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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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PK’s 5K’s OK

 Michael PK xcRockin’ Ron for Hugh. PK is Paul Kayhart, Smuggs Nordic Director. 5K is 3.something miles. OK is an American expression popular around the world. Anywho, this past Saturday the Nordic Center hosted PK’s 5K Ramble, a non-competitive jaunt on our cross country trails.This event was part of the Heritage WinterFest presented by the Smugglers’ Notch Area Chamber of Commerce. PK, like his predecessor Zeke Zucker, is passionate about cross country skiing. In an effort to introduce more people to the sport, PK convinced the Resort to offer FREE rentals and trail passes. Local dignitaries Mike Moser of the Cambridge Planning Commission and Lynn Saywer of the Cambridge Historical Society took advantage of the offer. Mike and PK (pictured) got out their wooden skis, wouldn’t ya know.

“Well OK then, that was a couple of days ago, what about today Rockin’?” you ask. Twas a bluebird beauty of a day and I skied like I had wings. I made my maiden flight of the season to Morse Highlands. I took the cut-over trail from Lower Morse Liftline right below where Sam’s Run enters (how come I never noticed that trail before?).Then I did my first fly-by of the season on Snow Snake. I never get tired of that trail. It has some nice pitches, rolls, and turns. That’s where I take my friends on Morse, before we migrate to Madonna and Sterling. I gotta migrate outta here… catch ya on the fly.

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Visiting Father Winter in his Teepee

ikids teepeeToday was a great day on the mountain. It started with the Cat Trax Express, our 12 passenger heated cabin snowcat that brings you to the top of Madonna Mountain on Saturdays for first tracks. The Cat Trax Express also does fireworks tours and early evening tours. We had a fantastic time this morning getting first tracks in the early morning light.

I finished the morning report and then met up with my family to do some runs on Morse. We were riding the kid friendly Mogul Mouse Magical Lift to mid station. King Billy Bob’s Den was open on the Magic Learning Trail. The kids just love going though the tunnel. We ran into some great family friends at mid station and did a few runs with them. The kids then decided that it would be a great idea to visit Father Winter. Father Winter is in the teepee between Lower Morse Liftline and the Magic Learning Trail on Saturdays and Wednesdays. He has a wood fire going with a pot of hot cider that kids pictured here really enjoy on a chilly winter day. It’s always a fun educational experience when we visit Father Winter.

 

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That’s snow fun

 

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I was delivering the snow report in the Village this morning. I was walking by the gazebo when I noticed the snowmaking whale at the base of Morse. Snow Sport University classes were meeting and getting ready to hit the slopes. A few of the SSU instructors and students could not resist the temptation and had to slide down the whale. I don’t blame them one bit. I’m a big kid who loves to play in the snow too!

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Family fun

Dec. 27, 2013 family and view blogToday the whole Johnson family got to take a few runs together today. We all skied on Morse this morning with our youngest child Hayleigh. She had a wonderful time skiing with her older brother and sister. Hayleigh took a nap after lunch, so the rest of the Johnson family skied Midway to the Upper Mountains. We were excited to see the Madonna II  lift operating. We all enjoyed the snowmaking whales on Lower FIS. We celebrated with a hot chocolate before skiing back to the Village.

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Morse Code

 

Dec. 24, 2013 Morse LLRockin’ Ron for Hugh. Dot-dot-dash, dot-dot-dashing through the snow! I took my first turns of the season on Morse Mountain today. It was a joy to my world to see all the families frolicking on Garden Path, Sam’s Run, and Lower Liftline. When they take off their boots, I bet they hang their stockings with care. Here’s hoping it doesn’t rain, dear.

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Father Winter

 

Dec. 18, 2013 father winter blogToday I went for a 3 mountain tour. I started with a run on Madonna and really enjoyed the snowmaking whales on Upper FIS.  Our snowmakers did a fantastic job of making some quality snow.  The new tower guns were a great investment. Our snowmakers are now making snow on Lower FIS, Midway, and the Magic Learning Trail.

I then headed up the Sterling lift and did a cruiser run on Upper Rumrunner to Black Snake. The light fluffy snow on top of the groomed snow was fun to fly through. I rode the Mogul Mouse Magical lift next and skied Garden Path to Lower Morse Liftline.  I stopped by to see Father Winter’s Woodland Retreat, which is on skier’s left of Lower Morse Liftline.  A ski school class was visiting Father Winter and he was telling them about some of the animals that live in Northern Vermont.  I always learn something new when I visit Father Winter in his tee pee.