Ski USA - Vermont

Smuggler's Notch Snow Report for 20 Mar 2019

Ski USA - Vermont

Smuggler's Notch Snow Report for 20 Mar 2019

Our Snow Report for Smuggler's Notch brings daily updates on the snow conditions, snow depths, piste and offpiste conditions and the number of open ski lifts. The latest Smuggler's Notch snow report shown below was updated on 20 Mar 2019. Snow Reports are provided regularly throughout the ski season courtesy of our own network of ski resort managers, the Skiclub of Great Britain and Skiresort Service International GmbH. In addition to the current report on ski conditions, we also provide webcams (including a 4 week cam archive), current live observations from nearby weather stations and also historical snow data for Smuggler's Notch.

Smuggler's Notch Snow Report Issued: 20 Mar 2019

Season opens: 22 November 2018 | Season closes: 22 April 2019

Season open
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Most recent snowfallon 12 Mar 2019
Fresh snow depth:12 cm

Fresh snow depth
Upper / Lower
Snow Depth, cm
127
51
TopNew Snow at Top: –
Good pisteOn pisteMachine Groomed
PowderOff piste-
Resort runsResort runs-

Resort Ski Report:6 out of 9 Lifts open. Resort is open. 8 inches (20 cm) past 7 days. Our model predicted that 12cm (5 inches) of snow fell over 48 hours between Sunday 10 of March at 8AM and Tuesday 12 of March at 8AM EDT at the mid mountain level. Compacted depth will be less.

  
*User Snow Reports: these can only be submitted by registered users. If you would like to submit user snow reports, or become a resort manager to make more in-depth updates to this resort's information, please contact us.

Snow Reports for Nearby Resorts

Bottom Mid Top
Resort Webcam Top
snow depth
top and bottom
Good piste
on-piste
Powder
off-piste
Fresh snow depth
last snow
Fresh snow depth
next 9 days
0–3 | 3–6 | 6–9
snow (cm)
Weather Next 3 days weather forecast.
Freezing level (m)
Thu Fri Sat

(314m — 1109m)

snow report yesterday

0 km away

127
51
Machine Groomed 12 cm
9 days ago
15
17
light rain
light snow
light snow
Mid station 712 m
950m 1050m 300m

(465m — 960m)

snow report yesterday

23 km away

183
91
Packed Powder 1 cm
4 days ago
14
16
light rain
light snow
light snow
Mid station 712 m
900m 1050m 300m

(390m — 1109m)

snow report yesterday

27 km away

61
45
Packed powder or groomed snow 12 cm
9 days ago
13
16
light rain
light snow
light snow
Mid station 750 m
750m 1050m 300m

(488m — 1109m)

snow report yesterday

47 km away

61
25
Variable Conditions 4 cm
3 days ago
17
15
light rain
light snow
light snow
Mid station 798 m
950m 1050m 300m

(453m — 1260m)

snow report yesterday

54 km away

Sugarbush webcam
142
91
Machine Groomed 5 cm
3 days ago
19
15
light snow
light snow
light snow
Mid station 856 m
950m 1050m 300m

Notes on the Smuggler's Notch Snow Report

The snow report describes the piste and off-piste ski conditions at Smuggler's Notch. You can submit an updated snow report here. Piste and off-piste are often different so we ask snow reporters to describe Smuggler's Notch piste and off-piste conditions separately. If these details are missing from the Smuggler's Notch snow report, you can predict off-piste conditions using the snow depth, the date of the most recent snowfall at Smuggler's Notch, the Smuggler's Notch weather report and the forecast.

Members can check the hindcast for a timeline of Smuggler's Notch weather conditions. This detailed weather log makes it easy to predict snow conditions at Smuggler's Notch, even when the snow report is too old to be useful. The hindcast shows when our weather model last predicted snowfall at Smuggler's Notch. It shows how much snow we think fell then, and the way freezing level, wind and weather have varied through time. You will be able to predict whether to expect off-piste powder, slush, spring snow, ice or wind crust.

If you see a report of powder or fresh snow conditions several days after snow last fell, there is usually a good reason. At crowded ski resorts, off-piste new snow will be tracked out within hours of a fresh fall but wherever crowds are light in relation to the accessible terrain, it will be possible to stay fresh much later, perhaps several days later. Alternatively, strong winds sometimes redistribute powder snow enough to cover old tracks, or it may simply be that the ski area was not fully open for some period after the snow fell, so fresh snow that fell a while ago has remained un-tracked until this report.

Whenever weather conditions change, Smuggler's Notch snow conditions will change too, so it is important to check the time and date of the Smuggler's Notch snow report and to guess what effect the weather will have had on snow quality between then and now. For example, the Smuggler's Notch snow report on Friday afternoon may indicate fresh powder but if Friday night is mild and rainy then ski conditions will be very poor on Saturday morning. Conversely, if the weather stays stable and cold, the same snow report can be valid for more than a week. We advise that you check the Smuggler's Notch snow forecast to see if conditions are likely to change before your visit.

Many skiers enjoy moguls and fast icy pistes but for off-piste skiers and free-ride snowboarders, fresh snow starts to deteriorate from the moment it settles. Wind, rain and periods of above-freezing temperature are the primary cause of the evolution from fresh powder to windslab, ice or slush. High altitude slopes that are shaded from the sun and sheltered from the wind preserve powder stashes longer after fresh snowfall. If the snow report mentions pockets of powder at Smuggler's Notch, study the Smuggler's Notch piste map in relation to the wind direction to determine the most likely locations.

We stress the importance of checking the date on the Smuggler's Notch snow report particularly around weekends. For example, the snow report for Smuggler's Notch on Friday may indicate powder after recent snowfall but following a sunny and busy weekend, when the locals hit the mountains en masse, the ski conditions (at any resort) can deteriorate rapidly and late arrivals may see very different ski conditions. Of course some people look for deteriorating conditions in the snow report for the likely development of mogul fields but for powder lovers and particularly snowboarders this can mean tracked out off-piste snow. Of course, this doesn’t always happen quickly after fresh snowfall particularly at quiet North facing resorts at high altitude where genuine powder stashes may be found days or even weeks later. It is worth checking the piste map for Smuggler's Notch (found in menu above) for the location of favourable slopes that may be described in the "Smuggler's Notch Snow Conditions" part of the snow report. In addition to checking the Smuggler's Notch snow report we recommend that you check the snow forecasts found in the menu at the top of the page along with our ski resort guide.