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Super Sunday

The best thing to do before the big game is to get out on the mountain and make some turns. This way you build up a good appetite for all the snacks that you will be eating later. I had a great time today watching skiers and riders having fun in the Birch Run Terrain Park.  There is cool new feature at the bottom of the park that looks like a pyramid but with steeper sides. I also had fun today on Upper FIS. It has been groomed for the past few nights. I love a steep pitch with a smooth surface. Tonight we plan to groom 31 trails including Upper FIS for a grand total of 160 acres. For Monday we plan to have top to bottom skiing and riding on all 3 mountains with 6 lifts operating and 33 trails open. Tomorrow’s forecast is mostly cloudy skies with a chance of flurries and temperatures between 19 and 29 degrees.

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Cam Newton takes flight

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Snow explosion coming off the rail

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Let it fly

The forecast called for skies becoming partly to mostly cloudy.  It started to flurry this morning and it snowed all day long.  We received a dusting to an inch of accumulation today and a snow shower is in the forecast for tonight. Last night we made snow on Lower Morse Liftline, Wanderer, Meadowlark, Sir Henry’s, Garden Path, and Magic Learning Trail. Tonight we plan to make snow on Harvey’s Hideaway, Full Nelson, Snake Bite, and Lower Pipeline.  There are flurries and snow showers in the forecast from Monday through Friday along with some good snow making temperatures.  Tonight we plan to groom 31 trails for a grand total of 161 acres. Tomorrow we plan to have top to bottom skiing and riding on all 3 mountains with all 8 lifts operating and 33 trails open.  The Birch Run Terrain Park is open with 15 features and is groomed daily. Tomorrow’s forecast is partly to mostly cloudy skies with a chance of flurries early and temperatures between 19 and 30 degrees. let it fly birch run board sam jump

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Race training

I got to ski and snowboard today.  I went snowboarding at the Morse Highlands Area this morning with my family and some great friends.  The kids were having so much fun following each other in line and making train sounds.  It was really nice to all ski and snowboard together.  Today was the first race of the local’s league, so I headed up to Sterling this afternoon to get my runs in.  I raced on the snowboard first and I realized that maybe I should have rode the snowboard a little more before racing.  After completing my two race runs I switched back to my ski boots and headed back to the race course.   I got my race runs in on my skis, not as fast as I wanted but at least I finished.  I felt even slower when I watched some racers running slalom gates. They were cross blocking the gates. In the photo you can see the gate bending from the cross blocking. The racer is so low that their hand is touching the ground.

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Attacking the slalom gate

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Family and Friends

We have top to bottom skiing and riding on all 3 mountains with all 8 lifts operating and 36 trails open.  35 trails will be groomed for Saturday, that’s 157 acres. Snow making moves to Morse Mountain tonight. Birch Run Terrain Park is open with 15 features

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Tele turns on Link

I had a great time today on Madonna and Sterling Mountain. I was out with Alex Martin from Smuggs TV filming another episode of the No Bull Video Snow Report. We went to the summit of Madonna Mountain to take in all the wonderful views.  We then took a cruiser run on Upper Chilcoot to Link for our first run.  Link was pretty nice with soft conditions. I would have to say that my trail pick of the day was Snake Bite.  I love the steep pitch and the snow was very edgeable.

The forecast is calling for colder temperatures tonight and we plan to resume snow making on Madonna Mountain. We plan to make snow Link, Lower Madonna Liftline, and Lower FIS. We plan to groom 36 trails tonight for a grand total of 165 acres.  Tomorrow’s forecast is partly to mostly sunny skies with temperatures between 12 and 25 degrees.  The forecast is also calling for snow showers Saturday night and Tuesday. tele turn on link

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Morse Highlands

kyleThe Morse Highlands area is a great place for kids and beginners.  Dixie’s Knoll is a wide trail with a low angle pitch.  Skiers and riders learning to turn have plenty of room and they don’t have to worry about picking up too much speed.  I saw Snow Sport University Instructor Kyle Ebbett giving a lesson on Dixie’s Knoll.  This trail was perfect for his student to learn how to make turns and stop.  Log Jam is also a great trail for beginners. It is a little steeper than Dixie’s Knoll, but is also nice and wide.  There are many trails through the woods that the kids just love to play in.  The people who work the Morse Highlands Lift are very nice and helpful.

For Thursday we plan to have top to bottom skiing and riding on all 3 mountains with 6 lifts operating and 33 trails open. We plan to groom 30 trails tonight, including Upper FIS for a grand total of 153 acres.  The Birch Run Terrain Park is open with 15 features.  Tomorrow’s forecast is partly to mostly cloudy skies with temperatures between 22 and 35 degrees.

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It’s all about having fun

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Dara hanging out

I was getting on the Sterling Lift when I saw Snow Sport University Instructor Dara.  She was hanging out waiting on some friends. The cool part is that she was having fun by only balancing on her skis tips and ski poles.

 

 

 

 

 

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Old Man Winter at the summit of Sterling

It looked like Old Man Winter was also having fun doing some runs on Sterling Mountain with his friend Young Man Winter.  The soft conditions in the Birch Run Terrain Park made all the landing fun too.  It was great to hear a group of friends cheering on their buddy who made it across one of the rails for the first time!

 

 

 

 

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Riding the rail in Birch Run Terrain Park

For Tuesday we plan to have top to bottom skiing and riding on all 3 mountains with 6 lifts operating and 37 trails open.  30 trails will be groomed for tomorrow, including Upper FIS, McPherson’s, Snow Snake, Snake Bite, and Log Jam for a grand total of 158 acres. We plan to resume snowmaking tonight on Sterling Mountain once the temperatures allow. Tomorrow’s forecast is partly to mostly sunny skies with temperatures between 20 and 32 degrees.

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Great day on the mountains

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360 in the Birch Run Terrain Park

The forecast called for cloudy skies, but it was partly sunny all day long. The temperature was comfortable with light winds. We have been grooming Upper FIS the past few nights and it is skiing fantastic.  A nice smooth surface with soft snow on top is hard to beat. My friend Tony and I skied Upper FIS multiple times in a row, because it was just too good.

 

 

 

 

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Tony having fun on Bootlegger

We also skied Bootlegger which still has big snowmaking whales on it.  I had a blast skiing the snowmaking whales, because of their of neat shapes and steep backsides.  Birch Run Terrain Park was in great shape today with soft landings.  It now has 14 rails and boxes along with a hit in the middle.  I watched a young skier from the Smugglers’ Notch Ski Club do a nice 360 off the hit while I was there.

 

 

 

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Jude taking he first ride on the Madonna 1 lift.

One of the highlights of my day was getting to ride the Madonna 1 lift with 8 year old Jude. It was Jude’s first time riding the Madonna 1 lift. I had so much fun pointing out all the different things you can see from the Madonna 1 lift.  We checked out Lake Champlain, Mount Mansfield, Morse Mountain, the notch, Sterling Mountain, and the windmills in Lowell. It was wonderful to share this milestone with Jude!

 

 

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Upper FIS

We have top to bottom skiing and riding on all 3 mountains with 6 lifts operating and 55 trails open.Tonight we plan to groom 27 trails for a grand total of 144 acres.

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Race training

DSC05432They call it Practice Slope for a good reason. One of the great things about the Practice Slope is that it is wide. There is enough room to set up multiple courses  at the same time.  The T-Bar makes it easy to get back to the top of the Practice Slope and run the course again. The T-Bar is also used to access the Zone Terrain Park, which is under construction. If you use the T-Bar to access the Birch Run Terrain Park please look up hill for traffic when crossing trails.

 

DSC05440We have top to bottom skiing and riding on all 3 mountains with all 8 lifts operating and 53 trails open. Last night we made snow on Lower Link to Sterling and Lower Madonna Liftline. Tonight we plan to groom 30 trails, including Upper FIS for a grand total of 153 acres.

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Torchlight parade, fireworks, snow making, and natural snow

The Cat Trax Express Tour last night was just beautiful.  We got out of the Cat at the top of the Village Lift to check out the views. It was fun to watch the groomers on Madonna; they were grooming Upper FIS from Catwalk down to Link.  We took some photos and then headed part way down the mountain. We stopped to watch the Torchlight parade and fireworks from above.  They were both wonderful and a great time was had by all.

I want to thank our snow makers for producing some amazing snow. The snow on Bootleggers is deep and so much fun.  I skied it with my wife Harley on my first run, second run, and third run. I saw a couple of our Snow Makers working their way down the mountain after a gun run and I had to stop to thank them for doing great job! Our Snow Makers will be busy tonight again on Lower Link to Sterling and Lower Madonna Liftline. I also want to thank our groomers for all their hard work. They used the Winch Cat to groom Upper FIS last night. Our Groomers will be out in force again tonight producing 155 acres of freshly groomed terrain.  This weekend we have top to bottom skiing and riding on all 3 mountains with all 8 lifts operating and 52 trails open.

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Torchlight Parade

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Fireworks over the Village

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Ski Patrollers Bernie and Cyndi skiing the great snow on Bootlegger.

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Harley on Bootleggers

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What did you do at school today?

The Cambridge Elementary School 4th graders have been here at Smuggs for the past few days. They have been learning how to ski and snowboard or fine tuning their skills. This wonderful program brings back so many memories. I went to the Cambridge Elementary School many years ago and was able to take a ski lesson with my school mates. I can remember being so excited to skip school and learn to ski with my friends. I want to thank all the teachers, parents, and of course the Cambridge Area Rotary  who make this fantastic Winter Wellness program possible, because with out it so many kids might not get the chance to ski or snowboard. Talk about making memories, it’s been over 35 years and it still sticks with me.

We have top to bottom skiing and riding on all 3 mountains with 6 lifts operating and 50 trails open. Snow making continues on Chute, Bootlegger, Thomke’s Express, Lower Exhibition, and the Zone. 29 trails will be groomed for tomorrow, including Upper FIS from Catwalk down for a grand total of 158 acres of freshly groomed terrain.  Tomorrow’s forecast is flurries and snow showers 1 to 2 inches accumulation possible with temperatures between 19 and 29 degrees.

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The Cambridge Elementary School 4th graders

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Doctor John taking a cruiser on Sterling Mountain