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Another beautiful day at Smuggs

We have received snowfall the past four days straight and today the sun came out.  It was just a  great day to be skiing and riding. Today was the second race of the season for our Local’s League. I decide to try my old carving snowboard in the race today. I took a run to the top of the Sterling Lift with my wife Harley. She was racing also and we wanted to warm up before racing.  We took Upper Rumrunner to Black Snake. It was fun to carve out some big GS turns on the groomed terrain. The 10 inches of snow that we received in the past four days has made the groomed snow very nice. I completed my two snowboards run in the course and headed for Parking Lot ! to change into my ski gear.  I went back up the Sterling Lift with my skis and headed straight for Upper Rumrunner and Black Snake.  My skis were holding nicely and I felt like I could really lay it over.

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View from the top of Sterling Mountain

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Blast from the Past Josh Adams is back racing

This weekend we have top to bottom skiing and riding on all 3 mountain with all 8 lifts operating and 43 trails open. We are presently making snow on Black Snake, Zone Terrain Park, Lower Rumrunner, Birch Run Terrain Park, Lower Link, Full Nelson, and Snake Bite. 27 trails will be groomed for tomorrow that’s 146 acres of freshly groomed terrain.

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Powder Day

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Hugh B finds some nice snow on the side of the trail.

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Mitchell having fun on Upper FIS

We received 4 to 6 inches of new snow in the past 24 hours and 9 inches in the past 3 days.  The new snow is light and fluffy. We made snow on Upper FIS last night and that was my first run on the day. The snow making whales were spread out and gentle with the new snow on top. The new snow was pushed into piles and that is what I was shooting for.  My skis would go right through the pile and it would blow up.  I had a great time skiing with my son Hugh B and his friend Mitchell. We went hunting for powder stashes and we found quite a few.  We skied Upper FIS, Smugglers’ Alley, Snake Bite, Lower Doc’s, Goat Path, Crossover, Treasure Run, Black Snake, Practice Slope, Meadowlark, Midway, Lower Exhibition, Upper Rumrunner, and the Birch Run Terrain Park. I guess what I am trying to  say is that it is all good. It was just a great day to be out on the mountain enjoying the fresh snow.  Tomorrow we plan to have top to bottom skiing and riding on all 3 mountains with 7 lifts operating and 38 trails open. 30 trails will be groomed for Friday, that’s 151 acres of freshly groomed terrain. Snow making continues on Sir Henry’s, Lower Morse Liftline, Magic Learning Trail, and Wanderer. The Zone Terrain Park is now open with 4 rails and 3 jumps.

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Winter Wellness Days

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The Group Photo

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Matt and his class getting ready to head for Upper FIS

Winter Wellness Days is a program for students at the Cambridge Elementary School in grades  4th through 6th.  This program makes it possible for all the 4th, 5th, and 6th graders of CES  to get a snow sport lesson, lift ticket, and equipment rental at no cost to the students.  This season the kids are taking their Winter Wellness Days consecutively and they get to keep the same instructor for three days. The kids are just having so much fun together out on the mountain. I was lucky enough to take a couple runs with my son Hugh B, class mates, and Snow Sport University Instructor Matt McCawley.

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Irian tearing it up on Bootlegger

I can tell you that the kids were not the only ones having fun.  This wonderful program is made possible by the Cambridge Area Rotary, Backcountry Magazine, Smugglers’ Notch Resort, the teachers of CES, and many parents.  It’s all about the kids and I want to thank every one who helps make this fantastic experience possible.

We received 3 inches of new snow in the past 2 days and we are expecting another 6 inches of snow by this weekend. Last night we made snow on Upper Chilcoot. We are presently making snow on Upper FIS.  We have top to bottom skiing and riding on all 3 mountains with 6 lifts operating and 36 trails open. 28 trails will be groomed tonight, that’s 153 acres of freshly groomed terrain.  The Birch Run Terrain Park is open with 15 features.

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Bootleggers and Smugglers

Bootlegger signRockin’ Ron for Hugh. When I heard that Bootlegger was groomed for today, that was the trail I had to ski. It was confirmed when I ran into SSU’s Justin Falkenberg and his group. Bootlegger was their trail pick too. I love going down this steep, straight, and rolling trail after it’s been groomed (thanks to the Groomers and their Winch Cat for making it happen).  

Speaking of Bootlegger… Bootleggers, Rumrunners, Pirates, and Smugglers – these are the inspiration for trail names and facilities here at the Resort. Many people associate these with 1920’s Prohibition (aka the Volstead Act, prohibiting the sale and consumption of alcohol) and that is true, but smuggling through the Notch and throughout Vermont can be traced back to the early 1800’s as a reaction to Thomas Jefferson’s Embargo Act (prohibiting trade with France and Britain). Another one of our trails, Black Snake, is named after a smuggling ship on Lake Champlain during the Embargo period. Time for me to steal away.

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Fun on FIS

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View from the summit of Sterling

My first run of the day was on Madonna Mountain. I started on Upper Chilcoot and then headed for Upper FIS.  Upper FIS was groomed last night. I made a few cruising turns on the freshly groomed terrain, which felt great under foot. I then decided to stop on the side of trail to get a few photos.  I was watching the skiers and riders working their way down this long expert trail. While taking in all the action I started thinking about what made all this possible.

 

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Upper FIS

It starts with our snowmaking crew who hike down the trail when we are making snow on Upper FIS.  Ski Patrollers also help with moving snowmaking hoses and making sure the trail is safe to ski and ride.  Our groomers brave this steep trail at night. I want to thank all the Smuggs Mountain staff for providing a fun and exciting experience for me and everyone else. We appreciate your efforts.

 

 

 

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Upper FIS

We have top to bottom skiing and riding on all 3 mountains with 6 lifts operating and 34 trails open.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The Zone Terrain Park is under construction

Tonight we plan to groom 34 trails for a grand total of 165 acres.  Tonight’s forecast is calling for light snow with 1 to 2 inches of accumulation possible. Tomorrow’s forecast is calling for flurries with temperatures between 16 and 26 degrees.

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Super Sunday

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Snow explosion coming off the rail

The best thing to do before the big game is to get out on the mountain and make some turns. This way you build up a good appetite for all the snacks that you will be eating later. I had a great time today watching skiers and riders having fun in the Birch Run Terrain Park.  There is a cool new feature at the bottom of the park that looks like a pyramid but with steeper sides. I also had fun today on Upper FIS. It has been groomed for the past few nights. I love a steep pitch with a smooth surface. Tonight we plan to groom 31 trails including Upper FIS for a grand total of 160 acres. For Monday we plan to have top to bottom skiing and riding on all 3 mountains with 6 lifts operating and 33 trails open. Tomorrow’s forecast is mostly cloudy skies with a chance of flurries and temperatures between 19 and 29 degrees.

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Cam Newton takes flight

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Let it fly

birch run boardThe forecast called for skies becoming partly to mostly cloudy.  It started to flurry this morning and it snowed all day long.  We received a dusting to an inch of accumulation today and a snow shower is in the forecast for tonight. Last night we made snow on Lower Morse Liftline, Wanderer, Meadowlark, Sir Henry’s, Garden Path, and Magic Learning Trail. Tonight we plan to make snow on Harvey’s Hideaway, Full Nelson, Snake Bite, and Lower Pipeline.

 

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There are flurries and snow showers in the forecast from Monday through Friday along with some good snow making temperatures.  Tonight we plan to groom 31 trails for a grand total of 161 acres. Tomorrow we plan to have top to bottom skiing and riding on all 3 mountains with all 8 lifts operating and 33 trails open.  The Birch Run Terrain Park is open with 15 features and is groomed daily. Tomorrow’s forecast is partly to mostly cloudy skies with a chance of flurries early and temperatures between 19 and 30 degrees.

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Race training

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Family and Friends

I got to ski and snowboard today.  I went snowboarding at the Morse Highlands Area this morning with my family and some great friends.  The kids were having so much fun following each other in a line and making train sounds.  It was really nice to all ski and snowboard together.  Today was the first race of the local’s league, so I headed up to Sterling this afternoon to get my runs in.  I raced on the snowboard first and I realized that maybe I should have rode the snowboard a little more before racing.  After completing my two race runs I switched back to my ski boots and headed back to the race course.   I got my race runs in on my skis, not as fast as I wanted but at least I finished.  I felt even slower when I watched some racers running slalom gates. They were cross blocking the gates. In the photo you can see the gate bending from the cross blocking. The racer is so low that their hand is touching the ground.

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Attacking the slalom gate

We have top to bottom skiing and riding on all 3 mountains with all 8 lifts operating and 36 trails open.  35 trails will be groomed for Saturday, that’s 157 acres. Snowmaking moves to Morse Mountain tonight. Birch Run Terrain Park is open with 15 features

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Tele turns on Link

tele turn on linkI had a great time today on Madonna and Sterling Mountain. I was out with Alex Martin from Smuggs TV filming another episode of the No Bull Video Snow Report. We went to the summit of Madonna Mountain to take in all the wonderful views.  We then took a cruiser run on Upper Chilcoot to Link for our first run.  Link was pretty nice with soft conditions. I would have to say that my trail pick of the day was Snake Bite.  I love the steep pitch and the snow was very edgeable.

The forecast is calling for colder temperatures tonight and we plan to resume snowmaking on Madonna Mountain. We plan to make snow on Link, Lower Madonna Liftline, and Lower FIS. We plan to groom 36 trails tonight for a grand total of 165 acres.  Tomorrow’s forecast is partly to mostly sunny skies with temperatures between 12 and 25 degrees.  The forecast is also calling for snow showers Saturday night and Tuesday.

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Morse Highlands

kyleThe Morse Highlands area is a great place for kids and beginners.  Dixie’s Knoll is a wide trail with a low angle pitch.  Skiers and riders learning to turn have plenty of room and they don’t have to worry about picking up too much speed.  I saw Snow Sport University Instructor Kyle Ebbett giving a lesson on Dixie’s Knoll.  This trail was perfect for his student to learn how to make turns and stop.  Log Jam is also a great trail for beginners. It is a little steeper than Dixie’s Knoll, but is also nice and wide.  There are many trails through the woods that the kids just love to play in.  The people who work the Morse Highlands Lift are very nice and helpful.

For Thursday we plan to have top to bottom skiing and riding on all 3 mountains with 6 lifts operating and 33 trails open. We plan to groom 30 trails tonight, including Upper FIS for a grand total of 153 acres.  The Birch Run Terrain Park is open with 15 features.  Tomorrow’s forecast is partly to mostly cloudy skies with temperatures between 22 and 35 degrees.