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“Fresh” Prince

Apr 16, 2014 Brendan FreshRockin’ Ron for Hugh. What a difference a day makes.Yesterday was torrential rain and today was sunshine and powder. I saw Dave Sills (aka P1 or Patrol One) at the Top of the Notch. He said they had a heck of a time assessing the conditions this morning. After just a couple of runs, I can see what they went through. Well, my hat (or helmet) is off to you Dave, and the rest of Patrol and Mountain Ops. I chanced upon Greg Fatigate and he raved about the Birch Run Terrain Park, and he was right – it was in excellent condition with 4 rails and 3 jumps. Pictured is Brendan Simpson getting some fresh powder on the trail that connects Thomke’s to Bootleggers and Smugglers’ Alley. We skied a nice variety of terrain including Highlander Glades and Pipeline.Today was a crowning achievement to the season – we felt like Princes of Powder – like Jon Snow in Game of Thrones.

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Another beautiful day at Smuggs

 

mt. mansfield.JPG blogToday started off with cloudy skies and temperatures in the 20s. The clouds disappeared and the sun came out. The temperature made it up to the 40s at the base area. The groomed terrain in the sun turned to corn pretty quickly. The Birch Run Terrain Park was a bunch of fun with the soft conditions. A spine was just added to Birch Run on skiers’ left towards the top.

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Birch Run Terrain Park

 

360.JPG blogWe received 4 inches of new snow on top last night. We also received some sleet, freezing rain, and rain. Most of the day was just cloudy and the bottom half of the mountain has some nice spring conditions. My son Hugh B and I had a great time doing laps in the Birch Run Terrain Park. The spring conditions made for some nice soft landings off the jumps.

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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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Local’s race on the Practice Slope

 

snowboard race blogI had a great time today at the Harvey Wesson memorial race series also known as the local’s race. The Smugglers’ Notch Ski and Snowboard club puts the race on and it is held on the Practice Slope. One great thing about racing on the Practice Slope is the Sterling T Bar. It’s real easy access from the Upper Parking Lot and you are back at the top of the Practice Slope in no time. Many skiers and riders have been using the Sterling T Bar to get back to the top of the Birch Run Terrain Park by cutting through the woods and going across Lower Exhibition.

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Birch Run Terrain Park

 

 

Jan. 11, 2014 birch run blogI was in the Birch Run Terrain Park today. I am not very good at rails, but I like to watch skiers and riders who are. There is a nice flow to the Birch Run Terrain Park, especially with 15 features to choose from.