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Birch Run Terrain Park

daffyThe blue bird days with corn snow continue! It was 32 degrees this morning on top of Sterling Mountain and it did not take long to warm up. Sterling Mountain is 100 percent open and it skiing great. Smugglers’ Alley was groomed last night and it was nice to carve up some turns on a smooth steep surface. The corn snow also made for some nice soft landings in the Birch Run Terrain Park. This photo shows a good old school daffy off of one of the hits in Birch Run. There are 4 more days of great spring skiing and riding to be had here at Smuggs. Tomorrow’s forecast is mostly sunny skies with temperatures between 47 and 58 degrees. 10 trails will be groomed for tomorrow, including Smugglers’ Alley, Thomke’s Express, and Black Snake for a grand total of 52 acres.

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Making memories

Pictured here Justin and his daughter Michaila.  Justin is the snowmaking manager here at Smuggs. This was Michaila’s first time ever skiing Sterling Mountain.  The photo on the left shows Justin capturing the special event.  The photo on the right shows them living the moment. We have the Sterling lift operating with 31 trails open for Wednesday. 10 trails will be groomed for tomorrow, including Smugglers’ Alley, Thomke’s Express, and Black Snake for a grand total of 51 acres. Great spring conditions! Tomorrow’s forecast is mostly sunny skies with temperatures between 34 and 49 degrees.
justion picture justin and makela

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Birch Run Terrain Park

birchI just love spring skiing and riding. This season has been a little colder than usual. The snow that we received we were able to keep and our snow depths show that. We have fantastic coverage with more snow in the forecast for tonight. We’re expecting a mix of snow and sleet with 3 to 5 inches of accumulation possible. Tomorrow’s forecast is calling for a chance of mix early and cloudy skies with temperatures between 30 and 38 degrees. We have top to bottom skiing and riding on all 3 mountains with 70 out of 78 trails open. 31 trails will be groomed for tomorrow, including skier’s right on Upper FIS, Smugglers’ Alley, Hangman’s Drop, Upper Pipeline, and Snow Snake for a grand total of 159 acres. Tomorrow in the Village courtyard is the MapleFest Winter Carnival from 3:00 pm till 5:00 pm. Our Maple Celebration features games, sugar on snow, specialty foods, music, and more.

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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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Burton Riglet Park

hayleigh funboxMy three year old Hayleigh has been skiing this season, but the past two days she has been taking snowboard lessons. Her class was at the Burton Riglet Park this morning. The riglet is the retractable cord that is attached to the front of the snowboard. This allows the instructor to pull the rider over different features in the terrain park. The riders are working on their balance as they go over rollers and funboxes. This terrain park is just fantastic for young beginner snowboarders. Hayleigh and her class all had a great time learning new skills while playing in the terrain park. We have top to bottom skiing and riding on all 3 mountains with 74 out of 78 trails open. 37 trails will be groomed for tomorrow, including Smugglers’ Alley, Chute, Hangman’s Drop, Snow Snake, and skier’s right on Upper FIS for a grand total of 176 acres. Tomorrow’s forecast is mostly sunny skies with temperatures between 19 and 33 degrees. All 6 terrain parks are 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!

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Great day on the mountain!

matthewToday was another just absolutely gorgeous day here at Smuggs.  Beautiful sunny skies with temperatures in the 20’s.  I had a great time on all 3 mountains. My first run of the day was Upper Drifter and it was groomed to perfection last night!  I had to stop a few times to take in all of the amazing views from Drifter.  This afternoon I headed to Sir Henry’s Learning Park for the World Famous Cookie Race. This race is a great way for the kids to show their parents everything they learned at Snow Sport University.
junipernice glow

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“Fresh” Prince

Apr 16, 2014 Brendan FreshRockin’ Ron for Hugh. What a difference a day makes.Yesterday was torrential rain and today was sunshine and powder. I saw Dave Sills (aka P1 or Patrol One) at the Top of the Notch. He said they had a heck of a time assessing the conditions this morning. After just a couple of runs, I can see what they went through. Well, my hat (or helmet) is off to you Dave, and the rest of Patrol and Mountain Ops. I chanced upon Greg Fatigate and he raved about the Birch Run Terrain Park, and he was right – it was in excellent condition with 4 rails and 3 jumps. Pictured is Brendan Simpson getting some fresh powder on the trail that connects Thomke’s to Bootleggers and Smugglers’ Alley. We skied a nice variety of terrain including Highlander Glades and Pipeline.Today was a crowning achievement to the season – we felt like Princes of Powder – like Jon Snow in Game of Thrones.

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Fresh snow

 

charlie.JPG blogWe received an inch of new snow last night. I was surprised to see how well it bonded with the old snow. I ran into George and Charlie from the Smuggs 55+ Club at the summit of Sterling. These gentlemen could be in the 70+ plus Club. Charlie had already done a warm-up run and was telling us how good the conditions were. George liked what Charlie was saying and suggested Smugglers’ Alley for his warm-up run. The wind had moved the snow around and we found some nice pockets of fresh snow. We skied Poacher’s Woods next and had fun skiing the gladed bumps. Our next run was Hangman’s Drop to Chute and then to Highlander Glades. We were pretty happy about getting fresh tracks on Highlander Glades. I had a great time skiing with Charlie and George. I had to keep reminding myself that the two guys I’m chasing down the mountain are both over 70 years old! Charlie is seen here skiing Highlander Glades.