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Sunrise service

hugh blog serviceIt was snowing very hard this morning on the lift ride up to the summit of Sterling for the Easter sunrise service. There was a great turn out even though the weather felt like winter. The clouds started breaking up during the service giving us some nice beams of light. It was a beautiful service followed by powder turns. The new snow made first run so peaceful and quiet. I took my time working my way down the mountain enjoying every turn. I can’t believe that we are still skiing powder and it’s Easter. We received 11 inches of new snow in the past 2 days and we’re expecting up to 5 more inches of new snow by Tuesday night. 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. 32 trails will be groomed for tomorrow including skier’s right on Upper FIS, Smugglers’ Alley, Thomke’s Express, and Snow Snake for a grand total of 173 acres. Tomorrow’s forecast is periods of light snow 1 to 2 inches of accumulation possible with temperatures between 27 and 37 degrees.

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Upper FIS

powderWe received 4 inches of new snow last night and that brings us to 250 inches so far this season. The colder temperatures we had last night made the new snow nice and light. The wind was able to move the new snow around a little and I found some nice drifts to play in because of it. We have top to bottom skiing and riding on all 3 mountains with 73 out of 78 trails open. We will have 5 lifts operating tomorrow including the Madonna I lift. 31 trails will be groomed tonight, including Smugglers’ Alley, skier’s right on Upper FIS, and Snow Snake for a grand total of 170 acres. Tomorrow’s forecast is calling for mostly sunny skies with temperatures between 15 and 28 degrees. I can’t wait to go looking for powder stashes tomorrow. Rabbit Rabbit

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Picture perfect with great conditions

I had a great time this morning on the Upper Mountain Fresh Tracks tour.  The temperature was in the 20’s and the wind was light at the summit of Madonna Mountain.  We all had a blast carving up the fresh corduroy. I met up with John mid morning, who is pictured here.  We played in the glades on Madonna and Sterling looking for powder stashes. We saw Vin from White Room skis outside the Base Lodge after we had taken a break.  Vin was demoing his custom built Vermont made skis. Vin put both John and I on a pair of his beautiful wood top sheet skis. We headed up Madonna and skied Liftline top to bottom. The skis and the conditions passed with flying colors! We have top to bottom skiing and riding on all 3 mountains with all 8 lifts operating and all 78 trails open. 33 trails will be groomed for tomorrow, including Drifter, Snow Snake, and Thomke’s Express for a grand total of 170 acres.  We are also expecting another 1 to 2 inches of new snow tonight.
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Another beautiful day with great conditions

The 6 inches of new snow that we received in the past 48 hours is the icing on the cake.  The cake is the 235 inches of snow that we have received this season.  The conditions continue to be just amazing. I had a great day searching for new vantage points and powder stashes.  I was looking for a powder stash on my last run and found my good friend Bruce Morrissey from Smuggs Photos – n – Videos.  We had a wonderful time skiing in the sun and powder filled glades.  I think Bruce’s photo sums up what I’m talking about.  A perfect way to end another beautiful day at Smuggs.  The refresh button is going to be hit tonight. We’re expecting 2 inches of new snow to fall late tonight and another 2 more inches predicted for tomorrow morning.  Tomorrow’s forecast is calling for temperatures between 19 and 33 degrees. We have top to bottom skiing and riding on all 3 mountains with 7 lifts operating, including the Madonna I lift and 77 out of 78 trails open.
Hugh pic from bruce drifter view

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Another powder day at Smuggs

bill salmonWe received 6 inches of new snow in the past 24 hours and 12 inches in the past week. The forecast only called for 2 inches of new snow overnight, so I was pleasantly surprised to see fresh snow this morning. My first run of the day was Upper Exhibition. I was going to take a few photos, but the snow was just too good and I kept going. Upper Exhibition has some great features that I love to play on. I would have to say that it is my favorite run on Sterling especially on a powder day. Pictured here is my good friend Bill Salmon enjoying the powder on Lower Black Bear. 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. 35 trails will be groomed for Tuesday, including Snow Snake, Thomke’s, and Drifter for a grand total of 175 acres.

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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”.