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Fork in the Trail

Trail signsRockin’ Ron for Hugh. “If there’s a fork in the trail… TAKE IT!” so says Fletch, the eminent Philosopher and Black Bear Bartender. I took a run on Upper Chillycoot with the Socrates of the Slopes and the Tuesday Crew of Brett, Peter, and Dale & Darcy.

Two other pearls of wisdom from Fletch: “there are no bad conditions, just bad gear” and “getting excited about a snowstorm is like getting excited about a pay raise – you could be disappointed if it’s not as big as you thought it was going to be”.

I’m going to throw caution to the wind, and get excited about the 4 inches of new snow we could get by Wednesday night, and by the primo snowmaking conditions that are in the forecast for the rest of the week – both of which should lead to more trails opening. That’s the fork in the trail I’m taking. OK… I’m done for now, but don’t stick a fork in me… that would hurt.

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Off to a flying start!

air boardingAirboarding is an inflatable sled with grooves on the bottom for steering. This wonderful Smuggs activity is offered from 2 pm till 4 pm Monday to Friday at the Morse Highlands area. I have airboarded many times and have always had a blast. The air provides cushion and the grooves provide control. You ride the Morse Highlands Lift and then cruise down selected ski trails. For more information just click on http://www.smuggs.com/pages/winter/activities/airBoards.php

We are presently making snow on FIS, the Zone Terrain Park, Playground, McPherson’s, and the Upper Mountains base area. Perfect snowmaking temperatures are in the forecast all week and 3 inches of new snow on Wednesday. Tomorrow we plan to have top to bottom skiing and riding on all 3 mountains with 6 lifts operating including the Madonna I Lift. We have 30 trails open and will open more terrain soon.

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Sally’s Alley

tonyWe received 4 to 6 inches of new snow last night. The new snow was pretty heavy which is good because it was a little windy today. The new snow allowed us to open more terrain today. We now have 48 trails open with terrain for all ability levels. The forecast calls for snow starting tonight through Wednesday night. We are also expecting perfect snowmaking temperatures this week. We plan to groom 124 acres of terrain for tomorrow.

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Upper FIS

Hugh B 1Trail pick of the day has to be Upper FIS. Our snowmakers did a fantastic job of making some quality snow. Our snowmakers did not start on Upper FIS until yesterday afternoon and they shut down this morning. In this short window of time they were able to completely change the surface conditions. My son Hugh B and I ran into Ski Patroller Mike Duncan at the summit of Madonna Mountain this morning. He told us that Upper FIS was skiing great and he was headed in that direction. Hugh B and I followed Mike to the snowmaking whale covered Upper FIS. We all really enjoyed the amazing manmade snow. It was very edgeable and the whales were just so much fun to play on. We skied Upper FIS four times in a row. Thank you snowmakers for your hard work and we all enjoy the fruit of your labor. We have top to bottom skiing and riding on all 3 mountains with 7 lifts operating, including the Madonna I Lift. We now have 39 trails open and we plan to open more terrain tomorrow with the 4 inches of new snow that are in the forecast for tonight. Ramp Sports Demo Equipment will be at the Base Lodge tomorrow with skis and snowboards for you to try. We also have an après sport at the Black Bear Tavern tomorrow afternoon featuring Long Trail Flyin’ Ryan.

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Smugglers’ Alley

andyDSC00854We received 5 inches of new snow last night and 8 inches in the past 5 days. Snowmaking continues around the clock and we are presently making snow on Upper FIS.  Last night we made snow on Midway, Snake Bite, Black Snake, Practice Slope, Curley’s Cutback, and the Zone Terrain Park. The forecast for tomorrow night is snow 2 to 4 inches of accumulation possible.  The new snow that we received last night was blower snow, very light and fluffy.

 

Upper FIS was groomed last night and it was my first run of the day. The new snow on top of the groomed snow was just wonderful.  The photo on the left shows us why you should zip up your pockets before diving into the fresh stuff.  The photo on the right is my friend Andy cruising down Smugglers’ Alley.

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Black Snake

black snake smWe have top to bottom skiing and riding on all 3 mountains with 7 lifts operating, including the Madonna I Lift and Morse Highlands Lift. Today we opened Log Jam and Hibernator at the Morse Highlands Area. Our snowmaking continues around the clock on Midway, Black Snake, Snake Bite, Curley’s Cutback, and the Zone. Tonight we plan to groom 27 trails including Upper FIS and Smugglers’ Alley for a grand total of 146 acres. My trail pick of the day was Black Snake. The snowmakers are doing a wonderful job of producing some quality snow to play in. I want to thank our snowmakers, lift operators, and lift maintenance, groomers, ski patrollers, snow sport instructors, housekeepers, grounds, and everyone who works here at Smuggs for all their hard work, especially during the holidays!

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Happy New Year!

familty fun drifterfather WinterWe have top to bottom skiing and riding on all 3 mountains with 7 lifts operating, including the Madonna I Lift and Morse Highlands Lift. We have 35 trails open with terrain for all ability levels. Snowmaking continues around the clock on Snake Bite, Midway, and the Zone Terrain Park.  Log Jam will open tomorrow at the Morse Highlands area.  I had a great time skiing today on the Lower and Upper Mountains.

 

I stopped by to visit Father Winter at his Woodland Retreat, which is the tee pee in between the Magic Learning Trail and Lower Morse Liftline.  The tee pee has a real fire with benches around the perimeter.  Father Winter is at his tee pee on Wednesdays and Saturdays.  A fun experience that is also educational.

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Butcher, Baker, SNOWMAKER!

Dec 30th 2014 snowmaking highlandsRockin’ Ron for Hugh.  We’ve been making snow around the clock and temps look good for continued snowmaking throughout the week. Last night it was Lower Madonna, today it is Morse (pictured here) and tomorrow it will be Sterling. More trails will open soon. To commemorate this flurry of flurries, I have fashioned this verse:

 

Smugg-a-dub-dud, Three Mountains we lub

Sterling, Madonna, & Morse

the Bucher, the Baker and all the Snowmakers

make snow for our skis and our boards 

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2 inches of new snow in the past 24 hours.

drifter powderThe new snow that we received was light and fluffy. The wind blew it around some and there were some drifts to be found. I had a great time searching for these piles of fun. Talking about piles I saw some nice piles of snow on Hibernator. We are presently making snow around the clock on Hibernator, Log Jam, Lower FIS, Lower Chilcoot, and tonight we plan to make snow on Lower Morse Liftline. This whole week looks great for snowmaking temperatures. We have top to bottom skiing and riding on all 3 mountains with 7 lifts operating and 35 trails open.

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Smugglers’ Notch Freeski Team

benWe have top to bottom skiing and riding on all 3 mountains with 7 lifts operating, including the Madonna I Lift and Morse Highlands Lift. We have 34 trails open with terrain for all ability levels. The forecast calls for cold temperatures all week and our snowmakers are ready to take full advantage. Tonight we plan to make snow on Upper Chilcoot, Lower Chilcoot, Meadowlark, Lower FIS, and Lower Village Liftline. We plan to groom 22 trails tonight, including Upper FIS; and Smugglers’ Alley for a grand total of 131 acres. I had a great time in the Birch Run Terrain Park today watching the skiers and riders enjoying the soft conditions. I was really impressed with the Smugglers’ Notch Freeski Team as they were pulling off so many crazy tricks. A great example of this is this photo you see here and by the way he landed it!