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Birch Run Terrain Park

We made snow last night on Garden Path, Sam’s Run, Dixie’s Knoll, Log Jam, Meadowlark, and the Magic Learning Trail. We are presently making snow on Upper FIS.  We have great coverage and we opened more trails today.  Ruthie’s, Bermuda, and Gary B’s Northwest Passage are now open.  We now have 65 trails open with terrain for all ability levels.  We have 2 terrain parks open.
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Happy Holidays

It was just absolutely beautiful out on the mountain today.  I would stop on the side of the trail and take in the breathtaking views.  There were a few clouds in the valley and the sun was shining on the snow covered trees. Speaking of snow covered we have top to bottom skiing and riding on all 3 mountains with 63 trails open.  We plan to open more terrain in the next few days. We have been making snow around the clock on Sam’s Run, Magic Learning Trail, and Dixie’s Knoll.
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Snowmaking on Morse Mountain

We are presently making snow on Sam’s Run, the Magic Learning Trail, and Dixie’s Knoll. We made snow last night on Lower Chilcoot and Lower FIS. This weekend we plan to have top to bottom skiing and riding on all 3 mountains with 6 lifts operating.
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World Famous Cookie Race

cookie race

The Cookie Race is always so much fun for the kids and the parents.  The kids get to show off what they learned at our Snow Sport University and of course they get a cookie.  The atmosphere is festive with the Friendly Pirate announcing the name and age of the different racers with Mogul Mouse to greet them at the finish.

We received 8 inches of new snow in the past week and we are also expecting another 2 inches tonight. We plan to make snow tonight on Lower Chilcoot and Lower FIS.

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Birch Run Terrain Park

We have had a wonderful start to the season with over five and a half feet of natural snowfall so far!  The forecast is calling for up to 7 inches of additional snow by Friday, which could open more terrain for this weekend.  It is hard to believe that it is not even winter yet! The coverage and conditions have just been great.
birch run

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On top of Ol’ Sterling… all covered in SNOW

Old SterlingRockin’ Ron for Hugh. 23 inches of snow in the past week and another 3 to 6 inches of snow by Thursday morning is in the forecast! The mountain is in great shape going into the Holidays. Today’s combination of fog and early winter/late afternoon light had me singin’ Foggy Mountain Breakdown. In fact, a mogul snuck up on me as I rounded the hairpin turn on Upper Chilcoot. You know that “woo” feeling, when your stomach stays in the air a little longer than the rest of your body. Later, I talked to a guest who said he very much enjoyed his first day of skiing the East in 48 years, and his first day ever of skiing at Smuggs! In related news our Nordic Center is open with 12km of trails. We’re all covered in SNOW!

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Birch Run Terrain Park

 

dec. 14 birchToday I did the 3 mountain tour. I started on Madonna Mountain with a cruiser down Upper Chilcoot to Link. I had fun making GS turns on the groomed terrain. I also skied Upper FIS to Lower Doc’s which was fantastic. I made a run on Sterling and stopped by the Birch Run Terrain Park. It was fun to watch a group of skiers and riders who were going through the park. They made a train and hit the features one after another. I headed to Morse Mountain in the afternoon. I had a blast with my 3 kids and some of their friends. They really enjoyed going through the school house and the powder filled glades.

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Winter Wonderland

doc powThe Madonna I lift opened today! At the beginning of this week we had 2 lifts operating with 14 trails open. Today we had 4 lifts operating with 62 trails open, including Freefall, Robin’s Run, Upper Madonna Liftline, and the Black Hole. My first run of the day was Upper FIS to Lower Doc’s. I was on cloud 9 as my skis floated silently through the deep powder.

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Skiing and riding on all 3 mountains.

hugh blogThe Madonna II lift opened today and we plan to open Madonna I tomorrow. We now have 44 trails open with terrain for all ability levels. We received new snow for the past 4 days and the conditions are great. I took a few runs this morning with my wife Harley on Sterling. We had a wonderful time on her favorite run which is Harvey’s Hideaway to Full Nelson. I went skiing on Madonna II this afternoon and found tons of powder stashes. The forecast calls for a couple more inches of new snow tonight which will freshen things up for tomorrow.