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Brushcutting

brushcutting-sterling091516A nice day of Brushcutting on Upper Sterling lifeline, a.k.a. Upper Exhibition today.  But I didn’t exactly take the picture to show off the work…

 

A thank you to Greg Fatigate for keeping us updated from the mountain.

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Countdown to Winter

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Credit for the awesome photo to Chris Diegel of CH Diegel Photography

Are you thinking winter yet? We are! Nights are getting cooler and that’s reason enough to start the countdown. This winter is especially exciting as it marks our 60th anniversary – 60 years since Smugglers’ Notch Ski-Ways opened with a mix of great trails and a Poma lift on Sterling. Be sure to salute those 1950s visionaries on your run down Rumrunner or Smugglers’ Alley this winter!

We’ll be keeping you posted on winter news until snow reporter Hugh gets back – his arrival is always the surest sign that winter is right around the corner. Right now, we’re focusing on mountain prep to deliver a great ski and ride experience this winter and getting passes and badges into the hands of eager Smugglers.

Smuggs Ski & Ride team will be visiting our local colleges to introduce them to our unparalleled terrain. We’ll be at the Burton Sale spreading the word of our superior Riglet Program for young snowboarders and maybe stocking up on a few deals ourselves. The team will be returning to ski shows in Boston, Toronto, Ottawa and other city markets. If you’re a Smuggler living in one of those areas, be sure to stop by and say hello.

Now’s the time to consider one of our bundled multi-week learning programs to maximize skill development and value! Last season we launched the Learner’s Permit Plus, and it’s such a great offer we’re giving it another shout-out. The Learner’s Permit bundles three First Timer program days together with 2 hour group lessons, lift ticket, and rental equipment included, and when you complete your three lessons, you receive a free Bash Badge to use the remainder of the season. How can it get any better? Well, that’s where the Plus comes in. When you choose the LPP, you’ll also receive a pair of Rossignol Experience Program skis and bindings! Take a look at our ski and ride learning programs and choose the one that works best for you.

Do you have a teen 14 or 15 years old who has been through our Mites program and can’t get enough of Smuggs? Consider our Instructor in Training Program – an eight week program for rippers level 5 or higher to ski or ride with a coach while learning the skills to become an instructor. They’ll get the opportunity to test out their skills in teaching while getting a lot of time on the mountain.

Get the scoop on Smuggs pass and badge products – there are many benefits and discounts included.

How many weeks until the lifts spin? As this post goes live on August  22 – just over 13 weeks!

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Pond Skimming and Chillin’ n’ Grillin’

shumways mike mcadooThe forecast called for cloudy skies with a chance of a mixed shower or snow on top in the afternoon.  The sun started coming out late morning and by the time we started pond skimming we had beautiful sunny skies. This year the banked turn before the pond really got a bunch of people.  It was hard to make the turn and still carry enough speed to make it across the water.  The turn out was fantastic and a great time was had by all. The Chillin’ n’ Grillin’ Tailgate Party was also a bunch of fun! Tomorrow is the last day of the 2015/2016 Winter Season. We plan to have 3 lifts operating and 12 trails open. pano skier snowboard sign brit smuggs group

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Snow Sport University

Mother Nature was a little crazy today with her April Fool’s Joke.  She thought it would be funny to give us some high winds, some rain, and even a near by lightning strike for good measure.  No fooling I am looking forward to a change in the weather and tomorrow’s events! Saturday, April 2nd we have Brewfest Part 2 in the Meeting House, Pond Skimming in the Zone, Chillin’ n’ Grillin’ Tailgate Party in Parking Lot #1 and it is also Cambridge Day.  Here is all the information for the Brewfest
21st Annual BrewFest Part 2 – Join us in the Meeting House from 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm and sample the finest in Vermont and regional craft beers and ciders.
Enjoy samples from Blue Point, Goose Island, Sierra Nevada, Narragansett, Sam Adams, and Coney Island breweries as well as Shock Top and Angry Orchard Cider. If your tastes run closer to home, don’t miss samples from Vermont’s own Woodchuck Cider, Boyden Valley Winery and Cidery, and Zero Gravity, Shed, Otter Creek, Magic Hat, Queen City, 14th Star, Von Trapp, Stone Corral, Harpoon, Long Trail, and Traveler breweries.
Jammin’ Sam plays all your dance party hits and the Morse Mountain Grille provides the snacks.
Tickets are available at the door; $20 entry includes 8 samples and souvenir glass. 21 and older, please. For information on BrewFest group lodging packages, please call 800-521-0536

Pond Skimming info.

4th Annual Pond Skimming – FREE event in The Zone Terrain Park! Registration at 10:00 am in the Parking Lot 1 Yurt, skimming kicks off at 12:00 noon. Prizes awarded for best costume and most spectacular landing. Spectators are welcome!

Tailgate Party info.

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 prizes to winners of the following categories:

Best Overall Tailgate(Food/Flair/Festive/Fun)
Best Original Recipe (Main dish/Side dish/Drink)
Best Smuggs Themed Tailgate
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Snowboard lesson on Upper Rumrunner

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Spring conditions

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Upper FIS

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Upper Chilcoot

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The pond is taking shape

I had great time on Upper FIS again today.  I am still loving the skier’s left side. I also had a blast on Upper Snake Bite. I like the steep pitch and unique contours. Spring skiing and riding is so much fun with corn snow and mild temperatures. For Friday we plan to have top to bottom skiing and riding on all 3 mountains with 5 lifts operating and 33 trails open.

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Getting ready for this weekend

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Looking from the end of the end of the pond

Today was another beautiful day here at Smuggs with sunny skies and mild temperatures.  Upper FIS was groomed last night and I was finding some nice snow on skier’s left.  Lower Doc’s is open and I had fun skiing in the trees.  I was skiing Sterling Mountain this afternoon and noticed a couple snow cats pushing snow in the Zone Terrain Park. They are building the pond for this weekend’s 4th Annual Pond Skimming.  The pond set up is completely different this year, because there is a banked turn before the pond.  The pond is not quite a big as it has been in the past, but the banked turn will make a little harder to make it across.  The event is this Saturday, April 2nd along with the Chillin’ n’ Grillin’ Tailgate Party in Parking Lot #1.

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The pond with the banked turn

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Upper Rumrunner

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Upper Rumrunner

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Still skiin’ and ridin’

Rockin’ Ron for Hugh. We’re still skiin’ and ridin’ at Smuggs! Overnight, 2 – 3 inches of snow fell. It wasn’t all-pow-all-the-time, but stashes of the white stuff could be found all around the mountain. I skied with Mark, Ryan, and Lee from Virginia. Mark’s son Ryan was excited to scout a fluffy cache in the glades along Smugglers’ Alley.

The 2015/2016 Winter Season is almost over, but we’ll still be skiin’ and ridin’ through this Sunday, April 3rd at 4pm. To celebrate the end of the season we have a dance card full of events on Saturday the 2nd: Cambridge Day (free lift tickets for residents of Cambridge and Jeffersonville, VT), Pond Skimming (spectators welcomed), Chillin’ ‘n’ Grillin’ (great food, great prizes), and the 21st annual Brewfest – part 2 (burp). For more info visit our events page.

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Jade was “spotted” as a cow. Photo by her dad Barry.

 

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Ryan in pow! Photo by his dad Mark.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Flyin’ Ryan, Power Wedge.

 

 

 

 

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Liquid sunshine today becoming snow tonight and tomorrow

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Upper Rumrunner

After a beautiful weekend full of blue skies and warmer temperatures the weather decided to change. The forecast called for rain today with temperature between 38 and 45 degrees. The temperature at the summit of Madonna was 25 degrees this afternoon at 2:00 pm. The colder temperatures turned the rain into freezing rain on the top half the upper mountains. I hope the colder temperatures will turn the freezing rain into snow earlier than predicted. The forecast for tonight is calling for snow developing around midnight with up to 3 inches of new snow on top by tomorrow morning.  Snow is in the forecast for tomorrow morning also with another 1 to 2 inches of accumulation possible with temperatures between 19 and 32 degrees. For Tuesday weather permitting we plan to have top to bottom skiing and riding on all 3 mountains with 5 lifts operating and 34 trails open. 30 trails will be groomed for Tuesday that’s 147 acres.