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Racing on the Practice Slope

tonyToday was the last day of the Harvey Wesson Memorial Race Series. The weather was a little crazy with some rain early, but the afternoon was pretty good with just some cloudy skies.  The conditions were nice and soft today. The Blast from the Past Race is tomorrow Saturday, March 26th.  This race is always a good time with a GS race early and head to head Slalom races in the afternoon. Sunrise Service is Sunday, March 27th and the Sterling Lift will be loading from 6:00 am till 6:30 am.

 

slalomThe weather this weekend looks great with sunny skies and a high of 50 degrees both days. There will be some great spring skiing and riding to be had. 31 trails will be groomed for Saturday, that’s 165 acres of freshly groomed terrain.  For Saturday we plan to have top to bottom skiing and riding on all 3 mountains with 7 lifts operating and 40 trails open.

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3 to 5 inches of new snow in the past 2 days.

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Upper FIS

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Hangman’s

We received an inch of new snow last night and another inch during the day. Upper FIS has been so good the past few days that I had to ski it first.  The piles of nice soft snow were so much fun to ski through.  Lower Doc Dempsey’s, Hangman’s and parts of Upper Exhibition opened today with natural snow coverage.  I was riding the Sterling Lift this morning and I thought that people were poaching Hangman’s.  As I continued further up the lift I could see that the rope at the top of Hangman’s had been coiled up and placed on a stick of bamboo.  I knew that second what my next run would be.  For Friday we plan to have top to bottom skiing and riding on all 3 mountains with 6 lifts operating, including the Madonna I lift and 40 trails open. 34 trails will be groomed for tomorrow, including Upper FIS for a grand total of 161 acres.  Tomorrow’s forecast is rain early with a couple of afternoon showers and temperatures between 43 and 50 degrees. The forecast for this weekend is sunny skies with a high of 48 degrees both Saturday and Sunday.

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New snow and day time tubing fun

powWe received 3 inches of new snow on top overnight.  My first run of the day was Upper FIS. It was groomed last night. The fresh snow on top of the corduroy was just wonderful!  The new snow is pretty heavy and stuck to the mountain pretty well. The groomed terrain will be really nice tomorrow with the new snow mixed in. In the middle of the day I headed over to North Hill to check out the new day time tubing hill.  Originally I was just going to take photos, but after I watched everyone else having so much fun I had to grab a tube and go for it.

tube awayThe North Hill Tubing will be open one more day this Saturday, March 26 from 11 am till 3 pm.  The sun was out this afternoon and Upper FIS was calling my name. I traded in my tube and headed back to the upper mountains.  The new snow had been pushed around and Upper FIS now had some nice soft bumps to play on.

 

 

duncanTomorrow we plan to have top to bottom skiing and riding on all 3 mountains with 6 lifts operating, including the Madonna I lift and 37 trails open. 34 trails will be groomed for tomorrow, including Upper FIS for a grand total of 161 acres. Tonight’s forecast is snow developing with an inch of accumulation possible.  Tomorrow’s forecast is snow mixing with sleet early with a chance of freezing rain later and temperatures between 29 and 35 degrees.

 

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Turn, Turn, Turn

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Turn it UP! Barry on Lower “Runner”. You can see his trail of snow and in the background you can make out snowmaking whales.

Rockin Ron for Hugh. I got some great turns in today! My friends Barry, Anna, Jade, Joel and Vicky from Philly, are up for their annual winter ski trip. First, we took Upper Rumrunner to Lower Rumrunner. Lower “Runner” was great because of the snowmaking whales. Yes, boys and girls, we are still MAKING SNOW! I’ve written about it before, but I love fresh snowmaking whales – instant terrain park – gi-normous rollers. We had to do that run 3 times in a row. Then we took cruising runs down the Alley and Fizz, both of which were groomed – SWEET. Conditions were firm but definitely carvable (how do you spell that word?). While at lunch we saw Steve Wry of Mountain Ops. Barry told Steve what a great job the groomers and snowmakers have done. I concur. Barry’s daughter Jade joined us and we made some more turns – I couldn’t turn that down.

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Yes another beautiful day at Smuggs

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Upper FIS

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Looking down on Upper FIS and Sterling with Mount Mansfield in the background.

The day started off a little cloudy, but then the sun decided to make an appearance. The recent snowmaking and fantastic grooming have made for some really good conditions.  Upper FIS was groomed last night, so I had to ski that today. It was fun making GS turns on the smooth surface with loose granular on top. Tonight we plan to make snow on Upper Rumrunner and Lower Rumrunner.  34 trails will be groomed for Tuesday, including Upper FIS for a grand total of 162 acres. We have top to bottom skiing and riding on all 3 mountains with 6 lifts operating and 39 trails open. Tomorrow’s forecast is partly sunny skies early with cloudy skies in the afternoon and temperatures between 23 to 36 degrees.  This Saturday, March 26th the Smugglers’ Notch Ski and Snowboard Club will be hosting the Blast from the Past Race.  Easter Summit Sunrise Service is this Sunday, March 27th. The Sterling lift will operate from 6:00 am till 6:30 am. No experience with riding the chairlift is necessary. Following the service, guests may ski or snowboard to the base area or ride the lift back down the mountain.

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Practice makes perfect

good tucjkThe clear skies the past few days has made for cold nights and sunny days. In the past two nights we made snow on Upper Rumrunner, Crossover, Treasure Run, Lower Exhibition, Lower Morse Liftline, Sir Henry’s, the Zone, Midway, and Meadowlark.  It was great to see the snow making whales on skier’s left of Practice Slope this morning. The tower fan gun really made a big snowmaking whale.

 

 

good edgeThe Smugglers’ Notch Ski and Snowboard Club hosted the George Tormey Challenge this weekend with a GS race on Saturday and a Dual Panel Slalom race on Sunday.  I like the exciting head to head action of the Dual Panel Slalom. There was a great deal of action with 200 racers competing to keep their race season alive.  I also had a bunch of fun watching the skiers and riders getting in the Zone.  The Zone Terrain Park has some great features with a real nice flow.  I really like the new set up.

 

zone goodFor Monday we plan to have top to bottom skiing and riding on all 3 mountains with 6 lifts operating, including the Madonna I Lift and 38 trails open. 36 trails will be groomed for tomorrow, that’s 168 acres. Tomorrow’s forecast is calling for partly to mostly cloudy skies with a chance of flurries early, temperatures between 24 and 34 degrees.

 

 

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Picture yourself here

zoneThe temperature dropped down into the single digits last night and our snowmakers took full advantage. We made snow on Morse Mountain and Sterling Mountain last night. The forecast is calling for temperatures between 8 and 16 degrees tonight. Our snowmakers will be busy once again. We are going to make snow on Midway, Meadowlark, Upper Rumrunner, Crossover, Treasure Run, Lower Exhibition, and the Zone.

 

Dodge's viewWe have top to bottom skiing and riding on all 3 mountains with all 8 lifts operating and 37 trails open. 35 trails will be groomed for tomorrow, that’s 159 acres. Tomorrow’s forecast is calling for beautiful sunny skies with temperatures between 21 and 33 degrees.

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Fresh snow

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Family fun

We received 2 to 4 inches of new snow in the past 24 hours.  It snowed for a little while this morning before the sun came out.  The higher elevations received the most snow last night, so I made my first run on Madonna Mountain.  I found some really nice snow on the side of Upper Chilcoot and Upper FIS.  I also had a great time on Smugglers’ Alley. I skied the Alley after it had seen some traffic and the new snow was pushed into piles.  I went from one pile to another driving my skis through the soft fresh snow.

 

 

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Fireworks display

The Cat Trax Express Tour last night was beautiful. We were able to watch the torchlight parade and fireworks display before it started to snow.  The visibility was fantastic and there was still a thin horizontal red light left over from the sunset.

 

 

 

 

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Fresh snow on Smugglers’ Alley

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Fresh tracks

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Torchlight Parade getting ready to start

This weekend we plan to have top to bottom skiing and riding on all 3 mountains with 7 lifts operating and 38 trails open. 35 trails will be groomed for tomorrow, that’s 165 acres of freshly groomed terrain. Tomorrow’s forecast is calling for mostly sunny skies with temperatures between 10 and 24 degrees. Tonight we plan to make snow on Morse and Sterling Mountain.

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Happy St. Patrick’s Day

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SSU Snowboard Lesson on Upper Rumrunner

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View from the Madonna I Lift

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Upper Rumrunner

The forecast called for cloudy skies early, but the sun was out for most of the day. I took a cruiser run this morning on Upper Chilcoot.  I love how Upper Chilcoot actually wraps around onto the back side of Madonna Mountain for a while. It gives you different views as you work your way down the mountain.  It’s a nice long run with a bunch of turns and rollers.

 

 

 

st patWe have top to bottom skiing and riding on all 3 mountains with 6 lifts operating and 38 trails open. 34 trails will be groomed for tomorrow, including Upper FIS for a grand total of 144 acres. Tonight’s forecast is a chance of showers turning into flurries and snow showers 1 to 2 inches of accumulation possible.  Tomorrow’s forecast is flurries and snow showers another inch of accumulation with temperatures between 14 and 27 degrees.

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Another beautiful day at Smuggs

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Style points in the Birch Run Terrain Park

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Nice air in the Birch Run Terrain Park

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Dr. John enjoying the soft conditions on Bootlegger

My first run of the day was Upper FIS. It was smooth and the snow had turned to corn snow.  I had a blast making GS turns in the soft snow.  My second run was Smugglers’ Alley, I figured if Upper FIS was soft then Alley would be too.  The Alley was also skiing great with the soft corn snow everywhere.  I then meet up with Alex Martin of Smuggs TV to shoot this week’s No Bull Video Snow Report.  We skied Madonna and Sterling Mountain.  The spring conditions were most enjoyable!  I ran into my good friend Dr. John from 3 Mountain Equipment after Alex left to edit the No Bull Video Snow Report.  Dr. John and I had some great runs this afternoon. We skied Upper FIS, Smugglers’ Alley, Upper Pipeline, Snake Bite, and Bootleggers multi times because it was too much fun.  Tomorrow we plan to have top to bottom skiing and riding on all 3 mountains, with 6 lifts operating and 38 trails open. 28 trails will be groomed for tomorrow, that’s 145 acres. Tomorrow’s forecast is a chance of showers early becoming mix and snow with 1 to 2 inches of accumulation on top possible.  The forecast is also calling for another 1 to 3 inches of snow Thursday night and Friday.