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New snow and the World Famous Cookie Race

We received 3 to 4 inches of new snow last night and 18 inches in the past 6 days.  My first run of the day was Upper FIS and skier’s right was groomed last night. I like having the moguls on skier’s left and the groomed terrain on skier’s right.  The new snow was lighter on top of the mountain and the wind moved it around a little. I had fun looking for different drifts to play in. Pictured on the left is Ski Patrol Director Dave Sills on Upper FIS.  This afternoon I headed down to Sir Henry’s Learning and Fun Park to catch the Cookie Race. In the photo on the right snowboarder Emma makes it across a funbox as Snow Sport University Instructor Allison celebrates in the background. It’s always so much fun watching the young skiers and riders showing off their new learned skills. We have top to bottom skiing and riding on all 3 mountains with 5 lifts operating including the Madonna I Lift. We have 70 out of 78 trails open with terrain open for all ability levels.
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Birch Run Terrain Park

birchI just love spring skiing and riding. This season has been a little colder than usual. The snow that we received we were able to keep and our snow depths show that. We have fantastic coverage with more snow in the forecast for tonight. We’re expecting a mix of snow and sleet with 3 to 5 inches of accumulation possible. Tomorrow’s forecast is calling for a chance of mix early and cloudy skies with temperatures between 30 and 38 degrees. We have top to bottom skiing and riding on all 3 mountains with 70 out of 78 trails open. 31 trails will be groomed for tomorrow, including skier’s right on Upper FIS, Smugglers’ Alley, Hangman’s Drop, Upper Pipeline, and Snow Snake for a grand total of 159 acres. Tomorrow in the Village courtyard is the MapleFest Winter Carnival from 3:00 pm till 5:00 pm. Our Maple Celebration features games, sugar on snow, specialty foods, music, and more.

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Catchin’ AIR!

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Catchin’ AIR on Birch Run! L to R: Kristina prepairng to drop in, Ava in mid-flight, Chris carving it up

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Ava, me, and Kristina enjoy a moment on top of Madonna Mountain.

Rockin’ Ron for Hugh. Joy Kyle sent me a message on my Rockin’ Ron the Friendly Pirate facebook page asking if I could ski with her family this week. I replied in the affirmative. I’ve known the Kyles for many a year – they are summer regulars, but this is their first winter at the Mountain. Chris, Kristina, and Ava met me at the Mogul Mouse Lift and we took Midway over to the upper mountains. The trails conditions were packed powder which was very carve-able and made it easy to keep up our speed. On the way we saw the one of the Resort’s snowmaking reservoirs (which serves as Rumrunner’s Hideaway swimming and boating area in the summer). Trail picks were Catwalk, Drifter, Shuttle, and Poacher’s Woods. The girls wanted to do Blue Glades. I suggested a Red, White and Blue Glade… RED FOX GLADES (Red is in the name, Blue is the level of the trail, and white is the snow). Other trail picks included Lower Pipleine, Treasure Run, and Birch Run Terrain Park where we caught some air. It was a joy (even without Joy) to ski with the Kyles from CT.

While having lunch on the deck of the Black Bear I had a nice conversation with the Godfreys of NJ, another family I’ve know for many years. It was great to catch up.

In conclusion, with sunshine, spring conditions, and friends, it was a great day to catch some fresh air on the slopes of Smuggs!

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Ready for Red Fox!

 

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Madonna Liftline

 

oliver 2We received 2 inches of new snow in the past 24 hours and 13 inches in the past 3 days. Skier’s right on Upper FIS was groomed last night. I decided to make it my first run of the day. The new snow on top of the groomed snow was wonderful. You have the nice smooth surface underneath the new snow. Upper FIS was groomed full width below the Doc’s cutoff. I let my skis run a little and started making some GS turns. We have top to bottom skiing and riding on all 3 mountains with 5 lifts operating, including the Madonna I Lift. We have 71 out of 78 trails open with terrain for all ability levels. We have 5 Terrain Parks open. The forecast for the next 24 hours is snow with 2 to 3 inches of accumulation possible and temperatures between 26 and 39 degrees. Pictured here is Oliver Blackman from Snow Sport University. He’s a great instructor, great guy, and one of the smoothest skiers I know!

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Sunrise service

hugh blog serviceIt was snowing very hard this morning on the lift ride up to the summit of Sterling for the Easter sunrise service. There was a great turn out even though the weather felt like winter. The clouds started breaking up during the service giving us some nice beams of light. It was a beautiful service followed by powder turns. The new snow made first run so peaceful and quiet. I took my time working my way down the mountain enjoying every turn. I can’t believe that we are still skiing powder and it’s Easter. We received 11 inches of new snow in the past 2 days and we’re expecting up to 5 more inches of new snow by Tuesday night. We have top to bottom skiing and riding on all 3 mountains with 5 lifts operating, including the Madonna I lift. We have 71 out of 78 trails open with terrain for all ability levels. We have 5 terrain parks open. 32 trails will be groomed for tomorrow including skier’s right on Upper FIS, Smugglers’ Alley, Thomke’s Express, and Snow Snake for a grand total of 173 acres. Tomorrow’s forecast is periods of light snow 1 to 2 inches of accumulation possible with temperatures between 27 and 37 degrees.

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Skimmin’ n Chillin’ n Grillin’

We received 8 to 10 inches of new snow in the past 24 hours. My first run of the day was Upper FIS and it is really good. The new snow started off pretty wet and dried out as the temperatures dropped.  The wet snow stuck to everything which is great. The new snow should insulate the older snow and they should bond well. It was a little cool today for pond skimming, but we still had a great turn out.  There were some amazing costumes and crashes! Check out the costumes the Ski Patrollers/Lifeguards were wearing in the photo on the left. The Tailgate Party was so much fun with its festive vibe and live music from Right Coast Leftovers. Everyone had a fantastic time and the sun came out for a little while too. We have top to bottom skiing and riding on all 3 mountains with 5 lifts operating, including the Madonna I Lift. We have 73 out of 78 trails open with terrain for all ability levels.  We have 5 Terrain Parks open.rena and hymie
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It’s almost time for pond skimming

the pondI just can’t wait for all the fun that we all are going to have tomorrow. The pond is all ready to go except for the water. The Terrain Park Crew and Snowmakers were working together today to get the pond just right for brave people who will attempt to skim across the cold water tomorrow. Registration starts at 10 am in the yurt in Parking Lot 1 and there is no entry fee. The events begin at high noon and spectators are very welcome. DJ Rekkon will be providing the tunes for us during the pond skimming. The Chillin and Grillin Tailgate Party will have a live band Right Coast Leftovers playing music in parking lot 1 from 2 pm till 4 pm. This is one of my favorite days of the whole season! We have top to bottom skiing and riding on all 3 mountains with 5 lifts operating, including the Madonna I lift. We have 72 out of 78 trails open with terrain for all ability levels.

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MapleFest Winter Carnival

We had some interesting weather today with snowfall this morning and sunshine this afternoon.  We received a dusting to an inch of new snow early which was fun to ski in. The sun came out strong around 1:30 this afternoon just in time for the world famous cookie race.  The cookie race had a maple theme with sap buckets and maple flavored cookies!  Today’s winter carnival also had a maple theme with the MapleFest Winter Carnival. This event had it all with sugar on snow, specialty foods like STIR chocolates, games for the kids, ice carvings, music, and live demonstrations on how to make maple sugar. It was a beautiful day to be on the slopes and for a MapleFest Winter Carnival! We have top to bottom skiing and riding on all 3 mountains with 5 lifts operating, including the Madonna I Lift. We have 73 out of 78 trails open with terrain for all ability levels.  23 trails will be groomed for tomorrow, including McPherson’s, Snow Snake, and Thomke’s Express for a grand total of 133 acres. Tomorrow’s forecast is skies becoming partly sunny with temperatures between 41 and 52 degrees. Great spring skiing and riding.


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Another beautiful day and more progress on the pond

Today was just gorgeous with the blue bird skies and milder temperatures.  It was so pretty out today that I had to take a few runs just for the scenic views.  I like the photo on the left because Madonna Mountain and Upper Drifter look different from this angle.  Our Terrain Park Crew was in the Zone today getting ready for the Pond Skimming on Saturday, April 4th. It was neat to watch as the groomer cut a little deeper with each pass through the pond.  The pond is really taking shape. I am really looking forward to skimmin’ n chillin’ n grillin’ this weekend!  We have top to bottom skiing and riding on all 3 mountains with 5 lifts operating, including the Madonna I Lift. We have 73 out of 78 trails open with terrain for all ability levels.  Tomorrow’s forecast is partly to mostly cloudy with a chance of flurries or a light shower early with temperatures between 37 and 45 degrees, which will make for some great spring conditions.  33 trails will be groomed tonight including skier’s right on Upper FIS, Smugglers’ Alley, Wanderer, and Hangman’s Drop for a grand total of 168 acres.
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Upper FIS

powderWe received 4 inches of new snow last night and that brings us to 250 inches so far this season. The colder temperatures we had last night made the new snow nice and light. The wind was able to move the new snow around a little and I found some nice drifts to play in because of it. We have top to bottom skiing and riding on all 3 mountains with 73 out of 78 trails open. We will have 5 lifts operating tomorrow including the Madonna I lift. 31 trails will be groomed tonight, including Smugglers’ Alley, skier’s right on Upper FIS, and Snow Snake for a grand total of 170 acres. Tomorrow’s forecast is calling for mostly sunny skies with temperatures between 15 and 28 degrees. I can’t wait to go looking for powder stashes tomorrow. Rabbit Rabbit