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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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Happy Valentine’s Day!

Hugh powder turnThe snow just keeps piling up here at Smuggs. We received 2 inches of new snow in the past 24 hours, 15 inches in the past week, and 47 inches in the month of February so far. The forecast is calling for another 3 to 4 inches of new snow by Sunday night. I had a great time this morning on the Upper Mountain Fresh Tracks Tour. I met Mike and Joe from Long Island. We all enjoyed making tracks through the drifts on Catwalk and Upper FIS. We also found some beautiful powder on a work road from Upper FIS to Goat Path. I also got to take a few runs with my good friend Ken and his son Justin. We went exploring in the glades trying to find untracked lines. We found some amazing light fluffy powder like you see here in the photo. 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, and all 8 lifts operating. 161 acres of freshly groomed terrain for Sunday.

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With a Little Help from the Wind

Matt surfing tthe waveOften times at Smuggs we might only get a few inches of measurable snow but when our prevailing winds do their job it rides much deeper. An example of this is here, where we found a drift tucked between two trails that was probably two feet deep. The sun also came out this afternoon which really made it a much more pleasant day than many had forecasted. Tomorrow look for lots of untracked snow on Madonna with more reasonable temperatures and some light snow falling. Talking about snow, it looks like we have a chance of another 5 inches by Sunday night, which will add to our already impressive snow total of 187”. We will be 100% open and things are shaping up quite nicely for the weekend! Also check out Rails for Ryan tonight in front of the Base Lodge from 6-8 PM benefits go to a great cause and people will be showing off some jibbing skills, the Black Bear tavern in the Base Lodge will be open too.

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Another beautiful day at Smuggs

Today was a great day on the mountain with tons of sunshine and snow! We are 100 percent open with top to bottom skiing and riding on all 3 mountains with all 78 trails open. All 6 terrains parks are open and the Prohibition Terrain Park was just reshaped. 167 acres of freshly groomed terrain for Thursday. Tomorrow’s forecast calls for periods of light snow. 1 to 2 inches of accumulation possible with temperatures between 12 and 20 degrees.

DSC06250 view from hagerman's

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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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Snowshoe Race

 

snowshoe 1The 14th Annual Northern Vermont Snowshoe Race and Family Snowshoe Festival were held today at the Nordic Center. This event really has something for everyone from beginner to expert. There was a half kilometer race for kids, a 4 kilometer fun run/walk, and an 8 kilometer race that is a qualifier for the 2015 US Snowshoe Association National Championships. I was really surprised to see how fast people can run with snowshoes. This event is not only fun but it raises money for the Ronald McDonald House in Burlington and the local food shelf here in Cambridge. I want to thank everyone at the Nordic Center and all the volunteers that make this wonderful event possible. We received 7 inches of new snow in the past 24 hours and 38 inches in the past week. The forecast is calling for another 9 inches of new snow by Tuesday. 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 Monday.

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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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Black Hole

tony snowWe received 5 to 6 inches of new snow today and 27 inches in the past week. The forecast calls for another inch of snow tonight and another 2 inches on Wednesday. Pictured here is my good friend Tony enjoying the fresh snow in the Black Hole. I love it when you keep getting fresh tracks because it’s snowing so hard. We are 100 percent open with top to bottom skiing and riding on all 3 mountains with all 78 trails. The Birch Run, Knight’s Revenge, Log Jam, and Zone Terrain Parks are all open. The Prohibition Terrain Park is being reshaped.