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The Party Faithful (or Faithful Party-ers)

Apr 13, Party Faithful 1 Rockin’ Ron for Hugh. The season isn’t over for this hardy crew. As long as there’s a run to take – there’s fun to be had. Good food, good friends, good times. Pictured left to right: Unknown Man in a Ski Helmet doing a Daft Punk impersonation, Doug, Trish, Brett (his first appearance on this year’s Blog), and Fletch.

 

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Shake it up and FIZZ!

 

Feb 4, 2014 Fletch n HokieRockin’ Ron for Hugh. Shake it up and FIZZ is not a recipe for a cocktail but how Fletch states his trail pick. That’s ironic because Fletch is the bartender in the Black Bear Tavern at the Base Lodge. The trail he’s referring to is Upper F.I.S. aka Fizz, which is intoxicating in its own way. After cruising down the upper part of Upper F.I.S., I tend to turn onto lower Doc Dempsey’s aka Doc’s, but Fletch said let’s stay on Fizz. So I cancelled my Doctor’s appointment, and we shook it up and fizzed some more. By the time we reached Link, I felt like a drunken sailor but without the rum. Pictured on top of the snow-covered Madonna Mountain prior to fizzing, are the aforementioned Fletch, and Hokie one of our Shuttle Drivers.

Elsewhere around the Resort, I saw the Hogans and the Coadys – families from Canada who vacation here together. In an interesting twist, the kids are skiers and the dads are snowboarders. Skyler, one of the young boys, had a chance to become a boarder but decided against it because he would have to wait until he was good enough to go on some of his favorite trails like Smugglers’ Alley. In fact, Skyler told me his goal this week was to ski Upper F.I.S. for the first time. To quote Fletch “Shake it up and FIZZ!”

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Visiting Father Winter in his Teepee

ikids teepeeToday was a great day on the mountain. It started with the Cat Trax Express, our 12 passenger heated cabin snowcat that brings you to the top of Madonna Mountain on Saturdays for first tracks. The Cat Trax Express also does fireworks tours and early evening tours. We had a fantastic time this morning getting first tracks in the early morning light.

I finished the morning report and then met up with my family to do some runs on Morse. We were riding the kid friendly Mogul Mouse Magical Lift to mid station. King Billy Bob’s Den was open on the Magic Learning Trail. The kids just love going though the tunnel. We ran into some great family friends at mid station and did a few runs with them. The kids then decided that it would be a great idea to visit Father Winter. Father Winter is in the teepee between Lower Morse Liftline and the Magic Learning Trail on Saturdays and Wednesdays. He has a wood fire going with a pot of hot cider that kids pictured here really enjoy on a chilly winter day. It’s always a fun educational experience when we visit Father Winter.

 

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Upper FIS

 

Jan. 10, 2014 harley blogMy wife Harley and our youngest daughter Hayleigh went skiing together this morning. Hayleigh really enjoyed the magic carpet at Sir Henry’s and riding on the Mogul Mouse Magical Lift. Hayleigh was starting to get tired, so Harley took her to Treasures for her lunch and a well deserved nap. While Hayleigh was napping, Harley and I were skiing on the Upper Mountains. We had a great time on Madonna and Sterling. We skied Upper FIS for our last run and it was the best. Our snowmakers had just put down a nice new surface for our skiing and riding pleasure.

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That’s snow fun

 

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I was delivering the snow report in the Village this morning. I was walking by the gazebo when I noticed the snowmaking whale at the base of Morse. Snow Sport University classes were meeting and getting ready to hit the slopes. A few of the SSU instructors and students could not resist the temptation and had to slide down the whale. I don’t blame them one bit. I’m a big kid who loves to play in the snow too!

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Family fun

Dec. 27, 2013 family and view blogToday the whole Johnson family got to take a few runs together today. We all skied on Morse this morning with our youngest child Hayleigh. She had a wonderful time skiing with her older brother and sister. Hayleigh took a nap after lunch, so the rest of the Johnson family skied Midway to the Upper Mountains. We were excited to see the Madonna II  lift operating. We all enjoyed the snowmaking whales on Lower FIS. We celebrated with a hot chocolate before skiing back to the Village.

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Morse Code

 

Dec. 24, 2013 Morse LLRockin’ Ron for Hugh. Dot-dot-dash, dot-dot-dashing through the snow! I took my first turns of the season on Morse Mountain today. It was a joy to my world to see all the families frolicking on Garden Path, Sam’s Run, and Lower Liftline. When they take off their boots, I bet they hang their stockings with care. Here’s hoping it doesn’t rain, dear.

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Family Fun on Morse

Dec. 8, 2013 Hannah

I was out skiing with my daughter Hannah and son Hugh B. this afternoon. We were riding the Mogul Mouse Magical Lift and skiing Lower Morse Liftline. The Mogul Mouse Lift is user friendly for kids! The chair is lower for loading to make it easier for the children to get into. We had  a blast doing laps. The lift staff is also very nice and helpful.

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Beginner Terrain

 

Dec2BeginnerTerrainI want to thank our snow makers for all their hard work! It is wonderful to have beginner terrain open this early in the season. The magic carpet is easy and fun to use. This weekend we had the whole Johnson family at Sir Henry’s Learning and Fun Park. My 2 year old daughter Hayleigh kept saying “fun” and “again”.