Flurries fly for Philly flyers


Brendan and Dale go with the floe.

Rockin’ Ron for Hugh. My friends the Carrs from the Philadelphia, PA area are making one of their frequent visits to Smuggs, and Brendan is checking out colleges in Burlington. Over the past 10 years, I’ve seen them at the Resort in summer and in winter, but we’ve never skied together. Before we took our runs, Brendan stopped by 3 Mountain Equipment to get a pair of demo skis. We did warm up runs on Morse (Garden Path, Snow Snake) then took Midway to Sterling (Upper & Lower Rumrunner, Thomke’s). There were flurries and snow showers the whole time as well as some thick fog at the summit. The inch of fresh snow on the trails made it fun to carve as we were flying down the mountain. A good time was had by all.


3 Mountain Outfitters will keep you warm



Adrienne models hand warmers and gloves from 3MO.

Rockin’ Ron for Hugh. To paraphrase Hugh “there are no bad conditions, just bad gear.” It is chilly-willy, a tad nippy, and just plain cold today. Patrol is asking folks to cover any exposed skin and watch for frostbite. But, the conditions are pretty good right now, so if you do go out I recommend taking a run, then a Hot Chocolate break, then another run, then a lunch break, etc. It also means you should head to 3 Mountain Outfitters to get hand warmers, gloves, mittens, socks, snow pants, and jackets. We send you warm wishes.


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Monsters roam the Earth!!! Actually, it’s just Milton Ski Club having some fun before they hit the slopes.


Serious Skiing Skills

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Matt McCawley has an appointment with the Doc. Photo by Alex Martin of Smuggs TV.

Rockin’ Ron filling in for Matt who’s been filling in for Hugh. Alex Martin – the videographer/editor/producer at Smuggs TV – was out filming Matt today. The picture, to the right, is from Doc Dempsey’s and is in the video which is now on the Smuggs Facebook page. Not only is Alex an excellent videographer, he has some serious skiing skills. After all, to capture the action and scenery, he has to negotiate the very same terrain as Hugh or Matt. Corey Bergeron from Long Trail Brewing, who’s here as a sponsor of this weekend’s Apres Sport Parties, joined Alex and Matt for a few runs.

Matt is not the only member of his family to work at the Resort. His mom Judy worked for Mtn Ops, his sister Lizzy was a popular Summer Camp counselor for the Sound & Stage program, and his dad “Squatch” was a ski instructor and a character, and is a Smuggs legend! The McCawleys have helped put the family in America’s Family Resort.

I bet you’re wondering how my day was. OK, I’ll tell you. It’s Friday so I had to get in my Locals Race runs on Practice Slope. I rode the T-Bar with my co-worker Raeden Zavis. She asked me when Hugh was coming back because Hugh is on her race team. She told me to call him out on the Blog for missing two weeks of races. I saw that the Groomers were literally in the Zone – “The Zone” Terrain Park that is – getting ready for tomorrow’s Molly Rowlee Rail Jam.  Around lunchtime, I stopped into Green Peppers for some Veggie Chili – I was gassing up for my next run. While there I ran into a guest I’ve known for many years – Adolph from Atlanta. He suggested we ski the glades next to Bootleggers. That was a great trail pick that we followed up with a run through Poachers Woods. How was your day?


View from the Village

madonnaRockin Ron for Hugh. Recent snow and moderate temps should make for some good skiing. We plan to have 51 trails open and 6 lifts operating today. Big events this weekend: on Saturday it’s the MOLLY ROWLEE FUND BENEFIT RAIL JAM, and on Sunday it’s the EXTREME SKIING CHALLENGE. For more info visit the Winter Events page.


Bluebird / Blackbird

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Bluebird Day. Midway in the foreground, Practice Slope in the middle, and Mansfield in the distance.

Rockin’ Ron for Hugh. Twas a Bluebird Day! With the sunshine and warmer temps it felt like summer up here (OK, I put a little bull in the No Bull). However, it was more seasonable than yesterday. My trail pick of the day was Lower FIS, while Steve Wry of Mtn Ops picked Upper FIS. To warm-up after a few runs I stopped in the Black Bear for a hot chocolate and I ran into my friends Jack, Cary, and Rich (I think Jack’s trail pick was Long Trail). Locals and Resort Guests were enjoying Jammin’ Sam’s apres acoustic music. Sam knows I like The Beatles, so he played “Blackbird” and “Here Comes the Sun”. It was not a bad day at the office.

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Julie Silverman, one of SSU’s finest.

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Jammin’ Sam and special guest Amy set a relaxed mood with a performance of Fleetwood Mac’s “Landslide”.



Good Morning y Buenos Días

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Tatiana, Eric, Luz, Dave, Cesar, and Rebecca are ready to greet you.

Rockin’ Ron for Hugh. Good Day Sunshine! Temps should scoot above 20 degrees today. Rob Bob Stu from Patrol told me that the Groomers totally rocked it on Upper and Lower Rumrunner, so that’s this morning’s trail pick. I stopped by Mogul Mouse’s Magic Lift to see Dave and the crew. They told me to say HI to everyone on the Blog.


You see the darndest things from the lift


There’s snowboards, snow blades, skis, tele skis, tele boards, sleds, toboggans, but a unicycle?

Rockin’ Ron for Hugh. Let me say that today could best be described in terms of a movie… the Fast and the Furious! At 10 to 15 degrees warmer, tomorrow’s temps will be friendlier. I did see the darndest thing on my ride up the Village Lift. It was a man on a unicycle! I was about to call Patrol but I saw that he was already being followed by one of our Patrollers. I spoke to Rena at Dispatch and she couldn’t believe it either. She asked me to send her a picture. I guess it’s just another day at Smuggs.

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Flyin’ Ryan Lift Eye View. Here’s my “artsy-fartsy” shot of the day.



Son of a… SNOW GUN!

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Dave Gagnon aka Son of a SNOW GUN.

Rockin’ Ron for Hugh. Yes, it does say March on the calendar, and yes, we are making SNOW! I saw snowmaking whales on Lower Madonna Liftline, Link, Midway, and Meadowlark. I ran into Dave Gagnon who was pumped to be pumpin’ the snow. Snowmaking will continue throughout the night on Morse Mountain. In other news, I rode up MI with John from Brewster, NY, whose family has been coming here for 11 years. He was pleasantly surprised to know that the Friendly Pirate was doing the Snow Report.I also took slalom runs on the Practice Slope for my Locals Race team known as  “I don’t care if you Tele”. At the starting gate, Mr. Edgerton said use your edgers. I gotta edge on outta here. See you on the slopes tomorrow.




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Mr. Edgerton – the smiling face at the start gate. “Use your edgers”.



Freshly Groomed Terrain

Freshly Groomed

It looks like this could be anywhere, but it is from Lower Morse Liftline.

Rockin’ Ron for Hugh. The Groomers were busy last night and early this morning laying down the corduroy on 49 trails – that’s 161 acres of… FRESHLY GROOMED TERRAIN for your skiing and riding enjoyment.