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Yesterday and today

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Photo of Upper FIS

The top photo is from yesterday, but I wanted to share it. I love the different angle that you see Upper FIS from in this photo.  Upper FIS is the trail that runs from the upper left corner to the bottom right corner.  If you look closely you can see a skier part way down.  Today I was out on the mountain with Alex Martin from Smuggs TV filming this week’s No Bull Video Snow Report. We had a great time on Madonna and Sterling. We ran into the 55+ Club at the summit of Madonna Mountain. It’s always fun to chat with this friendly group of snow sport enthusiasts. Some of their members have been skiing for more than 60 years!

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Presently making snow on Sterling Mountain

We have top to bottom skiing and riding on all 3 mountains with 6 lifts operating and 52 trails open. We are presently making snow on Smugglers’ Alley, Bootlegger’s, Thomke’s Express, Upper Pipeline, Hangman’s Drop, Chute, and the Zone. Tomorrow’s forecast is calling for mostly sunny skies with increasing clouds later in the day, temperatures between 19 and 29 degrees.

 

 

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Snow Sport University

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Upper Rumrunner

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Perspective

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Upper Chilcoot “which way is up”. Photo by Hugh Johnson

Rockin’ Ron for Hugh. I really like Hugh’s picture (included here) of Upper Chilcoot, but it doesn’t quite capture the depth and steepness of Chili-coot (as Rob Aiken calls it). I remember my very first sighting of Upper Chilcoot – my stomach dropped to my knees. I thought I was going to ski off the side of the world. Since that day, I’ve skied it many times and it is no longer daunting. As my skiing ability has improved, my perspective has changed. I hope to put that skiing ability to use in Friday’s Local Race series starting in a couple of weeks. Sarah Thomas of Marketing has gathered a team that includes Jason Niemi of Group Sales, Rob Hunter, and Josh Seivwright of IT. Here are a couple of possible names for our team: “I’ve got the Runs”, “Ski-legal Aliens”, “We are not Race-ists” and “Nobody Cares that You Tellie (telemark skiing)”. If you couldn’t tell, our perspective is… FUN!

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Upper Drifter

riding drifterToday was just gorgeous with sunny skies and nice temperatures. I skied Upper Drifter for my first run of the day. I took my time and made many stops to take in the all the beautiful views. I love how the view continues to change as you work your way down the mountain. We have top to bottom skiing and riding on all 3 mountains with 6 lifts operating and 67 trails open. We plan to groom 31 trails tonight, including Snow Snake, Snake Bite, and Smugglers’ Alley. 151 acres of freshly groomed terrain for Tuesday. The Birch Run and Knight’s Revenge Terrain Parks are both open.  The forecast is calling for a chance of a mixed shower or shower tomorrow with temperatures between 28 and 37 degrees.  1 to 2 inches of new snow is expected Tuesday night into Wednesday along with colder temperatures.

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Skiing in between gates and trees

raceToday was another great day here at Smuggs with beautiful sunny skies and light winds.  I enjoyed watching the race today on the Practice Slope. These racers were 7 to 10 years old and ripping up the course. It was great to hear the parents cheering on all the kids as they skied by.  These racers had great form and were getting down into a tuck to all the speed they could.  I skied with good friends Tony and Dave after the race. I have not skied with Dave in quite a while and it was great to catch up. Way back in the day Dave and I were Ski Instructors here at Smuggs.  We had a great time finding some fresh lines in the trees. We decided that we need to get together again real soon and do some more tree skiing.

tony turnWe now have top to bottom skiing and riding on all 3 mountains with 66 trails open. 27 trails will be groomed for tomorrow, that’s 140 acres of freshly groomed terrain. Snowmaking continues around the clock on Snow Snake. Tomorrow’s forecast is partly sunny skies with temperatures between 19 and 30 degrees.

 

 

 

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Burton Riglet Park and beginner learning area

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Riding the ramp out of the tree house

The Burton Riglet Park has been moved from the top of Sir Henry’s Learning Park to behind the Meeting House at the base of the Village Lift. There is also a new beginner terrain area next to the Burton Riglet Park. This is a fantastic place for kids to learn, because it’s just so much fun. There are many features and tools that the Instructors can use to teach the kids like balance, rotation, bending their knees, and much more. This area is so neat, I felt like I was watching kids at a playground just having fun.

 

 

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Working on turning the ski

We now have top to bottom skiing and riding on all 3 mountains with 7 lifts operating and 63 trails open.  24 trails will be groomed for tomorrow, that’s 138 acres of freshly groomed terrain. The Birch Run Terrain Park is open with 13 features. Snowmaking continues around the clock on Snow Snake. Tomorrow’s forecast is partly to mostly sunny skies with temperatures between 18 and 28 degrees.

 

 

 

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Working on balance

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Torchlight, fireworks, and another beautiful day

chairlift fireworksThe torchlight parade and fireworks Cat Trax Express Tour was wonderful last night. The sky was clear which made for great viewing. It was nice to meet the Townsend Family and Tatro Family on the tour last night.  The Townsend kids were making snow angels and watching the fireworks at the same time.

 

 

 

kevinfriendKevin Friend and his crew are here for a couple of days to film the Smuggs episode of the Mountain Report. They picked a great time to be here with the recent snowfall and beautiful sunny days.  We were on Upper Drifter this morning and the views were fantastic.  The evergreen trees near the summit are filled in with snow and rime ice. They looked so bright against the deep blue sky.  We ran into Pat O. on Crossover and asked him if he was headed to the Birch Run Terrain Park.  He said yes and we followed to get some footage of him riding the rails and catching air.  Tomorrow’s forecast is partly to mostly sunny skies with temperatures between 11 and 21 degrees.  We plan to have the Morse Highlands lift operating tomorrow with Log Jam and Dixie’s Knoll open. We now have top to bottom skiing and riding on all 3 mountains with 7 lifts operating and 62 trails open.
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Cookie Race and Powder

One of the great things about Smuggs that we have everything from the World Famous Cookie Race on Sir Henry’s to powder filled glades on the upper mountains.  I had a great time at the Cookie Race this afternoon watching the young skiers and riders showing off their newly learned skills.  Mogul Mouse was at the finish line giving out high fives.  Everyone wins at the Cookie Race and receives a cookie!  I headed to the upper mountains after the cookie race  to meet up with my good friends Tony and Geoff.  We had a blast hunting for powder stashes.  They found many great lines and a few that were untracked.

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Reid riding through a hoop

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Hayleigh having fun

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Tony finds the goods

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Geoff enjoying the fresh snow

We now have top to bottom skiing and riding on all 3 mountains with 5 lifts operating and 54 trails open.  Tonight snow making moves to Snake Bite, Practice Slope, Lower FIS, and Lower Madonna Liftline.  Tomorrow’s forecast calls for mostly sunny skies with temperatures between 6 and 21 degrees.

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Powder Day

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Hokie playing in the powder on Upper FIS

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Jeff is knee deep on Shuttle

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Pat with the method

It snowed for three days straight and we ended up with 14 to 20 inches of new snow. We now have top to bottom skiing and riding on all 3 mountains with 5 lifts operating and 48 trails open. We have been making snow around the clock on Log Jam, Dixie’s Knoll, and Hibernator.  All three of these trails are over at the Morse Highlands Area and we plan to have the Morse Highlands Lift operating this weekend. We have also been making snow on the Practice Slope and we plan to open the Sterling T-Bar in the near future.  I would have to say that today was the best day of the season so far.  The conditions were just amazing.  I had so much fun on Doc Dempsey’s and Upper FIS. Skier’s left on Upper FIS was fantastic with drift filled moguls all the way down.  Lower Catwalk opened this afternoon along with Shuttle, Red Fox Glades, and Lower Drifter.  Skier’s right on the top section of Shuttle was also one of my favorites of the day.

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Snow Biz

Jan, 19, 2016 Powder

POWDER! Photo by Hugh Johnson

Rockin’ Ron for Hugh. I cover for Hugh on his day off, normally Tuesday. The man is passionate about the sport and he’s going to be skiing anyway, so he said he’d send some powder pics. He must be the Hardest Working Man in Snow Biz, or at least the happiest. Bonus for me, I didn’t have to get my hands cold snapping shots. I did get on the hill though, and the conditions were AWESOME! I like my peanut butter crunchy and my skiing smooth and creamy, and that’s what it was today. How about these numbers: 6 to 8 inches of new snow in the past 24 hours, and 12 to 16 total in the past 48. Ah… there’s no biz like SNOW BIZ!

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Fresh snow

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Andy having fun in the fresh snow on Full Nelson

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Fresh tracks on Hangman’s

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Upper Chilcoot

We received 8 inches of new snow in the past 24 hours and more is on the way. The forecast is calling for another 7 inches of new snow by Wednesday night. Snowmaking continues around the clock on Lower Chilcoot, McPherson’s, and the Practice Slope.  We opened more terrain today with natural snow coverage. Doc Dempsey’s was open from Teigh’s traverse which is located on skiers’ right below Catwalk on Upper FIS.  Full Nelson and Harvey’s Hideaway also opened today.  We now have top to bottom skiing and riding  on all 3 mountains with 5 lifts operating and 40 trails open.  21 trails will be groomed tonight, that’s 114 acres of freshly groomed terrain.