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1 to 2 inches of new snow in the past 24 hours

timmy powI was driving up the mountain road this morning and I was pleasantly surprised to see that it snowed last night. The closer I got to Smuggs the deeper the snow got. The new snow is pretty dense, so it skied like we got more than a couple inches. The snow was creamy and fun to play in. Pictured here is Timmy playing in the new snow on Chute. It was pretty windy today so it’s a good thing that the new snow is heavy and won’t blow away. Tomorrow’s forecast is calling for snow, flurries, and a chance of some mix at the base an inch of accumulation possible with temperatures between 28 and 40 degrees. Our trails have some amazing coverage and I ready for some spring skiing. Sunday’s forecast is calling for a high of 50 degrees with increasing sunshine through out the day. Tomorrow weather permitting we plan to have top to bottom skiing and riding on all 3 mountains with 5 lifts operating, including the Madonna I Lift. We have 70 trails open with terrain for all ability levels. 25 trails will be groomed for that’s 150 acres of freshly groomed terrain. This weekend we have 2015 Backcountry Basecamp. Join the editors of Backcountry Magazine for a resort-based showcase of all things Backcountry. They will be set up by the Smugglers’ Notch Ski and Snowboard Club building.

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New snow and the World Famous Cookie Race

We received 3 to 4 inches of new snow last night and 18 inches in the past 6 days.  My first run of the day was Upper FIS and skier’s right was groomed last night. I like having the moguls on skier’s left and the groomed terrain on skier’s right.  The new snow was lighter on top of the mountain and the wind moved it around a little. I had fun looking for different drifts to play in. Pictured on the left is Ski Patrol Director Dave Sills on Upper FIS.  This afternoon I headed down to Sir Henry’s Learning and Fun Park to catch the Cookie Race. In the photo on the right snowboarder Emma makes it across a funbox as Snow Sport University Instructor Allison celebrates in the background. It’s always so much fun watching the young skiers and riders showing off their new learned skills. We have top to bottom skiing and riding on all 3 mountains with 5 lifts operating including the Madonna I Lift. We have 70 out of 78 trails open with terrain open for all ability levels.
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Skimmin’ n Chillin’ n Grillin’

We received 8 to 10 inches of new snow in the past 24 hours. My first run of the day was Upper FIS and it is really good. The new snow started off pretty wet and dried out as the temperatures dropped.  The wet snow stuck to everything which is great. The new snow should insulate the older snow and they should bond well. It was a little cool today for pond skimming, but we still had a great turn out.  There were some amazing costumes and crashes! Check out the costumes the Ski Patrollers/Lifeguards were wearing in the photo on the left. The Tailgate Party was so much fun with its festive vibe and live music from Right Coast Leftovers. Everyone had a fantastic time and the sun came out for a little while too. We have top to bottom skiing and riding on all 3 mountains with 5 lifts operating, including the Madonna I Lift. We have 73 out of 78 trails open with terrain for all ability levels.  We have 5 Terrain Parks open.rena and hymie
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MapleFest Winter Carnival

We had some interesting weather today with snowfall this morning and sunshine this afternoon.  We received a dusting to an inch of new snow early which was fun to ski in. The sun came out strong around 1:30 this afternoon just in time for the world famous cookie race.  The cookie race had a maple theme with sap buckets and maple flavored cookies!  Today’s winter carnival also had a maple theme with the MapleFest Winter Carnival. This event had it all with sugar on snow, specialty foods like STIR chocolates, games for the kids, ice carvings, music, and live demonstrations on how to make maple sugar. It was a beautiful day to be on the slopes and for a MapleFest Winter Carnival! We have top to bottom skiing and riding on all 3 mountains with 5 lifts operating, including the Madonna I Lift. We have 73 out of 78 trails open with terrain for all ability levels.  23 trails will be groomed for tomorrow, including McPherson’s, Snow Snake, and Thomke’s Express for a grand total of 133 acres. Tomorrow’s forecast is skies becoming partly sunny with temperatures between 41 and 52 degrees. Great spring skiing and riding.


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100 percent open and new snow

hugh powThe mixed precipitation that we received yesterday turned to all snow last night. The forecast called for flurries today, but it snowed pretty hard all day long. We received 4 to 6 inches of new snow in the past 24 hours. The snow is lighter the higher you go on the mountain. Everything was skiing so well today. This new snow will be great for this weekend and we have many events going on. The Blast from the Past Race is on the Practice Slope tomorrow. The nice people from Suncommon will be at the Base Lodge tomorrow with insight on solar power and how to reduce your carbon footprint. The 20th Annual Brewfest Part 2 is tomorrow night in the Meeting House. Automaster Customer Appreciations Days are both Saturday and Sunday. Also this weekend is the Maple Sugar Festival at the Boyden Valley Winery. On top of all that we are 100 percent open with top to bottom skiing and riding on all 3 mountains with all 8 lifts operating. 28 trails will be groomed for tomorrow for a grand total of 160 acres.

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Glade skiing

matthewToday we are a little cool and breezy. I found protection from the wind in the trees. I find that I stay warmer skiing in the trees because I ski slower and make more turns. The snow is also protected from the wind in the glades. The wind can knock the air out of the snow and make it wind packed. I had a great time today exploring the trees on Madonna and Sterling for powder stashes. I am looking forward to doing it all over again tomorrow. Tomorrow’s forecast is mostly sunny skies with less wind and a high of 21 degrees. We have top to bottom skiing and riding on all 3 mountains with all 78 trails open. We have 7 lifts operating, including the Madonna I lift. All 6 Terrain Parks are open. 37 trails will be groomed for tomorrow, including Smugglers’ Alley, Hangman’s Drop, Snake Bite, Timberrr, and skier’s right on Upper FIS for a grand total of 178 acres.

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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.
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Dual slalom race and new snow!

The dual slalom race on the Practice Slope today was exciting to watch.  There are many things going through your mind when you are racing down a course and having someone else racing next to you just adds one more thing.  Your focus should be downhill looking ahead, but you are also keeping tabs on the racer next to you.  There was also a jump in the course that the racers had to contend with.  The racers did a wonderful job of getting theirs skis back on the snow to make the next gate after catching air off the jump.  Speaking of snow, we received 6 inches of new snow in the past 24 hours.  The snowfall started off pretty wet last night which allowed the snow to stick. The temperature fell over night and the snow dried out.  The dense snow on the bottom with the lighter snow on top is just what the doctor ordered.  The dense snow skis deeper than it is and the light snow makes it that much more enjoyable.  Tomorrow’s forecast is calling for partly sunny skies with temperatures in the 30’s. We have top to bottom skiing and riding on all 3 mountains with 76 out of 78 trails open. We have 6 lifts operating, including the Madonna I Lift. 38 trails will be groomed for tomorrow for a grand total of 172 acres.
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“Its Solar Power, son”

Solar Power SON

Solar Panels facing the morning sun in the presence of Madonna and Sterling Mountains. This photo was taken on Edwards Road near Bootleggers’ Basin, which serves as a snowmaking reservoir in the winter, and a swimming & boating area in the summer.

Rockin’ Ron for Hugh. Smugglers’ Notch strives to be and has been recognized for being an environmental leader. Some of our efforts include employing energy-efficient appliances, diverting food and paper waste to compost, and using Solar Panels (pictured here) to generate power. We also have the power to make you happy by providing skiing and riding on a snow covered mountain on a SUNNY day!

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SSU wants YOU!

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This SSU sign is near the Sterling Lift corral. You can see the snow coming down.

Rockin’ Ron for Hugh. Uncle Sam wants you and SSU* does too! They want you to learn how ski and ride, or how to ski and ride BETTER. Whether its working with the youngest snowboarders at the Burton Riglet Park, or skiing down Freefall with an expert group, or enjoying the camaraderie of the Women’s Weekly Clinics, they have something for everyone! From hour long Private Lessons to day long Camps, from Level 1 to Level 9, come one, come all. Its true, SSU want YOU.

*SSU is an acronym for Snow Sport University. In the summer it becomes SFU or Summer Fun University.