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World Famous Cookie Race

 

hayleigh 1This has been a kid favorite here at Smuggs for a long time. It’s pretty easy to understand that kids like cookies. This race allows the kids to showcase the skills that they have learned while attending Snow Sport University. It’s also just a bunch of fun with balloons, hoops, teeter-totters, race gates, fun boxes, and even a friendly pirate.

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Smugglers’ Notch Adaptive Program

 

blind snowboarde blogI was delivering the snow report in the Village this morning when I passed Sir Henry’s Learning and Fun Park. At first I did not notice anything out of the ordinary, until I saw a bright green pinny with “Blind Rider” on it. I have seen blind skiers before and I am always blown away with their ability to ski without sight. The faith and communication between the guide and rider/skier is imperative. I want to thank the Smugglers’ Notch Adaptive Program for doing an outstanding job of bringing the world of skiing and riding to people who would not normally be able to. These instructors are wonderful people whose job might take more patience, but the rewards of their efforts is priceless.

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Ski-lightful und Snowboard-dacious

 

Feb 11, 2014 Upper DrifterRockin’ Ron for Hugh. 5 year old Rebecca from CT said “Walk on, Walkin’ Juan”. Molly from SSU said her new favorite word “Fab-u-loso”. Shay from SNAP essayed “awesome-possum”. Peter from F-L-A boasted “beaut-o-mous”. Marcela from Wyndham offered “feliz-tastic”. Well, after skiing on Upper Drifter (pictured here – looking up from the first hairpin turn) I wanted to shout “splen-diferous, shred-alicious, and un-be-flyin’-lievable”!!! I love Upper D and today reminded me of my second year at the Resort (back in the 90′s) when I had a GREAT day with Stacy from IT and two other co-workers. You can quote me as saying “ski-lightful und snowboard-dacious”.

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Highlander Glades

 

blade blogThe forecast called for 4 to 6 inches of new snow today. We received an inch of new snow overnight. One of the great things about getting a snow storm during the day is that the conditions just keep getting better. As the snowfall totals went up so did the trail count. We opened Drifter for the first time this season, so I just had to ski it. We also opened Shuttle. I love the steep pitch on Shuttle and I found some nice powder on skier’s left. The lower section of Shuttle is not as steep as the top and usually holds snow very nicely. This section does not get hit by the wind much so; the snow stays light and fluffy. I would stay in someone else’s tracks to build up speed and then shoot into the deep powder which would slow me down again. I continued to play this game the rest of the way down Shuttle. I headed up Sterling next where I ran into Snow Sport University Instructor Blade and his class. They were enjoying the powder in Highlander Glades and so was I. Blade is pictured here having fun in the trees.

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Doc Dempsey’s Glades

 

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I was going to take a run with my wife Harley this morning on Madonna Mountain. We were going by the Base Lodge when we ran into Matt from Snow Sport University who told us that we needed to ski Doc Dempsey’s. He also suggested that we hit the skier’s left hand side. The very top was a little thin but, it did not take long to get good. Matt was correct about the skier’s left hand side! Harley and I had a great run and also found some nice fresh tracks. Thanks for the good advice Matt.

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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!