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Another beautiful day and more progress on the pond

Today was just gorgeous with the blue bird skies and milder temperatures.  It was so pretty out today that I had to take a few runs just for the scenic views.  I like the photo on the left because Madonna Mountain and Upper Drifter look different from this angle.  Our Terrain Park Crew was in the Zone today getting ready for the Pond Skimming on Saturday, April 4th. It was neat to watch as the groomer cut a little deeper with each pass through the pond.  The pond is really taking shape. I am really looking forward to skimmin’ n chillin’ n grillin’ this weekend!  We have top to bottom skiing and riding on all 3 mountains with 5 lifts operating, including the Madonna 1 Lift. We have 73 out of 78 trails open with terrain for all ability levels.  Tomorrow’s forecast is partly to mostly cloudy with a chance of flurries or a light shower early with temperatures between 37 and 45 degrees, which will make for some great spring conditions.  33 trails will be groomed tonight including skier’s right on Upper FIS, Smugglers’ Alley, Wanderer, and Hangman’s Drop for a grand total of 168 acres.
cutting the pond out drifter

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Upper FIS

We received 4 inches of new snow last night and that brings us to 250 inches so far this season.  The colder temperatures we had last night made the new snow nice and light.  The wind was able to move the new snow around a little and I found some nice drifts to play because of it. We have top to bottom skiing and riding on all 3 mountains with 73 out of 78 trails open. We will have 5 lifts operating tomorrow including the Madonna 1 lift. 31 trails will be groomed tonight, including Smugglers’ Alley, skier’s right on Upper FIS, and Snow Snake for a grand total of 170 acres. Tomorrow’s forecast is calling for mostly sunny skies with temperatures between 15 and 28 degrees.  I can’t wait to go looking for powder stashes tomorrow. Rabbit Rabbitpowder

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If you build it they will come

 

pond constructionThe Zone Terrain Park is being transformed from big hits to a big pond. Our terrain park crew is busy moving snow to get ready from the 3rd Annual Pond Skimming being held this Saturday, April 4th. This event just screams fun! Prizes will be awarded for best costume and most spectacular landing. Registration starts at 10 am at the Yurt in Parking Lot 1 and the entertainment starts at noon. The pond skimming is only a part of the festivities on Saturday, because there is also the Chillin’ and Grillin’ Tailgate Party in Parking Lot 1. Smuggs will be awarding 2,5oo dollars in prizes and cash to the winners of the following categories best overall tailgate (food, flair, festive, and fun), best original recipe (main dish, side dish, and drink), and best Smuggs themed tailgate. This is a don’t miss event for sure! We have top to bottom skiing and riding on all 3 mountains with 5 lifts operating, including the Madonna I lift. We have 73 out of 78 trails open with terrain for all ability levels. We are also expecting another 1 to 2 inches of new snow tonight.

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Smugglers’ Notch Adaptive Program

blind riderToday was just amazing with beautiful sunny skies and temperatures reaching into the low 30’s. I was skiing with my two daughters over at the Morse Highlands Area. We skied the Log Jam Terrain Park seven times in a row. The girls were having too much fun on the rollers and funboxes. We were doing one of our laps in the terrain park when I saw this blind rider and guide. My hat is off to both the blind rider and guide. This relationship takes a great deal of trust. It was impressive to watch them work together as they rode down the mountain. We have top to bottom skiing and riding on all 3 mountains with all 78 trails open.

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Visiting Father Winter

father winterWe have top to bottom skiing and riding on all 3 mountains with all 78 trails and all 8 lifts operating. We received 6 inches of new snow in the past 3 days. 28 trails will be groomed for tomorrow, including Drifter, Thomke’s Express, and Snow Snake for a grand total of 160 acres. Tomorrow’s forecast is calling for mostly sunny skies with temperatures between 22 and 34 degrees. We are also expecting 1 to 2 inches of new snow tomorrow night and Monday.

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100 percent open and new snow

hugh powThe mixed precipitation that we received yesterday turned to all snow last night. The forecast called for flurries today, but it snowed pretty hard all day long. We received 4 to 6 inches of new snow in the past 24 hours. The snow is lighter the higher you go on the mountain. Everything was skiing so well today. This new snow will be great for this weekend and we have many events going on. The Blast from the Past Race is on the Practice Slope tomorrow. The nice people from Suncommon will be at the Base Lodge tomorrow with insight on solar power and how to reduce your carbon footprint. The 20th Annual Brewfest Part 2 is tomorrow night in the Meeting House. Automaster Customer Appreciations Days are both Saturday and Sunday. Also this weekend is the Maple Sugar Festival at the Boyden Valley Winery. On top of all that we are 100 percent open with top to bottom skiing and riding on all 3 mountains with all 8 lifts operating. 28 trails will be groomed for tomorrow for a grand total of 160 acres.

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Spring conditions

vinnie upper upper fisThe warmer temperatures at the bottom of the mountain made for some nice corn snow. The colder temperatures at the top of the mountain made for some wet new snow. The new snow is sticking very nicely to the old snow. The forecast calls for up to 6 inches of new snow by tomorrow morning. The temperature will get colder tonight and the new snow should dry out. We have top to bottom skiing and riding on all 3 mountains with all 78 trails open. 7 lifts will be operating tomorrow, including the Madonna I Lift. 28 trails will be groomed, including Snow Snake, Thomke’s Express, and Drifter for a grand total of 160 acres.

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Birch Run Terrain Park

Today was another beautiful day with sunshine and temperatures reaching into the upper 30’s.  The snow on top stayed light with the colder temperatures. I found some nice snow in the Black Hole, especially in the shade. The snow at the bottom started turning to spring conditions.  The Birch Run Terrain Park is in great shape and the softer snow made for sweet landings.  There are so many features to play on and it really has a nice flow.  We should have more spring conditions tomorrow with temperatures expected to be between 34 and 41 degrees. There is a chance for showers early and mixed showers on top in the afternoon, so wear something waterproof and enjoy the soft conditions.  The forecast is also calling for the mixed showers to turn to snow on Thursday night with 1 to 2 inches of accumulation possible.  Tomorrow we plan to have top to bottom skiing and riding on all 3 mountains with 6 lifts operating, including the Madonna 1 lift.  We have 74 out of 78 trails open with terrain for all ability levels.  29 trails will be groomed for tomorrow for a grand total of 158 acres.
birch run birch jump

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smuggsphoto Op

Rockin’ Ron for Hugh. My friend Bruce Morrissey of smuggsphoto.com, not unsurprisingly, knows where and how to get the money shots. For many years he’s been taking photos & videos of families on the mountain and around the Resort, in Winter and in Summer. Today, we shot video of me skiing as the Friendly Pirate on Morse and Morse Highlands. This footage will be used to promote skiing to kids. When we finished filming we took Midway to Madonna for a fun run: Upper Chilcoot > Catwalk > Lower Catwalk > Lower Drifter > Red Fox Glades > Mulcahy’s Link > Lower FIS. Along the way Bruce snapped this photo of yours truly in action. Whether there were photos or not, it was a sunny day and I couldn’t miss this opportunity.

Rockin by Bruce

Where did Bruce take this shot?

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Burton Riglet Park

hayleigh funboxMy three year old Hayleigh has been skiing this season, but the past two days she has been taking snowboard lessons. Her class was at the Burton Riglet Park this morning. The riglet is the retractable cord that is attached to the front of the snowboard. This allows the instructor to pull the rider over different features in the terrain park. The riders are working on their balance as they go over rollers and funboxes. This terrain park is just fantastic for young beginner snowboarders. Hayleigh and her class all had a great time learning new skills while playing in the terrain park. We have top to bottom skiing and riding on all 3 mountains with 74 out of 78 trails open. 37 trails will be groomed for tomorrow, including Smugglers’ Alley, Chute, Hangman’s Drop, Snow Snake, and skier’s right on Upper FIS for a grand total of 176 acres. Tomorrow’s forecast is mostly sunny skies with temperatures between 19 and 33 degrees. All 6 terrain parks are open.