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Jacob finds a powder stash on Madonna

 

jacob blogThis is my nephew Jacob who is visiting from Georgia. I had so much fun today giving him a tour of Madonna and Sterling. We did a warm up run on Upper Chilcoot. We stopped at Dan’s Ford and noticed that it only had a couple of tracks on it. We decided to put a few more tracks on it. We were riding up the Sterling lift and I asked Jacob if he had ever been out to Sterling Pond. He said that he had not, so we made it our next stop. We skied Black Snake next and headed to the balcony. The balcony is the lookout that is in the woods behind the race start building. It’s a wonderful view of the notch.

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Picture perfect

 

treetop view blogWe received 16 inches of new snow in the past week and the conditions have been fantastic. It was a beautiful blue bird day. I have been trying to get this photo for a while now. I have been able to get Sterling and Mount Mansfield in the frame, but I was not able to also get Madonna in the frame. I had to climb up a couple of trees to get a clear view of all mountains. I find that Madonna and Sterling look different from this angle.

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6 inches of new snow in the past 24 hours.

 

Jess bermudaJess enjoying the fresh snow in Bermuda. We received 17 inches of new snow in the past week. I was taking some photos from the summit of Madonna when I saw my son and his Mitey Mites class. He told me that they had just skied Doc Dempsey’s to Bermuda. He said it was a great long glade run. I took his advice and headed for Doc’s. I found some nice fresh snow on skier’s left. Bermuda was next and I was looking forward to the low angle glades. Bermuda got its name from being warm and sunny. The trees provide protection from the wind and it is southern facing. The low angle allows you to cruise between the trees without having to worry about speed control too much. I love floating down through the powder in the sunshine.

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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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Northern Vermont USASA Slopestyle Event

 

skier grab goodblogThis morning I went on the Cat Trax Fresh Trax Tour up Madonna Mountain. It was a beautiful sunny day. We had great views from the cabin of the cat on the ride up the mountain but the 360 degree view from the summit of Madonna was the best. We had a great time cruising down the corduroy of Chilcoot. I went to the Zone Terrain Park to check out the Slopestyle event. There was a great turn out of competitors and the park was in great shape. It was amazing to watch these skiers and riders throwing down their best tricks for the judges. It was also pretty cool to have Vermont’s own Ty Walker show up and help announce the event with Connor Manning.

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Ski Patrol

 

phot blogThis morning I rode the Madonna I lift with the Ski Patrol to check lift and trail conditions. We were talking about all the snow that we have received in the past week and how good the conditions are. In fact we received 31 inches of new snow in the past week. The skis that you see in the photo are all for powder. I want to take a second to thank our ski patrol for all they do. They are always here for us from milk run to sweep everyday!

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Doc Dempsey’s

 

brooks blog

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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Great conditions

 

Justin powder blogWe received 20 inches of new snow in the past 2 days. This morning I was lucky enough to go on the Cat Trax Fresh Trax Tour up Madonna Mountain. I skied Doc Dempsey’s and it was wonderful. I headed down Gary B’s to get back to the Village but when I saw all the powder in Bermuda I had to jump in. I took my time and found many fresh turns. It was another fantastic day on the slopes of Smuggs. Pictured here is my good friend Justin enjoying some powder on the side of Father Bob’s.

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Another beautiful day at Smuggs

 

drifter caitlan blogToday was clear, calm, and cool. The sunlight bouncing off the snow covered trees made them look like they were turned on. I rode the Madonna I chair lift to take in the amazing views from the summit. Many people had their cameras out capturing the special moments. I stayed on top for a while getting photos from different angles. This photo was taken on Upper Drifter by the fence. I would have to say that Upper Drifter is definitely one of the best scenic trails at Smuggs.

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Powder Day

 

geoff pow. blogWe received 10 inches of new snow in the past 24 hours and 22 inches in the past week. The forecast called for 1 to 2 inches of new snow overnight and we got 6 to 8 inches. We had colder temperatures last night and that made the snow light.

My first run of the day was on Madonna Mountain. I was shocked by the amount of new snow that we received overnight. I took a video with my iphone and sent it to Alex Martin of Smuggs TV to show him all the fresh snow that we received. He was also shocked by the amount of new snow and said that he was on his way to the Upper Parking Lot. After Alex put on his boots and grabbed his video camera we headed for Madonna. We had a great time playing in the powder filled glades. Alex headed back to Smuggs TV so that he could edit and post the powder video. To see this video just go to http://vimeo.com/search?q=smugglers+notch+february+powder+grab

I received a text message from my good friends Tony and Geoff saying that they were in the Upper Parking Lot.  I told them that I was on Madonna and the conditions are fantastic. We headed back up Madonna to find more powder stashes. We ran into our good friend Lenny at the summit of Madonna and he joined our group of powder hounds. It’s really hard to beat skiing with great friends in great conditions. I had so much fun today that I never took a break to go inside. I want to thank my good buddy Lenny for sharing his bagel sandwich with me on the Madonna I chair lift. It really helped me get through the afternoon.