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Winter Is Coming!

RFID Gates at Sterling Mountain

New RFID Gates at Sterling Mountain

Okay skiers and riders, get ready! Passes and Badges are on sale now for the 2017 – 2018 season. What does that mean? It means the seasonal cycle is changing and we are moving into Winter post haste! Before you know it, you’ll be walking out of the Burton Summer Sale with a fresh new kit (August 25-27. Stop by our tent and say hi or pick up your pass!) and heading out to catch the season’s new shred flick premieres. After that comes (hopefully) the chance for some pre-season turns, and then VOILA! Winter is upon us. Check out our online Pass Store for pricing and to grab your pass before prices increase after Labor Day. Also, if you haven’t heard, we’re implementing RFID technology this season to streamline the process from lift tickets to lift riding. There’s also more information on that to be found on the Pass Store page.

 

If you’re looking for some autumn fun, check out the upcoming FallFest, September 15th and 16th, with biking, kayaking, climbing, and professional disc golfers from around the world all in one great weekend, combined with music, local beer, and food trucks galore! If you can’t make it out during the day, we’ve got a stellar music lineup at FallFest LIVE on Friday and Saturday evenings. Catch Kat Wright followed by Red Baraat on Friday and The Brothers Comatose followed by Zach Nugent Dead All Stars on Saturday! For tickets and info, head to the FallFest Eventbrite page.

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Snowflakes 0.no / FunZone 2.0

Alex May 9

Photo taken by Alex Martin on May 9th, 2017.

Rockin’ Ron for Hugh.  Can you believe it – snow has fallen on the higher elevations in the last 2 days? Well, it is Vermont after all. I was going to write a recap blog and pass along Season Pass and Daycation info and here I am still talking about snow.

2016/2017 Recap: Out goes to the storm called Stella which delivered 55 inches of dry fluffy snow in March! Did you see the video that Alex Martin/Smuggs TV shot of Hugh in shoulder high powder? Which reminds me, we are only 7 months away from our anticipated Opening Day for the Winter 2017/2018 Season on November 24th. Season Pass and Badge SPRING RATES are in effect until May 29th (they won’t be on sale again until August) – check out smuggs.com/skiride for prices and info.

 

Slot Cars at the FunZone 2.0

Vermonter Summer Daycation Pass – Now let’s talk about SUMMER! We are excited to offer this great new pass. Enjoy all the great benefits of a vacation at Smuggs, all Summer long! Endless activities for all ages; 8 pools, 4 waterslides, 2 mountain reservoirs, access to the NEW FunZone 2.0 Ozone, Mountain Bike Skills Park, and so much more! The Vermonter Summer Pass is valid June 12 – September 4, 2017. For Vermont residents only. Once again check out smuggs.com/daycation for prices and info.

 

The FUN never stops at SMUGGS!

 

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Today is the last day of lift operations for the 2016 / 2017 Winter Season

 

Steve Wry Smugglers’ Notch Vice President of Mountain Guest Experience speaking at the service this morning

The Madonna I lift is presently on wind hold. The Sterling lift is operating with 24 trails open for intermediates and experts. Some trails will have a delayed opening until they soften up. Today’s forecast is mostly cloudy skies with a chance of some showers after 2:30 pm this afternoon with temperatures between 58 and 70 degrees. Thank you for wonderful season! We look forward to seeing you next year!

 

Easter Summit Sunrise Service at the top of Sterling Mountain

The sun came out during the service

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Time to harvest the corn

It’s hard to get better spring conditions then what we had today. At 2:00 this afternoon it was 62 degrees at the summit of Sterling and 55 degrees at the summit of Madonna Mountain. Everything softened up and was just fantastic. I had a great time skiing the corny bumps on Upper FIS! It is so nice to have warm weather for closing weekend. Tomorrow’s forecast is mostly cloudy skies with a chance of a shower early then some more showers later but not starting until between 3:00 pm and 4:00 pm with temperatures between 57 and 69 degrees. 11 trails will be groomed for tomorrow that is 50 acres of freshly groomed terrain. Tomorrow we plan to have the Madonna 1 lift and Sterling lift operating with 37 trails open for intermediates and experts. Tomorrow morning we will have Sunrise Service at the summit of Sterling Mountain. The Sterling Lift will start loading at 6:00 am and ends promptly at 6:30 am. Tomorrow is the last day of lift operations for the 2016 / 2017 Winter Season.

Who is that guy?

Brad Holden on Upper FIS

Catching some air on Upper Rumrunner

Tele turns in the soft bumps on Upper FIS

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Perfect Spring Conditions!

Cruisin’ down Upper Chilcoot

Hazel showing us how it’s done!

Blue blue sky and soft conditions

Beautiful sunny skies with temperatures reaching 60 degrees! The Madonna 1 lift and Sterling lift are operating with 36 trails open for intermediates and experts. 14 trails have been groomed for today that is 55 acres of freshly groomed terrain. The Birch Run Terrain Park is open.

Laying down some tracks

Black Snake

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Oh yeah Spring!

Greg enjoying the soft bumps on Upper FIS

Sterling with great coverage

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Today was a picture perfect spring skiing and riding day. It froze overnight and the snow softened through out the day. I skied Upper FIS this morning and it was not quite spring conditions, but by this afternoon it sure was! The conditions are looking great as we head into the last weekend of the 2016 / 2017 Winter Season. Tomorrow we plan to have the Madonna 1 lift and Sterling lift operating with 36 trails open for intermediates and experts. 14 trails will be groomed for tomorrow that is 55 acres of freshly groomed terrain. Tomorrow’s forecast is partly sunny skies with increasing clouds and temperatures between 42 and 54 degrees. The Birch Run Terrain Park is open.

 

 

Taking in the views from Upper Chilcoot

Mount Mansfield seen from Mulcahy’s Link

Ski it if you can

Shawna ripping down Upper FIS

Birch Run Terrain Park

Birch Run Terrain Park

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Foggy start but the sun came out

 

The summit of Sterling

It set up last night for the first time in the past 3 nights. Our groomers were out last night working their magic on the trails. I am glad they did because this morning those were the trails of choice. The snow really softened up by the afternoon and I was skiing Hangman’s Drop and Chute. Tomorrow is going to more of the same with warmer temperatures and mostly sunny skies and a high of 48 degrees. Tomorrow we plan to have the Madonna lift and Sterling lift operating with 35 trails open for intermediates and intermediates. 14 trails will be groomed for tomorrow that is 55 acres of freshly groomed terrain. More warm weather is in the forecast for this weekend with a high of 54 degrees on Saturday and 68 degrees on Sunday.

Sterling Mountain with the top of Mount Mansfield in the clouds

Bring it in Spring!

 

 

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4 more days left of the 2016 – 2017 Winter Season

 

Upper Pipeline

We had a little rain earlier today and it was dry for the rest of the day. The temperature fell slowly throughout the day. At 2:00 pm it was 42 degrees at the summit of Sterling, so the snow was still spring conditions. The snow was pretty grabby yesterday but today’s cooler temperatures made the snow a little faster. The bumps on Upper FIS, Upper Pipeline, Snake Bite, and Full Nelson were fun to ski today. I also enjoyed the smooth soft groomed terrain of Lower FIS, Black Snake, and Lower Rumrunner.

 

 

 

John Farrell carving it up on Black Snake

Tomorrow we plan to have the Madonna I lift and Sterling lift operating with 35 trails open for intermediates and experts. 16 trails will be groomed for tomorrow that is 62 acres of freshly groomed terrain. Tomorrow’s forecast is a chance of flurries early then skies becoming partly sunny with temperatures between 34 and 46 degrees. Friday’s forecast is mostly sunny skies with temperatures between 36 and 48 degrees.

 

 

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Another gorgeous day

Snake Bite

Rental Shop is having an end of the season sale

Upper FIS

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Spring has sprung for sure! Today was sunny with the temperatures reaching into the 70s. I love spring bumps because they are so soft. I had a blast today on Upper FIS. The bumps on skiers’ left are tighter and closer together, so you can make quick turns. The skier’s right side had bumps that were further apart and you could make bigger turns that were a little smoother. I also enjoyed Full Nelson, Snake Bite, Upper Pipeline, Upper Chilcoot, Mulcahy’s Link, Lower FIS, Upper Rumrunner, and Black Snake. It will be warm tonight and it will not freeze, so the conditions should be soft first thing in the morning. Tomorrow’s forecast is mostly cloudy skies, a chance of an early shower with temperatures between 44 and 57 degrees and falling through out the day.  Tomorrow we plan to have the Madonna 1 lift and Sterling lift operating with 50 trails open for intermediates and experts.

 

 

 

 

Sterling and Mount Mansfield seen from the Madonna 1 lift

 

The Top to Notch Building at the summit of Sterling with Mount Mansfield in the background.