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Misty Mountain

Dec, 31, 2013Rockin’ Ron for Hugh. Like Gandalf, our Snowmakers are wizards. Their magic potion is the white powder we ski and ride on. This is a view of today’s snowmaking on Sterling Mountain from the Midway trail which traverses Morse and Madonna Mountains. The picture was taken near the snowmaking reservoir (which our summer guests known as Rumrunner’s Hideaway). Although it was a tad nippy and the conditions were fast, I still had to take a few runs. You might say I enjoy skiing so much that I can’t kick the hobbit.

P.S. For you J.R.R. Tolkien fans, we also have a gladed trail on Madonna called the Shire.

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Ski and Ride Smuggs!

 

Dec. 29, 2013 ski and ride blogI was a single rider on the Madonna I lift today and I was paired up with a nice woman from the Burlington area. We were talking during the lift ride. It did not take long to realize that both us have been skiing and riding at Smuggs for a long time. She told me that she started skiing here when she was just two years old. She now is a mother and her children learned to ski and ride here at Smuggs also. I told her that I learned to ski here when I was a kid and how great it is to have my kids learning to ski here too. She told me that when it comes to Smuggs she is a “lifer”. I would have to say that I’m a “lifer” too!

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Family fun

Dec. 27, 2013 family and view blogToday the whole Johnson family got to take a few runs together today. We all skied on Morse this morning with our youngest child Hayleigh. She had a wonderful time skiing with her older brother and sister. Hayleigh took a nap after lunch, so the rest of the Johnson family skied Midway to the Upper Mountains. We were excited to see the Madonna II  lift operating. We all enjoyed the snowmaking whales on Lower FIS. We celebrated with a hot chocolate before skiing back to the Village.

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Snowboard lesson on Sterling

dec. 26, 2013 ssu rob pirogSnow Sport University Instructor, Rob Pirog and his class enjoying the fresh snow. We received 2 to 3 inches of new snow overnight and another 5 inches during the day. Mother Nature just kept hitting the refresh button. The light fluffy snow on top of freshly groomed terrain was just wonderful. My son Hugh B has a pair of twin tip skis and the new snow just shoots off of them like a rooster tail. The light snow hangs in the air like a smoke screen.

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Happy Holidays!

Dec. 25, 2013 blogToday was cold, clear, and calm. The clear skies last night allowed the temperature to drop. The sunshine warmed things up a little bit throughout the day. We have been making snow around the clock on Log Jam and Midway. The Morse Highlands lift opened today. We now have top to bottom skiing and riding on all 3 mountains with 6 lifts operating. Upper F.I.S. was groomed last night. I had a great time skiing it with my friend Paul pictured here.

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Morse Code

 

Dec. 24, 2013 Morse LLRockin’ Ron for Hugh. Dot-dot-dash, dot-dot-dashing through the snow! I took my first turns of the season on Morse Mountain today. It was a joy to my world to see all the families frolicking on Garden Path, Sam’s Run, and Lower Liftline. When they take off their boots, I bet they hang their stockings with care. Here’s hoping it doesn’t rain, dear.

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Treasure Run

Dec. 23, 2013 Hugh B blogThis morning we had a little drizzle. The temperatures were falling throughout the day. I was skiing with my son Hugh B. and we were watching the changing weather. We would try to catch what ever was falling from the sky on each chair lift ride. Once we caught something, we would examine the different properties of the precipitation. On one lift ride we had sleet and we were noticing the circular shape. The weather changed to snow next and we were finding different sizes and shapes of snowflakes.

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Upper Rumrunner

Dec. 22, 2013 Matt blog

This morning started off a little crazy. There was a temperature inversion. It was warmer on top of the mountain than at the bottom. It was foggy in the morning, but it cleared out on the upper mountains in the afternoon. The groomers did a nice job this morning. Matt McCawley seen here, enjoying the soft conditions.