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Sunny Sunday

Today started off a little cool but, it did not take too long for the sun to work its magic. The sky was blue bird early in the day and the clouds started to roll in this afternoon. I went skiing today with all 3 of my kids. We started here in the village and skied our way over to the upper mountains. The views from the Madonna 1 Lift were just amazing, especially when the Headwall is open. We skied Lower Catwalk to Drifter and then to Red Fox Glades. My daughter Hannah really likes Red Fox Glades and it was her trail pick. It’s nice with the birch trees and the sun filled open spaces. We also had a great time in the Shire. The Shire is low angle glade run, which is nice because you don’t have to check your speed very much and you can just cruise in between the trees.

Tomorrow we plan to have top to bottom skiing and riding on all 3 mountains with 4 lifts operating, including the Madonna 1 lift. We are 94 percent open with 73 out of 78 trails open. Madonna and Sterling are 100 percent open. 32 trails will be groomed for tomorrow, including Ruthie’s, Snow Snake, and Smugglers’ Alley for a grand total of 127 acres of freshly groomed terrain. Tomorrow’s forecast is freezing rain early becoming rain later with temperatures between 31 and 37 degrees. Wear something waterproof and enjoy the soft conditions.

Little Ripper on Lower Madonna Liftline

Upper Chilcoot

Gotcha!

Beautiful view from Lower Catwalk

Family Fun in the trees

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100 percent open

We have top to bottom skiing and riding on all 3 mountains with all 8 lifts operating and all 78 trails open.  Beautiful sunny skies with temperatures between 24 and 36 degrees.

The Headwall is open

View from the Madonna 1 Lift

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Blast from the Past

The forecast called for the snow to turn to rain late yesterday afternoon. It snowed all day long and then after we closed for the day it rained lightly for just a few minutes before turning back to snow. It continued to snow into the night with another 4 inches of accumulation falling. The snow that fell overnight was pretty heavy with the warmer temperatures. It filled in very nicely giving us some great coverage. I skied Freefall from the top this morning and I have not done that in a little while and I found some untracked some in the Black Hole. Robin’s Run was open from the top today and the Headwall was also open. This afternoon I headed over to the Practice Slope to check out the Blast from the Past race. It was very exciting to watch the head to head dual panel slalom races. They have bull gates at the start of the race. Yes they are similar to the gates that let out the crazy bulls that are spinning, twisting, and jumping to try to remove the rider on their back, because everything is under control until the gate opens! Both ski racers wait behind the swinging doors that are spring loaded and are being held closed by a rod. The race starter will ask if the blue course is ready and if the red course is ready, then they pull the handles which allow the bull gates to fly open. The racers are holding themselves back with their poles waiting to dive through the gates the split second they open. A hundredth of a second could determine the race so timing is every at the start. I want to thank the Smugglers’ Notch Ski and Snowboard Club for hosting this fun event every year.

We are 100 percent, tomorrow we plan to have top to bottom skiing and riding on all 3 mountains with all 8 lifts operating and all 78 trails open. 30 trails will be groomed for tomorrow, including Ruthie’s, Garden Path, and Smugglers’ Alley for a grand total of 118 acres of freshly groomed terrain. Tomorrow’s forecast is increasing clouds through out the day with a chance of snow and sleet, temperatures between 22 and 34 degrees.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Another powder day

We received 8 inches of new snow in the past 24 hours and 16 inches in the past 5 days. We are 100 percent open with top to bottom skiing and riding on all 3 mountains with all 8 lifts operating and all 78 trails open. Freefall is presently open from the top, Robin’s Run is open from the top, and the Headwall is also open. These trails will stay open as long as conditions allow.

Riding the wave on Freefall

Amazing conditions!

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Looking great for the weekend

Harley finds some sweet snow on Full Nelson

Will having fun on the Practice Slope

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The forecast was spot on today with 4 inches of accumulation through out the day. I thought that it was going to spot a few times, but it would just pick right back up and start snowing even harder. My kids did not have school today so we made the most of it by skiing in all the fresh snow. My youngest child Hayleigh loves Upper Exhibition and we took many great runs down it today. We also really enjoyed Full Nelson, Upper Pipeline, Chute, Thomke’s, and Harvey’s Hideaway. I want to thank our groomer for all their nice work especially on the steeper trails like Upper Pipeline which they groomed perfectly last night. Tonight we plan to groom 31 trails including Ruthie’s, Curley’s Cutback, and Thomke’s Express for a grand total of 124 acres of freshly groomed terrain. We are 100 percent open tomorrow we plan to have top to bottom skiing and riding on all 3 mountains with all 8 lifts operating and all 78 trails open. Tomorrow’s forecast is partly to mostly cloudy skies with a chance of flurries early and temperatures between 25 and 35 degrees. The Blast from the Past Race is tomorrow on the Practice Slope.

 

 

 

 

Steve Wry flying through the gates on the Harvey Wesson Local Race

T.J. pulls off a 360 in the Zone Terrain Park

Hayleigh skiing Chute

Josh in on edge at the Harvey Wesson Local Race

Patrol tele turns on Harvey’s Hideaway

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Here comes the snow

Snow Sport University

We are 100 percent open with top to bottom skiing and riding on all 3 mountains with 7 lifts operating, including the Madonna I lift with all 78 trails open. Today’s forecast is snow through mid-afternoon 3 to 4 inches of accumulation possible with a chance of sleet, mix, or freezing rain late in the day with temperatures between 29 and 37 degrees. 35 trails have been groomed for today, including Upper Pipeline, Upper Drifter, and Snow Snake for a grand total of 126 acres of freshly groomed terrain.

 

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Great conditions with more snow on the way

Hannah loves Strawberry Fields

I can’t believe that we had another blue bird day! The temperature started off a little cool, but the sun worked its magic and the temperature rose from 3 degrees to 26 degrees at the summit of Sterling throughout the day. The wind had moved the snow around some but there is plenty of light fluffy snow in the trees. My son Hugh B and daughter Hannah only had a half day of school today, so we skied together for the afternoon. We had a great time on Hangman’s Drop, Chute, Exhibition, Bootlegger woods, Alley woods, Highlander Glades, Crossover, Treasure Run, Birch Run Terrain Park, Lower Exhibition, Lower Rumrunner, Thomke’s, and Strawberry Fields. Strawberry Fields’ was amazing with the sunlight and all the fresh snow in between the trees.

Hugh B finds some nice untracked snow

We all spread out looking for fresh turns anywhere we could. We would give out a hoot and a holler every time we found freshies. We are 100 percent open with top to bottom skiing and riding on all 3 mountains with 7 lifts operating, including the Madonna I Lift and all 78 trails open. Robin’s Run is open from the work road down and Freefall is open from the traverse on Upper FIS. Tomorrow’s forecast is calling for snow early 1 to 3 inches of accumulation possible, a chance of some mix late in the day with temperatures between 29 and 37 degrees.

 

Birch Run Terrain Park

35 trails will be groomed for tomorrow, including Lower Catwalk, Hangman’s Drop, and Snow Snake for a grand total of 126 acres of freshly groomed terrain.

One cool helmet

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Picture Perfect

 

The top of Madonna Mountain with Mount Mansfield in the background

We are 100 percent open with top to bottom skiing and riding on all 3 mountains with 6 lifts operating, including the Madonna I Lift and all 78 trails open. Robin’s Run is open from the work road down and Freefall is open from the traverse on Upper FIS. Today’s forecast is mostly sunny skies with temperatures between 13 and 25 degrees. Enjoy the beautiful sunshine!

 

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Someone hit the refresh button again

 

Snow Sport University

The snow has really been piling up lately and that is setting us up nicely for the rest of the season. We received 62 inches of snow in the past 9 days and 334 inches this season so far. The new snow that we received last night is nice and light due to colder temperatures that we had when is was snowing. It was pretty windy today and it moved some of the snow around. I found many untracked turns in the woods and even on the sides of the trails today. There will be many untracked turns tomorrow on Madonna Mountain, because the Madonna I Lift was on wind hold today.

 

 

 

Fresh turns on Exhibition

We are 100 percent open! Tomorrow we plan to have top to bottom skiing and riding on all 3 mountains with 6 lifts operating, including the Madonna I Lift with all 78 trails open. 28 trails will be groomed for tomorrow, including Upper Drifter, Black Snake, and Curley’s Cutback for a grand total of 111 acres of freshly groomed terrain. Tomorrow’s forecast is mostly sunny skies with temperatures between 10 and 23 degrees. We have many events going on this weekend like the Maple Sugar Festival at the Boyden Valley Winery and Maple Open House Weekend. The Black Bear Tavern Apres Sport Party is featuring Fiddlehead this weekend.

 

 

Thomke’s Express

On Saturday, March 25th it is the Blast from the Past race, hosted by the Smugglers’ Notch Ski and Snowboard Club. I know it is still a few weeks out but you want to start getting ready for the 6th Annual Pond Skimming, the Chillin’ & Grillin’ Annual Tailgate Party, and the 2017 Backcountry Basecamp all happening the weekend of April 8th and 9th.

 

 

Come make tracks here at Smuggs

Snow Reporter testing the product

Top of the Notch Building at the summit of Sterling, home of the Snowshoe Adventure Dinner

A good bench mark

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7 inches of new snow

 

Yes it is still snowing

Today’s forecast is snow showers and flurries early, with another 1 to 2 inches of accumulation possible and temperatures between 4 below and 8 above zero and windy. The Madonna I Lift is presently on wind hold. Bundle up and enjoy the fresh snow! We have 78 skiable trails. The forecast is calling for another 2 inches of snow Thursday night into Friday.