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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?

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Birch Run Terrain Park

 

snowboard birchOne of the great things about the Birch Run Terrain Park is that it is easy to get to from most of the trails on Sterling. You can do your favorite Sterling run up high and then hit the Birch Run Terrain Park on the way back to the Sterling Lift. The Sterling T-Bar can also be used to get to the Birch Run Terrain Park by going through the woods then crossing Lower Exhibition. Please look up the hill on Lower Exhibition for traffic and at the bottom of Treasure when using the T-Bar to get to the Birch Run Terrain Park.

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Extreme Skiing Challenge

 

extreme.JPG blogThe Smugglers’ Notch Extreme Skiing Challenge was just amazing today! It was a beautiful sunny day and we had a great turn out. This year’s competition had more age brackets with 10 and under, 11 to 13, 14 to 18, 19 to 44, and 45 plus. Pictured here is Pete Kochalka competing in the 45 plus category and ripping it up! There’s a reason why they call it the Extreme Skiing Challenge and Upper Madonna Liftline has some of the gnarliest lift serviced terrain in the east! This is a fantastic event that really showcases what Smuggs has to offer. Smuggs is of course known as “America’s Family Resort” and people think of Mogul Mouse, Billy Bob Bear’s Cave, the World Famous Cookie Race, Sir Henry’s Learning and Fun Park, the Burton Riglet Park, Log Jam Terrain Park, Father Winter’s Tee Pee, and many more things found on Morse Mountain. One of the great things about Smuggs is the diversity of terrain that we have on our 3 mountains. If you enjoy long groomed intermediate cruisers with awesome views we have that. If you are an expert who enjoys steeps, glades, and moguls we have that also. This event highlights the Headwall’s toughness with its double fall line, steep pitch, rocks, and changing conditions.

A huge thank you goes out to the people who made this event happen. The driving force has been the members of the Smugglers’ Notch Ski and Snowboard Club, the SNSC Freeski Team, Andrew Snow, Matteo Campbell, and Bryan Salatino. The Smuggles’ Notch Ski Patrol also worked hard with side stepping the trail days before the event, prepping the Upper Madonna Liftline and most important was their presence at the competition.

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Double grab

 

double grab.JPG blogI started the day off with the Cat Trax Fresh Trax Tour up Madonna Mountain this morning. It was a little cloudy but we could still see Lake Champlain and the Presidential Range in the White Mountains of New Hampshire. There were a few people on the tour who had never been on top of a mountain before. They were amazed with the beautiful views in every direction. I skied down Chilcoot and enjoyed the fresh corduroy. I went to the Zone after finishing the morning report. There was a group of skiers and riders that were nailing the rails and jumps. Pictured here are two of the skiers and I was lucky enough to capture them getting the grab at the same time.

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Get in the Zone

 

zone.JPG blogToday was absolutely beautiful with the sunshine and milder temperatures. Today we had the local races on Practice Slope. I went to the top of Sterling with my race board to take a warm up run before racing. I had a great time carving up the corduroy on Black Snake. We had two races today because we had to cancel one race due to 18 inches of snow in 24 hours that we received on Valentine’s Day. I went to the Zone Terrain Park after I finished my race runs. It was fun to watch the skier pictured here floating through the air, while making his tricks look smooth and easy.

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Taking flight

 

MilesThe 2014 Smugglers’ Notch Extreme Skiing Challenge is this Sunday, March 9. I posted a photo on March 2 of Ski Patrol and members of the Smugglers’ Notch Ski Club side stepping down the Headwall of Madonna Liftline. The past few days they have still been working on Upper Liftline for the competition. The extra work has paid off and the conditions are better. Hopefully we will be able to hold the competition on the Headwall. Pictured here is Miles testing out the conditions.

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Jacob finds a powder stash on Madonna

 

jacob blogThis is my nephew Jacob who is visiting from Georgia. I had so much fun today giving him a tour of Madonna and Sterling. We did a warm up run on Upper Chilcoot. We stopped at Dan’s Ford and noticed that it only had a couple of tracks on it. We decided to put a few more tracks on it. We were riding up the Sterling lift and I asked Jacob if he had ever been out to Sterling Pond. He said that he had not, so we made it our next stop. We skied Black Snake next and headed to the balcony. The balcony is the lookout that is in the woods behind the race start building. It’s a wonderful view of the notch.

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Picture perfect

 

treetop view blogWe received 16 inches of new snow in the past week and the conditions have been fantastic. It was a beautiful blue bird day. I have been trying to get this photo for a while now. I have been able to get Sterling and Mount Mansfield in the frame, but I was not able to also get Madonna in the frame. I had to climb up a couple of trees to get a clear view of all mountains. I find that Madonna and Sterling look different from this angle.

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6 inches of new snow in the past 24 hours.

 

Jess bermudaJess enjoying the fresh snow in Bermuda. We received 17 inches of new snow in the past week. I was taking some photos from the summit of Madonna when I saw my son and his Mitey Mites class. He told me that they had just skied Doc Dempsey’s to Bermuda. He said it was a great long glade run. I took his advice and headed for Doc’s. I found some nice fresh snow on skier’s left. Bermuda was next and I was looking forward to the low angle glades. Bermuda got its name from being warm and sunny. The trees provide protection from the wind and it is southern facing. The low angle allows you to cruise between the trees without having to worry about speed control too much. I love floating down through the powder in the sunshine.