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Robin’s Run

 

robin view.JPG blogToday was another beautiful spring day. I skied Upper Madonna liftline from the top and I also skied Robin’s Run. Robin’s Run had good coverage with nice soft conditions. This photo shows the amazing view you get from Robin’s Run. I also really enjoyed skiing Freefall. The skier’s right side was a ton of fun. Tomorrow’s forecast is partly to mostly sunny skies with a high of 42 degrees. I can’t wait to do it all over again.

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Andy having fun on Full Nelson

 

andy full nelsonWe received 3 inches of new snow on top in the past 24 hours. We had some mixed precipitation and rain at lower elevations. The new snow is wet and heavy so it sticks to everything. I had a great time skiing with my good friend Andy today. We skied Madonna liftline from the top down to Freefall and it has great coverage. Freefall was also open from the top and skiing well. We then turned into the Black Hole for some glade skiing. The new snow is heavy but fun!

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First day of Spring

 

headwall blogWinter wonderland is what it looks like up here at Smuggs… The skiing and riding is just wonderful with powder and packed powder conditions. We are 100 percent open with all 78 trails. The forecast calls for snow right into the weekend with up to 8 inches of accumulation possible. The photo you see here was taken on the Headwall of Madonna Liftline.

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Upper Madonna Liftline

 

Madonna liftline.JPG blogWe received 2 inches of heavy wet snow yesterday and the temperature was falling as it continued to snow into the night. The snow that fell overnight was light and dry. The new snow insulated the wet snow. The moisture did not freeze allowing it to wick down and also to bond with the new snow. The quality of the snow is great and we received 31 inches in the past week. Speaking of quality, I got to spend some quality time with my son Hugh B as he skied Madonna Liftine top to bottom for the first time. The snowboarder pictured here was also enjoying the great conditions on Upper Madonna Liftline.

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Extreme Skiing Challenge

 

extreme.JPG blogThe Smugglers’ Notch Extreme Skiing Challenge was just amazing today! It was a beautiful sunny day and we had a great turn out. This year’s competition had more age brackets with 10 and under, 11 to 13, 14 to 18, 19 to 44, and 45 plus. Pictured here is Pete Kochalka competing in the 45 plus category and ripping it up! There’s a reason why they call it the Extreme Skiing Challenge and Upper Madonna Liftline has some of the gnarliest lift serviced terrain in the east! This is a fantastic event that really showcases what Smuggs has to offer. Smuggs is of course known as “America’s Family Resort” and people think of Mogul Mouse, Billy Bob Bear’s Cave, the World Famous Cookie Race, Sir Henry’s Learning and Fun Park, the Burton Riglet Park, Log Jam Terrain Park, Father Winter’s Tee Pee, and many more things found on Morse Mountain. One of the great things about Smuggs is the diversity of terrain that we have on our 3 mountains. If you enjoy long groomed intermediate cruisers with awesome views we have that. If you are an expert who enjoys steeps, glades, and moguls we have that also. This event highlights the Headwall’s toughness with its double fall line, steep pitch, rocks, and changing conditions.

A huge thank you goes out to the people who made this event happen. The driving force has been the members of the Smugglers’ Notch Ski and Snowboard Club, the SNSC Freeski Team, Andrew Snow, Matteo Campbell, and Bryan Salatino. The Smuggles’ Notch Ski Patrol also worked hard with side stepping the trail days before the event, prepping the Upper Madonna Liftline and most important was their presence at the competition.

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Taking flight

 

MilesThe 2014 Smugglers’ Notch Extreme Skiing Challenge is this Sunday, March 9. I posted a photo on March 2 of Ski Patrol and members of the Smugglers’ Notch Ski Club side stepping down the Headwall of Madonna Liftline. The past few days they have still been working on Upper Liftline for the competition. The extra work has paid off and the conditions are better. Hopefully we will be able to hold the competition on the Headwall. Pictured here is Miles testing out the conditions.

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Madonna Liftline

 

headwall blogI want to thank the Smugglers’ Notch Ski and Snowboard Club along with the Ski Patrol for their hard work today. They side stepped down Madonna Liftline to get it ready for the 2014 Smugglers’ Notch Extreme Skiing Challenge. The event is this Sunday, March 9, 2014. Extreme Skiing Challenge – The Smugglers’ Notch Ski and Snowboard Club will host the 2014 Smugglers’ Notch Extreme Skiing Challenge – an opportunity for junior and adult freeskiers to show their stuff on some of the most difficult terrain Smugglers’ Notch has to offer! The course is planned for the Madonna headwall, an ungroomed steep with a double fall line descent filled with cliffs, bumps, trees, chutes, and stumps. Competitors will be judged on line, control, fluidity, technique and style.

As the competitors run the course on the headwall from just below Catwalk to just above Madonna midstation, the best seats in the house for watching the excitement will be on the Madonna summit lift. Spectators also can view from a roped off area at the Red Fox Glades near the finish area at the base of the Madonna headwall, easily accessed from midstation.

$45 entry fee (includes t-shirt) and $29 lift ticket available. The field will be capped at 100 competitors. Register now at www.snscvt.com!

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Upper Madonna Liftline

 

madonna liftlineWe received 4 inches of new snow last night. The snow was heavy and it blanketed the mountain nicely. The denser snow allowed us to open more natural snow trails like Freefall, Upper Madonna Liftline, and the Black Hole. Madonna Liftline was open from the top down to the work road from Robin’s. Freefall was open from the top early in the day, but is now open from the traverse on Upper FIS. I skied Upper Madonna Liftline and the Black Hole. I found some untracked snow in the Black Hole that was fantastic.