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On top of Ol’ Sterling… all covered in SNOW

Old SterlingRockin’ Ron for Hugh. 23 inches of snow in the past week and another 3 to 6 inches of snow by Thursday morning is in the forecast! The mountain is in great shape going into the Holidays. Today’s combination of fog and early winter/late afternoon light had me singin’ Foggy Mountain Breakdown. In fact, a mogul snuck up on me as I rounded the hairpin turn on Upper Chilcoot. You know that “woo” feeling, when your stomach stays in the air a little longer than the rest of your body. Later, I talked to a guest who said he very much enjoyed his first day of skiing the East in 48 years, and his first day ever of skiing at Smuggs! In related news our Nordic Center is open with 12km of trails. We’re all covered in SNOW!

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The Road to Mama

Apr. 11, 2014 Rockin’ Ron for Hugh. From Jeffersonville take Route 108 South and that will bring you home. Madonna Mountain  (aka the Mother) will be open for skiing and riding this weekend! Who says your mama don’t love you?

P.S. I know I’m not alone in thinking that when you drive up a mountain you should be heading North. Let me know if you agree.

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Getting groovy

 

groovyThe spring skiing and riding is fantastic. The groomed trails were nice this morning. I did a cruiser on Upper Chilcoot carving some GS turns. I could feel the snow getting softer as I worked my way down the mountain. I ran into Mike McAdoo from Smuggs Terrain Parks a.k.a. Gravity Control and he was inspecting the pond he built. The 2nd Annual Pond Skimming is tomorrow Saturday, April 5. He told me that this year’s pond is even longer than last year’s. The event starts at noon and spectators are welcome.

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Double grab

 

double grab.JPG blogI started the day off with the Cat Trax Fresh Trax Tour up Madonna Mountain this morning. It was a little cloudy but we could still see Lake Champlain and the Presidential Range in the White Mountains of New Hampshire. There were a few people on the tour who had never been on top of a mountain before. They were amazed with the beautiful views in every direction. I skied down Chilcoot and enjoyed the fresh corduroy. I went to the Zone after finishing the morning report. There was a group of skiers and riders that were nailing the rails and jumps. Pictured here are two of the skiers and I was lucky enough to capture them getting the grab at the same time.

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Jacob finds a powder stash on Madonna

 

jacob blogThis is my nephew Jacob who is visiting from Georgia. I had so much fun today giving him a tour of Madonna and Sterling. We did a warm up run on Upper Chilcoot. We stopped at Dan’s Ford and noticed that it only had a couple of tracks on it. We decided to put a few more tracks on it. We were riding up the Sterling lift and I asked Jacob if he had ever been out to Sterling Pond. He said that he had not, so we made it our next stop. We skied Black Snake next and headed to the balcony. The balcony is the lookout that is in the woods behind the race start building. It’s a wonderful view of the notch.

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Snow wave

 

drift blogWe received 7 inches of new snow in the past 3 days. I was skiing down Upper Chilcoot and I noticed some neat snow drifts on skier’s left. I skied through a few of them and then I decided to stop when I saw the drift pictured here. I thought it looked just like a wave at the ocean that was about to crash. I laid down on the snow so that the wave of snow would be over the skier in the photo. I took a few photos and then decided to go ride some more waves of snow.

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Northern Vermont USASA Slopestyle Event

 

skier grab goodblogThis morning I went on the Cat Trax Fresh Trax Tour up Madonna Mountain. It was a beautiful sunny day. We had great views from the cabin of the cat on the ride up the mountain but the 360 degree view from the summit of Madonna was the best. We had a great time cruising down the corduroy of Chilcoot. I went to the Zone Terrain Park to check out the Slopestyle event. There was a great turn out of competitors and the park was in great shape. It was amazing to watch these skiers and riders throwing down their best tricks for the judges. It was also pretty cool to have Vermont’s own Ty Walker show up and help announce the event with Connor Manning.

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Race training on Black Snake

 

blogToday started off cloudy with some flurries, but the sun made an appearance in the afternoon. The snow and frost covered trees were shining in the sunlight. I took a cruiser run this afternoon on Upper Chilcoot. Upper Chilcoot has some great turns, different pitches, and wonderful views. The new snow that we received the night before last has been groomed in and was skiing great. I took a run on Sterling next and ran into a couple of friends. We skied Upper Pipeline down to Black Snake. We got to the “pine tree start” and saw a sign that said race training in progress. We stopped and watched some of the racers. They were flying out of the race start building and down through the GS gates.

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Cat Trax Express

 

jan. 18, 2014 cat trax blogSmuggs has a 12 passenger heated cabin snowcat that brings you up Madonna Mountain on Saturday mornings at 7 am. I rode in the Cat Trax Express this morning and it was fantastic. We met in front of the Base Lodge and loaded up the gear. We headed up Lower Madonna liftline to Link and then to Upper Chilcoot. The sky was clear and the moon was up. The light kept changing as we worked our way further up the mountain. Once we got to the summit we all took a few minutes to take in the beautiful views. The moon was still out and the rising sun had Mount Mansfield glowing. All of the sudden I could hear people stepping into their bindings. The skiers took off down Upper Chilcoot to get fresh tracks in the warm morning light. One of the great things about this experience is that it can be shared with people who do not ski or ride. They just simply get back into the heated cabin and ride back down the mountain. We are also doing rides at night to see the fireworks and more. For more information just go to our home page and click on Cat Trax Express. To book your reservation you can call 800-523-2754 or email ski-ride@smuggs.com

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Smugglers’ Alley

 

Jan. 15, 2014 tonyMy day off is Tuesday and I did not make it up on to the mountain. I was in Burlington yesterday and it was raining throughout the day. I was pleasantly surprised today with the snow conditions. It snowed on the mountain yesterday and it made a big difference. The photo on the right shows Tony having fun on Smugglers’ Alley. We also plan to make snow tonight on Catwalk and Upper Chilcoot.