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Smugglers’ Notch Adaptive Program

blind riderToday was just amazing with beautiful sunny skies and temperatures reaching into the low 30’s. I was skiing with my two daughters over at the Morse Highlands Area. We skied the Log Jam Terrain Park seven times in a row. The girls were having too much fun on the rollers and funboxes. We were doing one of our laps in the terrain park when I saw this blind rider and guide. My hat is off to both the blind rider and guide. This relationship takes a great deal of trust. It was impressive to watch them work together as they rode down the mountain. We have top to bottom skiing and riding on all 3 mountains with all 78 trails open.

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smuggsphoto Op

Rockin’ Ron for Hugh. My friend Bruce Morrissey of smuggsphoto.com, not unsurprisingly, knows where and how to get the money shots. For many years he’s been taking photos & videos of families on the mountain and around the Resort, in Winter and in Summer. Today, we shot video of me skiing as the Friendly Pirate on Morse and Morse Highlands. This footage will be used to promote skiing to kids. When we finished filming we took Midway to Madonna for a fun run: Upper Chilcoot > Catwalk > Lower Catwalk > Lower Drifter > Red Fox Glades > Mulcahy’s Link > Lower FIS. Along the way Bruce snapped this photo of yours truly in action. Whether there were photos or not, it was a sunny day and I couldn’t miss this opportunity.

Rockin by Bruce

Where did Bruce take this shot?

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World Famous Cookie Race

HaylleighToday was another beautiful day with sunny skies and a high of 22 degrees. I was on Morse Mountain today and it brought back so many great memories. I remember when I was learning how to ski here at Smuggs. Starting off on the lower mountain as a beginner and working my way to the top of Morse. Fine tuning my skills on Snow Snake and Upper Morse Liftline. More great memories were made today too as I watched my 3 year old daughter ski down from the top of Morse to the Cookie Race. It’s great watching her enjoy what I love so much! We have top to bottom skiing and riding on all 3 mountains with 76 out of 78 trails open. All 8 lifts will be operating on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. 31 trails will be groomed for tomorrow, including Drifter, Lower Black Bear, and Snow Snake for a grand total of 166 acres. All 6 Terrain Parks are open. Tomorrow’s forecast is calling for increasing clouds with a chance of flurries in the afternoon and a high of 33 degrees.

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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.
dual slalom lenny pow

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Another beautiful day at Smuggs

My first run of the day was on Madonna Mountain. The sun was out and the winds were calm.  There was an inversion this morning; the summit temperature was higher than the base temperature.  The skier’s right side of Upper FIS was groomed last night. This allows skiers and riders the option of moguls or groomed terrain.  It also gives you an out if you get tired while going for it in the bumps.  I was on Morse Mountain midday and stopped by to see Father Winter in his teepee.  Every visit is fun and also educational.  Father Winter’s teepee is located between Lower Morse Liftline and the Magic Learning Trail. Father Winter pictured on the right is at his teepee on Wednesdays and Saturdays.  I headed back to the Upper Mountains later in the afternoon for one more run on Madonna Mountain.  It was so nice out that I decided to ski Upper Drifter and take in some wonderful views.  The photo on the left was taken from one of my favorite vantage points. 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. 33 trails will be groomed tonight, including Smugglers’ Alley, Snow Snake, and skier’s right of Upper FIS.  The forecast is calling for 3 to 6 inches of new snow in the next 24 hours and up to 11 inches by Friday!  There is also more snow in the forecast for this weekend.
DSC06754 (1) drifter

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Glade skiing

phil sun powder branchToday started off a little cold, but the sun warmed things up. I ran into my good friends Phil and Andy this afternoon. We had a great time playing in the powder filled glades. Phil is pictured here enjoying the great conditions. The wind moved some snow around last night and we found some of the best snow to be in the low angle glades. 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. Tuesday’s forecast is mostly cloudy skies with some flurries, a high of 15 degrees and light wind. Tonight we plan to groom 31 trails including Smugglers’ Alley, Snake Bite, and Upper Pipeline for a grand total of 158 acres.

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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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21 inches of new snow in the past week!

ken coveredThe conditions are great and getting even better.  This morning we had flurries and then the sun came out this afternoon.  I had a wonderful time playing in the powder filled glades. This photo is my good friend Ken getting a face full of the fluffy stuff in the woods on Madonna Mountain. The forecast calls for another 7 inches of new snow by Tuesday. We have top to bottom skiing and riding on all 3 mountains with all 78 trails open. 34 trails will be groomed for tomorrow for a grand total of 166 acres.

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Great conditions

hugh powderToday started off with light snow and ended up with a sunny afternoon. I had a great time running some gates on the Practice Slope today. The Local’s Race Series will be starting soon and today was just practice. I traded my race skis for my all mountain skis and headed for Madonna Mountain. My good friend Tony and I went hunting for powder stashes in the sun filled glades. This photo shows that we were successful. This weekend we plan to have top to bottom skiing and riding on all 3 mountains with all 8 lifts operating. We have 77 out of 78 trails open with terrain for all ability levels.