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Geoff playing in a drift on Lower Rumrunner.

Dec 9, 2013

We received 2 inches of new snow today!

My cousin Mandy and her boyfriend Jack were here visiting from South Carolina for a long weekend. Mandy has never snowboarded and she took a private lesson with snowboard instructor Rob Pirog on Friday morning. Mandy said her lesson was fantastic and she really learned a great deal. Mandy practiced what Rob had taught her over the weekend and she improved so much! Rob saw Mandy snowboarding today on Morse and gave her a shout out “Way to go Mandy!”
We went to the Green Mountain Deli for lunch the first day Mandy and Jack were here at Smuggs. They loved the food and said that they were coming back tomorrow! Well they kept saying that and had lunch there all 4 days. It was not just the food they liked; they really enjoyed the friendly service!

Family Fun on Morse

Dec 8, 2013

I was out skiing with my daughter Hannah and son Hugh B. this afternoon. We were riding the Mogul Mouse Magical Lift and skiing Lower Morse Liftline. The Mogul Mouse Lift is user friendly for kids! The chair is lower for loading to make it easier for the children to get into. We had a blast doing laps. The lift staff is also very nice and helpful.

Birch Run

Dec 7, 2013

Was that an old school daffy?

The Birch Run Terrain Park is in great shape. It was just reshaped and it now has 15 features. We have many new rails this season!

Ski Vermont goes snowboarding

Dec 6, 2013

Sir Henry's Learning and Fun Park

I received an email from Kyle who works for Ski Vermont. She told me that she and 3 of her coworkers were going to take lessons here at Smuggs on Friday. They were going to be taking beginner lessons, because skiers would be snowboarding and snowboarders would be skiing. They were taking their lesson over on Sir Henry’s Learning and Fun Park. They were all having so much fun that I decided to switch it up too. I put my skis and boots away and headed for the rental shop. They had me set up in no time with a snowboard and boots. I did a warm up run on Sir Henry’s and then I headed for the Mogul Mouse lift. We received 2 inches of new snow last night which made the surface conditions nice and soft. I was a little rusty at first, but I started linking turns and carving it up after a few runs. I forgot how much fun snowboarding can be!

Treasure Run

Dec 5, 2013

Greg carving a nice heel side turn!

Time to reflect

Dec 4, 2013

Sterling Pond with Mount Mansfield in the background.

The forecast called for partly sunny skies today. It started off a little cloudy, but then the sun came out. The trees look so bright with the snow and rime ice. The sky was a beautiful deep blue. It was a great day to smell the roses!

We're gonna miss ya Bob!

Dec 3, 2013

Rockin' Ron for Hugh. All of us Smugglers are excited about Winter programming commencing this Friday, December 6th. However it is bittersweet, because it will be the first time in 44 years that our longtime President Bob Mulcahy will not be working here - he retired at the end of October. The press release says "Mulcahy has played a key role in developing Smugglers' Notch into an award-winning and internationally recognized family vacation destination." I know that's true, but what I'm going to miss is that Boston accent cheerfully inquiring about what's going on, or telling me about the run he just took on Lower FIS, or getting 300 Smuggs employees excited for the upcoming season. You are quite a gent and an inspiration Robert F. Mulcahy - we're gonna miss ya!

P.S. He told me he'd be skiing here every Wednesday with the 55+ Club.

Beginner Terrain

Dec 2, 2013

Sir Henry's Learning and Fun Park

I want to thank our snowmakers for all their hard work! It is wonderful to have beginner terrain open this early in the season. The magic carpet is easy and fun to use. This weekend we had the whole Johnson family at Sir Henry’s Learning and Fun Park. My 2 year old daughter Hayleigh kept saying “fun” and “again”.

Sterling Mountain

Dec 2, 2013

Upper Rumrunner

We now have 20 trails open! We opened Black Snake today and it was ungroomed. There were snowmaking whales everywhere! I love skiing on snowmaking whales because it completely changes the surface of the trail. It's fun to ski to the top and then shoot down the back side.

Sir Henry's Learning and Fun Park

Nov 30, 2013

We now have beginner terrain open.

Hannah and Lidia having a great time doing laps at Sir Henry's!

Birch Run

Nov 30, 2013

Birch Run Terrain Park is now open with 12 features!

Nov 29, 2013

We are now open for the season and we are off to a great start! We are presently making snow around the clock on Sterling and Morse Mountain. We received 12 to 14 inches of new snow in the past 2 days. We have been able to open natural snow trails like Thomke’s, Thomke’s Express, and Chute. Sir Henry’s Learning and Fun Park opened today!

Winter Wonderland

Nov 26, 2013

Sterling Pond with Mount Mansfield in the background.

We reopen for the season on Friday, November 29! We plan to have terrain open for all ability levels. Photo taken November 25, 2013

Opening Day

Nov 25, 2013

Today was the Opening Day of the 2013 – 2014 Winter Season! Our snow makers have been very busy and we were able to open the weekend before Thanksgiving! Not only did we open early but, Smugglers’ Alley was open today! The top half of Birch Run was also open with natural hits.

New snow overnight!

Nov 25, 2013

The forecast called for 1 to 3 inches of new snowfall overnight. I was very excited when Ski Patrol called to say that we received 4 to 6 inches of new snow! It was also colder than predicted so our snow makers took advantage of this opportunity. They have been making snow around the clock on Lower Rumunner, Lower Morse Liftline, and Sir Henry’s! We have two new tower fan guns, one is at the base area of Sterling and the second one is on Sir Henry’s. I headed down to Sir Henry’s after taking a few runs in the fresh snow. It was fantastic to see so many snow guns operating on Sir Henry’s! The new tower fan gun was running along with two regular fan guns and multiple tower guns!

Birch Run

Nov 25, 2013

Opening Weekend!

Whale Watching!

Nov 25, 2013

Sir Henry's Learning and Fun Park

We are making snow around the clock on Sterling and Morse Mountain.

Opening Day is Saturday!

Nov 20, 2013

Photo taken Nov. 20, 2013

Attention skiers and riders! We are opening Saturday, 11/23 and Sunday, 11/24 on Sterling Mountain with 4 trails for intermediate levels and above. Our plan is to be open for the weekend, closing Monday, 11/25 - Thursday, 11/28 (Thanksgiving Day) then reopening for the 2013-2014 season on Friday, 11/29. The Madonna/Sterling Base Lodge will be open 8:00 am - 5:00 pm. Early season ticket prices will be in effect.

Snowmaking continues on Sterling Mountain

Nov 8, 2013

Nov 8, 2013

A wintry scene on Sterling Mountain today ... a combination of our snowmaking team's hard work and a little help from Ma Nature with flurries all day!

New fan gun off and running

Nov 4, 2013

The tower fan gun that was just installed late last week on Sterling was pressed into service quickly - it is already blowing snow! (Photo taken November 4)

This gun is one of two new tower fan guns; the other is on Sir Henry's Learning Hill. This year's snowmaking enhancements also included 100 new HKD tower snow guns that were installed earlier this Fall on Sterling and Madonna mountains. Shout out to our mountain crew for their hard work during the "off season" getting us ready for another Winter!

A happy sight - snowguns blasting on Sterling mountain!

Nov 4, 2013

Our snowmakers took advantage of the cold temperatures to start up the guns the evening of November 3. This photo was taking the morning of November 4. Countdown to Opening Day!

New tower fan gun on Sterling

Nov 1, 2013

Today the mountain crew installed a new tower fan gun at the base of Sterling mountain. There's one more tower fan gun to go - that one will be placed on Sir Henry's learning area. The snowmaking team is ready to fire up the system as soon as temperatures drop, and that could be as early as Sunday night!

New snowguns being installed

Oct 18, 2013

It has been a beautiful fall to be out on the mountain, and our mountain operations team has been busy installing 100 new HKD tower snow guns on our trail network. These guns will serve intermediate and advanced terrain on Sterling Mountain and Madonna Mountain - on the Alley, Upper FIS, Chilcoot, Link and a few other trails. Two new tower fan guns will be placed for additional coverage on the learning area at Sir Henry's on Morse Mountain and at the Sterling base.

Last winter's investment of over $1,000,000 in snowmaking brought an additional 150 high efficiency tower guns with placement on all three mountains and a new electric compressor to Smugglers'. This two-year investment enhances the snowmaking product for skiers and riders, allowing more snow to be made at a wider temperature range, and improving early and late season coverage with greatly reduced energy costs. Have you started your winter countdown yet?

Smugglers' is center of influence for Flyin Ryan Hawks Scholarship Foundation

Oct 11, 2013

The Flyin' Ryan Foundation was founded by Peter Hawks in memory of his son Ryan Hawks, a world champion extreme skier from Vermont who died in March 2011 as a result of a crash during the Subaru Freeskiing World Tour.

The elements of the foundation’s mission statement are: To inspire young people to live every day, all day and never stop exploring life; to expose them to the world of outdoor adventure; and to teach Ryan’s principles of living and core values. Ryan’s core principles were discovered on his computer after his death and include retaining passion for life and life’s adventures; being the best you can be in relationships with family and friends; looking out for others and your surroundings; working hard; and living simply.

With the support of resort management, Smugglers' sales and promotions coordinator Tommy Smith has worked to establish Smugglers’ as a center of influence supporting the Flyin' Ryan Foundation and its work to further youth athletes’ dreams. Smith says, "We have a lot of gifted and passionate youth in the Smugglers' Notch area. Not all of these kids have the financial means necessary to fully invest in their adventure sport. I felt so strongly that Smuggs would be a great partner for the Flyin' Ryan Foundation because every kid deserves an opportunity to pursue their dream. The scholarships that the Flyin Ryan' Foundation produces will level the financial playing field, and give the opportunity to grow as an athlete and as a person. Smuggs has always been there for youth and family, it's a perfect fit."

Peter Hawks will attend Smugglers' Winter employee rally in November to speak about the foundation's mission and message.

As a center of influence, Smuggs is a location to register as a contributing ambassador. The resort supports with season passes athletes of the Smugglers' Notch Ski and Snowboard Club who apply and are awarded scholarships with the Foundation. Youth athletes in the club participate in training programs for snowboarding, skiing, or freestyle. The club's coaches have implemented the foundation's core principles and code of conduct with their youth members.

The foundation provides scholarships based on the applicants' character, financial need, passion for their sport, and athletic potential and performance. Anyone interested in contributing, or who would like further information about the Flyin' Ryan Hawks Foundation may visit the foundation at flyinryanhawks.org

New opportunity for little riders!

Sep 11, 2013

Snowboarding program manager Mike Chait shares some exciting news:
This Winter, our Treasures nursery will be introducing two and a half to three year olds to the world of snowboarding! Starting out indoors on the newest kid-friendly Burton Snowboards technology, these Little Rascals will be able to have playtime with the equipment, allowing them to grow comfortable and have fun with the new "toys."

The kiddos will rotate through different indoor stations that each offer an activity related to snowboarding. Once this warm-up time is complete, they can begin pulling each other or be pulled by an adult around a beginner-friendly indoor course consisting of a limbo station, carpet slalom, and introductory park features. The Riglet boards they will use do not need bindings, allowing the children to jump or step off if necessary, and the boards don’t have metal edges that could pose a safety hazard to their little fingers. The benefit to being able to start out indoors is that they're able to jump right into the introduction - no time is spent suiting up for the outdoors!

For those children who are ready to start riding the white wave, a few of the Riglet boards will be equipped with bindings, and the kids will be able to go outside onto the playground where introductory snow features will allow them to hone their skills. The goal is to have fun and learn the movements necessary to successfully balance on a snowboard — not to be able to ride Madonna Liftline.

Important for this age group is that they have the ability to experience the activities needed for them to develop the muscle memory necessary to snowboarding. Kids this age still have a whole lot of muscular development to do, especially in the shin/calf area. That is why it is important to give them the opportunity to put themselves in situations that involve balance and movement relative to snowboarding. The playground area at Treasures provides great flat terrain, conducive to this type of activity. Even more exciting, the indoor layout provides great non-winter terrain for these boards to easily slide around on. The kids can experience the groundwork for snowboarding without even putting their boots on! Next stop ... Smugglers' Riglet Park on Sir Henry's!

Practicing moves on the indoor course

Rockin' the balance boards!

Sep 11, 2013

Hugh's Blog Archives

Hugh's Blog - August 2013

Aug 23, 2013
Caitlin Shaw of Mountain Operations shares what's happening on the mountain:
As the nights turn colder and the leaves begin to turn, everyone starts to wonder what new and exciting updates we've been working on this summer for the mountain. Our favorite season is fast approaching and we have a few new updates for this winter.

First, we've purchased 100 more new HKD Tower Snow Guns which will be placed on the Alley, Upper FIS, Chilcoot at the blueberry patch, Link and a few other trails. On places like the Alley and FIS these guns will be new additions to the trails, on the others we're adding a few more guns or replacing older models of tower guns so that we'll be able to more efficiently make snow. We've also purchased two tower fan guns; one will be placed on Sir Henry's and the other near the base of Sterling to cover the lift corral area.

This year we purchased a new winch cat for our grooming department. This new cat will allow the team to groom some of our steepest terrain and work the snow on these trails to make a better skiing surface during some of those times that the weather doesn't cooperate.

Lastly, Mike McAdoo, our terrain park manager, has been busy welding a whole bunch of new rails this summer, close to 20 in all. You'll see some new and innovative rail designs, all with a sleek new coat of paint.
Aug 16, 2013
Thinking Winter yet? As the season's countdown begins, we've got a few guest bloggers lined up to share winter news with you throughout late summer and fall. Tommy Smith, Smugglers' ski & ride sales and promotions manager, is first up ...

It is summertime in Vermont, but as the cooler air finds its way into the Green Mountains, I am reminded of how winter is just around the corner. It's that time of year again, and I'll be out there in the local community and beyond bringing news of the latest deals and fun that Smuggs has to offer.

To kick off the summer I'll be pumping out deals and schwag during all four days (August 15th-18th) of the Lake Champlain Maritime Festival on Burlington's waterfront. Our friends Rockin' Ron and ArborTrek will also be there to celebrate the festivities. The following weekend, August 23rd- 25th, is the much-anticipated Burton Sale. Last year over 10,000 people showed up for the mind blowing prices, and all-around good time … but remember, get there early for the best deals! Along with great deals on Burton products, the Smuggs team will be there with big time prizes and selling our passes and badges for the lowest prices of the season.

As we move into September, I'll be spending a lot of time on the UVM, St. Mike's, and Champlain College campuses; no, I won't be studying, but I will be spreading the word about our action packed College Pass. The Smuggs/Bolton all access College Pass is back again for just $249! Yeah … it's good to be a college student.

To keep the trend of finding the best sales, I'll be spending the day at the Alpine Shop on September 21st. Feel free to come on by for the best deals on equipment and to pick up your pass or badge. After this stop, you should have all you need for those long awaited powder days and fun filled winter adventures. Finally, as fall approaches and the leaves make their final stand against winter, our sales team will be off to the Toronto, Ottawa, and Boston ski shows to spread the word about the best skiing and riding New England has to offer here at Smugglers' Notch.

Now that you've gotten a glimpse of some of the fun summer and fall promotions, keep up to date on Facebook and Twitter for all the latest locations and deals! There is plenty more to come, and a healthy line-up of fun Winter events coming this year that will soon be posted on the events page. See you around! -Tommy Smith

Hugh's Blog - July 2013

Jul 31, 2013
Hello Skiers & Riders,
We are gearing up for Winter 2013-2014 and look forward to you joining us on the slopes. Pass & Badges are now on sale at the Smuggs Pass Store. The most affordable prices are available when you buy before Labor Day! Think Snow!

Hugh's Blog - April 2013

Apr 14, 2013
Today was the last day of Lift Operations for the 2012-2013 Winter Season :( Except for a couple of 'thaws' it was pretty darn good. We want to thank Mother Nature, our Guests, our Pass & Badge Holders, and of course, our Employees! Our anticipated Opening Day for the 2013-2014 Winter Season is Friday, November 29th, 2013.
Apr 14, 2013

Boder Stevens and his canine companion

Rockin' Ron for Hugh. Mountain Ops stalwart Boder (aka Boo) takes a ride with Snow Doggy Dogg.
Apr 14, 2013

L to R: Dave, Jon, Andy, and Ken

Rockin' Ron for Hugh. Dave Sills, pictured above at left, was given the Spirit of the Mountain Award - recognition by the Resort of his efforts throughout the years. Congrats to Dave and thanks to his team for their hard work!
Apr 14, 2013

a tree on Doc Dempsey's

Rockin' Ron for Hugh. I hope we get alot of SNOW on the Mountain next year!
Apr 13, 2013

DF on WB

Rockin' Ron for Hugh. Thanks to Mountain Ops for operating both the Madonna I and Sterling Lifts for the last weekend of the 2012-2013 Winter Season! I was invited to join Sharon Luck and Deb Fennell, and their friends, on their mountain journeys. A run on Doc Dempsey's was prescribed, followed by a dose of WB Woods, which was chased with a dash of 'stache (Moustache Woods). Deb said the snow was like beach sand, and I concurred. Later on Sharon and Deb demonstrated their synchronised mogul skiing on the soft bumps of Bootlegger.

Don't forget... as a thank you for a great season ... the first 100 people at the Madonna/Sterling ticket booth tomorrow, who purchase a Bash Badge lift ticket or regular lift ticket, or show their Season Pass or Bash Badge Plus will receive $10 in Smugglers' Gold, which can be used like cash within the resort.
Apr 13, 2013

SMGLER spells FUN in Canadian... and American,,. haha!

Rockin' Ron for Hugh. The owner of this car has a license to ski! Salut! Thanks to my friend Trish Indoe for pointing out this photo op.
Apr 12, 2013

David M at the wheels on the Practice Slope

Rockin' Ron for Hugh. Corduroy never goes out of style at ski resorts, neither does fresh snow... we could get 3 to 5 inches by Saturday. That would finish out the 2012-2013 Winter Season in fine fashion.
Apr 12, 2013
We are expecting up to 5" of new snow and conditons should be GREAT this weekend! Madonna I & Sterling lifts will both be expected to operate on Saturday and Sunday with 37+ trails!

As a thank you for a great season ... the first 100 people at the Madonna/Sterling ticket booth on Saturday and Sunday, who purchase a Bash Badge lift ticket or regular lift ticket, or show their Season Pass or Bash Badge Plus will receive $10 in Smugglers' Gold, which can be used like cash within the resort.
Apr 11, 2013

The Birch Run Terrain Park is open and was groomed this morning!
Apr 10, 2013

The planned closing day for lift operations is Sunday, April 14. We have great coverage and fantastic spring conditions!
Apr 9, 2013

Great Spring Conditions!
Apr 8, 2013

Twin tip rooster tail!

The Sterling Lift is operating with 30 trails open! We have great coverage!
Apr 7, 2013

The Sterling Lift is operating with 30 trails open!
Apr 6, 2013

Cool Cat!

Apr 5, 2013

Mother and Daughter

Tons of snow and great conditions! I am very excited for tomorrow's Chillin' n' Grillin' in the Upper Parking Lot and Pond Skimming at the Zone Terrain Park! Get here early the Upper Parking Lot will fill up fast tomorrow. You can always ski to the Upper Parking Lot if you get here later in the day! Let's have some FUN!
Apr 4, 2013

Apr 4, 2013

Great conditions and sunshine!

Apr 4, 2013
Rockin' Ron, in addition to Hugh. I was riding the Madonna I Lift this afternoon with Paul Cartwright of Cambridge... Vermont... that is. He said he reads the blog every day and more than once he's been inspired to venture up to the Mountain when he wasn't planning on it. He also said there's still a lot of snow on the slopes and he's going to be here this weekend for Cambridge Days on Saturday & Sunday. Me too!
Apr 3, 2013

Pond Skimming is Saturday, April 6, 2013 in the Zone Terrain Park.

Apr 3, 2013

Photo taken on the Madonna I Chairlift.

There are just so many events this weekend! We have tons of snow and the conditions are great! Here is a list of all the activities!

Saturday, April 6
CAMBRIDGE DAY #1!
- Hey neighbors, you're invited to enjoy a day of skiing and riding at Smuggs! Cambridge and Jeffersonville VT residents get FREE lift tickets, FREE equipment, and FREE group lessons* for ages 6 to adult - just show a valid ID showing your Cambridge or Jeff address. For even more fun, join Jammin' Sam at the Black Bear Tavern in the Base Lodge from 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm for an Aprés Sport Party with music, prizes, and drink specials. Can't join us on Saturday? Never fear - CAMBRIDGE DAY #2 is on Sunday, April 7!
*Please note that individuals interested in group lessons with our Snow Sport University pros must book 24 hours in advance by calling 1-800-523-2754.

POND SKIMMING in the Zone Terrain Park! The event is free! Registration starts at 10:00 am in the Base Lodge and the event starts at 12:00 noon. Prizes awarded for best costume! Spectators are welcome!

AUTOMASTER CUSTOMER APPRECIATION DAY - The Automaster www.theautomaster.com is the "Official Car Dealership" of Smugglers' Notch. The Automaster Customer Appreciation Day gives Automaster customers the opportunity to receive 50% off vouchers to ski or ride for the day. To sign up just go to www.theautomaster.com/customer-appreciation-days.htm and fill in your information to receive this very special discount offer for you and your entire family.

Chillin' 'n Grillin' Annual Tailgate Party - It's more than blue skies and long sunny afternoons that will bring skiers and riders together. Smuggs annual tailgate party is awarding over $2,500 in cash and prizes to winners of the following categories:
• Best Overall Tailgate Presentation with 4F technology (Food/Flair/Festive/Fun)
• Best Original Recipe (Main dish/Side dish/Dessert)
• Best Smuggs Themed Tailgate

Smugglers' Notch Ski & Snowboard Club - SNSC is hosting a U12 Giant Slalom. Come see the future of Vermont racing at its best. Athletes 10 to 11 years old will battle it out on the Practice Slope. These young athletes in this USSA event are from all the Northern Vermont Councils of the VT Alpine Racing Association.

Spaghetti Dinner & Auction - The Cambridge Elementary School 6th Grade class is hosting a spaghetti dinner & auction from 4:30 pm - 7:30 pm at the Cambridge Elementary School. This effort is in support of the class trip and graduation at the end of the school year. The dinner of garlic bread, spaghetti with or without meatballs, salad, beverages, and dessert will be served at the school or is also available as a takeout meal. Auction items include a Bash Badge, local restaurant gift certificates, automotive accessories, handmade crafts and much more. Tickets are $6 per adult, $4 per child, or $20 per family.

Sunday, April 7
CAMBRIDGE DAY #2!
- Hey neighbors, you're invited to enjoy a day of skiing and riding at Smuggs! Cambridge and Jeffersonville VT residents get FREE lift tickets, FREE equipment, and FREE group lessons* for ages 6 to adult - just show a valid ID showing your Cambridge or Jeff address. For even more fun, join Goodtime Charlie at the Black Bear Tavern in the Base Lodge from 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm for an Aprés Sport Party with music, prizes, and drink specials.
*Please note that individuals interested in group lessons with our Snow Sport University pros must book 24 hours in advance by calling 1-800-523-2754.
Apr 2, 2013

Apr 1, 2013

Mike McAdoo grooming out a flat spot for the pond.

Hugh's Blog - March 2013

Mar 31, 2013

Spring has sprung!

Believe it or not this guy did land this jump! This photo was taken March 30, 2013. Great spring conditions!
Mar 31, 2013

Hannah having fun running the gates on the Magic Learning Trail!

Another great day of spring skiing and riding! Today was the last day that the Morse Highlands Lift would be running for the season. My son Hugh and daughter Hannah just love the Morse Highlands area. It has fantastic beginner terrain, glades, and a terrain park. Another great thing is how kid friendly the lift is. The chairs are low for easy loading and unloading. I want to thank every one who was working at the Morse Highlands today for making our family ski day so much fun!
Mar 29, 2013

Great conditions on Upper FIS!
Mar 28, 2013

Picture yourself here!

Mar 27, 2013

The Birch Run Terrain Park

There is just so much going on this weekend! We presently have 77 out of 78 trails open and 6 Terrain Parks open! The conditions are wonderful!

Friday, March 29
Après Sport at the Black Bear Tavern
Join us at 2:00 pm featuring Goodtime Charlie with jammin' Sam on guitars and vocals. It's a great place to meet other riders and skiers and some of the locals. March 29th & 30th will feature Bud Light.

Easter weekend fun - FunZone Bunny Hop Party! - Join us at 7:00 pm in the FunZone where there will be tournaments, races, music, and fun. Play a round of mini golf, slide on the Giant Slide, bounce in the Pirate Ship, and dance with Billy Bob and Mogul Mouse! Fun for all ages!

Saturday, March 30
Blast From the Past Race
- The Smugglers' Notch Ski & Snowboard Club invites skiers (21 and over) to bash gates and relive their glory days with a qualifying GS course beginning at 9:30 a.m. (two runs; best run of two) followed by a pro-style dual SL course for the top 16 men and the top 8 women. The equipment doesn't have to be "old," just the racers. Hamburger/hot dog barbecue and beverages included in the entry fee of $35. Registration takes place from 7:30 - 9:00 a.m.; inspection from 8:15 - 9:15 a.m. Call 802-644-1177 for more information. It's the 20th year of Blast from the Past - come celebrate!

Après Sport at the Black Bear Tavern - Join us at 2:00 pm with Goodtime Charlie hosting music, trivia, bar games, and prizes. It's a great place to meet other riders and skiers and some of the locals. March 29th & 30th will feature Bud Light.

Easter weekend fun - Smuggs Eggtastic Challenge Are you up for an egg hunt that takes you around the village and back? If so head to the Nordic Center at 3:30 pm on Saturday to get your hunt list. You must return to the Nordic Center by 5:00 pm to redeem any prize slips you might find in your eggs. Please arrive on time in order to participate. Children 12 & under need to be accompanied by an adult. Good luck and Get Hoppin'!

18th Annual BrewFest Part 2 - Sample the finest in craft beers! Participating breweries include Goose Island, Harpoon, Lake Placid, Long Trail, Magic Hat, Otter Creek, Saranac, The Shed's Mountain Ale, and Wolaver's Organic, with music, munchies, and prizes. A DJ spins the tunes and the Resort's Mountain Grille puts on a tasty appetizer buffet. From 6:00 pm — 10:00 pm in the Meeting House. Tickets are available at the door; $18 entry includes 8 samples and souvenir pint glass. 21 and older, please. For information on great rates on BrewFest group lodging packages, please call 800-521-0536.

Community Contra Dance - Fancy an old fashioned country barn dance on a Saturday night? Join in the fun of a contra dance; it's very similar to square dancing and great for all ages with Vermont folk artist and educator Mark Sustic as the caller. The festivities will be held from 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm in the gym at the Cambridge Elementary School in Jeffersonville. Sponsored by the Cambridge Arts Council. Donations are welcome and appreciated!

Sunday, March 31
Easter weekend fun continues! FunZone Easter Jamboree
- Join us in the FunZone at 12:00 noon for a dance party hosted by Goodtime Charlie, Billy Bob, and Mogul Mouse with egg and spoon races, and candy. Don't miss out on the hopping good time!
Mar 26, 2013

Mar 25, 2013

Beautiful weather and conditions!

Mar 24, 2013

Ski Patroller Arch enjoying the great conditions on Upper Exhibition!
Mar 23, 2013

Ken loving the powder on Full Nelson!

Mar 22, 2013

Harley having fun in the powder!

We received 2 feet of new snow in the past 4 days and more is on the way this weekend. This weekend is also the Maple Open House along with the Maple Sugar Festival at the Boyden Valley Winery. For more information on these events or any Smuggs events just go to www.smuggs.com/pages/winter/skiride/winter-events.php
Mar 21, 2013

The view from the summit of Madonna Mountain.

We received 4 inches of new snow in the past 24 hours and 22 inches in the past 3 days! The skiing and riding is just fantastic! We have many events this weekend like the Gravity Control Big Air Final at the Zone Terrain Park this Saturday, March 23, 2013! The event starts at noon and registration starts at 10am in the Base Lodge.
Mar 20, 2013

Brad enjoying the great conditions on Doc Dempsey's!

Mar 19, 2013

This photo was taken by Hugh B. Johnson III on Madonna Mountain!
Mar 18, 2013

Upper FIS was groomed last night and Ski Patroller Jon Lange was there to enjoy the corduroy!
Mar 18, 2013

Mar 17, 2013

Today there was a race on Practice Slope for kid’s ages 14 to 16 years old. They were racing head to head, so there were two courses and a pro jump. Racing head to head adds another dimension! Usually you are just focused on the race gates in front of you. When someone else is racing right next to you, it’s hard not to look over to see how you are doing. You push that much harder when they get a head of you! It is exciting to race in this format and it’s also a ton of fun to watch!
Mar 16, 2013

Hannah finds some nice snow at the bottom of Smugglers' Alley!
Mar 15, 2013

Darrin demonstrating how to go fast in the race course! I want to thank the Smugglers’ Notch Ski and Snowboard Club for running the Harvey Wesson Local’s Races this year. They have been doing a wonderful job! The races are being held on the Practice Slope and we are able to use the Sterling T-Bar to access the race course. The race start is usually at the bottom of Snake Bite which allows the racers to get up to speed quickly. To get a good time the racers need to nail the gates on the steeper part of the course, so that they can carry their speed on the bottom half of the course. Yesterday Ryan did just that and was a half a second faster than any one else! I know a half a second does not seem like much, but two one hundredths has split three places in races before!
Mar 14, 2013

Mar 13, 2013

The Birch Run Terrain Park was groomed this morning and it turned out great. I saw many Snowboard Classes having fun on the rails, jumps, and fun boxes. Rick Witham was buffing things very nicely with a shovel and rake. I watched a snowboarder and skier hit the same feature over and over again. They were perfecting different tricks. It was great to see them cheer each other on!
Mar 12, 2013

Catching air in the Birch Run Terrain Park!

I was taking a run on Sterling Mountain today and saw a snowboard class. They were riding down Upper Rumrunner, Crossover, Treasure, and then to the Birch Run Terrain Park. It was fun to watch how they really worked the terrain. They found every single jump on the side of the trail! They were definitely having a bunch of fun!
Mar 11, 2013

Lenny and Geoff having fun on Upper Pipeline!

Mar 10, 2013

The Extreme Skiing Challenge was absolutely amazing today! This event really showcased what Smuggs has to offer when it comes to gnarly terrain. The competition was held on Upper Madonna Liftline from Catwalk down to the bottom of the Headwall. The Headwall is the steepest section of Upper Madonna Liftline just above Mid-Station. Madonna Liftline is my favorite trail, because of its features and steepness! The features include rocks, stumps, mandatory drops, and it also has a double fall line! A double fall line is a trail that slopes in two directions. A ball rolling down a hill would want to follow the fall line. In the case of the Madonna Liftline the ball would not only roll down, but also towards skier’s right. This adds another level of difficultly to the trail.
There were 75 competitors that ranged in age from 8 years old to over 50 years old. There were four age brackets and the youngest competitors “10 and under” went first. I was very impressed with Hazel Howard an eight year old, who handled the Headwall like a pro! All of the competitors were brave just to take on the Upper Madonna Liftline, especially with all the pressure of the competition! I want to thank everyone who made this possible! A huge thank you goes out to the Smugglers’ Notch Ski and Snowboard Club; because they were key in the development this event!
Mar 10, 2013

Mar 9, 2013

Mar 8, 2013

It is going to be a wonderful weekend. The forecast calls for sunny skies and mild temperatures. We have a ton of events also this weekend. On Saturday, March 9th we have Benefit Rail Jam: This special Rail Jam benefits the Molly Rowlee Fund, which supports families with children undergoing treatment for cancer. The Rail Jam starts at 2pm in front of the Smugglers’ Notch Ski and Snowboard Club and registration starts at noon. Also on Saturday we have 92.9 Boston - Join Boston's Radio 92.9 Street Team for a full day of fun and games!
9:00 am - 1:00 pm – Music and games on the deck at Green Pepper's – Play mini-corn hole and trivia to win hats, CD’s and DVD’s. Plus, enter for your chance to win a Jeep Wrangler.
2:00 pm - 4:00 pm – Après Sport Party in the Black Bear Tavern, hosted by Goodtime Charlie, TV trivia, music trivia, make your own Tinfoil Hat, Paper Airplane contest and more! Prizes will be awarded by the Radio 92.9 Street Team! Sam Adams will be the featured special.
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm – Après, Après Sport Party in Bootleggers' Lounge hosted by Radio 92.9’s own Amanda C assisted by Goodtime Charlie and the Street Team – trivia contests, card games, corn hole with prizes including concert tickets, DVD’s, CD’s and more! Amstel Light will be the featured special.
On Sunday, March 9th we have Extreme Skiing Challenge - This weekend the Smugglers' Notch Ski and Snowboard Club will be hosting the 2013 Smugglers' Notch Extreme Skiing Challenge – an opportunity for junior and adult freeskiers to show their stuff on some of the most difficult terrain Smugglers' Notch has to offer! The course is planned for the Madonna headwall, an ungroomed steep with a double fall line descent filled with cliffs, bumps, trees, chutes, and stumps. Also on Sunday we have USASA Northern Vermont Series Slopestyle Event - The Smugglers' Notch Ski and Snowboard Club is hosting a NVT Slopestyle competition on the Practice Slope. Come watch the best NVT has to offer in this thrilling rail and jump competition straight out of the X Games.
Mar 7, 2013

Mar 7, 2013

Jay was on Sterling Mountain today with Alisa, Shauna, and Kate!
Mar 6, 2013

Mar 5, 2013

Molly gets the snowy eyebrows makeover

Rockin' Ron for Hugh. Molly and her friend Shayna asked me to join their Level 5 Ski Group today (I've known 11 year old Molly and her family since she was a 4 year old Discovery Camper). Their SSU Instructor Chris Hoey said it was OK for me to take a run with these Amazing Intermediates. At the bottom of Upper Rumrunner I did a hockey stop and sprayed several of the kids with fresh snow. They all laughed. When we stopped at Rumrunner Variation, Chris did the same thing and Molly received the biggest blast of powder. She asked if we were serious and I said, "there's SNOW kidding around here".

Speaking of Mollys, on Saturday, March 9th, Smuggs hosts the 5th Annual Molly Rail Jam. This special Rail Jam benefits the Molly Rowlee Fund, which supports families with children undergoing treatment for cancer. The cost to participate is $25. Register from noon to 1:00 pm at the Smugglers' Notch Ski & Snowboard Club on Sterling. The event begins at 2:00 pm in front of the club. There will be prizes and giveaways.
Mar 4, 2013
... from your Smuggs Family & Friends
Mar 4, 2013

Standing tall amongst the trees on Three Mountain Glades.

Alex Martin for Hugh Johnson. Wow! What a day! Had to finish editing a video I am producing this morning – that comes out tomorrow! - so I didn't get out until this afternoon. Since the snow was flying and filling in my tracks, I didn't really mind missing the bounty of this morning's untracked snow.

I caught this image while taking some turns on Three Mountain Glades. As I sat there for what seemed like an endless moment locked in time (if you don't plan ahead to meet up with someone in particular, the snow reporter's job can be a very solitary existence) when all of sudden, this young skiier trucked by. I remember thinking she seemed so small in her surroundings, how the tree stood like a colossus next to her. And then, the moment was over... she was gone.

Just another day in the life of a ski reporter. Ski Today, Work Today.
Mar 3, 2013

Teo at the starting point for next weekend's Extreme Challenge

Rockin' Ron for Hugh. As you can see from the picture above, we've been getting lots of snow lately and snow is in the forecast at least through Wednesday. As I mentioned in yesterday's edition of Hugh's Blog, Teo Campbell showed me the course for the Smugglers' Notch Extreme Skiing Challenge, which will take place next Sunday, March 10th. The course starts a short distance down from Catwalk on Upper Madonna Liftline, includes all of the headwall, and finishes just above the intersection with Lower Drifter. There will judges at various spots such as Tower 28. Spectators can watch all the action as they ride the Madonna I lift, and there will be a spectator area at Red Fox Glades (easily accessed by getting off at mid-station on Madonna I) where Hugh will be announcing.

Teo is very passionate about the sport of skiing and he loves Smuggs for its terrain and character. He grew up at Bromley, spent several years at Squaw Valley, has travelled far & wide, and skiied deep & steep. He wants everyone to know that Smuggs has the most challenging terrain in the East, a fact that sometimes gets overshadowed by our great family reputation. With $2,000 in prizes, world class judges, and super gnarly terrain, Teo has made the 'Extreme' Challenge! Are you going to rise to the challenge?
Mar 2, 2013

Teo landing a 6 foot jump on Upper Madonna Liftline (Headwall)

Rockin' Ron for Hugh. I was the Extreme Snow Reporter today and former Smuggs Patroller/current Smugglers' Notch Freeski Team coach Teo Campbell was my Tour Guide. Teo showed me the Extreme Skiing Challenge Course which goes down Upper Madonna Liftline from Catwalk to Red Fox Glades. Liftline is the famously gnarly <><> double black diamond trail that some think is even tougher than our <><><> triple black diamond trail the Black Hole. Let's just say that I was glad to be with a former Patroller as I negotiated my way down. It's gonna be awesome to see people ski Liftline doing crazy... stuff.

Here's some info from Teo about the event:
"The 2013 Smugglers' Notch Extreme Skiing Challenge, on Sunday, March 10th is ready to set the bar for big mountain competition in the East. Mother Nature has been delivering snow for the past six days with no end in sight. There will be Rock Star judging from Adam Deslauriers, Utah backcountry legend George Collins, Tahoe cinematographer Joe Dukeman, and Backcountry Magazine cover boy KC Deane. Smuggs (Patrol, Mtn Ops, Marketing) has taken no short measure to make this the event of the season on the most challenging lift accessed terrain in the East. With this kind of excitement the likes of John Egan are negotiating schedules to spectate. High value prizes include skis for the top men and women finishers, to Vew-Do Boards for the Jrs, and loaded prize bags for all top finishers. Preregister at www.snscvt.com. For all you spectators, our very own Hugh Johnson will be on the mic at the finish area, pumping up the volume!
Mar 1, 2013

Duck and cover... below the clouds

Hey folks! Alex here, standing in for Hugh today – who is busy soaking in the sunshine, showing those Wyoming boys and gals how we do it back East. With significantly lower visibility in the upper elevations today, I decided to hang low with the scoundrels in Birch Run Park and The Zone. Friday is also a race day for locals who compete in the Harvey Wesson Memorial Series.

Hugh's Blog - February 2013

Feb 28, 2013

stopping, turning around, and looking up Drifter

Rockin' Ron for Hugh. Snow is in the forecast through Monday which will maintain that dream-like quality on the trees! Sometimes you gotta stop and smell the roses, or in this case, smell the fresh mountain air and take in the beauty that's all around. I didn't know this photo would be so ethereal, maybe it's because (quoting SSU's Sherm White quoting somebody) "I'm livin' the dream". You should head up here and make your dream a reality.
Feb 27, 2013

Rockin' reflected in Fletch's goggles. An homage to Hugh's Explore Smuggs Magazine cover photo.

Rockin' Ron for Hugh. 5 inches of snow in the past 24 hours and more is on the way. If I was you, I would be here. Do you see what I mean?!
Feb 27, 2013

Sign me up for SNOW!

Rockin' Ron for Hugh. 19 inches of snow in the past week and 9 more inches of snow by Friday is predicted. The snow is flyin' and you should be here skiin' and ridin'!
Feb 26, 2013

Homeboys on Drifter: Jay-Bird, Fletch-abilities, Skiin' Iain, and Might Matty

Rockin' Ron for Hugh. "Hero Snow," "Cruisable & Carvable Corn," or "Pow Packed Wow," no matter what you call it, the snow right now is just plain AWESOME! Today it was hangin' with the Smuggs Crew and takin' some fun runs. Jay makes the pizza at Riga-Bello's Pizzeria, Fletch makes the drinks at the Black Bear Tavern, and Iain and Matt make the music every Thursday at Bootleggers' Lounge (they are the guitarist and bassist respectively for the house band Amozen). Tell you what... WE ROCKED THE MOUNTAIN!!!
Feb 25, 2013

Feb 24, 2013

We have received 31 inches of new snow in the past 6 days and the conditions are fantastic! I did a 3 mountain tour today, which started with the Madonna I chairlift. I was checking out the tracks on liftline above the work road. It looked too good, so I had to ski it! Upper Madonna Liftline was open from Catwalk down to the work road at the bottom of Robin’s Run. Madonna Liftline is my favorite trail and it did not let me down today. I was enjoying the fresh snow on the work road when my good friend John came flying out of the Black Hole! We had a quick chat about how great the snow was and then decided to ski more of it! We headed for Sterling next and we skied Upper Exhibition which was wonderful! We also really had fun on Harvey’s Hideaway to Full Nelson. I then headed over to Morse to meet up with my son Hugh for the afternoon. I followed him through the trees, off of jumps, through the powder, over the rollers, and on the fun box in the Log Jam Terrain Park!
Feb 23, 2013

Today I was lucky enough to get to ski with my daughter Hannah and my son Hugh. We had a great day on Morse Mountain. We started with a run down Snow Snake which was groomed last night. Hannah gave me a ski lesson and showed me how to use my edges on the steeper terrain. We decided to ski over to the Morse Highland area next. The kids love the low angle glades and of course the Log Jam Terrain Park. We took a break in the Morse Highlands Lodge and had a hot chocolate. The kids ran into a bunch of their friends who were also having a great time at Morse Highlands. Another wonderful day of family fun!
Feb 22, 2013

Feb 21, 2013

Feb 20, 2013

Feb 20, 2013

Feb 19, 2013

St. Mike's College Ski Race Team training GS on Black Snake, Snake Bite, and the Practice Slope.
Feb 18, 2013

Snowboard lesson on Sir Henry's Learning Hill
Feb 17, 2013

Smugglers' Notch Ski and Snowboard Club Coach Pat shows how to get in the Zone!

One of the buckles on my ski boots just would not stay closed. My boots have at least 300 days in them and they are tired. My liners are packed out pretty good. I brought my boots to 3 Mountain Equipment to see if they could fix or replace my buckle. Ken Roberts the boot guru a.k.a. “Bert” modified my buckle so that it would work properly. Bert has been boot fitting for many years and has tons of tricks up his sleeve to make your feet happy! I was testing out the buckle when Bert handed me my liner and said “try this”. He had placed some padding on my liner where the modified buckle is. I tried my boot on and I was pleasantly surprised to feel my foot fit tighter in my old boots. He asked me if I wanted more lateral support. I said, “if that makes my boot fit even better then yes.” He then told me to take a seat on his elevated boot fitting bench where he started really working some magic. He applied many different shaped pieces of padding to my liners that he makes himself. He then reheated my liners to blend it all together. I really could not wait to try my new fitted boots out in our local’s race league. In the past two races I have placed fourth and fifth. This week was a very close race with only two hundredths between first and third place! The work Bert did made all the difference and I actually won this week!
Feb 16, 2013

Just think Honey, one day we will be able to ski with the kids on Madonna!

Today was one of those ski days that I will not forget! We have some good friends from Canada staying with us this weekend. They have a daughter who is 12 years old and a son who is 14 years old. They both have been skiing here at Smuggs since they got out of diapers and are very good skiers! Today was the first time that my 4 year old daughter rode the Sterling Lift, the Madonna I lift and the Sterling T-Bar! We can now all ski together on the Upper Mountains. The kids just had so much fun! We started with a few intermediate cruiser runs in the morning and by the afternoon we had a couple of experts runs under our belt! Best family ski day ever!!
Feb 15, 2013

We received 2 inches of new snow this morning. It was heavy snow that stuck to everything. It freshened up the snow surface very nicely. Today is the local race on the Practice Slope. My plan was to take a few cruiser runs on my race skis to practice. I got to the Upper Parking Lot and every racer I saw had fat skis on. They all said that the skiing was too good and that they would race later. If you can't beat em' join em'! I grabbed my fat skis and had a bunch of fun in the new snow too!
Feb 14, 2013

King Billy Bob Bear gives a hug to another Cookie Race Winner!

Today I went for a three mountain tour. Upper Drifter opened today, so I headed up Madonna and made it my warm-up run. I had to stop a few times to take in the great views of Sterling Pond, Sterling, the notch, and Mount Mansfield. I also found some nice fresh snow on the side of the trail to play in. I then headed to Sterling for my next run. Our groomers were busy last night on some of Sterling's expert trails like Chute, Upper Pipeline, Full Nelson, and Hangman's Drop. I had a great time on each one, because steep fresh groomed terrain is so much fun! Speaking of fun, my next stop was the World Famous Cookie Race on Sir Henry's Learning Hill. These little skiers and riders have their name announced as they get to race around gates, under hoops, over a teeter totter, and on little fun boxes! To make it even better Mogul Mouse and King Billy Bob Billy Bear are there to cheer on the kids! As a parent the best part is watching these kids having fun as they display their newly learned skills.
Feb 13, 2013

Hugh III finds some nice powder on Hangman's. Today was wonderful with the light snow all day and nice temperatures! We received 6 inches of new snow in the past 36 hours. I had a great time on Upper FIS and Doc Dempsey's this morning. Upper Exhibition was also very fun. I also enjoyed Bootlegger, Chute, Full Nelson, Hangman's Drop, Upper Treasure, Hangman's, Black Snake, Birch Run Terrain Park, Lower Exhibition, Link, Lower Madonna Liftline, Upper Chilcoot, Upper Rumrunner, Crossover, Lower Pipeline, Practice Slope, Catwalk, Father Bob's, and Goat Path!
Feb 11, 2013

The forecast calls for snow tonight and tomorrow with up to 5 inches of accumulation by tomorrow night.
Feb 10, 2013

This is the overall winner of the Northern Vermont 8K Snowshoe Race. I had a wonderful time at the Snowshoe race today. The race has 3 different categories a Kid's half K run/walk, a 3.5 K run/walk, and an 8 K race. My son Hugh did the half K and was pretty proud of himself for running the whole race. The 3.5 K run/walk is for those who want to get outside, get some exercise, and have fun! The 8 K was definitely more competitive. The weather was fantastic with the new snow and sunshine! Thank you to Zeke and everyone who volunteered!
Feb 10, 2013

18 inches of snow fell between Thursday night and Saturday morning then beautiful sunshine on Sunday! The forecast for tonight and tomorrow is snow 3 to 5 inches of accumulation possible!
Feb 9, 2013

We received 14 to 18 inches of new snow in the past 2 days and 29 inches in the past 6 days! The trail count has been rising with more natural snow trails opening up! The new snow has also improved the snowmaking trails because our groomers tile the new snow into the manmade snow. Tomorrow forecast calls for sun and fun with temperatures between 20 and 30 degrees!
Feb 8, 2013

We received a foot of new snow today!
Feb 7, 2013

Feb 6, 2013

The forecast called for an inch of new snow last night, but we did not receive any. Today’s forecast said that the snow was delayed and that we could receive 1 to 2 inches of new snow this morning. I like to ski when it’s snowing because there is more snow every run! That is what happened today! We ended up receiving 2 to 3 inches of new snow. More snow is in the forecast for the next two days!
Feb 5, 2013

Feb 4, 2013

Feb 3, 2013

There is a reason why they call it the Practice Slope. On one side of the Practice Slope there is race training and on the other side is the Zone Terrain Park. The Practice Slope is split by the Sterling T-Bar. The T-Bar is the key when it comes to practicing! The T-Bar allows you to repeat a race course or try that new trick on the rail again quickly. I watched an eight year old boy who was snowboarding in the Zone this weekend. He was trying out the new rail that was just put in the Zone this past Friday. The rail is a long pipe that is slightly tilted up at the end. This young snowboarder hit this rail every time he went down through the park. I was hanging out taking pictures, so I got to see the progression he made every lap. It took many attempts but he did it! He shot off the end of the rail, stomped the landing, and then made his victory move “Tiger Woods arm pump”!
Feb 2, 2013

Essex High School Winter Carnival Races!
Feb 1, 2013

Hugh's Blog - January 2013

Jan 31, 2013

The Cookie Race is a wonderful way for the kids to show Mom and Dad just how much they learned in Ski School. There are different courses for Discovery and Adventure to match their ability levels. Mogul Mouse and King Billy Bob Bear are there to cheer on the skiers and riders! The great part of the race is that every child wins and receives a cookie as their reward. The best part is that everyone has FUN!
Jan 30, 2013

I ran into my good friend John a.k.a. Dr. John in the Upper Parking Lot this morning. We took a warm up run on Sterling and skied Black Snake to Full Nelson. The snowmaking whales on Full Nelson are pretty big and a ton of fun to play on. We headed for Madonna next and checked out Upper FIS. We had so much fun that we decided to do it again!
Jan 29, 2013

Rae observing Noah attempting a death defying trick. Don't try this at home.

Rockin' Ron for Hugh. Smugglers' Notch Resort has been voted the #1 Family Resort by the Readers of Ski Magazine for 14 years in a row! This Saturday, February 2nd we celebrate that honor by hosting a Ski Magazine Readers Appreciation Day with a special edition of the Cookie Race, as well as music, fun, and games at the Gazebo.

One of the reasons we receive that accolade, is that we are by families for families. Today I was skiing with Noah Hall and his sister Raeden Zavis. They both work here, as do their parents Joanna, and George. I used to mentor Noah when he was in Elementary School, but it was his turn to be the mentor. He was demoing a pair of skis from 3 Mountain Equipment and he was flying down Chilcoot, FIS, and Black Snake. He inspired me to let it rip, and catch some air. How appropriate that we work at America's Family Resort, because I feel like I've known Noah and Rae so long, that we RRR family!
Jan 28, 2013

Jan 27, 2013

The 17th Annual Heritage WinterFest was this weekend. There were many events held in the Smugglers’ Notch area. I took my daughter Hannah and son Hugh to the fireworks display in Jeffersonville last night. It was really neat to see the full moon and the fireworks together! This morning my son Hugh and I went to check out the Famous Primitive Biathlon held at Sterling Ridge Inn and Log Cabins before going skiing. It was like going back in time with the wooden snowshoes and muzzleloaders. We enjoyed watching the competitors race through the woods and shoot different targets along the way. The sun was shining and the mountains were calling our names so we loaded up and headed for the Upper Parking Lot. We decided to ride the Madonna I lift first to take in all the wonderful views. I love skiing Madonna, but I also enjoy looking at the beauty of Vermont from the Madonna I chairlift!
Jan 26, 2013

Jan 25, 2013

We have many events this weekend like the Annual Smugglers' Notch Ice Climbing event in the notch, and the 17th Annual Winterfest. On Saturday we have Vermont's own Worth Skis doing a demo at the Base Lodge and Boston's Mix 104.1 Wellness on Wheels at the Gazebo in the Village from 10:00 am till 12:00 noon.
Jan 24, 2013

Sean Hayes of our Smugglers' Notch Adaptive Program giving a sit ski lesson on Morse Mountain. I was delivering the snow report this morning when I saw Sean with his lesson. A skier came up to Sean and the gentleman in the sit ski. He said that the gentleman in the sit ski’s name should be "Inspiring", because that is what he is! The skier had seen the sit skier through out the week tearing it up on Morse Mountain! Great job Sean!
Jan 23, 2013

It was pretty cold this morning with the temperatures below zero. Our snowmakers were making their own weather, by producing a huge snowmaking cloud on top of Sterling! They were making snow on Smugglers’ Alley, Bootlegger, and Thomke’s Express, Chute, Thomke’s, Hangman’s Drop, Treasure Run, and Upper Pipeline. I had a blast today skiing with my good friend Andy A. from 3 Mountain Equipment. The snow was very edgeable and we were carving up it!
Jan 22, 2013

Tom's Family (L to R): George, Eleni, Billy, Tom, and Stella

Rockin' Ron for Hugh. When warming up between runs, I ran into Tom (from NH via NJ), a long-time Smugglers' Notch-er and Blog Fan. Tom and his FAM were in the Black Bear having age appropriate fizzy drinks. The Black Bear custom is that every drink (such as a Shirley Temple) counts as a run... if you are wearing your ski or snowboard boots.

Speaking of fizzy, Upper F.I.S. is known as Fizz, and that is my trail pick. I had my BEST EVER Fizz runs today!!! Last night and this morning the Snowmaking Crew blasted the entire length of Upper F.I.S., creating carva-licious whales covered with snow-tacular powder. Thanks to Fletch, his daughter Lindsay, and their friend Tony for suggesting we shake up the Fizz. Later on, Dave, Eli, and Ken from Patrol told me that Smugglers' Alley should have a similar feel tomorrow - yeah baby! Before this blog fizzles, my iPod moment was "Siberian Khatru" by Yes.
Jan 21, 2013

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Jan 19, 2013

The Burton Riglet Park is a year old! This wonderful addition to Smugglers' Notch has taught many kids how to have fun while learning how to snowboard! The Burton Riglet Park reminds me of recess when I was a kid. Kids are just playing every where you look! The tree house has multiple ramps leading to many different features. There are fun boxes flush with the snow, rollers, quarter pipes, hoops, cones, a mini canon, and more! The 1 Year Birthday party was held at the Riglet Park and to celebrate a wood carving of Mogul Mouse and King Billy Bob Bear were made! Mark Leclair produced these carvings from wood that was cut down on his land here in Vermont. Mark works here at Smugglers' Notch in the Winter. The wood carvings of Billy Bob and Mogul Mouse rode Sir Henry's Wonder Carpet up to the Burton Riglet Park. Everyone had a great time, especially the kids! Mike Chait and his staff did a wonderful job preparing the park for the party! The kids loved the tree house, the features, the hot chocolate, the cookies, the cake, and riding with their friends!
Jan 18, 2013

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Jan 16, 2013

Jan 15, 2013

From the Midway trail looking towards Sterling Mountain

Rockin' Ron for Hugh. I got to take a few runs with smuggsphoto.com Photographer Bruce Morrisey. Bruce has taken pictures and videos of Smuggs guests for many years. He was showing me some of the places where he likes to capture that perfect shot of a family. I hope I'm not giving away any trade secrets, but the above photo is one of those places. We had FUN as we zipped around Madonna Mountain, but I felt like we were a couple of posers. He moves people into certain positions for a photo, and I pretend to be a Snow Reporter.

From Pics to Picks. The Oscar and Golden Globe nominations were recently announced. Well, I have my own picks for today: Best Run - Lower F.I.S. (skier's right), Best iPod Shuffle moment - Led Zep's "Good Times, Bad Times" as I started a late afternoon run in the sunshine, Best Wishes extended - giving a Birthday shout-out to former Patroller and current Safety Director Kiri Moore from the M-I Lift, and finally, Most Inspirational moment - 9-year old Lily from Virginia excitedly telling me that she graduated from a Level 4 on Morse to a Level 5 on Sterling, and she even skied a few Black Diamonds to boot!!!
Jan 14, 2013

Ski Instructor Justin taking his class down Bootlegger on Sterling Mountain. Bootlegger was one of my trail picks today along with Smugglers' Alley and Snake Bite. The conditions were nice and soft. I also had a bunch of fun carving it up on the Intermediate trails!
Jan 13, 2013

It was another beautiful day at Smuggs! The sun was out and the conditions were soft. I had a blast today on the steep manmade snow like Upper FIS and Snake Bite! I also enjoyed the soft landing in the Terrain Parks.
Jan 12, 2013

Today was the Gravity Control Rail Jam in the Zone! The park was in great shape! It was a little warm today which made the landing nice and soft. I would have to say that my favorite feature was the Never Summer Fun box, which was set up as a canon. The skiers and riders would fly off the end of the fun box and then pull off some amazing tricks! The Rail Jam was a ton of fun today! A big thank you goes to everyone who made this event possible!
Jan 11, 2013

Saturday, January 12th Gravity Control Rail Jam - It's time to dust off the shred sticks and throw down some early season tricks. This is the first of three Gravity Control events; come check out what Smuggs has in store! $20 entry fee gets you in to compete for cash and prizes! Registration from 10:00 am - 11:00 am at The Zone Terrain Park and the event starts at 12:00 noon.

Jan 10, 2013

Jan 9, 2013

Jan 8, 2013

The Sun also rises over Madonna Mountain. View from the Village.

Rockin' Ron for Hugh. It is great to get those snowy days that lay such sweet powder on the slopes. Then it is nice to have a day like today with the sun so high in the sky, fresh Vermont air filling your lungs, your skis (or board) dancing on the slopes, and a song singing in your heart. Ah, but I am waxing poetic... maybe I should stick to waxing my skis (haRRRdy haRRR haRRR).
Jan 7, 2013

Jan 6, 2013

Today we had top to bottom skiing and riding on all 3 mountains with all 8 lifts operating. Hugh B and I decided to do just that. We skied top to bottom on all 3 mountains and rode all 8 lifts. We also visited 3 terrain parks, one on each mountain. We found some great powder stashes along the way. Hugh B even skied a couple of trails that he had never been on. There is just so much terrain to explore and so much fun to have at Smuggs!
Jan 5, 2013

Today was Family Fun Day! I skied with my 4 year old daughter Hannah and 7 year old son Hugh B. on Morse Mountain. It has been a little while since I have skied with Hannah. She has been taking lessons with our Snow Sport University and it shows. Not only has her skiing improved, but she has learned some great safety habits. One of the things she has learned is to stop on the side of the trail, so that you don't block the trail. In Ski School they call it "Parking the Car", when the class stops they line up on the side of the trail. To be safe they add to the bottom of the line and not the top. I want to thank our instructors for making their lessons fun and safe. You do a wonderful job and your efforts make a big difference!
Jan 4, 2013

We received 2 to 3 inches of new snow this afternoon! Andy enjoying the fresh snow on one of his favorite trails.
Jan 3, 2013

The weather was clear and cold this morning. The snow was sparkling in the sunshine. The tree branches are covered in frost and snow. The 39 inches of snow that we received in the past 9 days has blanketed the mountain. We are also presently making snow on Upper FIS! The Log Jam Terrain Park opened today!
Jan 2, 2013

Jan 1, 2013

On top of Madonna Mt. - all covered in snow

Rockin' Ron for Hugh. Twas a bit brisk today, but that's when I like the surface conditions on the slopes. Carvable (is that a word?), fast and FUN! I took a few turns with my friend Brendan. It was his first day on the mountain this season and he skiied like a Rock Star! Hey, there's more than one way to be cool!
Today was the Opening Day of the 2013 – 2014 Winter Season. The Sterling Lift was operating with 6 trails open for intermediates and experts. It was fantastic to have Smugglers’ Alley and Birch Run open this early. We are presently making snow on Lower Rumrunner, Lower Morse Liftline and Sir Henry’s. The forecast calls for 1 to 3 inches of new snow by tomorrow and good snow making temperatures for days. We plan to have skiing and riding for all ability levels by next weekend.
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