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A mountain of snow

 

snowmaking mountain. blogIt has been pretty cold the past couple of days and our snowmakers have been really busy. The snowmaking whales can get pretty big overnight, but the ones I saw this morning were just huge. The mountain of snow that you see here in the photo was made in just a day. It was the perfect storm in the snowmaking world with cold temperatures and light winds. It is just amazing the amount of snow that the new tower guns can make in a short amount of time in the right conditions. Talk about base depths!

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Teleturns on the Treasure pitch

 

tele turn blogWe received 2 to 3 inches of new snow last night. Our groomers were out last night also and they did a wonderful job. They made 161 acres of freshly groomed terrain for our skiing and riding pleasure. Our snowmakers were also busy last night making snow on Smugglers’ Alley, Hangman’s Drop, Upper Pipeline, Thomke’s, Bootlegger, and Thomke’s Express. I was enjoying the great conditions with my son Hugh B when we ran into some good family friends. We skied half the day with them and had a great time on Madonna and Sterling.

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Pete on Bootlegger

 

Jan. 5, 2014 bootlegger pete blogOur snowmakers were busy on Bootlegger, Thomke’s Express, and Upper Pipeline last night. Smugglers’ Alley had been skiing so well the past few days that I decided to ski it for my first run. It was still pretty flat and the snow was very edgeable. I ran into a few friends at the base of Sterling and they had just skied Bootlegger from the top. They said the snowmaking guns have been shut off on Bootleggers and it was skiing really nice. We all decided make Bootlegger our next run. The snowmakers had done a great job of covering the top section, especially where it’s steep.

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Snowmaking on Smugglers’ Alley

 

Jan. 4, 2014 alley blogI was talking with Ski Patrol after they did trail check this morning. They told me that Smugglers’ Alley was groomed last night. They also said that snowmaking on Smugglers’ Alley was as good as it gets! My son Hugh and I decided to make Smugglers’ Alley our first run. The Ski Patrollers were absolutely right. The Alley was smooth with a fresh coating of snow. Hugh thought that we had first tracks, but I told him that it’s because of the snowmaking. I skied up to Hugh at the bottom of Alley and he says “Let’s do that again!”

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That’s snow fun

 

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I was delivering the snow report in the Village this morning. I was walking by the gazebo when I noticed the snowmaking whale at the base of Morse. Snow Sport University classes were meeting and getting ready to hit the slopes. A few of the SSU instructors and students could not resist the temptation and had to slide down the whale. I don’t blame them one bit. I’m a big kid who loves to play in the snow too!

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Black Snake

 

bill teleBill making some nice tele turns today on Sterling. I want to thank our snowmakers for doing a wonderful job. The snow was fantastic on Black Snake and Practice Slope. I really like the new efficient tower guns. They allow our snowmakers to make a higher quality snow for your skiing and riding pleasure.

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Happy Holidays!

Dec. 25, 2013 blogToday was cold, clear, and calm. The clear skies last night allowed the temperature to drop. The sunshine warmed things up a little bit throughout the day. We have been making snow around the clock on Log Jam and Midway. The Morse Highlands lift opened today. We now have top to bottom skiing and riding on all 3 mountains with 6 lifts operating. Upper F.I.S. was groomed last night. I had a great time skiing it with my friend Paul pictured here.

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Carter does not need reindeer to fly!

 

Dec. 21, 2013 Carter Snow blog

I was riding the Madonna I chair lift this morning when I saw my friend Darrin. He was skiing with his daughter Kendall on Lower Madonna Liftline. They told me that they had just skied Upper F.I.S. and it was really good. They said that playing on the snowmaking whales was a bunch of fun. I took their word for it and headed for Upper F.I.S., Darrin and Kendall know what they are talking about. I had a great time playing in the soft snow on the whales. I was just about to the Doc’s cut-off when I saw a group of skiers below me. It was the Smugglers’ Notch Ski Club FreeStyle Team. It was fantastic to watch these young talented skiers working their skills. One of those talented skiers is Carter Snow, pictured here showing us how it is done.

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Upper F.I.S.

Dec. 20, 2013 Upper FIS blogThe forecast called for light snow this morning with a chance of mix or rain in the afternoon. For my first run I headed up the Madonna I chair lift. I was watching the skiers and riders on Lower Madonna Liftline and I could tell the snow was soft. Everyone was carving it up nicely. I was looking forward to doing the same. I decided to ski Upper F.I.S., because the snowmaking whales have been so much fun. Well they did not disappoint today either. The skier’s right side has been a real good friend lately.

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Father Winter

 

Dec. 18, 2013 father winter blogToday I went for a 3 mountain tour. I started with a run on Madonna and really enjoyed the snowmaking whales on Upper FIS.  Our snowmakers did a fantastic job of making some quality snow.  The new tower guns were a great investment. Our snowmakers are now making snow on Lower FIS, Midway, and the Magic Learning Trail.

I then headed up the Sterling lift and did a cruiser run on Upper Rumrunner to Black Snake. The light fluffy snow on top of the groomed snow was fun to fly through. I rode the Mogul Mouse Magical lift next and skied Garden Path to Lower Morse Liftline.  I stopped by to see Father Winter’s Woodland Retreat, which is on skier’s left of Lower Morse Liftline.  A ski school class was visiting Father Winter and he was telling them about some of the animals that live in Northern Vermont.  I always learn something new when I visit Father Winter in his tee pee.