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Bluebird Day

It was an absolutely gorgeous day here in Northern Vermont! The close to Spring Equinox Sun shined brightly across the upper spine of the Green Mountains, as the early sub-zero temperatures moderated to a quite comfortable level. I personally have been skiing my tail off lately, so I thought I might take it easy and enjoy a few cruisers. I grabbed a brand new pair of 4FRNT skis, and headed up Madonna to carve some corduroy. My first run was down Chilcoot, which has a great variety of turns, bends, dips and rolls. Combine that with a little speed and fresh skis, and you’re sure to have a fun time and warm your legs up as well. My next run was down Drifter, another long cruiser off of Madonna, with equally as much character as Chilcoot.

I nabbed the first picture below from the top of Shuttle, which is accessed off of Drifter and connects you back to Sterling. You can see the top of Mt. Mansfield AKA “The Chin” in the background, this is the highest point in the state of Vermont at 4,393′. In the foreground you can see a zone known as “The Highway” which is part of the 1000 skiable acres here at Smugglers’. Make sure if you are planning on skiing or riding anywhere off trail that you play it safe, know where you are going, and don’t ride alone. If you are interested in learning more about side-country skiing and riding, perhaps look into a private lesson/guide, which is booked at the Ski and Ride desk by the hour for up to 6 hours.

I headed over to Sterling from there via Shuttle, and headed up the mountain to ski Black Snake to Practice Slope, so I could do my locals race runs. There was a lot going on in this part of the mountain. There were two slalom courses set for training, the locals race Giant Slalom, the machine made bump lines, and the two big jumps in The Zone. I ended up taking a couple laps on the T-Bar so I could try each of these things. It was a pretty cool sight watching everyone practicing in their own way so I grabbed the second picture to try to show everything that was going on.

Tomorrow look for sunny skies, temperatures moderating even more, and probably many folks enjoying the sun in the upper lot! There will be skiing and riding on our three mountains and all 8 lifts will be operating.

-Matt McCawley

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“The Chin” over “The Highway”

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The practicing place

 

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Amazing conditions!

hugh pow 1Mother Nature keeps hitting the refresh button. We are in a wonderful cycle where we get new snow every couple of days. All the snow has stayed powdery due to the colder temperatures. My son Hugh B and I had a fantastic time playing in the all powder. This photo was taken on the side of Upper Drifter. We are 100 percent open with top to bottom skiing and riding on all 3 mountains with all 78 trails and all 8 lifts operating. We received 27 inches of snow in the past week and more is on the way. Tonight’s forecast is light snow 1 to 2 inches of accumulation possible. The forecast is also calling for up to 4 inches of new snow Saturday night and Sunday. It is going to be a great weekend!

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Ride the Plank

Shelly on Pirates Plank

Shelly riding her plank on Pirate’s Plank

Rockin’ Ron for Hugh. What do a Pirate, a Poacher, a Knight, and a Doctor have in common? They all have glades named after them at Smuggs, and they were all enjoyed today by myself and my friend and co-worker Shelly from Treasures Child Care.

We also enjoyed runs on Upper FIS, Drifter, and Pipeline.There was POWDER everywhere! It’s not a long run, but we floated down Dan’s Ford on SWEET marshmellow-like snow! We were never cold and we were sure the thermometer was lying. Shelly’s husband Brian said not to miss these great conditions, and he was right. I’m glad we were able to poach a few hours and pillage some fun! All I have left to say is “Good Knight Pirates”.

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Sunshine and fresh snow

donnna blue birdWe received 6 inches of new snow in the past 36 hours. This morning started off with flurries and then the sun came out. The conditions are just fantastic. I was skiing the traverse to Freefall with thoughts of heading to the Black Hole. I came out on Freefall and looked down. It was so inviting that I had to ski it. I got to ski with my sister-in-law Donna today. We had a great time taking in the views on Upper Drifter and finding powder stashes in the glades. This photo is Donna skiing Lower Catwalk. We have top to bottom skiing and riding on all 3 mountains with 6 lifts operating, including the Madonna I Lift. We have 75 out of 78 tails open and 2 trails are closed due to the construction of the Boarder Cross course for this weekend. We are presently making snow on Lower Exhibition, Crossover, and Treasure Pitch. The forecast is calling for up to 6 inches of new snow for Friday.

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Great day on the mountain!

matthewToday was another just absolutely gorgeous day here at Smuggs.  Beautiful sunny skies with temperatures in the 20’s.  I had a great time on all 3 mountains. My first run of the day was Upper Drifter and it was groomed to perfection last night!  I had to stop a few times to take in all of the amazing views from Drifter.  This afternoon I headed to Sir Henry’s Learning Park for the World Famous Cookie Race. This race is a great way for the kids to show their parents everything they learned at Snow Sport University.
junipernice glow

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Spring Air

 

nateSpring is finally here and we have fantastic coverage. It was another bluebird day with bright sunshine and a high of 48 degrees. Our groomers were busy last night making us 180 acres of corduroy. Groomed trails will soften quicker because of the tilled snow. The warm air can get into tilled snow and soften the surface. Drifter was groomed last night and it’s in great shape. I skied it a few times enjoying the corn snow and great views. I ran into my good friend Nate on Sterling Mountain in the afternoon. We had a great time skiing Upper Exhibition as you can tell by the photo of the Nate seen here.

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The view from the top of Drifter

 

drifter.JPG blogToday was another amazing day here at Smuggs. We had partly sunny skies with a high of 28 degrees. Now that it’s spring the sun is higher in the sky. I skied Freefall from the traverse and had a great time chasing my shadow down through the bumps. We received 19 inches of new snow in the past 6 days and the glades are wonderful.

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Snow coming in

 

sterling with snow coming blogI took a cruiser run down Drifter this afternoon. I stopped a few times to take some photos of Sterling Pond and the Notch. I could see snow coming down in the distance. The further down the mountain I got, the closer it got. The forecast is calling for a few inches of new snow tonight with some flurries in the morning. The conditions are already really good and will only be better with a few more inches of the fresh stuff.

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Drifter

 

drifter view blogThis photo shows one of the reasons why I like Upper Drifter so much. There are just so many great vantage points. As I ski down I find myself stopping along the way to take in the ever changing views. I love how you look down on to Sterling Pond, Sterling, and the notch in the background. Many of the trails on Sterling have a double fall line. The trails not only pitch down the hill but they also pitch towards skier’s right. This allows skiers and riders on Sterling to be pretty visible from Drifter.

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Another beautiful day at Smuggs

 

drifter caitlan blogToday was clear, calm, and cool. The sunlight bouncing off the snow covered trees made them look like they were turned on. I rode the Madonna I chair lift to take in the amazing views from the summit. Many people had their cameras out capturing the special moments. I stayed on top for a while getting photos from different angles. This photo was taken on Upper Drifter by the fence. I would have to say that Upper Drifter is definitely one of the best scenic trails at Smuggs.