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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.

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Upper Exhibition

 

paul liftlineIt did not take long to get spring conditions this morning. I skied a few groomers this morning and the snow was soft enough to set an edge, but not too soft. The day started pretty cloudy and the sun came out later. The summit stayed hidden in the clouds all day. I skied Upper Exhibition mid day and it had some nice soft bumps. The forecast calls for 1 to 2 inches of new snow on top tonight.

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Birch Run Terrain Park

 

360.JPG blogWe received 4 inches of new snow on top last night. We also received some sleet, freezing rain, and rain. Most of the day was just cloudy and the bottom half of the mountain has some nice spring conditions. My son Hugh B and I had a great time doing laps in the Birch Run Terrain Park. The spring conditions made for some nice soft landings off the jumps.

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Andy having fun on Full Nelson

 

andy full nelsonWe received 3 inches of new snow on top in the past 24 hours. We had some mixed precipitation and rain at lower elevations. The new snow is wet and heavy so it sticks to everything. I had a great time skiing with my good friend Andy today. We skied Madonna liftline from the top down to Freefall and it has great coverage. Freefall was also open from the top and skiing well. We then turned into the Black Hole for some glade skiing. The new snow is heavy but fun!

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Tony enjoying the great conditions

 

tony blogThe cooler temperatures have kept the snow light and fluffy. The wind has moved some of the snow around to fill in the low spots. The glade skiing and riding is wonderful with great coverage and light snow on top. It’s been a few days since we received any new snow but I am still finding some fresh turns in the woods.

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Another beautiful day

 

chilcoot snowy.JPG blogThe sun almost felt as good as the soft snow under my skis today. We received 19 inches of new snow in the past 5 days. We are 100 percent open with all 78 trails open. I had a great time today carving up the corduroy. I also enjoyed the deep fluffy stuff that I found in the glades. The views from the Madonna I chair lift were also hard to beat.

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Another powder day at Smuggs

 

Harley pow.JPG blogWe received 4 inches of new snow yesterday and the forecast called for another 1 to 3 inches overnight. We received 8 inches of new snow overnight and another inch today. We now have received 260 inches of snowfall this season. Tomorrow’s forecast is more snow another 3 to 5 inches of accumulation possible. We are 100 percent open with top to bottom skiing and riding on all 3 mountains with all 8 lifts operating and all 78 trails open.

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First day of Spring

 

headwall blogWinter wonderland is what it looks like up here at Smuggs… The skiing and riding is just wonderful with powder and packed powder conditions. We are 100 percent open with all 78 trails. The forecast calls for snow right into the weekend with up to 8 inches of accumulation possible. The photo you see here was taken on the Headwall of Madonna Liftline.