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Harvest the corn

harley carveThe spring skiing and riding is just fantastic. This morning started off with a little bit of rain, but that did not last long. The sun came out this afternoon with temperatures reaching into the 5o’s at the summit of Sterling. I really enjoyed the soft corn snow on top of the smooth groomed snow. I also had a great time on the ungroomed snow of Upper Exhibition and Bootlegger. Pictured here is my wife Harley enjoying the spring conditions on Black Snake. This closing weekend we plan to have to have the Madonna I lift and Sterling lift operating with 43 trails open. 12 trails will be groomed for tomorrow for a grand total of 75 acres. Tomorrow’s forecast is increasing clouds with a chance of showers midday and later with temperatures between 39 and 51 degrees. The forecast for closing day Sunday, April 19th is mostly sunny skies with temperatures between 41 and 52 degrees.

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The Headwall on Madonna Mountain

headwall jumpSpring is definitely in the air! Today was a great day to be on the mountain with beautiful sunny skies and temperatures in the 40’s and 50’s. The snow turned to corn and it was game on. The Ski Patrol opened Madonna Liftline top to bottom and left it open until 4 pm. It was skiing great with the spring conditions! I also had a fantastic time on Upper FIS, Doc Dempsey’s, and Upper Morse Liftline. Tomorrow we plan to have the Sterling Lift operating with intermediate and expert terrain open. 12 trails will be groomed for tomorrow including Thomke’s Express and Jolly Rodger for a grand total of 66 acres. Weather permitting we plan to have both Madonna I Lift and Sterling Lift operating next weekend.

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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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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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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.

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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.
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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.
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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.