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FUN STUFF AT SMUGGS
A picture's worth a thousand words, right? On weekends we'll alternate between pipe jams on the Superpipe and the Altitude Adjustment at the Zone terrain park on Sterling! The Zone has the biggest hits at Smuggs for expert and championship skiers and riders. If you're not quite at that level yet, come and enjoy the show on Zone weekends!

We've been pumping snow into the Superpipe when the temperatures have cooperated and now the pipe is open for business! The Superpipe plays host to our other Slammin' Saturday event, the Pipe Jam. There's always lots of music and prize giveaways, and the more runs you take in the pipe, the better your chances are to win BIG! Register the day of the event at 11:00 am.

Dates for the events are February 12, 26 and March 12 for the Zone, and February 19 and March 5, 19 and 26 for the Pipe Jam. Please check the events calendar and the snow report for the latest information and updates on events.


THERE'S LOTS TO DO AT THE NORDIC CENTER!
On February 13, the Nordic Center hosts its 4th annual snowshoe challenge with demos and great prizes. With various race distances, there's something for everyone! If you'd just like a pleasant walk in the Winter woods complete with munchies, try the 1K snack trek. There are also 4K and 8K courses. Come join your fellow snowshoeing enthusiasts at Smuggs' friendly Nordic Center for this fun competition. Don't be intimidated if you haven't tried it before... remember, if you can walk, you can snowshoe!

In addition to these special events, the Nordic Center runs lessons for both cross country skiing and snowshoeing, as well as fun nature treks on both types of equipment. And cozying up to the center's wood stove is one of the best things to do at Smuggs!


SMUGGS' LATEST COOL THING: AIRBOARDS!
What's an airboard, you ask? Well, it's the latest device to make it into the world of sledding! The airboard is an inflatable sled that looks almost like a raft, with handles on its sides and a wrist strap to prevent separation of airboard and rider. The bottom of the airboard is reinforced with grooved material so that you can shift your body's weight and the grooves cut into the snow's surface as edges to facilitate steering. The whole thing is about four feet long. When it's uninflated, it folds into a little backback so that you can tote it easily while hiking to a perfect airboarding hill. The backback also contains a little air pump.

We're debuting airboarding on Tuesday, February 8 in our Morse Highlands area on the Logjam trail for ages 13 and older. An initial $20 fee will cover an instruction clinic, airboard rental and helmet; subsequently, a $10 fee will cover airboard rental. Helmets are required! Come check it out!


TIME TO TOOT OUR ENVIRONMENTAL HORN
We spend a lot of time making sure that our programs, facilities and policies are environmentally friendly. Some of the efforts we've made in this area include using organic fertilizer on all gardens and flower beds, identifying and preserving wildlife corridors, offering nature programs to inform guests of local ecosystems, and using low flow fixtures, appliances and toilets in all facilities. We also offer a special lift pass that contributes to programs that work to counteract global warming.

With all this time and energy spent on environmental issues, imagine how pleased we were to be included on Plenty Magazine's list of the top ten environmentally friendly ski resorts, which accompanied an article in the January issue. We'll add that to the Governor's Award for Environmental Excellence and the "Best of the Best" environmental award (both awarded in 2002) and the environmental partner designation we received in 2001. We're on a roll!

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