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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.

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USASA Northern Slopestyle Event

The Upper Mountain Fresh Tracks tour this morning was just beautiful. There was a little cloud cover to the east which allowed the soft morning light and color to last a little longer. I enjoyed the snow filled bumps on the skier’s left side of Upper FIS. We also found some nice powder on one of the work roads from FIS to Goat path.  I headed to the Birch Run Terrain Park next for the Slopestyle event. I had a great time watching these skiers and riders show off their skills. The Park was in great shape and had a nice flow. One of my favorite features is the rainbow rail pictured here.  I think it looks real cool and it seems to ride so smooth.  I want to thank everyone who helped make this wonderful event possible. We are 100 percent open with top to bottom skiing and riding on all 3 mountains with all 78 trails and all 8 lifts operating.  33 trails will be groomed for tomorrow, including Drifter and Snow Snake for a grand total of 168 acres. We received 2 inches of new snow this afternoon and we are expecting another 6 inches tonight.  Tomorrow is going to be a great day with fresh snow and temperatures in the 20’s.tony race


snowboard with flagrainbow

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Glade skiing

phil sun powder branchToday started off a little cold, but the sun warmed things up. I ran into my good friends Phil and Andy this afternoon. We had a great time playing in the powder filled glades. Phil is pictured here enjoying the great conditions. The wind moved some snow around last night and we found some of the best snow to be in the low angle glades. Tomorrow we plan to be 100 percent open with top to bottom skiing and riding on all 3 mountains with all 78 trails and all 8 lifts operating. Tuesday’s forecast is mostly cloudy skies with some flurries, a high of 15 degrees and light wind. Tonight we plan to groom 31 trails including Smugglers’ Alley, Snake Bite, and Upper Pipeline for a grand total of 158 acres.

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The snow just keeps piling up!

DSC06638It has really been a snowy winter so far. We received 62 inches of snow in the past 17 days and 190 inches this season so far. The consistent cold temperatures have allowed the snow to stay light and fluffy. The glade skiing and riding is just amazing right now, but make sure to go with a group of 3 or more. The trees provide protection from the wind for you and the snow. Weather permitting, tomorrow we plan to be 100 percent open with top to bottom skiing and riding on all 3 mountains with all 78 trails open and all 8 lifts operating. 166 acres of freshly groomed terrain for Monday.

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… isn’t it GOOD… Norwegian Woods

Sandra in glades

Sandra glides through the glades with the greatest of ease.

Rockin’ Ron for Hugh. It’s such a joy to be with someone when they ski a trail or terrain new to them. Sandra Soucy, Child Care Provider at Treasures, started out by saying “groomed Blue Squares, please”. Shortly thereafter she stepped outside of her comfort zone and conquered Norwegian Woods and Poacher’s Woods – still intermediate, but GLADED intermediate trails. These were the first substantial glades she has ever skied! I’m happy to report that she didn’t fall once, she came out in one piece, and most importantly she enjoyed herself. She had Norwegian Woods singin’ her tune. Being on Poacher’s was ironic though, since Sandra’s husband’s name is Al Capone, just like the famous Chicago bootlegger and old school O.G.

In unrelated news, it was great to see Floridians Cari and Pete while lunching at the Black Bear. They were taking their annual runs with Fletch. You may have read the article about Fletch, our Black Bear Bartender of 23 years, in the Winter 2014-2015 edition of Destination VT.  So I say to myself “isn’t it good seeing friends from far and near, and skiing the glades and groomers at Smuggs”.

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100 percent open

We received 16 inches of new snow in the past 3 days, 32 inches in the past week, and 41 inches in February so far.  The conditions are just wonderful. I had a great time on the steeps of Madonna Mountain today.  Freefall and the Black Hole were so much fun.  I also really enjoyed finding powder stashes with my good friends Tony and Geoff.  Tony is pictured on the left and Geoff is pictured on the right. We are 100 percent open with top to bottom skiing and riding on all 3 mountains with all 78 trails open. 166 acres of freshly groomed terrain for Tuesday. The forecast for tomorrow is skies becoming partly sunny with a high of 25 degrees. I can’t wait to go hunting for more stashes tomorrow.
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Essex High School Carnival Race

We received another 5 to 7 inches of new snow in the past 24 hours and 32 inches in the past week. The forecast is calling for another 15 inches of new snow by Monday night.   The Upper Mountain Fresh Tracks Tour this morning was just wonderful.  We enjoyed the light powder filled moguls on Upper FIS. Dan’s Ford was also really fun with smaller powder covered bumps.  Lower Chilcoot was groomed early last night and had about 5 inches of super fluffy stuff on top.  Everyone starting making GS turns so that we could get up to speed and float through the champagne powder.  One of the quotes that I can repeat was “Best snow I have ever rode in my life!”  I headed to Lower FIS this afternoon to check out the slalom race.  It was exciting to watch these racers cross blocking the gates to get a faster line.  We are 100 percent open with top to bottom skiing and riding on all 3 mountains with all 78 trails and all 8 lifts operating. 168 acres of freshly groomed terrain for Sunday. All 6 Terrain Parks are open and groomed daily.
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Amazing conditions!

hugh pow 1Mother Nature keeps hitting the refresh button. We are in a wonderful cycle where we get new snow every couple of days. All the snow has stayed powdery due to the colder temperatures. My son Hugh B and I had a fantastic time playing in the all powder. This photo was taken on the side of Upper Drifter. We are 100 percent open with top to bottom skiing and riding on all 3 mountains with all 78 trails and all 8 lifts operating. We received 27 inches of snow in the past week and more is on the way. Tonight’s forecast is light snow 1 to 2 inches of accumulation possible. The forecast is also calling for up to 4 inches of new snow Saturday night and Sunday. It is going to be a great weekend!

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12 to 14 inches of new snow in the past 24 hours!

harley powderToday was another best day of the year! The new snow is so light and fluffy. We received 39 inches of new snow in the past week. My wife Harley and I are celebrating our 10th wedding anniversary today. I bought her a card and even some nice chocolates, but nothing compares to making beautiful memories here at Smuggs! We are 100 percent open with top to bottom skiing and riding on all 3 mountains with all 78 trails open!

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Giant wave of snow hits Smuggs!

wave of snowWe received 2 inches of new snow in the past 24 hours, 10 inches in the past 3 days, and 31 inches in the past 9 days! The forecast is calling for another 5 inches of new snow tonight. There is also more snow expected this weekend. We are 100 percent open with top to bottom skiing and riding on all 3 mountains with all 78 trails open. The conditions are just amazing with powder filled glades and 170 acres of freshly groomed terrain for Thursday. The temperature has stayed cold and the snow has stayed light. I can’t wait to ski tomorrow!