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Upper Exhibition

 

paul liftlineIt did not take long to get spring conditions this morning. I skied a few groomers this morning and the snow was soft enough to set an edge, but not too soft. The day started pretty cloudy and the sun came out later. The summit stayed hidden in the clouds all day. I skied Upper Exhibition mid day and it had some nice soft bumps. The forecast calls for 1 to 2 inches of new snow on top tonight.

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Another beautiful day at Smuggs

 

mt. mansfield.JPG blogToday started off with cloudy skies and temperatures in the 20s. The clouds disappeared and the sun came out. The temperature made it up to the 40s at the base area. The groomed terrain in the sun turned to corn pretty quickly. The Birch Run Terrain Park was a bunch of fun with the soft conditions. A spine was just added to Birch Run on skiers’ left towards the top.

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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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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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Snow Snake

 

harley and hannahToday was just beautiful. It was sunny and the winds died down. Our groomers were out in force last night grooming 183 acres. I had a great time on the cruisers today. My son and daughter are in the Mitey Mites program here at Smuggs. Mitey Mites is an 8 week program for children ages 6 to 12 years old. They meet on Saturdays or Sundays for the 8 weeks with the same group and instructor. My kids have really enjoyed the program and they look forward to it every week.

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Highlander Glades

 

highlander blogI ran into my good friend Andy this morning. He works at 3 Mountain Equipment and his shift started at 2pm this afternoon, so we wanted to get in some good runs before work. We met in the Upper Parking lot and headed for the Sterling lift. On the lift ride up we discussed which trails we wanted to ski and why. I mentioned to Andy that Hangman’s Drop and Chute were groomed last night with a winch cat. We agreed that steep groomed terrain would be a bunch of fun. Next we headed for Highland Glades for some powder in the trees. The photo you see here is Andy finding some of that powder in the trees.

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Powder Day

 

 powder and trees blog

We received 13 inches of new snow in the past 2 days! The new snow is light and easy to ski or ride through. Upper FIS was groomed last night, so it was smooth with about 6 inches of new snow on top. My skis were carving on the corduroy while the fluffy snow was flying around my boots and lower legs.

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Teleturns on the Treasure pitch

 

tele turn blogWe received 2 to 3 inches of new snow last night. Our groomers were out last night also and they did a wonderful job. They made 161 acres of freshly groomed terrain for our skiing and riding pleasure. Our snowmakers were also busy last night making snow on Smugglers’ Alley, Hangman’s Drop, Upper Pipeline, Thomke’s, Bootlegger, and Thomke’s Express. I was enjoying the great conditions with my son Hugh B when we ran into some good family friends. We skied half the day with them and had a great time on Madonna and Sterling.

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Grooming Sterling

 

Jan. 12, 2014 early groom blogI want to thank the Smuggs grooming staff. They changed their usual grooming schedule, so that the trails would be groomed right before we opened this morning. This allowed the snow to set up before it was tilled. The freshly groomed snow mixed nicely with the natural snow that we received this morning. .