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Madonna and Sterling are 100 percent open

 

Catching air on Upper Madonna Liftline

We will be operating both the Madonna I lift and Sterling lift every day until after we close Sunday, April 16th. They both have amazing coverage and there is still plenty of skiing and riding to be had before we close. We still have many events to go before the winter season is over. This Tuesday, April 4th is Free Cone Day at Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream. Swing by the Smugglers’ Ben & Jerry’s Scoop Shop, 12:00 noon – 8:00 pm, or any other participating Scoop Shop during your Vermont visit and enjoy a free cone! This Saturday, April 8

 

This Saturday, April 8th we have tons of events going on. The Drench Trench – Pond Skimming for Good — Presented by Sierra Nevada, Chillin’ & Grillin’ Annual Tailgate Party, and Bunco Night.  The 2017 Backcountry Basecamp is happening both Saturday, April 8th and Sunday, April 9th.  Friday, April 7th through Sunday April 9th the Black Bear Tavern Apres Sport Party will be featuring Bud Light. Saturday, April 15th is Easter Weekend Fun with fun activities for all ages! Sunday, April 16th Easter Summit Sunrise Service. For more information on any of these events just go to http://www.smuggs.com/pages/winter/skiride/winter-events.php

Tomorrow we plan to have both Sterling and the Madonna I Lift operating with 63 trails open. 22 trails will be groomed for tomorrow for a grand total of 87 acres of freshly groomed terrain. Tomorrow’s forecast is calling for mostly sunny early, then partly sunny skies later with temperatures between 34 and 44 degrees. It should be some wonderful spring skiing and riding!

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Are you ready for this?

 

17264260_10155132275337298_2972167989096255106_nSaturday, April 8th

Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. and Smugglers’ Notch have come together to bring you The Drench Trench: the best way to skim into spring with delicate grace…or not! Get wet (let’s be honest, you probably will) with skiers and riders dressed in ridiculous garb, all competing for gear, prizes, and the prestigious title of “Pond Skim Idol”!

CATEGORIES:
• Biggest Splash
• Best Dressed / Costume
• Best Digger (fall)

GOODIE BAGS (must be 21+ years): http://drenchtrench.app.rsvpify.com/

DRENCH TRENCH REGISTRATION (day of): Registration starts at 10:00 am in Parking Lot 1.

EVENT: 12:00 noon – 2:00 pm in The Zone Terrain Park
The first skimmer takes a bath at 12:00 noon! The best part is that all this fun is not for naught—some of our lovely partners are sponsoring skimmers with donations that benefit the Chill Foundation, an awesome organization dedicated to inspiring youth to overcome challenges through board sports.

CHILLIN’ & GRILLIN’ TAILGATE PARTY: All day Saturday in Lot 1!
Did you skim-ulate your appetite? Kick back with a refreshing Sierra Nevada brew and refuel at the all-day-long Chillin’ & Grillin’ tailgate party where cash and prizes will be awarded for:

CATEGORIES:
• Best Smuggs-themed tailgate(flair/festive/fun)
• Best original recipe (main dish/side dish/drink)
• Best barbecue Best overall tailgate

Burn off all the delicious grub you just stuffed yourself with by dancing to some sweet tunes from Brett Hughes and the Honky Tonk Crowd!

After all is said and done, you can congratulate yourself on having fun for a good cause and for your bravery in attempting to take down the gnarliest mountain beast since Bigfoot: The Drench Trench.

RESERVE YOUR GOODIE BAG:
The event is FREE for all, but if you are 21+ years of age you can receive a goodie bag courtesy of Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. by RSVPing (for free) below on this page or by donating directly to Chill Foundation online here:http://www.chill.org/support-chill

ONLINE: http://drenchtrench.app.rsvpify.com/

DONATE: http://www.chill.org/support-chill

Want to sponsor a skimmer? If you’d like to sponsor a skimmer and send your best employee, friend, or neighbor down The Drench Trench, contact sthomas@smuggs.com for more information.

About the Chill Foundation-

The Chill Foundation’s youth development program revolves around a six-week curriculum that uses board sports to teach life skills and increase self-esteem of their participants. Chill has served more than 20,000 young people since the program began, working with approximately 1,400 youth annually. They work with social service agencies, mental health agencies, foster care programs, juvenile justice programs, and schools in local communities to select youth participants. Everything is provided to the youth at no cost. Participants range in age from 10-18 years old. Learn more at http://www.chill.org/

DRENCH TRENCH | SKIMMING RULES:
– Ages 8 & older
– Two skims per participant
– No poles or sharp objects
– Alpine or Nordic (traditional x-country or mountaineering gear) skis, and snowboards are allowed. NO snow skates, jack jumpers, kayaks, etc.
– Inverts are not recommended

Thank you to our prize Sponsors: C. H. Diegel Photography, Bern Unlimited, Outdoor Gear Exchange, and Sierra Nevada.

 

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April Fool’s Day

 

Justin getting some air on Chute

The new snow that we received last night and today was just perfect. It was heavy and stuck to everything, which allowed us to open so many trails today. Robin’s Run, Madonna Liftline, Black Hole, and Freefall from the traverse were all open. I skied Freefall this morning and it was wonderful. The new snow held me back nicely and I did not have to work as hard controlling my speed. I would have to say that the best snow was at higher elevations, especially later in the day when the temperature came up a little. My son Hugh B and I got to ski with our good friends Ken, Justin, and Loic. We skied Upper Fis, Lower Doc’s, Goat Path, Dan’s Ford, Chute, Hangman’s Drop, Black Snake, Lower Chilcoot, Upper Chilcoot, and Lower Pipeline.

Ken having fun on Hangman’s Drop

I would have to say that Upper FIS was one of my favorite runs of the day. It was groomed on Wednesday night, but it was not groomed last night. It was still pretty flat from Wednesday night’s grooming and with the 8 inches of new snow on top it was amazing. The bumps were soft because they were made of the new snow. Tomorrow we plan to have top to bottom skiing and riding on all 3 mountains with 4 lifts operating, including the Madonna 1 Lift. We have 71 trails open with terrain for all ability levels. 30 trails will be groomed for tonight, including Upper Drifter, Snow Snake, and Thomke’s Express for a grand total of 123 acres of freshly groomed terrain.

 

 

Ken on Chute

Tomorrow’s forecast is calling for flurries early then partly cloudy skies later with temperatures between 28 and 39 degrees

 

Hugh B finding some fresh

April Fool’s Day Fun

Justin on Hangman’s Drop

Loic having fun in the new snow

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Powder Day

 

Ski Patroller Mike Duncan on trail check

We received 8 inches of new snow in the past 24 hours and more is on the way. We have top to bottom skiing and riding on all 3 mountains with 4 lifts operating, including the Madonna I lift.  We now have 67 trails open!

 

Ski Patroller Ethan Costello trail checking Freefall

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Calm before the storm

Lindsey having fun in the trees on Sterling Mountain

Today has been about looking at the radar and seeing when the snow is really going to start adding up. We already have great coverage and if we received 6 inches of heavy snow it is going to be amazing. The heavy snow covers and sticks to everything. Heavy snow skis and rides like more snow because it holds up better and you get more float. We have received an inch of new snow so far today, but the main part of the storm it just getting to us now. I believe that by tomorrow morning we will return to a winter wonderland. Tomorrow we plan to have top to bottom skiing and riding on all 3 mountains with 4 lifts operating, including the Madonna I Lift with 54 trails open.

 

Snow Sport University Instructor Glen Findholt skiing Bootlegger Woods

Snow Sport University Instructor Matt McCawley taking a cruiser run on Upper Rumrunner

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130 acres of freshly groomed terrain

We have top to bottom skiing and riding on all 3 mountains with 4 lifts operating, including the Madonna I lift with 57 trails open. 37 trails have been groomed for today, including Upper FIS, Jolly Rodger, and Curley’s Cutback. Today’s forecast is periods of snow 1 to 2 inches of accumulation possible with temperatures between 24 and 33 degrees. We are expecting 6 to 11 inches of new snow by Sunday night. We also have many events going on this weekend. The 22nd Annual Brewfest Part 2 is Saturday, April 1st in the Meeting House. There is a Friendly Freeride Competition being hosted by the Smugglers’ Notch Ski and Snowboard Club on Saturday, April 1st.  This competition is for skiers and riders 14 years old and younger. For more information contact  Chad Willard director@snscvt.com. It is also Cambridge Day on Saturday, April 1st. Today through Sunday at the Black Bear Tavern Apres Sport Party they are featuring Pabst Blue Ribbon.

 

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Picture perfect

Today was another beautiful day with plenty of sunshine and light wind. I had a great time this morning skiing on Sterling. Smugglers’ Alley was groomed last night and it sure was fun to make some big turns on a nice smooth surface.  I also had a bunch of fun playing in the trees. I hiked out to one of favorite places and I had to take a photo of Sterling Pond with Mount Mansfield in the background. I headed down to Morse Mountain in the afternoon in catch the last World Famous Cookie Race of the season.  I could not believe how the skiers were carving turns around the gates and the snowboarders were catching air off the jumps. Everyone was soaking up the beautiful sunshine and loving the warmer temperatures. Mogul Mouse was at the finish of the race giving out high fives to the skiers and riders as they went by. The kids were also pretty excited to get a cookie. I’m pretty excited about the forecast of a snow storm heading this way. The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm warnings and advisories calling for up to 14 inches of new snow by Saturday night. The snow is expected to start tomorrow with the majority of snowfall occurring Friday night. The snow will continue into Saturday also. Tomorrow we plan to have top to bottom skiing and riding on all 3 mountains with 4 lifts operating, including the Madonna 1 lift. We have 57 trails open with terrain for all ability levels. 37 trails will be groomed for tomorrow, including Upper FIS, Smugglers’ Alley, and Snow Snake for a grand total of 130 acres of freshly groomed terrain.

Sterling Pond with Mount Mansfield in the background.

Snow Sport University Instructor Oliver Blackman with his class enjoying the beautiful day.

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Here we go again!

snowfall map

WCAX channel 3 snowfall map

Today’s forecast is mostly sunny skies with temperatures of 26 to 39 degrees. The snow starts tomorrow and will continue through Saturday. It is going to be another great weekend!

 

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It is snowing

Big Flakes Falling

We received an inch of new snow today. It was snowing pretty hard for a while. Yesterday felt like spring and today we are back to winter. It looks like winter is going to stay around at least into the weekend. The forecast is calling for 2 to 4 inches of snow starting on Friday with flurries and snow showers right through to Sunday. Tomorrow’s forecast is calling for mostly sunny skies with temperatures between 25 and 38 degrees. Our groomers will be busy tonight, with 33 trails scheduled to be groomed, including Upper FIS, Upper Pipeline, Smugglers’ Alley, Chute, and Thomke’s Express for a grand total of 115 acres of freshly groomed terrain.

Heel side on Lower Madonna Liftline

Some of the steeper trails require the winch cat. The winch cat uses different anchors on the mountain to attach its cable to. The winch cat can then use its winch to help the cat up and down the mountain.

 

Tomorrow we plan to have top to bottom skiing and riding on all 3 mountains with 4 lifts operating, including the Madonna I lift. We have 54 trails open with terrain for all ability levels.

 

 

Rime Ice

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