Photo by Jeff Spring
Jeff Spring for Hugh in May.
This is the time of year most full of promise. An entire season of riding looms before us, and with it – the excitement of long weekends with good friends – the thrill of exploring new terrain – the serenity of sessions on the ol’ tried and true favorites we know and love – the exhilaration of progression on our bikes – the anticipation of battle with that one feature we know we’ll conquer, that one rugged climb we know we’ll reach the top of – this year, this season…
We will be opening parts of our trail network soon! Stay tuned for updates! This season, for those mountain bikers that will be visiting Smuggs trails just for our single & double-track riding (instead of the MTB Center in the village) we are opening up parking and trail access from our NEW Outdoor Center! The new building will be operational come July, but until then – from May 12 on – we invite Smuggs trail riders to park at 1239 Edwards Rd and to check in at our Pro Shop! Trails are free, but we’d love you to sign in!
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Rockin’ Ron for Hugh. Sunday, April 15th was the last day of Lift Operations for the 2017-2018 Winter Season. We had some fun, we had some laughs and we had 300 inches of snow! Our anticipated Opening Day for the 2018-2019 Winter Season is Friday, November 23rd. Passes and Badges are now on sale – buy early and save!
… ’til the next time we see you on the slopes… realize your dreams and make good choices.
Today we have the Madonna I and Sterling lifts operating with 33 trails open for intermediates and experts. We received 2 inches of new snow overnight and 7 inches in the past week. 15 trails have been groomed for today, that’s 68 acres of freshly groomed terrain. Today’s forecast is snow, sleet, and mix with 1 to 2 inches of accumulation possible and temperatures between 22 and 28 degrees.
Thank you for a wonderful season!
Sterling and Mount Mansfield
I ran into my good friend Phil and his son James in Lot #1 this morning. We did some cruiser runs on Madonna and Sterling. It was great to catch up and make some turns together.
Tonights forecast is snow and sleet with 2 to 4 inches of accumulation possible. Tomorrow’s forecast is calling for more snow and sleet with another 1 to 3 inches of accumulation and temperatures between 21 and 32 degrees.
Phil on Upper FIS
15 trails will be groomed for tomorrow, that’s 68 acres of freshly groomed terrain. We plan to have both the Madonna I and Sterling lifts operating tomorrow with 33 trails open for intermediates and experts.
James on Upper Rumrunner
James Bellizia throwing some snow around on Upper FIS
The Madonna I and Sterling lifts are operating with 33 trails open, with terrain for intermediates and experts. 18 trails have been groomed for today, that’s 60 acres of freshly groomed terrain.
Today forecast is a chance of mix, snow, and sleet a dusting of accumulation possible with temperatures between 20 and 30 degrees.
Snow. Low around 19. Northeast wind around 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80%. New snow accumulation of 2 to 4 inches possible.
Snow and sleet likely before 3 pm, then sleet likely between 3 pm and 5 pm, then freezing rain and sleet likely after 5 pm. Cloudy, with a high near 29. East wind 9 to 13 mph. Chance of precipitation is 70%. Little or no ice accumulation expected. New snow and sleet accumulation of 1 to 3 inches possible.
The Madonna I and Sterling lifts are operating with 34 trails open for intermediates and experts.
Nice bumps on Full Nelson
Today started off pretty foggy, but the snow was good. The fog lifted by the afternoon and we even saw some partly sunny skies for a little while. The temperature almost reached 40 degrees at the summit of Sterling today, so we had some great spring conditions. The soft spring conditions made it fun to attack the steeper trails like Upper Pipeline, Chute, Smugglers’ Alley, Full Nelson, Snake Bite, and Bootlegger.
We have some snow on the way this weekend. Tomorrow’s forecast is calling for periods of snow and sleet 1 to 3 inches of accumulation possible with temperatures between 20 and 30 degrees. There is more snow in the forecast for Saturday night into Sunday with another 3 inches of accumulation possible.
James Miller takes flight
For Closing Weekend we plan to have both the Madonna I and Sterling lifts operating. We plan to have 39 trails open for intermediates and experts.
Snow and sleet likely before noon, then snow between noon and 4 pm, then snow, possibly mixed with sleet after 4 pm. Temperature falling to around 21 by 2 pm. North wind 8 to 13 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80%. New snow and sleet accumulation of 1 to 3 inches possible.
Snow and sleet likely, becoming all snow after 10 pm. Cloudy, with a low around 19. East wind 7 to 9 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New snow and sleet accumulation of 1 to 3 inches possible.
Today we have the Sterling lift operating with 24 trails open for intermediates and experts. 14 trails have been groomed for today, that’s 40 acres of freshly groomed terrain. Today’s forecast is partly to mostly cloudy skies with a chance of a shower around 4 pm this afternoon with temperatures between 35 and 51 degrees.
Matt finds a nice deep pocket of snow
The 2 inches of new snow last night really made a big difference, especially with the other 5 inches of snow that we received this week. The lighter snow was high on the mountain today. I ran into my good friend Matt McCawley this morning and we went looking for fresh tracks. Many of the lines that we found already had rabbit tracks. We skied in the woods skier’s right of Smugglers’ Alley and then came out on Shuttle. Shuttle was smooth with the all the new snow on top. Matt and I got up to speed and just floated in the powder. Tomorrow we plan to have the Sterling Lift operating with 25 trails open for intermediates and experts. 14 trails will be groomed for tomorrow, including Smugglers’ Alley, Upper Pipeline, Hangman’s Drop, Chute, and Thomke’s Express for a grand total of 41 acres of freshly groomed terrain. Tomorrow’s forecast is calling for partly to mostly cloudy skies with a chance of a shower late in the day with temperatures between 34 and 47 degrees. We should have some great spring conditions tomorrow!
Ski Patroller Dave Sills enjoying the fresh snow
Matt takes flight