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Another beautiful day at Smuggs

We are 86 percent open with top to bottom skiing and riding on all 3 mountains with all 8 lifts operating and 67 out of 78 trails open. Log Jam, Birch Run, and Zone Terrain Parks are all open and were groomed this morning. 125 acres of freshly groomed terrain for today. Great spring conditions!

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Snow Sport University Ski Lesson on Magic Learning Trail

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Snow Sport University Snowboard Lesson on Magic Learning Trail

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125 acres of freshly groomed terrain

We are 97 percent open with top to bottom skiing and riding on all 3 mountains with all 8 lifts operating and 76 out of 78 trails open. Some trails will have a delayed opening until they soften up. We have snow in the forecast for Saturday night into Sunday with 2 inches of accumulation at the base and 4 inches at the summit possible. Today’s forecast is skies becoming mostly cloudy with a chance of rain mostly in the afternoon and temperatures between 41 and 49 degrees.

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Lower Morse Liftline

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Spring conditions

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Vice-President of Mountain Guest Experience Steve Wry skiing Upper FIS

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Upper FIS

I skied Morse Mountain most of the day and headed up to the upper mountains in the afternoon. I had a blast skiing the spring conditions on Upper Chilcoot and Upper FIS. I ran into my friend John Holcomb over at Sterling Mountain and I made a few runs with him. We skied Upper Pipeline, Hangman’s Drop, Harvey’s Hideaway, Black Snake, Full Nelson, and the Practice Slope. John is really fun to ski with he has a smooth clean style.

Tomorrow we plan to have top to bottom skiing and riding on all 3 mountains with all 8 lifts operating and 77 out of 78 trails open. 30 trails will be groomed for tomorrow, including Waterfall, Snow Snake, and Thomke’s Express for a grand total of 125 acres of freshly groomed terrain. Tomorrow’s forecast is mostly cloudy skies with a chance of rain and temperatures between 38 and 47 degrees.

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John Holcomb enjoying the soft conditions

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Upper Madonna Liftline

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Snow Sport University Instructor Justin Falkenburg on Upper FIS

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Upper Chilcoot

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Hanging out at the summit of Sterling

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Snowshoe Adventure Dinner

It was absolutely gorgeous last night on Sterling Mountain. The sun was just starting to set when we went out on our snowshoe tour. There were only a few clouds in the sky which made for a great sunset. We trekked out to the lean-to on the Long Trail that overlooks Sterling Pond and Mount Mansfield. After the sun went down we headed back to the Top of the Notch building for our dinner. I would like to thank the Hearth and Candle Restaurant, especially Dave and Nate for a wonderful meal. The snowshoe down Rumrunner was beautiful with a star filled sky. It is not just a dinner, it’s an experience!

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Top of the Notch building on Sterling Mountain

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Nice light over Sterling Pond

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Another great day

 

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Father Winter tells a story in his teepee

It was a little warm today, but the spring conditions sure were fun. I had a great time helping out Snow Sport University by shuttling little ones up the Mogul Mouse’s Magic Lift. Every ride was different and entertaining at the same time. I made a quick stop to see Father Winter in his teepee on one of my runs. His teepee was full of kids listening to another one of his great stories. I want to thank the employees of 3 Mountain Outfitters, especially Jessica and Adrienne. They were very helpful with picking out the right goggles for me and my wife. They also went the extra mile when it can to dealing with some older gifts cards that I had. It was great to be wearing my new goggles with the bright sunshine today.

Tomorrow we plan to have top to bottom skiing and riding on all 3 mountains with all 8 lifts operating and 77 out of 78 trails open. Tomorrow’s forecast is partly sunny skies early becoming mostly cloudy skies in the afternoon a chance of a shower with temperatures between 40 and 49 degrees.

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Snowmaker Justin Thoelke does some airboarding at the Mogul Mouse’s Magic Lift

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New goggles

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Fun in the Sun

 

Wow what a beautiful day with partly sunny skies and mild temperatures. We have top to bottom skiing and riding on all 3 mountains with all 8 lifts operating and 77 out of 78 trails open. 161 acres of freshly groomed terrain for today including all of Upper FIS, Smugglers’ Alley, and Snow Snake. Great spring conditions!

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Snow Sport University Ski Instructor Dave Delbeck sporting some pretty wild sunglasses

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Jeremy spending some quality time with his daughter Aloora on Wanderer

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Here it comes

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Hayleigh enjoying the nice soft conditions

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Another member of the Smuggs Family

 

I would like you to meet Long Island Rick. Rick has to be the biggest fan of Smugglers’ Notch that I have ever met.  He has been coming to Smuggs now for over 4 years in the summer and winter. He has such a love for snow sports and the great outdoors.  Rick is a school teacher, husband, father, and a volunteer firefighter. Rick has a huge heart and loves helping people.  I had a great time taking a few runs with Rick today on Morse. He had me laughing the whole time we were together. He has a great outlook on life! The world needs more people like Rick.  Thank you for being who you are and thank you for choosing Smuggs for your home away from home.

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Myself and Rick on the Village Lift

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Freshly Groomed Terrain

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It looks like this could be anywhere, but it is from Lower Morse Liftline.

Rockin’ Ron for Hugh. The Groomers were busy last night and early this morning laying down the corduroy on 49 trails – that’s 161 acres of… FRESHLY GROOMED TERRAIN for your skiing and riding enjoyment.

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Morse Mountain

Today started off with some flurries and then the sun came out for the rest of the day. Every one seemed to love the nice sunshine. I was riding Mogul Mouse’s Magic Lift today. It was pretty cool to watch the Snow Sport University Instructors work their magic with their beginner students.  Having fun with their class while they teach them how to turn and stop. The best part is when someone has a break through and they link a few turns or make a parallel turn for the first time.

Tomorrow we plan to have top to bottom skiing and riding on all 3 mountains with all 8 lifts operating and all 78 trails open. Some trails will have a delayed opening until they soften up. 49 trails will be groomed for tomorrow, including skier’s right on Upper FIS, Smugglers’ Alley, and Snow Snake for a grand total of 161 acres of freshly groomed terrain. Tomorrow’s forecast is mostly sunny skies early with increasing clouds later in the day and temperatures between 29 and 39 degrees. We should have some nice spring skiing and riding tomorrow.

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Snow Sport University lesson on the Magic Learning Trail

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Happy birthday to long time employee of Smugglers’ Notch Howard Wells who turned 70 years young yesterday!

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Snow Sport University Instructor Princess Pam with her class on Wanderer

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This hat is designed to look like the Scottish Highlands Muckle Coo Cow. I think it goes great with his beard!