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World Famous Cookie Race

HaylleighToday was another beautiful day with sunny skies and a high of 22 degrees. I was on Morse Mountain today and it brought back so many great memories. I remember when I was learning how to ski here at Smuggs. Starting off on the lower mountain as a beginner and working my way to the top of Morse. Fine tuning my skills on Snow Snake and Upper Morse Liftline. More great memories were made today too as I watched my 3 year old daughter ski down from the top of Morse to the Cookie Race. It’s great watching her enjoy what I love so much! We have top to bottom skiing and riding on all 3 mountains with 76 out of 78 trails open. All 8 lifts will be operating on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. 31 trails will be groomed for tomorrow, including Drifter, Lower Black Bear, and Snow Snake for a grand total of 166 acres. All 6 Terrain Parks are open. Tomorrow’s forecast is calling for increasing clouds with a chance of flurries in the afternoon and a high of 33 degrees.

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Glade skiing

matthewToday we are a little cool and breezy. I found protection from the wind in the trees. I find that I stay warmer skiing in the trees because I ski slower and make more turns. The snow is also protected from the wind in the glades. The wind can knock the air out of the snow and make it wind packed. I had a great time today exploring the trees on Madonna and Sterling for powder stashes. I am looking forward to doing it all over again tomorrow. Tomorrow’s forecast is mostly sunny skies with less wind and a high of 21 degrees. We have top to bottom skiing and riding on all 3 mountains with all 78 trails open. We have 7 lifts operating, including the Madonna I lift. All 6 Terrain Parks are open. 37 trails will be groomed for tomorrow, including Smugglers’ Alley, Hangman’s Drop, Snake Bite, Timberrr, and skier’s right on Upper FIS for a grand total of 178 acres.

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Mulcahy’s Link… that’s the ticket!

Mulcahys LinkRockin Ron for Hugh. If ye had to have a St. Patty’s Day Trail Pick, ye could do no better than Mulcahy’s Link. The Link trail on Madonna Mountain, was renamed this season to honor our recently retired, long-time President Bob Mulcahy. Bob still skis here every week with the 55+ Club. Cheering the trail choice were ticket seller Kathleen and ticket checker Sara. Top o’ the day to ye… now go link with yer Irish pals.

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Another beautiful day with great conditions

The 6 inches of new snow that we received in the past 48 hours is the icing on the cake.  The cake is the 235 inches of snow that we have received this season.  The conditions continue to be just amazing. I had a great day searching for new vantage points and powder stashes.  I was looking for a powder stash on my last run and found my good friend Bruce Morrissey from Smuggs Photos – n – Videos.  We had a wonderful time skiing in the sun and powder filled glades.  I think Bruce’s photo sums up what I’m talking about.  A perfect way to end another beautiful day at Smuggs.  The refresh button is going to be hit tonight. We’re expecting 2 inches of new snow to fall late tonight and another 2 more inches predicted for tomorrow morning.  Tomorrow’s forecast is calling for temperatures between 19 and 33 degrees. We have top to bottom skiing and riding on all 3 mountains with 7 lifts operating, including the Madonna I lift and 77 out of 78 trails open.
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Dual slalom race and new snow!

The dual slalom race on the Practice Slope today was exciting to watch.  There are many things going through your mind when you are racing down a course and having someone else racing next to you just adds one more thing.  Your focus should be downhill looking ahead, but you are also keeping tabs on the racer next to you.  There was also a jump in the course that the racers had to contend with.  The racers did a wonderful job of getting theirs skis back on the snow to make the next gate after catching air off the jump.  Speaking of snow, we received 6 inches of new snow in the past 24 hours.  The snowfall started off pretty wet last night which allowed the snow to stick. The temperature fell over night and the snow dried out.  The dense snow on the bottom with the lighter snow on top is just what the doctor ordered.  The dense snow skis deeper than it is and the light snow makes it that much more enjoyable.  Tomorrow’s forecast is calling for partly sunny skies with temperatures in the 30’s. We have top to bottom skiing and riding on all 3 mountains with 76 out of 78 trails open. We have 6 lifts operating, including the Madonna I Lift. 38 trails will be groomed for tomorrow for a grand total of 172 acres.
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Molly Rail Jam

This is a special Rail Jam because it benefits the Molly Rowlee Fund. This fund supports families with children undergoing treatment for cancer. This Rail Jam is a good time for a great cause. The atmosphere is always festive with costumes usually sporting a bunch of pink. A good example would be my good friend Ray pictured on the left.  It was very entertaining to watch these skiers and riders show off their skills. There was a great turnout so the action was non stop! I want to thank everyone who made this event possible and for supporting a wonderful cause.  Tonight’s forecast is calling for 2 inches of new snow to fall along with 2 mores inches tomorrow morning. We have top to bottom skiing and riding on all 3 mountains with all 8 lifts operating. We have 60 out of 78 trails open and 5 terrain parks open. DSC08878
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Local’s race series

darren raceThe best part of the Local’s race series is the comradery. You might not win the race, but you want to beat your friend. You know the one who always finishes right ahead of you. Today that friend beat me by more than I would like. Pictured here is my good friend Darrin. He even looks like he is moving in a still photo. This weekend we have many events like the Molly Rail Jam in the Zone Terrain Park starting at 2 pm on Saturday. Also on Saturday we have Boston’s Sports Hub Radio 98.5 in the Black Bear from 2 pm till 4 pm with music, games, and prizes, including a pair of tickets to see the Boston Celtics! We have top to bottom skiing and riding on all 3 mountains with all 8 lifts operating. 38 trails will be groomed for Saturday, including skier’s right on Upper FIS, Smugglers’ Alley, Chute, Harvey’s, Snow Snake, and Evaporator for a grand total of 181 acres. We are also expecting up to 5 inches of new snow by Sunday night.

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Cookies and beautiful views

We received an inch of new snow last night and 10 inches in the past 5 days. The forecast is also calling for another 2 inches of new snow on Saturday.  I was at the World Famous Cookie Race this afternoon watching the young skiers and riders showing off their new learned skills.  It’s great to watch these little guys going around gates and under hoops to get the cookie at the finish.  Mogul Mouse was at the finish giving out high fives and hugs.  I rode the Village Lift after the Cookie Race to head to the upper mountains.  I love the views of Sterling and Madonna Mountain from Midway.  I could see the snow flying as people were skiing down Black Snake.  Tomorrow we plan to have top to bottom skiing and riding on all 3 mountains with 7 lifts operating, including the Madonna 1 Lift. 43 trails will be groomed for tomorrow, including skier’s right on Upper FIS, Snow Snake, Smugglers’ Alley, and Snake Bite for a grand total of 190 acres.
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Winter Wellness

winter wellnessWinter Wellness is a program at the Cambridge Elementary School for students in grades 4th through 6th. The students get to come to Smuggs and ski or ride three times through the winter. This is a wonderful program that allows students the opportunity to learn how to ski or ride that might not get the chance otherwise. It was a great day to be on the mountain and everyone had a fantastic time! I want to thank the Cambridge Area Rotary, Backcountry Magazine, Smugglers’ Notch Resort, the chaperones, all of the wonderful teachers at Cambridge Elementary, and everyone else who helps make this great program possible. We have top to bottom skiing and riding on all 3 mountains with all 78 trails open. Robin’s Run is open from the work road down to Freefall. 29 trails will be groomed for tomorrow, including Drifter, Snow Snake, and Thomke’s Express for a grand total of 163 acres. The forecast tonight is calling for 1 to 2 inches of new snow. Tomorrow’s forecast is flurries ending early then partly to mostly sunny skies with a high of 26 degrees.

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Picture perfect

 

viewToday’s forecast called for cloudy skies, but the sun decided to come out instead. We have received 228 inches of snowfall so far this season, which has made for some nice base depths. The coverage is just fantastic with great conditions. The warmer air was inviting today. It felt great to kick back on the lift rides and soak up some rays. We have top to bottom skiing and riding on all 3 mountains with all 78 trails open. Robin’s Run is open from the work road down to Freefall. Tomorrow’s forecast is partly sunny skies with a high of 38 degrees.