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Thank you for a great 2013-2014 Winter Season!

360 pass Rockin’ Ron for Hugh. It is with a heavy heart that we say goodbye to winter… but wait… we say say a happy hello to spring, and an even happier hello to SUMMER! You can dive into fun at Smuggs with the 360 Pass. It’s a deal you can’t pass up – just click on the picture.

Q: What did one snow person say to the other snow person? A: Do you smell carrots?

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Morning Has Broken

Apr 20, 2014 Easter Sunrise Mick Apr 20, 2014 Easter Sunrise Lift down

Rockin’ Ron for Hugh. An Easter Sunrise Service was held atop Sterling Mountain today. The Mountain Ops crew got here extra early to load the Lift at 6:00 am. A beautiful sunrise over Madonna Mountain greeted everyone with a yellow hello. Karen Boushie from Smuggs PR handed out pamphlets with the service and song lyrics. Pastor Mick Comstock of the 2nd Congregational Church of Jeffersonville then delivered the service. Sara Lourie played accordion and the crowd sang along to “Morning Has Broken” and “Amazing Grace”. After the service, skiers, riders, and hikers proceeded down the mountain. Other folks rode the Sterling Lift back to the Base. To those who celebrate it – Happy Easter!

Morning has broken like the first morning.

Here is a nice message  I received on Monday, April 21st:  I am new to Vermont and felt this was something my husband and I really needed to do. It was absolutely incredible. We are over sixty non-skiers and being so out there on the chair lift was stunning. I will have the image of the mountains as we rode back down etched in my memory til I die.  – MK

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Black & White Black Snake

Apr 16, 2014 Black and whiteRockin’ Ron for Hugh. A view of the Village from Black Snake, right above a section of the trail referred to as the Graveyard. No, children, there is no one buried there. This picture is from my Ski Noir period.

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Glades… Air Freshener

Apr 16, 2014 Brendan gladesRockin’ Ron for Hugh. See B making some turns in Highlander Glades. The air was crisp and the snow was sweet. The Sterling Lift will be operating through 4 o’clock PM on Sunday with Intermediate and Expert Terrain being offered. Come and get some fresh air and fresh powder!!

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“Fresh” Prince

Apr 16, 2014 Brendan FreshRockin’ Ron for Hugh. What a difference a day makes.Yesterday was torrential rain and today was sunshine and powder. I saw Dave Sills (aka P1 or Patrol One) at the Top of the Notch. He said they had a heck of a time assessing the conditions this morning. After just a couple of runs, I can see what they went through. Well, my hat (or helmet) is off to you Dave, and the rest of Patrol and Mountain Ops. I chanced upon Greg Fatigate and he raved about the Birch Run Terrain Park, and he was right – it was in excellent condition with 4 rails and 3 jumps. Pictured is Brendan Simpson getting some fresh powder on the trail that connects Thomke’s to Bootleggers and Smugglers’ Alley. We skied a nice variety of terrain including Highlander Glades and Pipeline.Today was a crowning achievement to the season – we felt like Princes of Powder – like Jon Snow in Game of Thrones.

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The Party Faithful (or Faithful Party-ers)

Apr 13, Party Faithful 1 Rockin’ Ron for Hugh. The season isn’t over for this hardy crew. As long as there’s a run to take – there’s fun to be had. Good food, good friends, good times. Pictured left to right: Unknown Man in a Ski Helmet doing a Daft Punk impersonation, Doug, Trish, Brett (his first appearance on this year’s Blog), and Fletch.

 

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Suspender’d Animation

Apr 13, Suspender AnimationRockin’ Ron for Hugh. Proving that Smugglers’ Notch Suspenders (aka hold-em-ups) are a fashion statement are Fletch, Peter, and Yours Truly. We also prove that suspenders are not just for old guys, they’re for… um… middle-aged guys too.

These fancy accessories are available at 3 Mountain Outfitters, and they’ll never let you down.

 

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The Road to Mama

Apr. 11, 2014 Rockin’ Ron for Hugh. From Jeffersonville take Route 108 South and that will bring you home. Madonna Mountain  (aka the Mother) will be open for skiing and riding this weekend! Who says your mama don’t love you?

P.S. I know I’m not alone in thinking that when you drive up a mountain you should be heading North. Let me know if you agree.

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Harvey’s Hideaway

 

tom blogToday was another beautiful spring day with sunshine and a high of 53 degrees. Every trail on Sterling is open and in fantastic condition. We have deep base depths and great coverage. There is some great spring skiing and riding to be had out there. This weekend we plan to have both the Madonna I lift and Sterling lift operating. Pictured here is Tom enjoying the soft spring bumps.

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Fresh snow

 

charlie.JPG blogWe received an inch of new snow last night. I was surprised to see how well it bonded with the old snow. I ran into George and Charlie from the Smuggs 55+ Club at the summit of Sterling. These gentlemen could be in the 70+ plus Club. Charlie had already done a warm-up run and was telling us how good the conditions were. George liked what Charlie was saying and suggested Smugglers’ Alley for his warm-up run. The wind had moved the snow around and we found some nice pockets of fresh snow. We skied Poacher’s Woods next and had fun skiing the gladed bumps. Our next run was Hangman’s Drop to Chute and then to Highlander Glades. We were pretty happy about getting fresh tracks on Highlander Glades. I had a great time skiing with Charlie and George. I had to keep reminding myself that the two guys I’m chasing down the mountain are both over 70 years old! Charlie is seen here skiing Highlander Glades.