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Beautiful Sunshine and Spring Conditions

 

Upper Madonna Liftline open from the top

Today was just perfect with blue bird skies and spring conditions. I took a run on Drifter this morning just to take in all the amazing views. It was groomed last night and skiing was great. The temperatures continued to rise all day long with some great spring conditions. Everything was soft and skiing great! Tomorrow is going to be a repeat of today except even warmer with mostly sunny skies and temperatures between 55 and 67. Tonight we plan to groom 14 trails that is 60 acres of freshly groomed terrain. The Madonna I lift and Sterling lift will be operating with 63 trails open for experts and intermediates.

 

Blue Bird Day

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Matthew enjoying the spring conditions

Sam and Amelia LaPorte showing their IAN Fund support

Sterling Lift

Upper Exhibition

Tony having fun on Shuttle

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Drench Trench and Chillin’ n’ Grillin’ Tailgate Party

 

 

Irian on the start ramp

Wow what a day, it started off with powder turns in 10 inches of fresh snow. The wind had moved some of the snow around a little, but if you could find any trail that was protected it was just beautiful, with a nice blanket of new snow. I headed to the Drench Trench Pond Skimming for Good event to catch all the wild action. The costumes were great and some the crashes caused some big splashes. Congratulations to James Miller for being the only person to actually make it across and out of the water. The good times continued into the Upper Parking Lot with Brett Hughes and the Honky Tonk Crowd providing some wonderful live music. The parking lot was full of grills, costumes, laughter, and of course, good times being had by all!

 

 

Drench Trench

Tomorrow we plan to have the Madonna I lift and Sterling lift operating with 63 trails open for intermediates and experts. 18 trails will be groomed for tomorrow that’s 72 acres of freshly groomed terrain. Tomorrow’s forecast is partly to mostly sunny skies with temperatures between 43 and 54 degrees. Spring conditions here we come!

 

T.J. touching down

Brett Hughes and the Honky Tonk Crowd

Going bananas

Free Ben and Jerry’s Ice Cream

The Chill Foundation’s youth development program revolves around a six-week curriculum that uses boardsports to teach life skills and increase the self-esteem of their participants. Chill has served more than 20,000 young people since the program began, working with approximately 1,400 youth annually.

coco and koyia

Caroline and Koiya are pretty happy

Must ride

Never know who you will see

Smugglers’ Notch Patroller and Life Guard Riley

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Powder Day!

Ski Patroller Ethan Costello trail checking Bootlegger

6 to 10 inches of new snow in the past 24 hours and we could see another 3 inches during the day today. Powder and packed powder conditions! We have 2 lifts operating and 58 trails open.

Ethan having fun

 

 

 

Ski Partroller Walt Lattrell shoveling out the Top of the Notch building this morning

Single track in the winter

 

 

 

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Getting ready for the weekend!

 

Drench Trench Pond Skimming for Good

Friday, April 7
Black Bear Tavern Après Sport Party – The location for Upper Mountain off-slope fun! Check out the expanded draft line-up featuring Sierra Nevada. Beginning at 2:00 pm, Jammin’ Sam plays guitar and sings. It’s a great place to meet other riders and skiers and some of the locals. Ages 21 & older.

 

Saturday, April 8
The Drench Trench – Pond Skimming for Good — Presented by Sierra Nevada —BIG foot, Elvis, a gorilla, guys in bikinis — you’ll see it all in the Zone Terrain Park during The Drench Trench pond skimming event!

Backcountry setting up Basecamp

Registration for this free event starts at 10:00 am at the Smuggs tent located in Parking Lot 1. Drench The Trench – Pond Skimming For Good kicks off at high noon on Saturday! Skiers and Snowboarders compete for BIG prizes; best skimm style, best costume, and best digger(fall). The best part is that all this fun is not for naught—some of our lovely partners are sponsoring skimmers with donations that benefit the Chill Foundation, an awesome organization dedicated to inspiring youth to overcome challenges through board sports. Our guest DJ will entertain from 12:00 noon – 2:00 pm, don’t miss the party, brought to you by Sierra Nevada and Smugglers’ Notch Resort. Receive a free goodie bag! (must be age 21 & older) RSVP here or donate directly to the Chill Foundation

 

The Drench Trench – Pond Skimming Rules:
– Ages 8 & older
– Two skims per participant
– No poles or sharp objects
– Alpine or Nordic (traditional x-country or mountaineering gear) skis, and snowboards are allowed. NO snow skates, jack jumpers, kayaks, etc.
– Inverts are not recommended

2017 Backcountry Basecamp – Come join the editors of Backcountry Magazine for a resort-based showcase of all things backcountry. For nearly 20 years Backcountry Magazine has been the leading source for the backcountry movement and now they are bringing that expertise to a one-on-one setting through their Backcountry Basecamp Tour at Smugglers’ Notch. Weekend activities feature alpine touring, avalanche training, demos, trade displays, and on mountain course treks. This event is free and on a first-come first-served basis.

Chillin’ & Grillin’ Annual Tailgate Party – Smugglers’ Notch Resort’s Annual Chillin’ & Grillin’ Tailgate Party brings our mountain community of skiers and riders together for one “springtacular” event – Chillin’ & Grillin’, a festive celebration of Spring in the mountains! Smuggs invites you to show your best Spring flair, food, and tailgating set-up in Parking Lot 1. And bring your dancing shoes; we’ll have music throughout the day! Registration for this free event is 10:30 am – 11:30 am at the Smuggs tent located in Parking Lot 1. Judging will take place between 12:00 noon and 2:00 pm. Prizes, and bragging rights, awarded in 3 unique categories:
• Best Smuggs-themed tailgate(flair/festive/fun)
• Best original recipe (main dish/side dish/drink)
• Best barbecue

Black Bear Tavern Après Sport Party – The location for Upper Mountain off-slope action! Check out the expanded draft line-up featuring Sierra Nevada. Beginning at 2:00 pm, Goodtime Charlie hosts with trivia, bar games, prizes, and music. It’s a great place to meet other riders and skiers and some of the locals. Ages 21 & older.

Bunco Night – Calling all Bunco fans! The Cambridge Rotary sponsors a Bunco Night at the Barn at Smugglers’ Notch from 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm. Enjoy a silent auction, prizes, raffle, and cash bar. $15 per person. Tickets are available for purchase at Jack F. Corse Inc., Cambridge Village Market, The Varnum Library, Susan Lassiter at The Union Bank, Anita Lotto or any Cambridge Area Rotarian. Proceeds benefit the Cambridge Rotary Community causes. Tickets also can be purchased online at Brown Paper Tickets

Sunday, April 9
2017 Backcountry Basecamp – Come join the editors of Backcountry Magazine for a resort-based showcase of all things backcountry. For nearly 20 years Backcountry Magazine has been the leading source for the backcountry movement and now they are bringing that expertise to a one-on-one setting through their Backcountry Basecamp Tour at Smugglers’ Notch. Weekend activities feature alpine touring, avalanche training, demos, trade displays, and on mountain course treks. This event is free and on a first-come first-served basis.

Black Bear Tavern Après Sport Party – The location for Upper Mountain off-slope fun! Check out the expanded draft line-up featuring Sierra Nevada. Beginning at 2:00 pm, Jammin’ Sam plays guitar and sings. It’s a great place to meet other riders and skiers and some of the locals. Ages 21 & older.

Oh and by the way, this is what the National Weather Service is saying…

Today
Snow. High near 35. Breezy, with a southwest wind 15 to 23 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80%. Total daytime snow accumulation of 1 to 2 inches possible.
Tonight
Snow before 10pm, then snow showers after 10pm. Low around 22. Windy, with a northwest wind 25 to 30 mph increasing to 33 to 38 mph after midnight. Winds could gust as high as 48 mph. Chance of precipitation is 90%. New snow accumulation of 3 to 5 inches possible.
Saturday
Snow showers likely, mainly before 3pm. Cloudy, with a high near 30. Windy, with a northwest wind 31 to 37 mph. Chance of precipitation is 70%. New snow accumulation of 2 to 4 inches possible.
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Spring Conditions

 

Lower Madonna Liftline

It was a little firm on top today, but the bottom half of the mountain was beautiful soft snow. One skier was telling me that he was getting off at mid station on Madonna I lift and was just doing laps on the bottom half. I ran into my good friend Lenny this afternoon on Sterling. We found the best snow was below the pine tree start on Black Snake. I really enjoyed the steep pitch above the Practice Slope a.k.a. the neck. I just love corn snow on a steep pitch. Tomorrow we plan to have 2 lifts operating, Madonna I and Sterling. We have 62 trails open with terrain for intermediates and experts. 16 trails will be groomed for tomorrow that’s 70 acres of freshly groomed terrain.

Lenny enjoying the spring conditions

Tomorrow’s forecast is cloudy skies a chance of showers in the afternoon with temperatures between 36 and 48 degrees. These temperatures will make everything soft tomorrow and I can’t wait!

 

Carving it up on Madonna Mountain

Construction on the “Pond” continues as we get ready for the Drench Trench

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A little new snow overnight

 

New snow on Upper Exhibition

Well, we got a little bit of everything last night from snow, freezing rain, sleet, to rain. The new snow absorbed the rain and was pretty heavy. The new snow stuck to everything and was a little sticky. The new snow would hold you back nicely so I headed for steeper terrain like Chute and Smugglers’ Alley. I also had a great time cruising down Black Snake, Treasure Run and Practice Slope. I found that as long as I had my skis up on edge I would fly through the new snow, but if I had my skis flat on the snow they would slow down. The flat ski allows the wet snow to make a vacuum which slows you down. Once snow goes through a thaw-freeze cycle it will turn to corn snow the next time it warms up which is a faster snow.

Smugglers’ Alley

Tomorrow we plan to have both the Madonna I lift and Sterling lift operating with 62 trails open. We plan to groom 13 trails tonight, that is 53 acres of freshly groomed terrain. Tomorrow’s forecast is rain mixed with sleet early then freezing rain and rain later in the day with temperatures between 31 and 39 degrees. Wear something waterproof and enjoy the spring conditions!

 

Nate having fun on Upper Exhibition

Ice flow on Thomke’s

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FunZone 2.0

Welcome Sign at the Slot Car Rally Races

The FunZone 2.0 has two zones.

The Go Zone:

Fun for the whole family starts in the Go Zone! With hands-on activities like Laser Tag, two Smuggs Warrior courses, a unique multi-pitched see-through climbing wall, self-rappelling Leap of Faith, Lazer Maze, and one of a kind slot car rally races, this zone literally has something for everyone!

 

Smuggs Warrior Course

The Ozone:

A staple in the life of any young Smuggler. A reward for good behavior, a favorite birthday party venue, an outlet to let go of the evening jitters. A place where fond memories are made. The FunZone is a place for parents to let their kids run loose, wild, and free, while having the opportunity themselves, to play like young ones again.

Slot Car Rally Races

Slot Car Rally Races

 

 

Vermont Country Store in Littles’ Loft

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

self-rappelling Leap of Faith

 

Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

 

Smuggs Warrior Course

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

self-rappelling Leap

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Arcade and games

Arcade and games

Smuggs Warrior Course

Lazer Frenzy

Smuggs Warrior Course

30 foot double-sided climbing wall

Bill Stritzler Smuggler’ Notch Managing Director giving a live interview with Mary Cenci O’Brien of Star 92.9

Corm having fun with Mogul Mouse

Ski Vermont President Parker Riehle

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The scoop on FREE CONE Day

Ben and JerrysRockin’ Ron for Hugh. Tuesday, April 4th, 2017 is Free Cone Day at Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream. Free Cone Day has been a beloved April tradition since the iconic ice cream company’s first anniversary in 1979! Swing by the Smugglers’ Ben & Jerry’s Scoop Shop (located in the Village Lodge) from 12:00 noon – 8:00 pm. Or, visit any participating Scoop Shop in Vermont to enjoy a free cone! Mogul Mouse, Billy Bob Bear, and Rockin’ Ron the Friendly Pirate will be making appearances too.

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Spring has sprung

 

Sterling Mountain

Today was a classic spring skiing and riding day. The snow set up last night so I started my day off with groomers.I ran into my good friend John Farrell a.k.a. Dr. John of 3 Mountain Equipment. We had a blast cruising down Upper Rumrunner, Black Snake, Practice Slope, Upper Chilcoot, Mulcahy’s Link, Lower FIS, Thomke’s Express, Crossover, Treasure Run, and Lower Exhibition. The snow was getting softer with every run. I ran into my good friend Chris Diegel of C.H. Diegel Photography in the afternoon and we made some sweet corn-ocopia turns on Sterling. The snow was soft all the way to the top of Sterling in the afternoon. Everyone is getting spring fever and we are ready for some Chillin’ & Grillin’, Backcountry Basecamping,  Drench Trenching, and live music filling the Upper Parking Lot.

Tele turns on Upper Exhibition

This is happening next weekend here at Smuggs! Tomorrow is Free Cone Day at Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream Shops.  Swing by the Smugglers’ Ben & Jerry’s Scoop Shop, 12:00 noon – 8:00 pm. This year, we are accepting donations for the Cambridge Food Shelf, so bring a food or money donation, and bring your sweet tooth!

 

Tomorrow we plan to have both the Madonna I Lift and Sterling Lift operating with 62 trails open. The Birch Run Terrain Park is open. 15 trails will be groomed for tomorrow that’s 68 acres of freshly groomed terrain. Tonight’s forecast is calling for an inch of new snow.

 

Treasure Pitch

Tomorrow’s forecast is rain, freezing rain, sleet, mixed snow early then some freezing rain and rain in the afternoon with 29 and 37 degrees.

 

Black Snake with Mount Mansfield in the background

Tele turns on Black Snake

Treasure Pitch