On Fridays we have the Harvey Wesson Memorial Race Series a.k.a. the local’s races on the Practice Slope. Pictured here racing is Chad Willard who set today’s course. Chad set the course up to be pretty “turny” at the top. The second half of the course was straighter.
I was delivering the snow report in the Village this morning when I passed Sir Henry’s Learning and Fun Park. At first I did not notice anything out of the ordinary, until I saw a bright green pinny with “Blind Rider” on it. I have seen blind skiers before and I am always blown away with their ability to ski without sight. The faith and communication between the guide and rider/skier is imperative. I want to thank the Smugglers’ Notch Adaptive Program for doing an outstanding job of bringing the world of skiing and riding to people who would not normally be able to. These instructors are wonderful people whose job might take more patience, but the rewards of their efforts is priceless.
Snow Sport University Instructor Brian Jessiman giving a nice demonstration on the flat down rail.
I was checking out Sterling Pond from a vantage point to see if the visibility was worthy of a photo. I suddenly heard someone hiking through the woods. It turned out to be some Smuggs family members from Long Island. They told me that they follow my blog and enjoy the Smuggs videos. It’s always nice to meet members of the Smuggs family. Have a safe trip home and we will see again soon.
We received 7 inches of new snow in the past 3 days. I was skiing down Upper Chilcoot and I noticed some neat snow drifts on skier’s left. I skied through a few of them and then I decided to stop when I saw the drift pictured here. I thought it looked just like a wave at the ocean that was about to crash. I laid down on the snow so that the wave of snow would be over the skier in the photo. I took a few photos and then decided to go ride some more waves of snow.
Rockin’ Ron for Hugh. Our Lift Attendants (aka Lifties) are among the unsung heroes at the Resort. They raise the bar for us.They pick us up when we’re down.They take a load from us. Through it all, its hard to corral their enthusiasm. Larry Burnor (pictured here) has been working at Mogul Mouse’s Magic Lift for 19 years and at the Resort for about 30 years. He’s always ready with a friendly greeting or funny observation. So, let us raise a glass (and our safety bars when we get off the lift) to those who elevate us.
This photo shows one of the reasons why I like Upper Drifter so much. There are just so many great vantage points. As I ski down I find myself stopping along the way to take in the ever changing views. I love how you look down on to Sterling Pond, Sterling, and the notch in the background. Many of the trails on Sterling have a double fall line. The trails not only pitch down the hill but they also pitch towards skier’s right. This allows skiers and riders on Sterling to be pretty visible from Drifter.
Today was just beautiful. It was sunny and the winds died down. Our groomers were out in force last night grooming 183 acres. I had a great time on the cruisers today. My son and daughter are in the Mitey Mites program here at Smuggs. Mitey Mites is an 8 week program for children ages 6 to 12 years old. They meet on Saturdays or Sundays for the 8 weeks with the same group and instructor. My kids have really enjoyed the program and they look forward to it every week.
This morning I went on the Cat Trax Fresh Trax Tour up Madonna Mountain. It was a beautiful sunny day. We had great views from the cabin of the cat on the ride up the mountain but the 360 degree view from the summit of Madonna was the best. We had a great time cruising down the corduroy of Chilcoot. I went to the Zone Terrain Park to check out the Slopestyle event. There was a great turn out of competitors and the park was in great shape. It was amazing to watch these skiers and riders throwing down their best tricks for the judges. It was also pretty cool to have Vermont’s own Ty Walker show up and help announce the event with Connor Manning.