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The Mitey Mites

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“The Knuckleheads”

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View of Smuggs at 6AM this morning

Today I got to spend the 6th Sunday this season with my Mitey Mites group, known as “The Knuckleheads.” This group of chargers has been so much fun to ski with, we might not be pretty, but we can make it down anything. I have taken a unique approach with this group, instead of bombarding them with drills to perfect turns, I have been pushing mountain awareness. (note: I do teach skills too) The goal with this is to develop all of these local kids into lifelong skiers, who have a passion for the sport, and can conduct themselves in an appropriate manner on the hill. We have looked into such topics as weather, equipment, conditions, safety, and group or team camaraderie. I have enforced these ideals through homework assignments like knowing the weather, equipment upkeep, knowing the responsibility code, and watching ski videos. For a final project I am having each student lead the group down the entire mountain for 1 run, and in doing so they will have to make an appropriate trail choice, manage the group, and know where they are going. This might not sound like the toughest task, but for a child to be responsible for 8 others at one time, really will be nothing short of a miracle, but I have faith. I’m really excited for our last two weeks, to see where these “knuckleheads” drag me. To the right you can see six of the members of our group at the top of F.I.S.  Normally there are three more, but because of the school break we have a few members on vacation, to places such as Colorado, California, and British Columbia.

I also grabbed this picture on my way to the mountain to do the morning report. Pink sky in the morning, skiers and riders aren’t taking warning, we are getting our gear ready because snow is in the forecast!

Tomorrow look for 77 trails to be open, accessed by 6 lifts. Snow should be falling out of the sky with accumulations adding up to around 5″. Temps again should be in the 20s, but probably will be dropping during the day. 36 trails will be groomed, or around 175 acres total.

-Matt McCawley

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Don’t Like the Weather, Wait a Minute.

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Today was another great day at Smugglers’ Notch. If you are familiar with Northern Vermont then you will know that old saying, if you don’t like the weather, wait a minute. Well that’s what today was like, the day starting off with temperatures hovering just above zero. Then the sun came out and quickly warmed the temperatures above 20 degrees.  Finally the clouds quickly rolled in and we had an afternoon burst of snow with about an inch of accumulation. Despite the weather being inconsistent, the snow was consistently great today, and myself and Jeff Silver of Mtn. Seasons Bagels found lots of great snow still untracked in the woods. We also came across lots of trees that look like the ones pictured, which is a testament to all the snow we have received this season. We have gotten 70 inches of snow in February alone and 212″ all season. Another thing to get excited about is that during this whole week, Smugglers’ is offering 1/2 price lift tickets, rentals, and lessons to all Vermont residents (valid I.D. required) so take advantage of being a Vermonter, and enjoy these fantastic conditions. Tomorrow look for cooler temperatures, under mostly cloudy skies, with skiing and riding on 100% of our terrain, on all three mountains!

-Matt McCawley

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P-h-Ski

School house glades

The School House on Morse Mountain. It leads into some sweet beginner glades.

Rockin’ Ron for Hugh. I’m going for higher elevation education! I’m majoring in cruisers, steeps, moguls, and glades with Snow Sport University at Smugglers’ Notch Resort.

Today’s class was cruising in the fresh, creamy powder. Yea, the big fat flakes were flyin’. To quote Led Zeppelin “You need schoolin’, baby, I’m not foolin'”. I hope I get straight ‘A’s’… that’s Awesome Alpine Adventures.

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The Snowman knows

 

Rockin and Snowman 3Rockin’ Ron for Hugh. Tony, the guy who provides our Smuggs-specific weather forecast, is calling for 12 to 18 inches of SNOW for Wednesday into Thursday. One of the local Network affiliates is saying 10 to 20 inches. Someone at 3 Mountain Outfitters (our rental, retail, and repair shop) boldly predicted 3 feet. Not knowing what to think, I went to the source of snow, the fortune teller of flurries, the prophet of powder… the SNOWMAN! He told me that this storm is going to be EPIC, MASSIVE, and OFF-THE-HOOK!!! Bruce Morrisey of SmuggsPhoto.com took this picture after I received the news.

Joke 1: What do you get when you cross a snowman and a vampire? Frostbite.

Joke 2: What did one snowman say to the other snowman? Do you smell carrots?

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Treasure Run

Dec. 23, 2013 Hugh B blogThis morning we had a little drizzle. The temperatures were falling throughout the day. I was skiing with my son Hugh B. and we were watching the changing weather. We would try to catch what ever was falling from the sky on each chair lift ride. Once we caught something, we would examine the different properties of the precipitation. On one lift ride we had sleet and we were noticing the circular shape. The weather changed to snow next and we were finding different sizes and shapes of snowflakes.