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Sweet powder turns with my wife

I got to take a few runs with my wife Harley today.  We started on Sterling with Bootlegger woods, Alley woods, and Strawberry Fields.  We headed up Madonna Mountain for our next run. On the lift ride up Harley tells me that she skied Robin’s Run this morning before I caught up to her. We were talking about which run we should next and I mentioned Freefall is open from the top. Freefall it was and it was good. There is quite the drift that goes down the skier’s left hand side. After having a great time on Freefall we decided to look for some untracked snow in the glades. We lucked out and found some fantastic knee deep powder. All of this snow makes you feel like a kid because all I want to do is play in it!

 

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Super Deep

geoff deep Wow what a day today was! I know that I said that Monday was the best day of the season, but today was amazing also. The snow pack is deep and just getting deeper. We received over 3 feet of new snow in the past week and it is all beautiful powder. I had a great time this morning with my good friend Teo on Doc Dempsey’s. There were some great drifts on skier’s left at the top that we really enjoyed flying through. If you would like to see a video from this run just go to facebook.com/SmugglersNotch/  Later in the day I meet up my good friends Geoff and Dave. We were powder hounds on the loose looking for fresh tracks anywhere we could. We found the goods in the woods on Madonna and Sterling. I can’t wait to do it all over again tomorrow.

daveWe are 100 percent open with top to bottom skiing and riding on all 3 mountains with all 78 trails open. 34 trails will be groomed for tomorrow, including Upper Drifter, Snow Snake, and Thomke’s Express for a grand total of 134 acres of freshly groomed terrain. Tonight’s forecast is a snow shower then flurries ending with another inch of accumulation possible with temperatures between 10 and 21 degrees.

 

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A visit with Father Winter and more

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Father Winter

Today I did a 3 mountain tour. I started with Sterling, then headed to Madonna, and finished my day down on Morse. The conditions are just fantastic right now. I found some wonderful snow in the glades of all 3 mountains. I got to take a run with my son Hugh B after school this afternoon. We had a blast playing in the fresh snow that we found in the trees. Hugh B asked if we could stop by and see Father Winter on our way back to my office because it is Wednesday. Father Winter is at his teepee on Wednesdays and Saturdays. It’s is always fun and educational when you visit Father Winter.

 

 

 

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Father Winter’s Teepee

The 24-hour forecast is calling for snow 5 to 8 inches of accumulation possible with temperatures between 16 and 26 degrees. We are 100 percent open with top to bottom skiing and riding on all 3 mountains with all 78 trails open. 32 trails will be groomed for tomorrow that is 135 acres of freshly groomed terrain.

 

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Polar Bear Skull

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Mount Wry in the Village Courtyard

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Great Conditions

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It’s really adding up

 

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Upper Drifter

I was skiing down Upper Drifter today and I just had to stop.  I was in a tuck trying to keep my speed up for the small uphill section of Upper Drifter when I noticed some big drifts. I was surprised how big they were and I had to get a picture. The ski poles in the photo of the drifts are 50 inches tall.  When I was riding the Madonna I lift today I also noticed that the bottom of the Headwall is now filled in and there is no drop. We received 4 inches of new snow in the past 24 hours and 31 inches in the past week. There is also more snow in the forecast with up to 11 more inches by Thursday night.

 

 

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Freefall is open from the top

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The bottom of the Headwall

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It’s going to be another great day

Dave and EliSki Patrollers Dave Sills and Eli Moore having their morning meeting at the summit of Madonna Mountain. We are 99 percent open with top to bottom skiing and riding on all 3 mountains with 6 lifts operating, including the Madonna I lift. We have 77 out of 78 trails open with terrain for all ability levels. We received 3 inches of new snow overnight and 20 inches in the past 3 days. We are expecting up to 11 more inches of snow by Thursday night. Conditions are fantastic and just getting better!

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Birch Run/Bermuda

Birch Run TJ aRockin’ Ron for Hugh. Today Hugh and I were both chaperoning Winter Wellness groups from Cambridge Elementary School. Hugh sent me these photos of his group catching air in Birch Run Terrain Park. To paraphrase a famous saying “to AIR is Hugh-man”.

Meanwhile, I had three snowboarders in my group and we hit all the blue square (intermediate) and black diamond (expert) trails on Morse Mountain. We even did Upper Morse Liftline… twice!! Former Smuggs Patroller and current Cambridge Area Rotary President Tom Lachance was also chaperoning a Winter Wellness group, and we decided to join forces for a few runs.

 

Birch Run 3aAfter we dropped the Cambridge kids off to catch their bus, Tom and I headed up to Madonna Mountain. The sun was out, there was no wind, and of course all that powder was calling our names. Where would you go when there’s over a foot of fresh snow… the same place we did… BERMUDA! We took Upper Chilcoot to Catwalk to Upper FIS to Lower Doc’s to Ruthie’s to Gary B’s and finally on to Bermuda – one of the great gladed trails at Smuggs. Don’t ask me how it got that name. All I know is that it was a mini-vacation from the world.

 

 

 

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Valentines Day Snow will be SWEET!

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Waiting for Sun – Smuggs’ Solar Panels and Madonna Mtn are humming the tune by the Doors

Rockin’ Ron for Hugh. Nearly a foot and a half of snow in the past 36 hours and over THREE FEET in the past week! Not to mention that we could get another 9 inches by Thursday (OK, I just mentioned it). To celebrate, we’ve got a special Valentines deal: Show the love – on the slopes with your Valentine at Smuggs. Purchase one Full Day Adult 3 Mountain Ticket and receive one Full Day Ticket (of equal or lesser value) FREE – PLUS a mouth watering Lake Champlain chocolate for you and your valentine. Both tickets must be used on February 14, 2017. No other discounts apply.