 am. This afternoon the Sterling and Mogul Mouse Magic Lifts will close early at 3:30 pm. The good news… temps return to the mid-20’s tomorrow.

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Good morning

We received 1 to 2 inches of new snow on top overnight. Currently, it is partly sunny and 2 degrees at the summit of Sterling with wind of 10 to 20 mph. Bundle up and enjoy the nice conditions! Today’s forecast is calling for partly sunny skies with a high of 13 degrees at the base and 6 degrees at the summit. We have skiing and riding on all 3 mountains. Today we plan to have 5 lifts operating; Village Lift, Sterling Lift, Madonna II Lift, Sir Henry’s Glider, and Mogul Mouse’s Magic Lift. We have 31 trails open with terrain for all ability levels. 21 out of the 31 trails have been groomed for today, including Snow Snake, Lower FIS, and Curley’s Cutback for a grand total of 82 acres of freshly groomed terrain. The lower part of Black Snake and Snake Bite will be closed today for the Vermont Cup Men GS Race. Surface conditions are machine groomed and loose granular with average base depths of 6 to 32 inches. Snowmaking operations resume today on Lower Chilcoot.

Uphill Travel

Sterling Mountain is open from 5:30 am till 7:30 am.

Morse Mountain opens from 5:00 pm till 10:00 pm.

Madonna Mountain is presently closed.

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Freshly groomed terrain

Today we plan to have skiing and riding on all 3 mountains. We have 23 trails open with terrain for all ability levels. We plan to have 5 lifts operating; Village Lift, Sterling Lift, Mogul Mouse’s Magic Lift, Madonna II Lift, and Sir Henry’s Glider. Black Snake will have a delayed opening this morning. 19 out of the 23 trails have been groomed for today, including Snow Snake, Mulcahy’s Link, and Smugglers’ Alley for a grand total of 82 acres. Surface conditions are machine groomed and loose granular with average base depths of 6 to 32 inches. Currently, it is partly cloudy and 20 degrees at the summit of Sterling with winds of 5 to 15 mph. Today’s forecast is calling for cloudy skies with a slight chance of snow with a high of 27 degrees at the base and 21 degrees at the summit.

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Good morning

11 out of the 13 trails have been groomed for today, including Smugglers’ Alley and Garden Path for a grand total of 46 acres of freshly groomed terrain. Today we plan to have 4 lifts operating; Village Lift, Sterling Lift, Sir Henry’s Glider, and Mogul Mouse’s Magic Lift. Surface conditions are machine groomed and loose granular with average base depths of 6 to 32 inches. We are presently making snow on Mulcahy’s LInk, Lower FIS, Midway, and Meadowlark. Currently, it is 9 degrees at the summit of Sterling with partly sunny skies. Today’s forecast is calling for mostly sunny skies with a high of 25 degrees.

Sir Henry’s Learning Hill
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More terrain opens tomorrow

Tomorrow we plan to open Garden Path! We plan to have the Village Lift and Mogul Mouse’s Magic Lift open to the top. Sterling Lift and Sir Henry’s Glider will also be open. We now have 13 trails open with terrain for all ability levels. 11 out of the 13 trails will be groomed for tomorrow, including Smugglers’ Alley for a grand total of 52 acres of freshly groomed terrain. Surface conditions are machine groomed and loose granular with average base depths of 6 to 32 inches. Midway and Meadowlark are closed for snowmaking operations. Currently, it is partly cloudy and 20 degrees at the summit of Sterling with winds of 10 to 20 mph. Tomorrow’s forecast is calling for cloudy skies early becoming sunny in the afternoon with a high of 16 degrees.

Uphill travel is closed on Sterling Mountain. Madonna Mountain is open for uphill travel, but it is not recommended.

Smuggs groomer Jeff Wentzel out on the mountain enjoying some fine work!
Summit of Sterling
Treasure Run
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It takes a Village to run a Mountain

The Crew of the Village Lift

Rockin’ Ron for Hugh. It takes a Village… and not a small one… to run a Mountain. Smugglers’ Notch Resort is the largest employer in Lamoille County. There’s on-mountain staff such as Lift Operators, Ski Instructors, Snowboard Instructors, Patrollers, Groomers, and Snowmakers. But, it’s not just on-mountain staff that keeps us running. We have housekeepers, maintenance, grounds, shuttle drivers, guest service desk staff, activities staff, wait staff, cooks, dishwashers, and more. If you want to work with the FUN people at our mountain, visit smuggs.com/jobs

On the guest front, I was talking to Matt from Orlando. He was happy that 10 inches of snow fell while his family was here. He was hoping that more trails would have been open, but he said there were more here than in Florida – HA! One of the reasons his family decided to come here is the variety of activities we offer off the slope. Enjoy the rest of your vacation in our Mountain Village, Matt.

Patroller Jason aka Nemo.
SSU Instructors at the Sterling Mountain meeting place. Say hi to Justin.
Liam aka Rocky Raccoon loading chairs at Sterling Lift.
Sarah at the controls of Sterling Lift.
SSU at the Morse meeting place.
Billy at the Sterling Top Shack. He’s also a Parking Attendant and he works at the Country Store in the non-winter months. Outside of the Resort, Billy is a Volunteer with the Bakersfield Fire Department.