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Birch Run Terrain Park

daffyThe blue bird days with corn snow continue! It was 32 degrees this morning on top of Sterling Mountain and it did not take long to warm up. Sterling Mountain is 100 percent open and it skiing great. Smugglers’ Alley was groomed last night and it was nice to carve up some turns on a smooth steep surface. The corn snow also made for some nice soft landings in the Birch Run Terrain Park. This photo shows a good old school daffy off of one of the hits in Birch Run. There are 4 more days of great spring skiing and riding to be had here at Smuggs. Tomorrow’s forecast is mostly sunny skies with temperatures between 47 and 58 degrees. 10 trails will be groomed for tomorrow, including Smugglers’ Alley, Thomke’s Express, and Black Snake for a grand total of 52 acres.

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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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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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Black Hole

tony snowWe received 5 to 6 inches of new snow today and 27 inches in the past week. The forecast calls for another inch of snow tonight and another 2 inches on Wednesday. Pictured here is my good friend Tony enjoying the fresh snow in the Black Hole. I love it when you keep getting fresh tracks because it’s snowing so hard. We are 100 percent open with top to bottom skiing and riding on all 3 mountains with all 78 trails. The Birch Run, Knight’s Revenge, Log Jam, and Zone Terrain Parks are all open. The Prohibition Terrain Park is being reshaped.

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Bluebird Day

drifterWe received 18 inches of new snow in the past week and 119 inches so far this season. Last night we made snow on Lower FIS, Lower Madonna Liftline, Lower Drifter, and Link. We have top to bottom skiing and riding on all 3 mountains with 6 lifts operating, including the Madonna I Lift. We have 77 out of 78 trails open with terrain for all ability levels. The Log Jam, Birch Run, and Knight’s Revenge Terrain Parks are all open. Tonight we plan to groom 31 trails, including Bootlegger, Snow Snake, and Drifter for a grand total of 155 acres of freshly groomed terrain.

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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.