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Smugglers’ Notch Adaptive Program

blind riderToday was just amazing with beautiful sunny skies and temperatures reaching into the low 30’s. I was skiing with my two daughters over at the Morse Highlands Area. We skied the Log Jam Terrain Park seven times in a row. The girls were having too much fun on the rollers and funboxes. We were doing one of our laps in the terrain park when I saw this blind rider and guide. My hat is off to both the blind rider and guide. This relationship takes a great deal of trust. It was impressive to watch them work together as they rode down the mountain. We have top to bottom skiing and riding on all 3 mountains with all 78 trails open.

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Visiting Father Winter

father winterWe have top to bottom skiing and riding on all 3 mountains with all 78 trails and all 8 lifts operating. We received 6 inches of new snow in the past 3 days. 28 trails will be groomed for tomorrow, including Drifter, Thomke’s Express, and Snow Snake for a grand total of 160 acres. Tomorrow’s forecast is calling for mostly sunny skies with temperatures between 22 and 34 degrees. We are also expecting 1 to 2 inches of new snow tomorrow night and Monday.

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100 percent open and new snow

hugh powThe mixed precipitation that we received yesterday turned to all snow last night. The forecast called for flurries today, but it snowed pretty hard all day long. We received 4 to 6 inches of new snow in the past 24 hours. The snow is lighter the higher you go on the mountain. Everything was skiing so well today. This new snow will be great for this weekend and we have many events going on. The Blast from the Past Race is on the Practice Slope tomorrow. The nice people from Suncommon will be at the Base Lodge tomorrow with insight on solar power and how to reduce your carbon footprint. The 20th Annual Brewfest Part 2 is tomorrow night in the Meeting House. Automaster Customer Appreciations Days are both Saturday and Sunday. Also this weekend is the Maple Sugar Festival at the Boyden Valley Winery. On top of all that we are 100 percent open with top to bottom skiing and riding on all 3 mountains with all 8 lifts operating. 28 trails will be groomed for tomorrow for a grand total of 160 acres.

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Spring conditions

vinnie upper upper fisThe warmer temperatures at the bottom of the mountain made for some nice corn snow. The colder temperatures at the top of the mountain made for some wet new snow. The new snow is sticking very nicely to the old snow. The forecast calls for up to 6 inches of new snow by tomorrow morning. The temperature will get colder tonight and the new snow should dry out. We have top to bottom skiing and riding on all 3 mountains with all 78 trails open. 7 lifts will be operating tomorrow, including the Madonna I Lift. 28 trails will be groomed, including Snow Snake, Thomke’s Express, and Drifter for a grand total of 160 acres.

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Birch Run Terrain Park

Today was another beautiful day with sunshine and temperatures reaching into the upper 30’s.  The snow on top stayed light with the colder temperatures. I found some nice snow in the Black Hole, especially in the shade. The snow at the bottom started turning to spring conditions.  The Birch Run Terrain Park is in great shape and the softer snow made for sweet landings.  There are so many features to play on and it really has a nice flow.  We should have more spring conditions tomorrow with temperatures expected to be between 34 and 41 degrees. There is a chance for showers early and mixed showers on top in the afternoon, so wear something waterproof and enjoy the soft conditions.  The forecast is also calling for the mixed showers to turn to snow on Thursday night with 1 to 2 inches of accumulation possible.  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 74 out of 78 trails open with terrain for all ability levels.  29 trails will be groomed for tomorrow for a grand total of 158 acres.
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smuggsphoto Op

Rockin’ Ron for Hugh. My friend Bruce Morrissey of smuggsphoto.com, not unsurprisingly, knows where and how to get the money shots. For many years he’s been taking photos & videos of families on the mountain and around the Resort, in Winter and in Summer. Today, we shot video of me skiing as the Friendly Pirate on Morse and Morse Highlands. This footage will be used to promote skiing to kids. When we finished filming we took Midway to Madonna for a fun run: Upper Chilcoot > Catwalk > Lower Catwalk > Lower Drifter > Red Fox Glades > Mulcahy’s Link > Lower FIS. Along the way Bruce snapped this photo of yours truly in action. Whether there were photos or not, it was a sunny day and I couldn’t miss this opportunity.

Rockin by Bruce

Where did Bruce take this shot?

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Burton Riglet Park

hayleigh funboxMy three year old Hayleigh has been skiing this season, but the past two days she has been taking snowboard lessons. Her class was at the Burton Riglet Park this morning. The riglet is the retractable cord that is attached to the front of the snowboard. This allows the instructor to pull the rider over different features in the terrain park. The riders are working on their balance as they go over rollers and funboxes. This terrain park is just fantastic for young beginner snowboarders. Hayleigh and her class all had a great time learning new skills while playing in the terrain park. We have top to bottom skiing and riding on all 3 mountains with 74 out of 78 trails open. 37 trails will be groomed for tomorrow, including Smugglers’ Alley, Chute, Hangman’s Drop, Snow Snake, and skier’s right on Upper FIS for a grand total of 176 acres. Tomorrow’s forecast is mostly sunny skies with temperatures between 19 and 33 degrees. All 6 terrain parks are open.

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Log Jam Terrain Park

hannah flying off funboxI had a great time at the Morse Highlands area today. I was skiing with my son Hugh B. and my daughter Hannah, pictured here. My kids were having so much fun in the Log Jam Terrain Park. They could not get enough of the funboxes. The Morse Highlands lift is a short ride, so the kids could be back in the terrain park in no time. We also enjoyed a hot chocolate break at the Morse Highlands Lodge before doing more laps in the terrain park. We have top to bottom skiing and riding on all 3 mountains with 77 out of 78 trails open. 6 lifts will be operating on Monday, including the Madonna I Lift. 35 trails will be groomed for tomorrow, including Drifter, Snow Snake, and Jolly Rodger for a grand total of 116 acres. Tomorrow’s forecast is partly to mostly cloudy skies with a chance of flurries and a high of 20 degrees.

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Picture perfect with great conditions

I had a great time this morning on the Upper Mountain Fresh Tracks tour.  The temperature was in the 20’s and the wind was light at the summit of Madonna Mountain.  We all had a blast carving up the fresh corduroy. I met up with John mid morning, who is pictured here.  We played in the glades on Madonna and Sterling looking for powder stashes. We saw Vin from White Room skis outside the Base Lodge after we had taken a break.  Vin was demoing his custom built Vermont made skis. Vin put both John and I on a pair of his beautiful wood top sheet skis. We headed up Madonna and skied Liftline top to bottom. The skis and the conditions passed with flying colors! We have top to bottom skiing and riding on all 3 mountains with all 8 lifts operating and all 78 trails open. 33 trails will be groomed for tomorrow, including Drifter, Snow Snake, and Thomke’s Express for a grand total of 170 acres.  We are also expecting another 1 to 2 inches of new snow tonight.
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Flying down Upper Chilcoot

 

patair boundSpring is in the air and so is Pat! Upper Chilcoot has to be my favorite cruiser run. I love how it starts on the back side of Madonna Mountain and works its way back to the front. You get beautiful views of the Presidential Range in New Hampshire from the top. I also like coming through the S turn and then getting the view towards Lake Champlain. We have top to bottom skiing and riding on all 3 mountains with all 8 lifts operating and 77 out of 78 trails open.