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“Fresh” Prince

Apr 16, 2014 Brendan FreshRockin’ Ron for Hugh. What a difference a day makes.Yesterday was torrential rain and today was sunshine and powder. I saw Dave Sills (aka P1 or Patrol One) at the Top of the Notch. He said they had a heck of a time assessing the conditions this morning. After just a couple of runs, I can see what they went through. Well, my hat (or helmet) is off to you Dave, and the rest of Patrol and Mountain Ops. I chanced upon Greg Fatigate and he raved about the Birch Run Terrain Park, and he was right – it was in excellent condition with 4 rails and 3 jumps. Pictured is Brendan Simpson getting some fresh powder on the trail that connects Thomke’s to Bootleggers and Smugglers’ Alley. We skied a nice variety of terrain including Highlander Glades and Pipeline.Today was a crowning achievement to the season – we felt like Princes of Powder – like Jon Snow in Game of Thrones.

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Harvey’s Hideaway

 

tom blogToday was another beautiful spring day with sunshine and a high of 53 degrees. Every trail on Sterling is open and in fantastic condition. We have deep base depths and great coverage. There is some great spring skiing and riding to be had out there. This weekend we plan to have both the Madonna I lift and Sterling lift operating. Pictured here is Tom enjoying the soft spring bumps.

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Another beautiful day at Smuggs

 

mt. mansfield.JPG blogToday started off with cloudy skies and temperatures in the 20s. The clouds disappeared and the sun came out. The temperature made it up to the 40s at the base area. The groomed terrain in the sun turned to corn pretty quickly. The Birch Run Terrain Park was a bunch of fun with the soft conditions. A spine was just added to Birch Run on skiers’ left towards the top.

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Spring Air

 

nateSpring is finally here and we have fantastic coverage. It was another bluebird day with bright sunshine and a high of 48 degrees. Our groomers were busy last night making us 180 acres of corduroy. Groomed trails will soften quicker because of the tilled snow. The warm air can get into tilled snow and soften the surface. Drifter was groomed last night and it’s in great shape. I skied it a few times enjoying the corn snow and great views. I ran into my good friend Nate on Sterling Mountain in the afternoon. We had a great time skiing Upper Exhibition as you can tell by the photo of the Nate seen here.

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The view from the top of Drifter

 

drifter.JPG blogToday was another amazing day here at Smuggs. We had partly sunny skies with a high of 28 degrees. Now that it’s spring the sun is higher in the sky. I skied Freefall from the traverse and had a great time chasing my shadow down through the bumps. We received 19 inches of new snow in the past 6 days and the glades are wonderful.

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US AirBag Demo and Tour

 

Airbag blogI had a great time today in the Zone Terrain Park watching skiers and riders flying through the air. The jump was pretty big at 14 feet tall and 45 degree take off. The air bag allowed people to try new tricks with out worrying about the landing. The weather was wonderful with bright sunshine. Speaking of wonderful, the conditions are just fantastic. We have powder and packed powder on top of a deep base. We are 100 percent open with all 78 trails open.

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Extreme Skiing Challenge

 

extreme.JPG blogThe Smugglers’ Notch Extreme Skiing Challenge was just amazing today! It was a beautiful sunny day and we had a great turn out. This year’s competition had more age brackets with 10 and under, 11 to 13, 14 to 18, 19 to 44, and 45 plus. Pictured here is Pete Kochalka competing in the 45 plus category and ripping it up! There’s a reason why they call it the Extreme Skiing Challenge and Upper Madonna Liftline has some of the gnarliest lift serviced terrain in the east! This is a fantastic event that really showcases what Smuggs has to offer. Smuggs is of course known as “America’s Family Resort” and people think of Mogul Mouse, Billy Bob Bear’s Cave, the World Famous Cookie Race, Sir Henry’s Learning and Fun Park, the Burton Riglet Park, Log Jam Terrain Park, Father Winter’s Tee Pee, and many more things found on Morse Mountain. One of the great things about Smuggs is the diversity of terrain that we have on our 3 mountains. If you enjoy long groomed intermediate cruisers with awesome views we have that. If you are an expert who enjoys steeps, glades, and moguls we have that also. This event highlights the Headwall’s toughness with its double fall line, steep pitch, rocks, and changing conditions.

A huge thank you goes out to the people who made this event happen. The driving force has been the members of the Smugglers’ Notch Ski and Snowboard Club, the SNSC Freeski Team, Andrew Snow, Matteo Campbell, and Bryan Salatino. The Smuggles’ Notch Ski Patrol also worked hard with side stepping the trail days before the event, prepping the Upper Madonna Liftline and most important was their presence at the competition.

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Get in the Zone

 

zone.JPG blogToday was absolutely beautiful with the sunshine and milder temperatures. Today we had the local races on Practice Slope. I went to the top of Sterling with my race board to take a warm up run before racing. I had a great time carving up the corduroy on Black Snake. We had two races today because we had to cancel one race due to 18 inches of snow in 24 hours that we received on Valentine’s Day. I went to the Zone Terrain Park after I finished my race runs. It was fun to watch the skier pictured here floating through the air, while making his tricks look smooth and easy.

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6 inches of new snow in the past 24 hours.

 

Jess bermudaJess enjoying the fresh snow in Bermuda. We received 17 inches of new snow in the past week. I was taking some photos from the summit of Madonna when I saw my son and his Mitey Mites class. He told me that they had just skied Doc Dempsey’s to Bermuda. He said it was a great long glade run. I took his advice and headed for Doc’s. I found some nice fresh snow on skier’s left. Bermuda was next and I was looking forward to the low angle glades. Bermuda got its name from being warm and sunny. The trees provide protection from the wind and it is southern facing. The low angle allows you to cruise between the trees without having to worry about speed control too much. I love floating down through the powder in the sunshine.

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Snow Snake

 

harley and hannahToday was just beautiful. It was sunny and the winds died down. Our groomers were out in force last night grooming 183 acres. I had a great time on the cruisers today. My son and daughter are in the Mitey Mites program here at Smuggs. Mitey Mites is an 8 week program for children ages 6 to 12 years old. They meet on Saturdays or Sundays for the 8 weeks with the same group and instructor. My kids have really enjoyed the program and they look forward to it every week.