Carter does not need reindeer to fly!


Dec. 21, 2013 Carter Snow blog

I was riding the Madonna I chair lift this morning when I saw my friend Darrin. He was skiing with his daughter Kendall on Lower Madonna Liftline. They told me that they had just skied Upper F.I.S. and it was really good. They said that playing on the snowmaking whales was a bunch of fun. I took their word for it and headed for Upper F.I.S., Darrin and Kendall know what they are talking about. I had a great time playing in the soft snow on the whales. I was just about to the Doc’s cut-off when I saw a group of skiers below me. It was the Smugglers’ Notch Ski Club FreeStyle Team. It was fantastic to watch these young talented skiers working their skills. One of those talented skiers is Carter Snow, pictured here showing us how it is done.


Upper F.I.S.

Dec. 20, 2013 Upper FIS blogThe forecast called for light snow this morning with a chance of mix or rain in the afternoon. For my first run I headed up the Madonna I chair lift. I was watching the skiers and riders on Lower Madonna Liftline and I could tell the snow was soft. Everyone was carving it up nicely. I was looking forward to doing the same. I decided to ski Upper F.I.S., because the snowmaking whales have been so much fun. Well they did not disappoint today either. The skier’s right side has been a real good friend lately.


Smugglers’ Alley

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We received 2 inches of new snow in the past 24 hours and 18 inches in the past 5 days. We continue to make snow on Lower FIS, Midway, and the Magic Learning Trail. I ran into my good friend Vin in the Upper Parking Lot this morning. Vin is the skier seen here on the Alley. We did a warm up cruiser on Upper Rumrunner and Black Snake. We decided to ski Smugglers’ Alley for our next run and it had been groomed a few days ago. The surface condition was smooth with a few inches of fresh snow on top. We found the Alley to be too nice not to do again. We also found some nice powder on Upper Exhibition.


Father Winter


Dec. 18, 2013 father winter blogToday I went for a 3 mountain tour. I started with a run on Madonna and really enjoyed the snowmaking whales on Upper FIS.  Our snowmakers did a fantastic job of making some quality snow.  The new tower guns were a great investment. Our snowmakers are now making snow on Lower FIS, Midway, and the Magic Learning Trail.

I then headed up the Sterling lift and did a cruiser run on Upper Rumrunner to Black Snake. The light fluffy snow on top of the groomed snow was fun to fly through. I rode the Mogul Mouse Magical lift next and skied Garden Path to Lower Morse Liftline.  I stopped by to see Father Winter’s Woodland Retreat, which is on skier’s left of Lower Morse Liftline.  A ski school class was visiting Father Winter and he was telling them about some of the animals that live in Northern Vermont.  I always learn something new when I visit Father Winter in his tee pee.


Wailin’ on Whales

Dec. 17, 2013 Fizz WhalesRockin’ Ron for Hugh. Our Snowmakers have been busy with the HKD guns on Upper FIS creating these land-based whales. This picture doesn’t quite convey how big these piles of snow are, but take my word for it – they are HUGE! I met up with Fletch (Black Bear Bartender), his friend Julian from Montreal (a longtime Smuggs summer guest who is here for the first time in winter) and Jay-Bird (Regent of Riga-Bello’s). We were like four Captain Ahabs challenging the giant whales.


Snow ghosts on Madonna mountain

Dec. 16, 2013 outerrspace blue blogOne of my favorite combinations is fresh snow and sunshine.  I was at the summit of Madonna this morning taking in the views and I just loved the look of the trees. The trees are covered by natural snowfall, man made snow, and rime ice.  I liked the contrast between the bright white snow and the outer space blue of the sky.  We received 23 inches of new snow in the past 5 days and we are making snow around the clock on Upper FIS.


Ski Patroller Jordan Brown skiing Doc Dempsey’s


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We received 6 to 10 inches of new snow in the past 24 hours and 20 inches in the past 4 days.  I tried to get the snow report done as soon as possible this morning, so that I could get on the mountain quickly.  I rode the Sterling lift first and watched the skiers and riders floating through the powder on Upper Exhibition.  I was going to ski Smugglers’ Alley, but then I saw that Bootlegger was open from the top.  Without hesitation I dropped in and got a face shot on my second turn.  I fought the urge to continue skiing and stopped to grab the Gopro camera out of my pocket.  I could hear people all around me hooting and hollering for joy.  I attached the video camera to the end of my ski pole, so that it was looking back at me.  The powder on skier’s right was just amazing. To see the footage from this run go to the Smugglers’ Notch Face book page and click on “calm before the storm”.


The view from the Madonna I lift


Dec. 14, 2013 Robins sign and view  blog

The Madonna I lift opened today.  We now have top to bottom skiing and riding on all 3 mountains.  The lift ride on the Madonna I chair lift is just so beautiful. It was clear this morning and I could see Lake Champlain and New York State.  At the summit people were taking a few moments to check out all the fantastic views. The snow covered trees at the summit were brilliant in the sunlight.  I took my time and enjoyed the long run down Upper Chilcoot, Link, and Lower Madonna liftline.


Snow reporter testing the product

Dec. 13, 2013 HughI want to thank Andy Shively for taking this photo on Bootlegger. We have received snow for 5 days in a row now with a grand total of 14 inches.  We have also had some great snowmaking temperatures this week and our snowmakers have really been taking advantage of it. This week we opened the Mogul Mouse Magical Lift to the summit and opened the Meadowlark trail.  We plan to have top to bottom skiing and riding on all 3 mountains this weekend. The forecast calls for a snow storm to start late Saturday and continue into Sunday with totals near a foot of accumulation.