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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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“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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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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LINKed to Smuggs

 

Mar 18, 2014 LinkRockin’ Ron for Hugh. Smuggs inspires loyalty from many quarters. I have been working here for 17 years and I still love it. Being a Snow Reporter one day a week is nice work if you get it. Of course, it wasn’t hard on a day like today with sunny skies and great trail conditions. They haven’t given me any cuff links though (that’s not a hint).

I linked a bunch o’ turns on Madonna and Sterling with John Fabrega and his son Connor (pictured here on Link). The Fabregas live in Tallahasse, Florida and have been coming to Smuggs for 11 years. Connor and his siblings Taylor and Alex all learned to ski here. In fact, it’s the only place they’ve skied! Connor’s mom Stacey met us for lunch in the Black Bear.

This past weekend, I made the acquaintance of Dan Luneau. When he realized I was the Rockin’ Ron who blogs for Hugh, he told me about his links to Smuggs. I share some of his comments here.

“It was the winter of 1961-62 and at that time the [St. Albans ] “Rotary Bus” ran on Friday afternoons and it took us to Smuggs for a lesson and some free ski time. I was in the seventh grade at the time at Holy Angels grade school. Our nuns held it over our heads all week that if we did not behave – no skiing come Friday. I never remember missing one single week for misbehaving.  The nuns loved the program as much as we did because we were perfect during the week. Not only did we get to go skiing, they got the best behaved kids as their bonus. As it turns out, I very often ski with my childhood friends who came from that program. Jim Cross, from the Burlington area and Mike Patenaude, from St. Albans are two who were in my grade and in the program. Jim and I skied this past Saturday. Over the years we have spent many a day at Smuggs enjoying the memories of our youth. Steve Wry (Smuggs’ current and long-time Director of Mountain Operations) and many more were regulars. When the first chairlift went in on Sterling, we thought we died and went to heaven. I could go on and on, but you can see that the ski program that the St. Albans Rotary provided to us (and is still going today) helped shape the lives of many, many kids in the St. Albans area.”

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The Snowman knows

 

Rockin and Snowman 3Rockin’ Ron for Hugh. Tony, the guy who provides our Smuggs-specific weather forecast, is calling for 12 to 18 inches of SNOW for Wednesday into Thursday. One of the local Network affiliates is saying 10 to 20 inches. Someone at 3 Mountain Outfitters (our rental, retail, and repair shop) boldly predicted 3 feet. Not knowing what to think, I went to the source of snow, the fortune teller of flurries, the prophet of powder… the SNOWMAN! He told me that this storm is going to be EPIC, MASSIVE, and OFF-THE-HOOK!!! Bruce Morrisey of SmuggsPhoto.com took this picture after I received the news.

Joke 1: What do you get when you cross a snowman and a vampire? Frostbite.

Joke 2: What did one snowman say to the other snowman? Do you smell carrots?