We just opened some more trails.

nov-27-liftlineHangman’s is now open along with sections of Upper Exhibition and Black Snake. I had a blast taking some runs with the family today.  The kids were just having so much fun getting their ski legs back on the groomed trails for the first couple of runs. We ran into some family friends midday and started skiing the open natural snow trails.  The kids were finding small jumps everywhere to hit. We all had a great time and decided that we can’t wait to do it all again!


bridgetOur snowmakers are busy once again making snow on Smugglers’ Alley, Thomke’s Express, Birch Run, top of Bootlegger, and the tower fan gun in the Zone.





tower-fan-gunTonight’s forecast is calling for some pretty good snowmaking temperatures with a range of teen’s to low 20’s. Tomorrow forecast is partly sunny skies with temperatures between 24 and 32 degrees.




topTomorrow we plan to have the Sterling Lift operating with 8 trails open.


Above the clouds

nov-26-2016-003On my way to the mountain this morning it was pretty foggy.  The closer I got to Smuggs the brighter it got. I love being on the mountain and looking out to see the clouds nestled down in the valley.  There was some really cool light today on the snow covered evergreens.  On my first run of the day, I decided to stay on the groomed trails.  I had my new 88’s and I wanted to do some carving. They held great and I was able to lay them over.  It felt good to make a bunch of turns and try to get back into ski shape.  tiny-timTonight weather permitting we plan to make snow on Smugglers’ Alley and Thomke’s Express.  Tomorrow’s forecast is mostly cloudy skies with flurries and a snow shower a dusting to an inch of accumulation possible with temperatures between 21 and 32 degrees.  Tomorrow we plan to have the Sterling Lift operating with 6 intermediate trails open. Tomorrow we have a 32 dollar adult all day lift ticket or a youth 20 dollar all day lift ticket with a donation to the Cambridge Food Shelf. One discount per donation please.



Opening Day

jumpToday was just so much fun between celebrating the first chair of the 60th Winter Season, skiing natural snow trails on Opening Day, and the Smuggs Family Reunion.  I really enjoyed cheering and giving high fives to the first skiers and riders of the season this morning at the top of Sterling Mountain. Everyone was excited for the season to begin. The natural snowfall we received this past week allowed us to have sections of Exhibition, Bootlegger, Black Bear, Harvey’s Hideaway, Pipeline, Thomke’s, and Jolly Rodger open. It was great to have this much terrain open on Opening Day.  The Smuggs Family Reunion was going on all over the mountain today as many skiers and riders connected for the first time since last season. thomkesIt was wonderful to see so many familiar faces out on the mountain today.

Tomorrow we plan to have the Sterling Lift operating with 4 trails open. The forecast is flurries and snow showers with 1 to 2 inches of accumulation possible and temperatures between 26 and 38 degrees.






Happy Thanksgiving!

sterling-liftThe wait is almost over. The opening day of the 2016 – 2017 Winter Season is tomorrow Friday, November 25th. We plan to have the Sterling Lift operating with 7 trails open. We will have 4 snowmaking trails open and hopefully we will be able to open a few natural snow trails throughout the day.  It has been snowing for the past 4 days with the majority of the snowfall the first 2 days.  We received a total of 19 inches since Sunday.  The forecast for tonight calls for 1 to 2 inches of new snow with temperatures between 25 and 32 degrees. It is going to warm up a little tomorrow with a chance of flurries or a few mixed showers with temperatures between 29 and 38 degrees.  I want to thank our snowmakers for all their hard work. The temperature dropped on Sunday and they fired up the snow guns. They have been making snow around the clock, even working on Thanksgiving’s Day and they are still making snow. We are now making snow on Smugglers’ Alley, Thomke’s Express, and Thomke’s.  They will continue making snow tonight as long as temperatures allow.

I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving Day with family and friends! I am looking forward to Opening Day tomorrow with my Smuggs family and friends!

We are having an Opening Weekend Special with $32 Adult Full Day lift ticket and $20 Youth Full Day lift ticket when you donate to the Cambridge Food Shelf. One discount per donation please.  A great way to save money and help others in need!


Snowmaking continues around the clock on Sterling Mountain.

hugh-bHello skiers and riders! It is wonderful to be back here at Smuggs doing the Snow Report for another year. We are off to a great start and I am really looking forward to this season. The past 3 days have been pretty amazing with 17 inches of new snowfall and continuous top to bottom snowmaking.  Our snowmakers have been busy making whales on Upper Rumrunner, Crossover, Treasure Run, and Lower Exhibition.  The piles of snow produced by the snowmaking guns can look like whales.  The recent colder temperatures have allowed our snowmakers to make some nice big whales in the past couple days. nov-23-2016-006These whales will all be groomed out for Friday, November 25th which is the planned opening day of the 2016 – 2017 Winter Season. Tonight’s forecast calls for colder temperatures lower on the mountain and our snowmakers plan to fire some guns up on Birch Run. They also plan to make some snow on Smugglers’ Alley tonight.  The natural snowfall that we have received in the past 3 days started off heavy and wet, which makes for a great base.  This Friday we plan to have Upper Rumrunner, Crossover, Treasure Run, and Lower Exhibition groomed and open. nov-23-2016-010It may even be possible for us to open a few natural snow trails on Friday also. Our Ski Patrollers will be checking the trail conditions early on Friday and dropping ropes accordingly.


My oh my!

Well, it’s safe to say Mother Nature has treated us well with this storm. The mountain has picked up 15-18″ of fresh blower snow with a heavy base underneath. This happened because the beginning of the storm pushed out the unseasonably warm temps we saw on Saturday, and as the storm progressed, the temps continued to drop. While the base was heavy from this storm, the ground was still very warm, so we’re expecting to open on Friday with top-to-bottom skiing and riding on Sterling Mountain where snowmakers have been able to hit it hard. Expect to see Upper Rumrunner, Crossover, Treasure, Birch Run and Lower Exhibition. Patrol will be evaluating conditions as the day progresses on Friday and will only open new terrain if they feel it is safe to do so.

Enjoy some shots of some of our core locals “checking on conditions” themselves over the last day or so!

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The Guns Are Blazing!

Snowmakers have been working hard to crank out the white stuff every chance they get! This weekend, they were able to make snow top-to-bottom on Sterling! While temps are sort of all over the place this week, rest assured we’ll be blowing snow every chance we get!

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More Fresh Snow in October!

Taking a break for a snack before the descent.

Taking a break for a snack before the descent.

Mike Chait here. Hugh is up on the mountain getting the goods at the moment, but I thought I’d take the opportunity to post these updates on his behalf. Mother Nature has been conspiring yet again with her buddy Ullr to deliver another fresh dump of the white stuff. This was another elevational storm, hitting with wet, heavy snow particularly hard above 2800′. Right now, we’re looking at another 8-10″ on top of Sterling and are awaiting the report from the summit of Madonna!





There's nothing quite like the sound (or lack thereof) of skis slicing through fresh snow!

There’s nothing quite like the sound (or lack thereof) of skis slicing through fresh snow!

Long-term weather forecasts are predicting an above average snowfall this season, so we’re right on track for an awesome December! Also, this is your friendly reminder that Halloween is the Pass/Badge deadline, so get yours before the price bump for an even more affordable shred season!

More fresh snow for October! Happy faces everywhere!

More fresh snow for October! Happy faces everywhere!


Be sure to check out this video from today. It will most definitely get you itching to get out there!