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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.

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Ski-lightful und Snowboard-dacious

 

Feb 11, 2014 Upper DrifterRockin’ Ron for Hugh. 5 year old Rebecca from CT said “Walk on, Walkin’ Juan”. Molly from SSU said her new favorite word “Fab-u-loso”. Shay from SNAP essayed “awesome-possum”. Peter from F-L-A boasted “beaut-o-mous”. Marcela from Wyndham offered “feliz-tastic”. Well, after skiing on Upper Drifter (pictured here – looking up from the first hairpin turn) I wanted to shout “splen-diferous, shred-alicious, and un-be-flyin’-lievable”!!! I love Upper D and today reminded me of my second year at the Resort (back in the 90’s) when I had a GREAT day with Stacy from IT and two other co-workers. You can quote me as saying “ski-lightful und snowboard-dacious”.