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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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Tony enjoying the great conditions

 

tony blogThe cooler temperatures have kept the snow light and fluffy. The wind has moved some of the snow around to fill in the low spots. The glade skiing and riding is wonderful with great coverage and light snow on top. It’s been a few days since we received any new snow but I am still finding some fresh turns in the woods.

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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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Doc Dempsey’s

 

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It was clear overnight and the temperature dropped down a little bit. The sun came out this morning and warmed us up. I had a good time today looking for powder stashes and good sunlight for photos. Pictured here is Brooks having fun in the glades on Madonna Mountain. Tuesday February 18 is Vermont Specialty Food Day in the Village Courtyard from 10:30 am till 2:30 pm. Try Liz Lovely 100 percent natural cookies, Kimball Farms milk and chocolate milk, delicious Cabot Cheese, Vermont Smoke & Cure meats, Green Mountain Coffee, Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream and maple products from Butternut Farm! My good friend Matteo of Cacao Matteo Chocolatier will also be there with Cassis Truffles, Maple Crème Leaves, Cranberry Orange Bark, and Hard Cider Caramel. He lives and makes his chocolates here in Cambridge, Vermont. I have been lucky enough to sample his chocolates and they are fantastic!

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Skiing in the trees

 

brad blogI went down to the Nordic Center this morning to check out the 13th Annual Northern Vermont Snowshoe Race and Family Snowshoe Festival. There was a ½K fun run for kids, a 3.5K fun run/walk, and an 8K race that is a qualifier for the 2014 US Snowshoe Association National Championship. This is a wonderful event that is fun and also raises money for some local charities. One of the neat things about snowshoe racing is watching the snow fly. The hinged action of the snowshoe really kicks the snow up into the air.

I headed up to the Upper Mountains next to meet up with my friend Brad. We went up the Madonna chair lift first and skied Drifter. I would have to say that Drifter is one of the most scenic trails here at Smuggs. You get some great views of Sterling Pond, Sterling Mountain, and the Notch. We decided to do some glade skiing next to see if we could find some powder stashes. The photo you see here is Brad enjoying both the views and fresh snow.