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On top of Ol’ Sterling… all covered in SNOW

Old SterlingRockin’ Ron for Hugh. 23 inches of snow in the past week and another 3 to 6 inches of snow by Thursday morning is in the forecast! The mountain is in great shape going into the Holidays. Today’s combination of fog and early winter/late afternoon light had me singin’ Foggy Mountain Breakdown. In fact, a mogul snuck up on me as I rounded the hairpin turn on Upper Chilcoot. You know that “woo” feeling, when your stomach stays in the air a little longer than the rest of your body. Later, I talked to a guest who said he very much enjoyed his first day of skiing the East in 48 years, and his first day ever of skiing at Smuggs! In related news our Nordic Center is open with 12km of trails. We’re all covered in SNOW!

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Skiing in the trees

 

brad blogI went down to the Nordic Center this morning to check out the 13th Annual Northern Vermont Snowshoe Race and Family Snowshoe Festival. There was a ½K fun run for kids, a 3.5K fun run/walk, and an 8K race that is a qualifier for the 2014 US Snowshoe Association National Championship. This is a wonderful event that is fun and also raises money for some local charities. One of the neat things about snowshoe racing is watching the snow fly. The hinged action of the snowshoe really kicks the snow up into the air.

I headed up to the Upper Mountains next to meet up with my friend Brad. We went up the Madonna chair lift first and skied Drifter. I would have to say that Drifter is one of the most scenic trails here at Smuggs. You get some great views of Sterling Pond, Sterling Mountain, and the Notch. We decided to do some glade skiing next to see if we could find some powder stashes. The photo you see here is Brad enjoying both the views and fresh snow.

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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.