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Another beautiful day and more progress on the pond

Today was just gorgeous with the blue bird skies and milder temperatures.  It was so pretty out today that I had to take a few runs just for the scenic views.  I like the photo on the left because Madonna Mountain and Upper Drifter look different from this angle.  Our Terrain Park Crew was in the Zone today getting ready for the Pond Skimming on Saturday, April 4th. It was neat to watch as the groomer cut a little deeper with each pass through the pond.  The pond is really taking shape. I am really looking forward to skimmin’ n chillin’ n grillin’ this weekend!  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.  Tomorrow’s forecast is partly to mostly cloudy with a chance of flurries or a light shower early with temperatures between 37 and 45 degrees, which will make for some great spring conditions.  33 trails will be groomed tonight including skier’s right on Upper FIS, Smugglers’ Alley, Wanderer, and Hangman’s Drop for a grand total of 168 acres.
cutting the pond out drifter

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If you build it they will come

 

pond constructionThe Zone Terrain Park is being transformed from big hits to a big pond. Our terrain park crew is busy moving snow to get ready from the 3rd Annual Pond Skimming being held this Saturday, April 4th. This event just screams fun! Prizes will be awarded for best costume and most spectacular landing. Registration starts at 10 am at the Yurt in Parking Lot 1 and the entertainment starts at noon. The pond skimming is only a part of the festivities on Saturday, because there is also the Chillin’ and Grillin’ Tailgate Party in Parking Lot 1. Smuggs will be awarding 2,5oo dollars in prizes and cash to the winners of the following categories best overall tailgate (food, flair, festive, and fun), best original recipe (main dish, side dish, and drink), and best Smuggs themed tailgate. This is a don’t miss event for sure! 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. We are also expecting another 1 to 2 inches of new snow tonight.

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Local’s race series

darren raceThe best part of the Local’s race series is the comradery. You might not win the race, but you want to beat your friend. You know the one who always finishes right ahead of you. Today that friend beat me by more than I would like. Pictured here is my good friend Darrin. He even looks like he is moving in a still photo. This weekend we have many events like the Molly Rail Jam in the Zone Terrain Park starting at 2 pm on Saturday. Also on Saturday we have Boston’s Sports Hub Radio 98.5 in the Black Bear from 2 pm till 4 pm with music, games, and prizes, including a pair of tickets to see the Boston Celtics! We have top to bottom skiing and riding on all 3 mountains with all 8 lifts operating. 38 trails will be groomed for Saturday, including skier’s right on Upper FIS, Smugglers’ Alley, Chute, Harvey’s, Snow Snake, and Evaporator for a grand total of 181 acres. We are also expecting up to 5 inches of new snow by Sunday night.

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The Zone Terrain Park

 

zoneToday was a beautiful blue bird day. It started off a little cool, but it did not take long for the sun to work its magic. I was out on my snowboard with a hard setup. The groomed snow was perfect for carving some nice turns. I could really trust the snow and just lay it out. It was a great day to be out on the mountain enjoying the sunshine and great conditions. The weather this weekend looks fantastic with temperatures in the 20’s and we are expecting 2 inches of new snow on Saturday night. 31 trails will be groomed for tomorrow including skier’s right on Upper FIS, Snow Snake, and Thomke’s Express for a grand total of 164 acres. We have top to bottom skiing and riding on all 3 mountains with all 78 trails and all 8 lifts operating.

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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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Double grab

 

double grab.JPG blogI started the day off with the Cat Trax Fresh Trax Tour up Madonna Mountain this morning. It was a little cloudy but we could still see Lake Champlain and the Presidential Range in the White Mountains of New Hampshire. There were a few people on the tour who had never been on top of a mountain before. They were amazed with the beautiful views in every direction. I skied down Chilcoot and enjoyed the fresh corduroy. I went to the Zone after finishing the morning report. There was a group of skiers and riders that were nailing the rails and jumps. Pictured here are two of the skiers and I was lucky enough to capture them getting the grab at the same time.

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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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Northern Vermont USASA Slopestyle Event

 

skier grab goodblogThis morning I went on the Cat Trax Fresh Trax Tour up Madonna Mountain. It was a beautiful sunny day. We had great views from the cabin of the cat on the ride up the mountain but the 360 degree view from the summit of Madonna was the best. We had a great time cruising down the corduroy of Chilcoot. I went to the Zone Terrain Park to check out the Slopestyle event. There was a great turn out of competitors and the park was in great shape. It was amazing to watch these skiers and riders throwing down their best tricks for the judges. It was also pretty cool to have Vermont’s own Ty Walker show up and help announce the event with Connor Manning.

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Get in the Zone

 

Ozone blogI was riding the Sterling T-Bar this morning and I was checking out the new features in the Zone Terrain Park. The Smuggs Park Crew just installed five rails. I was watching the skiers and riders testing out the rails and jumps. There are four sets of jumps in the Zone with each set having two jumps. One jump is larger than the other, giving the skier/rider a choice of size. There was snowboarder who was only hitting the jumps. He had a smooth style and was nailing his tricks. I waited for him at the top of the T Bar and then chatted with him. He was recently in Utah and he was watching the progress of the Zone Terrain Park online from there. He was stoked to finally be here hitting the jumps. I was stoked to watch him and take photos. This picture here is my favorite because of his body position and he has the grab.

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Race training on the Practice Slope

 

st. mikeThe Practice Slope was pretty busy today. There was a High School Winter Carnival GS race on Black Snake, Snake Bite, and Practice Slope. These brave racers were working hard to get around the gates on the steep pitch of Snake Bite. Snake Bite can be intimidating, especially when there are gates. The Carnival continues tomorrow with a slalom race on Lower FIS. I headed to the Zone after the GS race. There are 8 jumps in the Zone Terrain Park. I had fun watching the skiers and riders flying through the air. The far skier’s left side of Practice Slope had a race course. Saint Michael’s Race Team was here at Smuggs running slalom gates. The photo seen here is one of the racers hitting one of the slalom gates.