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Molly Fund Benefit Rail Jam

Wow what a day! The sun was out all day and the temperature was perfect. I had such a great time today at the Molly Fund Benefit Rail Jam. This is one of my favorite events here at Smuggs. The vibe is nothing but fun and the best part is that is for a great cause, which is supporting families with children undergoing treatment for cancer. This is the 5th Molly Fund Benefit Rail jam held here at Smuggs and the outfits get better every year.  Anything pink is worn as part of a costume. The world needs more events like this where you have a wonderful time and you are helping others at the same time. I would like to thank everyone who helped make this fantastic event possible! I am looking forward to next Molly Fund Benefit Rail Jam and I can’t wait to see what Ray Wells will wear next year.

Tomorrow we plan to have top to bottom skiing and riding on all 3 mountains with 6 lifts operating, including the Madonna 1 lift. We have all 78 trails open with terrain for all ability levels. Robin’s Run is open from the work road down. We plan to groom 41 trails tonight, including Upper Drifter,  Wanderer, and Chute for a grand total of 144 acres of freshly groomed terrain. Tomorrow’s forecast is mostly sunny skies early then partly sunny skies later with temperatures between 26 and 38 degrees. It is going to be another beautiful day at Smuggs!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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A good time for a great cause!

 

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Ray Wells might get arrested by the fashion police! Photo taken at last year’s Molly Rail Jam

Molly Fund Benefit Rail Jam – This special rail jam benefits the Molly Rowlee Fund, which supports families with children undergoing treatment for cancer. This is the fifth year at Smuggs for this event, and it promises to again be awesome – come out and have some fun and support this great cause! The good times include music, giveaways, and a raffle. Registration starts at 9:00 am at the Yurt in Parking Lot 1, the Jam starts in the Zone Terrain Park at 11:00 am! www.mollyrowlee.org

 

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Jason Trask looking good riding the rail. Photo taken at last year’s Molly Rail Jam

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Great conditions and great weather

 

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Fat-ypus skis had a demo today in front of the Base Lodge. I stopped by to check it out and see what they had. They suggested that I try the M5 all mountain ski and I did. I had a blast testing it out on groomers and powder in the trees. I headed over to Sterling next to see the George Tormey Challenge which are athletes ages 10 to 13 racing Dual Giant Slalom on Saturday and Dual Panel Slalom on Sunday.  You need to focus on the gates coming at you when you are racing and when someone is right next to you doing the same thing it can be hard to do.  It can also push you to go faster when you see the other racer pulling away from you. It was exciting to watch this head to head competition. I look forward to watching the fast action of the dual panel slalom race tomorrow on the Practice Slope. The Practice Slope will be a busy place tomorrow because there is also the Molly Fund Benefit Rail Jam at the Zone Terrain Park. This special rail jam benefits the Molly Rowlee Fund, which supports families with children undergoing treatment for cancer.

Carving it up on Lower Madonna Liftline

This is the fifth year at Smuggs for this event, and it promises to again be awesome – come out and have some fun and support this great cause! The good times include music, giveaways, and a raffle. Registration starts at 9:00 am at the Yurt in Parking Lot 1, the Jam starts in the Zone Terrain Park at 11:00 am! www.mollyrowlee.org

 

The forecast for tomorrow is partly sunny skies with temperatures between 20 and 33 degrees. We are 100 percent open with top to bottom skiing and riding on all 3 mountains with all 8 lifts operating and all 78 trail open. Robin’s Run is open from the work road down. Tonight we plan to groom 30 trails, including Upper Drifter, Snow Snake, and Black Snake for a grand total of 122 acres of freshly groomed terrain.

Riding down Lower Catwalk

A sign of good times

Schaffer family on Morse Mountain

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Blue bird day here at Smuggs!

Sterling and Mount Mansfield seen from Upper Drifter on Madonna Mountain

34 trails have been groomed for today, that’s 126 acres of freshly groomed terrain.

Fat-ypus ski demo today in front of the Base Lodge

George Tormey Challenge on the Practice Slope this weekend

George Tormey Challenge on the Practice Slope this weekend

George Tormey Challenge on the Practice Slope this weekend

George Tormey Challenge on the Practice Slope this weekend

George Tormey Challenge on the Practice Slope this weekend

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Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

 

It is always good to ski with a friend

You know that it is going to be a great day when it snows for three days and then the sun comes out! Photographer Dennis Curran was here today to capture images for Smuggs to use in our advertisements. It definitely was the perfect day with tons of snow and a beautiful blue bird day. I had a great time jumping into piles of powder and skiing in the trees. Photo shoots always take more time than you would think, but when you see the photos later it is worth it!  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. Tonight we plan to groom 34 trails, including Lower FIS, Thomke’s Express, and Curley’s Cutback for a grand total of 126 acres of freshly groomed terrain. Tomorrow’s forecast is mostly sunny skies early becoming partly sunny in the afternoon with temperatures between 19 and 30 degrees.

 

 

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Having fun at the Madonna I chairlift

It is going to be a wonderful weekend, so come on up to enjoy the amazing conditions!

 

St. Patrick’s Day fun at the summit of Madonna

Photo shoot in Red Fox Glades

Great day on the mountain with smiles everywhere

John riding some pretty fine powder

Parker having fun on Madonna Liftline

Dennis Curran capturing Parker in air

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It just keeps getting better!

Matt riding the wave

I can not believe that we received another foot of snow last night after receiving 40 inches of snow since Tuesday morning. The snow we received last night was nice and fluffy. The wind moved some of it around last night, but the snow in the trees stayed put. My first run of the day was with Snow Sport University Instructor Oliver Blackman. We skied Upper FIS and the skier’s left-hand side was just fantastic! Most storms that roll through Smuggs load up the skier’s left-hand side of Upper FIS and today was no exception. I ran into Snow Sport University Instructors Matt McCawley and Mike Brainard in the afternoon along with Smuggs Employee Lenny. We had a great time on Black Snake, Harvey’s Hideaway, Full Nelson, and Half Nelson.

Lenny making a powder turn

I love the combo of Harvey’s to Full Nelson. If you do this run always be aware of people coming down Jolly Rodger as you come off of Harvey’s and head up to Full Nelson. I found some great snow on the skier’s right-hand side of Full Nelson, especially at the bottom. We all headed to Madonna for our next run and hit up the Headwall.

It skied fantastic with tons of snow, especially on the sections where there is less of a pitch and the wind does not get to it. We jumped into the bottom half of Red Fox Glades after finishing the Headwall. I was pleasantly surprised with all the snow that was in the trees. It was all

Snow Sport University Instructor Matt McCawley enjoying the deep powder

so good that we headed back up Madonna and this time we went for Freefall. Freefall is not open from the top, but you can get to it from the traverse on Upper FIS. We cut into the Black Hole and I was floating through the trees in powder up to my waist! It’s hard to beat good times with great friends.

 

 

 

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. 39 trails will be groomed for tomorrow, including Goat Path, Wanderer, and Bootlegger for a grand total of 134 acres of freshly groomed terrain. There is a chance for another inch of accumulation tonight. Tomorrow’s forecast is flurries

Snow Sport University Mike Brainard loving the powder conditions

early, then skies becoming partly sunny with temperatures between 11 and 25 degrees.

 

Hey did you see the photo of my ski pole?

Lenny taking on the Headwall

Mike catching some air on the Headwall

Matt finds the good in the woods

Mike goes deep into the powder

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It is still snowing!

Oliver Blackman checking the trail conditions on the Black Hole this morning

We received another 10 to 12 inches of new snow overnight and 52 inches of snow in the past 3 days. 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 with all 78 trails open. Snow surfaces are powder and packed powder with average base depths of 20 to 60 inches. 40 trails have been groomed for today, including Upper Drifter, Jolly Rodger, and Snow Snake for a grand total of 146 acres of freshly groomed terrain.

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Best day of the year!

 

Syd goes for it on Black Bear

The snow that we received yesterday was just fantastic, but the amount of snow that fell overnight was unbelievable. We received about 2 feet of new snow overnight and then it snowed all day long today. We received 40 inches of new snow in the past 2 days. My first run of the day was with Alex Martin of Smuggs TV. We were filming this week’s “No Bull Video Snow Report.” We skied Upper FIS, Lower Doc’s, Dan’s Ford, and Lower Chilcoot. The video can be seen at www.facebook.com/SmugglersNotch/.  I have been skiing here at Smuggs for quite some time now and today was one of the best that I can remember. The snow was very

Phil finds the good in the woods

deep, but the quality of the snow was just over the top. You were floating through the snow with a big cloud behind you like a smoke screen. I would have to say that some of the deepest consistent powder was on Dan’s Ford. You had to ski in someone else’s track to get speed and then you could cut out to make some fresh powder turns. The snow was so deep that it was hard to move on lower angle trails. It is still snowing and the conditions tomorrow are going to be amazing all over again! 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 with all 78 trails open. The 24-hour forecast is calling for periods of snow and flurries with another 1 to 3 inches

James goes really deep

of accumulation possible and temperatures between 8 and 21 degrees. 40 trails will be groomed for tomorrow, including Upper Drifter, Snow Snake, and Jolly Rodger for a grand total of 146 acres of freshly groomed terrain. I can not wait for tomorrow so that I can do it all over again!

 

Bridget enjoying the fresh snow

Jim having fun on Harvey’s Hideaway

Mike making tele turns on Black Bear

Phil having fun on Black Bear

Some people were flipping out over the great conditions

T.J. cutting through the powder

Sophie enjoying all the new snow

Syd loving the powder on Black Bear

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This is a still shot from this week’s No Bull Video Snow Report

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100 percent open!

We received 30 – 36 inches of new snow in the past 24 hours! 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. Best conditions of the season!