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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.

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Matthew finds the goods in the woods

matthewThe conditions are fantastic and the forecast calls for 11 inches of new snow to fall by Tuesday night. Tonight’s forecast calls for 4 to 7 inches of snow and tomorrow’s forecast is another 2 to 3 inches. Tomorrow we plan to have top to bottom skiing and riding on all 3 mountains with all 8 lifts operating. We have 68 trails open with terrain for all ability levels. 138 acres of freshly groomed terrain for tomorrow.

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9 inches of snow in the past week and more on the way!

ken deepI started the day off with the Fresh Trax Cat Trax Express. We left the Base Lodge at 7 am this morning and headed up Madonna Mountain. The air was cold and the sky was clear. It was wonderful to watch the sun rise over the presidential range in New Hampshire. After taking in the amazing sights and snapping a few photos it was time to ski and ride. The corduroy on Chilcoot was just fantastic. Later in the day I go to ski with my good friends the Rule Family. We had a great time on Upper FIS, Doc Dempsey’s, Bootlegger, Treasure, and the Birch Run Terrain Park. I think everyone’s favorite part of the day was finding powder stashes in the glades. Pictured here is Ken finding some of that fluffy stuff! We have top to bottom skiing and riding on all 3 mountains with all 8 lifts operating. We have 69 trails open with terrain for all ability levels. Tonight we plan to groom 33 trails for a grand total of 165 acres of freshly groomed terrain. Tomorrow’s forecast calls for snow and mix to develop in the afternoon and we could see up to 9 inches of new snow by Monday night.

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Great conditions

harley bootleggerOur snowmakers have been doing a wonderful job! They have been busy on all 3 mountains allowing more terrain to be opened for us to ski and ride. The Log Jam Terrain Park opened today at the Morse Highlands area. This terrain park is great for beginners and it has some wonderful features. There are many features that are made of snow like rollers and a small serpentine half pipe. All of these different shapes are just so much fun and also super teaching tools. My 3 year old daughter Hayleigh had a blast skiing through the serpentine and the rollers this morning. We have been making snow on Upper Pipeline, Bootlegger, Chute, Snake Bike, Smugglers’ Alley, and Hangman’s Drop the past 2 days. Now that these trails are blanketed with snow, our snowmakers are focused on Madonna Mountain. I took a few runs with my wife Harley this afternoon on Sterling Mountain. She is pictured here enjoying the great snow on Bootlegger.

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Picture perfect

Today was just absolutely beautiful.  I was lucky enough to start the day watching the sunrise from the summit of Madonna Mountain.  I skied down Drifter so that I could take in all the wonderful views it has to offer. The early morning light was so pretty as it was hitting Sterling and Mount Mansfield.  There was a snowmaking cloud on Sterling. We are presently making snow on Chute, Bootlegger, Smugglers’ Alley, Black Snake, the Zone, and Upper Pipeline.  The snowmaking whales at the Zone Terrain Park are getting pretty big due to multiple fan guns in operation. Tonight our groomers will be busy producing 160 acres of freshly groomed terrain.  The forecast calls for an inch of new snow tonight and another 2 inches of snow tomorrow. The conditions are great and getting better!

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Another beautiful day filled with sunshine and snow

We received 10 inches of new snow in the past week and 102 inches this season so far.  Our snowmakers have been working around the clock at the Morse Highlands area and Morse Mountain recently.  The photo on the left shows the amount of snow our snowmakers can make in just one night with the right conditions.  Our snowmakers made tons of snow on Log Jam which was groomed out today and we plan to open the Log Jam Terrain Park soon. Our snowmakers have moved up to Sterling Mountain for tonight. We are presently making snow on Upper Pipeline, Hangman’s Drop, Bootlegger, the Zone, Lower Rumrunner, and Lower Exhibition.  The perfect snowmaking temperatures will allow us to open more trails this week.  We have top to bottom skiing and riding on all 3 mountains with 6 lifts operating, including the Madonna I Lift. We have 64 trails open with fantastic conditions.  On the grooming list tonight is 30 trails, including Upper FIS, Thomke’s Express, and Snow Snake.  A grand total of 164 of freshly groomed terrain.  Tomorrow’s forecast is partly sunny skies with temperatures in the 20’s.  The forecast for Thursday night and Friday is snow, 3 inches of accumulation possible.
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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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Upper Exhibition

mattWe received 4 inches of new snow in the past 24 hours, 13 inches in the past week, and 101 inches this season. The forecast calls for another inch of accumulation tonight and perfect snowmaking temperatures for the rest of the week.  Tonight we plan to make snow on Sam’s, Dixie’s Knoll, and Log Jam.  Tonight we also plan to groom 30 trails, including Smugglers’ Alley and Snow Snake for a grand total of 156 acres of freshly groomed terrain. We have been opening more terrain and now we have 60 trails open. Tomorrow we plan to have top to bottom skiing and riding on all 3 mountains with 6 lifts operating, including the Madonna I Lift.

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Another great day at Smuggs

I started the day off watching the sunrise from the summit of Madonna Mountain.  In the photo on the right you can see the moon over Mount Mansfield. The air was crisp and the winds were calm. It was beautiful to watch the colors change as the sun rose over the horizon.  Once the sun came up I skied down. I really enjoyed the corduroy on Upper Chilcoot, Upper FIS, Link, and Lower Madonna Liftline. I was at the Practice Slope this afternoon checking out the USASA race.  It was exciting to see these snowboarders taking on the race course.  The snowboard gates are high on one side and low on the other, as you can see in the photo on the left. They are designed this way to let the racer lean over the gate. This allows the racers to get their snowboards closer to the gate as they go over it. We have top to bottom skiing and riding on all 3 mountains with 56 trails open. We have been making snow on Snow Snake, Midway, and Lower Morse Liftline. We plan to open more trails and terrain parks soon. The forecast calls for 4 inches of new snow by Monday night. moon mansfield vert usasa race