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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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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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You’re my Blue Sky, you’re my sunny day…

Rockin’ Ron for Hugh. I was singing the Allman Brothers’ “Blue Sky” as I was delivering the Snow Report this morning. There’s nothing quite as refreshing as a sunny and crisp winter day in Vermont (is that too much bull for the “No Bull” Snow Report?). Once again, the snow guns are set for STUN to take advantage of the single digit temps. The bottom right picture includes the Gazebo and Bonfire Pit. This is the site of Winter Welcome Warm-ups on Mondays, and Winter Carnivals on Thursdays. In the summer, it’s where Goodtime Charlie does his Bonfire sing-along. Today may be too nippy for strumming guitar to Puff the Magic Dragon, so let’s stick with a capella Allmans.

MidwaySnowmaking Morse

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Fork in the Trail

Trail signsRockin’ Ron for Hugh. “If there’s a fork in the trail… TAKE IT!” so says Fletch, the eminent Philosopher and Black Bear Bartender. I took a run on Upper Chillycoot with the Socrates of the Slopes and the Tuesday Crew of Brett, Peter, and Dale & Darcy.

Two other pearls of wisdom from Fletch: “there are no bad conditions, just bad gear” and “getting excited about a snowstorm is like getting excited about a pay raise – you could be disappointed if it’s not as big as you thought it was going to be”.

I’m going to throw caution to the wind, and get excited about the 4 inches of new snow we could get by Wednesday night, and by the primo snowmaking conditions that are in the forecast for the rest of the week – both of which should lead to more trails opening. That’s the fork in the trail I’m taking. OK… I’m done for now, but don’t stick a fork in me… that would hurt.

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Butcher, Baker, SNOWMAKER!

Dec 30th 2014 snowmaking highlandsRockin’ Ron for Hugh.  We’ve been making snow around the clock and temps look good for continued snowmaking throughout the week. Last night it was Lower Madonna, today it is Morse (pictured here) and tomorrow it will be Sterling. More trails will open soon. To commemorate this flurry of flurries, I have fashioned this verse:

 

Smugg-a-dub-dud, Three Mountains we lub

Sterling, Madonna, & Morse

the Bucher, the Baker and all the Snowmakers

make snow for our skis and our boards 

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Very Merry Larry & Merry Mamaroneck

Very Merry Larry    Zach

Rockin’ Ron for Hugh. I started off my ski day on Mogul Mouse’s Magic Lift, where Legendary Lift Man, Larry Burnor likes to keep it merry – that’s how he rolls. Here he’s pictured brushing the snow off the chairs. Darn, if he’s not thoughtful too.

Later on I met up with my friends Jeff, Matt, Zach, and Andrew from Mamaroneck, NY. I’ve known J, M, and Z since they first came to the Resort 10 years ago. Zach was just a toddler when I first met him, now he’s almost a teenager and totally into snowboarding. Yesterday, he took lessons from SSU’s George Zavis and he graduated from Sir Henry’s to Lower Morse Liftline. He was linkin’ turns and lovin’ life (see photo above). As Jeff and I were getting on the Village Lift, I spotted another long time Smuggs Guest, Rob and his daughter Emily. It turns out that Rob and Jeff met each other at the Resort – Rob was born in Mamaroneck. It’s a Smuggs World after all.

Have a MERRY!

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On top of Ol’ Sterling… all covered in SNOW

Old SterlingRockin’ Ron for Hugh. 23 inches of snow in the past week and another 3 to 6 inches of snow by Thursday morning is in the forecast! The mountain is in great shape going into the Holidays. Today’s combination of fog and early winter/late afternoon light had me singin’ Foggy Mountain Breakdown. In fact, a mogul snuck up on me as I rounded the hairpin turn on Upper Chilcoot. You know that “woo” feeling, when your stomach stays in the air a little longer than the rest of your body. Later, I talked to a guest who said he very much enjoyed his first day of skiing the East in 48 years, and his first day ever of skiing at Smuggs! In related news our Nordic Center is open with 12km of trails. We’re all covered in SNOW!

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Ya never know… until ya go!

Snow SnakeRockin’ Ron for Hugh. By the time I hit the slopes it was more mixed precip than the white fluffy (aka clear snow in Snow Reporter parlance). After all these years, I don’t know why I was surprised that the trails were nice-n-creamy. I was also surprised when Sam the Snow Snake snuck up on me while I rode Mogul Mouse’s Magic Lift! I was surprised because it’s not every day you see a reptile on a Lift Tower. BOO-HISSS!

P.S. Try saying “Mogul Mouse’s Magic Lift” 5 times fast.

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Bread and Butter

SnowmakersRockin’ Ron for Hugh. I stopped by Snowmaking Headquarters to talk to Justin T and the Crew. Snowmaking is planned for tomorrow – perhaps as early as 6am. The snowmaking guns will be blowing on the “Bread and Butter” trails. These are the trails on Sterling Mountain that are the first to open and the last to close each winter. The trails are Upper Rumrunner, Crossover, Treasure Run, and Lower Exhibition. Guns may also be operating on Smugglers’ Alley, Thomke’s Express, and Birch Run, as well as a fan gun placed near Sterling Lift. Pictured here are Dave, Chris (buttering his bread), and the other Justin.