Spring conditions


Upper FIS


Upper Chilcoot


The pond is taking shape

I had great time on Upper FIS again today.  I am still loving the skier’s left side. I also had a blast on Upper Snake Bite. I like the steep pitch and unique contours. Spring skiing and riding is so much fun with corn snow and mild temperatures. For Friday we plan to have top to bottom skiing and riding on all 3 mountains with 5 lifts operating and 33 trails open.


Getting ready for this weekend

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Looking from the end of the end of the pond

Today was another beautiful day here at Smuggs with sunny skies and mild temperatures.  Upper FIS was groomed last night and I was finding some nice snow on skier’s left.  Lower Doc’s is open and I had fun skiing in the trees.  I was skiing Sterling Mountain this afternoon and noticed a couple snow cats pushing snow in the Zone Terrain Park. They are building the pond for this weekend’s 4th Annual Pond Skimming.  The pond set up is completely different this year, because there is a banked turn before the pond.  The pond is not quite a big as it has been in the past, but the banked turn will make a little harder to make it across.  The event is this Saturday, April 2nd along with the Chillin’ n’ Grillin’ Tailgate Party in Parking Lot #1.

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The pond with the banked turn

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Upper Rumrunner


Upper Rumrunner


Still skiin’ and ridin’

Rockin’ Ron for Hugh. We’re still skiin’ and ridin’ at Smuggs! Overnight, 2 – 3 inches of snow fell. It wasn’t all-pow-all-the-time, but stashes of the white stuff could be found all around the mountain. I skied with Mark, Ryan, and Lee from Virginia. Mark’s son Ryan was excited to scout a fluffy cache in the glades along Smugglers’ Alley.

The 2015/2016 Winter Season is almost over, but we’ll still be skiin’ and ridin’ through this Sunday, April 3rd at 4pm. To celebrate the end of the season we have a dance card full of events on Saturday the 2nd: Cambridge Day (free lift tickets for residents of Cambridge and Jeffersonville, VT), Pond Skimming (spectators welcomed), Chillin’ ‘n’ Grillin’ (great food, great prizes), and the 21st annual Brewfest – part 2 (burp). For more info visit our events page.

Jade as cow

Jade was “spotted” as a cow. Photo by her dad Barry.


Ryan Hoyle pow

Ryan in pow! Photo by his dad Mark.










Flyin Ryan ski

Flyin’ Ryan, Power Wedge.






Liquid sunshine today becoming snow tonight and tomorrow


Upper Rumrunner

After a beautiful weekend full of blue skies and warmer temperatures the weather decided to change. The forecast called for rain today with temperature between 38 and 45 degrees. The temperature at the summit of Madonna was 25 degrees this afternoon at 2:00 pm. The colder temperatures turned the rain into freezing rain on the top half the upper mountains. I hope the colder temperatures will turn the freezing rain into snow earlier than predicted. The forecast for tonight is calling for snow developing around midnight with up to 3 inches of new snow on top by tomorrow morning.  Snow is in the forecast for tomorrow morning also with another 1 to 2 inches of accumulation possible with temperatures between 19 and 32 degrees. For Tuesday weather permitting we plan to have top to bottom skiing and riding on all 3 mountains with 5 lifts operating and 34 trails open. 30 trails will be groomed for Tuesday that’s 147 acres.


Easter Sunrise Service and more spring conditions


Hoppy Easter

The sunrise service was fantastic this morning with clear skies, no wind, and mild temperatures. We had a great turn out with 264 people attending.  It was just so pretty with the moon over Mount Mansfield.  The sun worked its magic and there was corn snow everywhere.  Spring fever is here and it is contagious!  I had so much fun today with my son Hugh B, daughter Hayleigh, my wife Harley, and good friends Lindsey, Kiri, and Nancy. We did an on mountain Easter Egg Hunt. The kids kept finding plastic colored eggs filled with candy on the side of the trail.


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Airing it out on Upper Exhibition

For Monday we plan to have top to bottom skiing and riding on all 3 mountains with 5 lifts operating, including the Madonna I Lift and 35 trails open. 27 trails will be groomed for tomorrow, that’s 138 acres. The forecast for tomorrow is rain with temperatures between 38 and 45 degrees. The rain is supposed to turn to snow on Monday night and we could see up to 5 inches of accumulation on top by Tuesday night.

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Moon over Mount Mansfield


Blast from the Past and a beautiful day

bending the gateThe day started off with cloudy skies, except for the top of Madonna Mountain and Mount Mansfield. I want to thank my good friend and Smuggs employee Jeremy Corkins for sending me this great picture of Mount Mansfield seen from Madonna Mountain.  I love it when the peaks of mountains look like islands and the clouds are the ocean. It was a great day to be out on the mountains today. I was lucky enough to spend it with family and great friends.  We had so much fun taking in the amazing views from the chair lifts and playing in all the corn snow.

ryan and gusTomorrow is going to be a repeat of today and I can’t wait. We have top to bottom skiing and riding on all 3 mountains with 7 lifts operating and 37 trails open. 29 trails will be groomed for tomorrow, that’s 147 acres. Tomorrow’s forecast is calling for mostly sunny skies with temperatures between 37 and 48 degrees. Easter Sunrise Service is tomorrow morning. The Sterling Lift will be operating from 6:00 am till 6:30 am.  sunrise sterling top ken drop


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.


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

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Upper FIS



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.


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.