Another powder day at Smuggs


Harley pow.JPG blogWe received 4 inches of new snow yesterday and the forecast called for another 1 to 3 inches overnight. We received 8 inches of new snow overnight and another inch today. We now have received 260 inches of snowfall this season. Tomorrow’s forecast is more snow another 3 to 5 inches of accumulation possible. We are 100 percent open with top to bottom skiing and riding on all 3 mountains with all 8 lifts operating and all 78 trails open.


First day of Spring


headwall blogWinter wonderland is what it looks like up here at Smuggs… The skiing and riding is just wonderful with powder and packed powder conditions. We are 100 percent open with all 78 trails. The forecast calls for snow right into the weekend with up to 8 inches of accumulation possible. The photo you see here was taken on the Headwall of Madonna Liftline.


Snow coming in


sterling with snow coming blogI took a cruiser run down Drifter this afternoon. I stopped a few times to take some photos of Sterling Pond and the Notch. I could see snow coming down in the distance. The further down the mountain I got, the closer it got. The forecast is calling for a few inches of new snow tonight with some flurries in the morning. The conditions are already really good and will only be better with a few more inches of the fresh stuff.


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.”


Black Snake


harley pow blogWe are 100 percent open with top to bottom skiing and riding on all 3 mountains with all 78 trails open. We have received 31 inches on new snow in the past week The conditions are just fantastic. Today I was lucky enough to take a run with my wife Harley pictured here. We did her favorite run which is Hangman’s Drop to Chute to Black Snake to Harvey’s Hideaway to Full Nelson to Half Nelson.


Upper Madonna Liftline


Madonna liftline.JPG blogWe received 2 inches of heavy wet snow yesterday and the temperature was falling as it continued to snow into the night. The snow that fell overnight was light and dry. The new snow insulated the wet snow. The moisture did not freeze allowing it to wick down and also to bond with the new snow. The quality of the snow is great and we received 31 inches in the past week. Speaking of quality, I got to spend some quality time with my son Hugh B as he skied Madonna Liftine top to bottom for the first time. The snowboarder pictured here was also enjoying the great conditions on Upper Madonna Liftline.


Molly Rowlee Rail Jam


Molly Rail jam.JPG blogThe Rail Jam today was to benefit the Molly Rowlee Fund, which supports families with children who are undergoing treatment for cancer. It was snowing pretty hard and the snowflakes were huge. The new snow was a little sticky which slowed the down the skiers and riders. Ray Wells and Rick Witham were raking the new snow out of the way to allow the competitors more speed to hit the different features. Mike McAdoo did a great job setting up the rails for different ability levels. The easier rails were on rider’s right and the harder rails were on rider’s left. One rail that I really liked was called the swing set, which is pictured here. It’s a rainbow rail that is wide at the bottom and thin at the top. It was so much fun to watch the skiers and riders get creative with this feature. One snowboarder did not have enough speed to get up and over so they reached down to pull themselves to the top of the rail. The Jam had a great vibe with pink bikinis, a pink tutu, pink mustaches, pink jackets, pink pants, pink hats and even a pink scarf to show support for cancer awareness. I want to thank the Manning Family for all they do to support wonderful events like this one. This rail jam really was a good time for a great cause!


Great conditions


Dan blogWe are 100 percent open with top to bottom skiing and riding on all 3 mountains with all 8 lifts operating and all 78 trails open. Our season snowfall total is now 241 inches. Our base depths are deep with some nice fresh snow at top. The glade skiing is just wonderful thanks to the 24 inches of new snow in the past 3 days.


Powder day


tony blogWe received 8 inches of new snow today and 11 inches in the past 3 days. Our season total is now at 225 inches. The conditions are fantastic and getting better. We are also expecting another 8 to 12 inches of snow in the next 24 hours.