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Sunshine and fresh snow

donnna blue birdWe received 6 inches of new snow in the past 36 hours. This morning started off with flurries and then the sun came out. The conditions are just fantastic. I was skiing the traverse to Freefall with thoughts of heading to the Black Hole. I came out on Freefall and looked down. It was so inviting that I had to ski it. I got to ski with my sister-in-law Donna today. We had a great time taking in the views on Upper Drifter and finding powder stashes in the glades. This photo is Donna skiing Lower Catwalk. We have top to bottom skiing and riding on all 3 mountains with 6 lifts operating, including the Madonna I Lift. We have 75 out of 78 tails open and 2 trails are closed due to the construction of the Boarder Cross course for this weekend. We are presently making snow on Lower Exhibition, Crossover, and Treasure Pitch. The forecast is calling for up to 6 inches of new snow for Friday.

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P-h-Ski

School house glades

The School House on Morse Mountain. It leads into some sweet beginner glades.

Rockin’ Ron for Hugh. I’m going for higher elevation education! I’m majoring in cruisers, steeps, moguls, and glades with Snow Sport University at Smugglers’ Notch Resort.

Today’s class was cruising in the fresh, creamy powder. Yea, the big fat flakes were flyin’. To quote Led Zeppelin “You need schoolin’, baby, I’m not foolin'”. I hope I get straight ‘A’s’… that’s Awesome Alpine Adventures.

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Winter Wonderland

drifterToday was just beautiful with the snow covered trees and the bluebird skies! This morning I went snowboarding for the first time this season. My snowboard wasn’t the only thing that was rusty. I am training for the local races which are held each Friday on the Practice Slope and run by the Smugglers’ Notch Ski and Snowboard Club. The races have not started yet so there is still time to sign up. For more information you can call 802.644.1177 or go to their website at snscvt.com. I only went to midstation on the Village Lift for my first run. After my warm-up run I was ready to go to the top of the Village Lift. I had a great time working on making nice clean carved turns. I did say working on because they were not all nice and clean. This afternoon I switched back to my skis and headed up Madonna Mountain. One run I headed down Upper Drifter to take some scenic photos. I was looking for vantage points as I was skiing. I thought this view of Madonna Mountain was different and I really like the rime ice on the trees. I skied Drifter to find great views, but I also found a great friend, great skier, and all around just great guy. It was long time Smuggs Ski Instructor Dale Kingsbury. My good day got even better as I got to take a run with my good long time friend.

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Nordic Ninjas

DSC03978 (1)The Smugglers’ Notch Nordic Centered hosted the Smuggs Nordic Ninjas today. The Nordic Ninjas is a fun obstacle course event for kids ages 6-12 on cross country skis or snowshoes. There were hoops, rollers, a teeter totter, fun boxes, flags, and poles that the kids had to get through. This was a great way for kids to get outside, have fun and also get some exercise. The atmosphere was very festive. PK, Zeke, the Friendly Pirate, and everyone else at the Nordic Center did a wonderful job with this kid friendly event. We have top to bottom skiing and riding on all 3 mountains with 6 lifts operating, including the Madonna I Lift. We have 77 out of 78 trails open with terrain for all ability levels. We received 2 inches on new snow today and 16 inches in the past week. We are also expecting another 7 inches of new snow by Tuesday night. 170 acres of freshly groomed terrain for Monday.

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The Zone Terrain Park

board and snowI started the day with the Cat Trax Express on the Upper Mountain Fresh Tracks tour. The temperature was mild and the wind was light. There was some nice soft morning light on Upper Chilcoot as we skied the fresh corduroy. I stopped many times to take in the wonderful views. Today we opened the Prohibition and Zone Terrain Parks. I had a blast watching the skiers and riders hitting the big jumps. We have top to bottom skiing and riding on all 3 mountains with all 8 lifts operating. We have 77 out of 78 trails open with terrain for all ability levels. 174 acres of freshly groomed terrain for Sunday. The forecast calls for 2 inches on new snow tonight.

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Great conditions

hugh powderToday started off with light snow and ended up with a sunny afternoon. I had a great time running some gates on the Practice Slope today. The Local’s Race Series will be starting soon and today was just practice. I traded my race skis for my all mountain skis and headed for Madonna Mountain. My good friend Tony and I went hunting for powder stashes in the sun filled glades. This photo shows that we were successful. This weekend we plan to have top to bottom skiing and riding on all 3 mountains with all 8 lifts operating. We have 77 out of 78 trails open with terrain for all ability levels.

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Great day on the mountain!

matthewToday was another just absolutely gorgeous day here at Smuggs.  Beautiful sunny skies with temperatures in the 20’s.  I had a great time on all 3 mountains. My first run of the day was Upper Drifter and it was groomed to perfection last night!  I had to stop a few times to take in all of the amazing views from Drifter.  This afternoon I headed to Sir Henry’s Learning Park for the World Famous Cookie Race. This race is a great way for the kids to show their parents everything they learned at Snow Sport University.
junipernice glow

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Bluebird Day

drifterWe received 18 inches of new snow in the past week and 119 inches so far this season. Last night we made snow on Lower FIS, Lower Madonna Liftline, Lower Drifter, and Link. We have top to bottom skiing and riding on all 3 mountains with 6 lifts operating, including the Madonna I Lift. We have 77 out of 78 trails open with terrain for all ability levels. The Log Jam, Birch Run, and Knight’s Revenge Terrain Parks are all open. Tonight we plan to groom 31 trails, including Bootlegger, Snow Snake, and Drifter for a grand total of 155 acres of freshly groomed terrain.

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50 Shades of Glades

Rockin’ Ron for Hugh. O-M-Ski!!! 14 inches of new snow means freshies galore in the Glades. Poachers Woods, Attitude, Red Fox Glades and 3 Mountain Glades were packed with POWDER! Mark and Greg from Virginia and Billyjoe from North Carolina joined Shelly Schaffer (from Treasures Child Care) and myself for a wonderful day in the woods.Them southern boys like to hoot and holler as they’re going down the mountain, maybe Billyjoe got it from his 5 years as a Burton Pro Rider.

You never know who you’re gonna see on the slopes, so, it was a nice surprise to see former Smuggs Activities Director Marge McIntosh, as well as Rachel Niekhardt from Smugglers’ Notch Distillery in the Attitude Glades. We didn’t ski 50 glades today, but we had at least 50 smiles and another 50 shouts of joy.

Mark the Bridge

Has anybody seen the bridge? Mark has found that confounded bridge in Poachers Woods.

Shelly Attitude

Shelly Schaffer took this picture of Sterling Mountain as viewed from Attitude.

 

 

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12 inches of new snow in the past 24 hours!

matt McThe conditions were just fantastic today. The new snow that we received last night was heavy to start and got lighter. The higher on the mountain the lighter the snow was. The denser new snow allowed us to open more trails today like Robin’s Run, Freefall, and Upper Madonna Liftline. The snow stuck to everything and blanketed the mountain. It snowed all day so the trails kept getting refreshed. Tomorrow we plan to be 100 percent open with top to bottom skiing and riding on all 3 mountains. We have 6 lifts operating, including the Madonna I lift. 173 acres of freshly groomed terrain for tomorrow. Tomorrow is going to be another powder day with sunny skies and a high of 18 degrees.