The Headwall on Madonna Mountain

headwall jumpSpring is definitely in the air! Today was a great day to be on the mountain with beautiful sunny skies and temperatures in the 40’s and 50’s. The snow turned to corn and it was game on. The Ski Patrol opened Madonna Liftline top to bottom and left it open until 4 pm. It was skiing great with the spring conditions! I also had a fantastic time on Upper FIS, Doc Dempsey’s, and Upper Morse Liftline. Tomorrow we plan to have the Sterling Lift operating with intermediate and expert terrain open. 12 trails will be groomed for tomorrow including Thomke’s Express and Jolly Rodger for a grand total of 66 acres. Weather permitting we plan to have both Madonna I Lift and Sterling Lift operating next weekend.


Madonna Liftline


oliver 2We received 2 inches of new snow in the past 24 hours and 13 inches in the past 3 days. Skier’s right on Upper FIS was groomed last night. I decided to make it my first run of the day. The new snow on top of the groomed snow was wonderful. You have the nice smooth surface underneath the new snow. Upper FIS was groomed full width below the Doc’s cutoff. I let my skis run a little and started making some GS turns. We have top to bottom skiing and riding on all 3 mountains with 5 lifts operating, including the Madonna I Lift. We have 71 out of 78 trails open with terrain for all ability levels. We have 5 Terrain Parks open. The forecast for the next 24 hours is snow with 2 to 3 inches of accumulation possible and temperatures between 26 and 39 degrees. Pictured here is Oliver Blackman from Snow Sport University. He’s a great instructor, great guy, and one of the smoothest skiers I know!


2015 Smugglers’ Notch Extreme Skiing Challenge


extreme challengeThis has to be one of my favorite’s events. It really showcases what Smugglers’ Notch has to offer when it comes to gnarly terrain. The event is held on the Madonna Liftline from Catwalk down to the bottom of the Headwall. 100 competitors took on this steep double fall line trail. I want to thank the Smugglers’ Notch Ski Club Freeski Team for all their effort to make this wonderful event happen. A big shout out goes to Andrew Snow, Matteo Campbell, and Bryan Salatino. These guys were key in getting this event started and keeping it going now for 3 years! We have top to bottom skiing and riding on all 3 mountains with all 78 trails open, Robin’s Run is open from the work road down.


Powder Day

tony powWe received 8 inches of new snow in the past 24 hours, 18 inches in the past 4 days, and 208 inches so far this season. The new snow was once again just beautiful light powder. I got to ski my favorite trail Madonna Liftline for my first run of the day and it was fantastic. It is so filled in that the drop at the bottom of the Headwall is gone. Today was another best day of the year. We are 100 percent open with top to bottom skiing and riding on all 3 mountains with all 78 trails. 34 trails will be groomed for Monday, including Snow Snake, Drifter, and Thomke’s Express for a grand total of 168 acres. The forecast is calling for 1 to 3 inches of new snow tonight.


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.


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!


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.


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.


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.


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.