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Madonna TWOs-day

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Annie and Grace on Mulcahy’s Link

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L to R: Jammin’ Sam and Goodtime Charlie entertaining at the Black Bear Tavern

Rockin’ Ron for Hugh. Dueces were wild this Tuesday! I rode the Madonna 2 Lift for only the second time this season (M1 has been running almost every day I’ve been on the Upper Mountains this winter). I heard 2 skiers on the chair ahead of me singing “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough” and saying hi to the Lifties and people skiing on the slopes below. I told them I liked their attitude and asked if I could take a picture of them for the Blog. Without hesitating, Annie and Grace said yes! Later, after a couple of runs, I popped into the Black Bear for a bowl of Veggie Chili. Smuggs sensational Acoustic Duo of Goodtime Charlie and Jammin’ Sam were performing a special apres show for Canadian Week. They are just TOO good! That’s all 4 now, I’ve got 2 go.

 

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Grooming kudos

sterling summitI want to thank our groomers for doing a great job on the trails last night, especially the steeper trails.  Upper FIS, Chute, Upper Pipeline, and Smugglers’ Alley were all groomed last night.  Today’s weather was a pretty crazy with a little bit of everything from snow, sleet, freezing rain, rain, and some cloudy skies.

 

 

justin 2I ran into my good friend Lenny today. It was fun to do a few runs and catch up on the lift rides.  Tomorrow we plan to have top to bottom skiing and riding on all 3 mountains with 6 lifts operating and 36 trails open.  upper pipeline

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Molly Rail Jam

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Ray Wells does not care about the fashion police!

This event is all about having a good time for a great cause. The Molly Rail Jam is a special rail jam that benefits the Molly Rowlee Fund, which supports families with children undergoing treatment for cancer. There are many amazing outfits being worn, especially with pink to raise cancer awareness.  Everybody has a great time at this event, even the coaches were riding the rails.

 

 

DSC07731The weather was perfect with sunny and temperatures high enough to make for soft landing. If you were at this event and did not have a good time, then you missed a good opportunity. I want to thank everyone who had anything to do with making this wonderful event happen.

 

 

 

DSC07743We have top to bottom skiing and riding on all 3 mountains with 6 lifts operating and 36 trails open. All 36 trails will be groomed for tomorrow, that’s 165 acres. Tomorrow’s forecast is calling for snow and sleet, mixing with freezing rain later in the day with an inch of accumulation possible and temperatures between 26 and 36 degrees.

 

 

 

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Must be present to win

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Andy shows great form in his one piece

Today was just about perfect. The  colder temperatures last night allowed the snow to set up. Our groomers did a great job Upper FIS, Smugglers’ Alley, Upper Pipeline, Bootlegger, Snake Bite, and many more.

 

 

 

 

 

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Gets the grab in the Birch Run Terrain Park

The sun was working it’s magic turning the loose granular into corn snow.  I had so much fun skiing with my family and good friends. Everyone was having a great time enjoying the sunshine and soft conditions.  There was such a great time vibe going on today.

 

 

 

 

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Fun box in the Birch Run Terrain Park

I found a lost phone today on Sterling Mountain. I was about to bring it to the Base Lodge Ticket Booth when I started receiving text messages on the lost phone.  We were able to arrange a meeting in the Upper Parking Lot where the nice family was reunited with their lost phone.

 

 

 

 

 

long hairTomorrow’s is going to be another beautiful day with mostly sunny skies and temperatures between 33 and 44 degrees.  We have top to bottom skiing and riding on all 3 mountains with 7 lifts operating and 37  trails open. 

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Nancy on Upper FIS

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Some fresh snow

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Catching air in Birch Run Terrain Park

The forecast called for cloudy skies early then partly to mostly sunny skies in the afternoon. It snowed most of the day and the sun did not come out until late in the day. We received less than an inch of new snow, but it still made a difference.

 

 

 

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Tony going for it in the Local’s Race

I had a great time today snowboarding and skiing in the Harvey Wesson Memorial Race Series.  I believe that I need more practice snowboarding.  I find myself holding back on the top half of the course and then finally letting it go on the second half.

 

 

 

 

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Toe side turn on Upper Rumrunner

This weekend will be nice with sunny skies and highs reaching into the 40’s. We will have top to bottom skiing and riding on all 3 mountains with all 8 lifts operating and 36 trails open. 34 trails will be groomed for tomorrow, that’s 165 acres.

 

 

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Fresh tracks on Lower Exhibition

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Torchlight parade and fireworks on a foggy night

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Fireworks lighting up the Village LIft

The day started off a cloudy with some rain in the afternoon. The fog really rolled in later in the day. The Cat Trax Express Tour was pretty cool because of the fog.  The fog did not let the light travel very far, so it made more of a glowing cloud.  We were parked next to mid-station on the Village Lift when the torchlight parade started. It was neat to be in the dark and then suddenly flares start getting lit up.  We could see the individual skiers and riders at first and as they worked their way down the mountain they became more of a red cloud.  The fireworks were also fun to watch because of the fog. The sky kept just kept changing colors as the fireworks display went on.

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The red glow from the Torchlight Parade

We have top to bottom skiing and riding on all 3 mountains with 34 trails open. Friday’s forecast is cloudy skies early becoming partly to mostly sunny in the afternoon with temperatures between 27 and 41 degrees.

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Soft conditions

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Upper FIS

The temperature was a little warm today and the snow was soft. I had a great deal of fun on the steeps of Upper FIS.  The surface was pretty smooth and easy to crank out some GS turns.  I stopped on the side of the trail for a while to take a few photos of the skiers and riders enjoying the nice conditions.

 

 

 

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SSU Instructor Oliver Blackman

A skier caught my eye as he was making some beautiful turns in a playful manner.  Once he got closer I realized it was Snow Sport University Instructor Oliver Blackman.  Oliver is a great skier and a great guy, anyone who has been lucky enough to ski with him would agree. He has a wonderful attitude and love for the outdoors.  I want to thank Oliver for all he does he at Smuggs and I also want to wish him a happy belated birthday!

 

 

 

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Upper FIS

We have top to bottom skiing and riding on all 3 mountains with 6 lifts operating and 49 trails open. We plan to groom 29 trails tonight for a grand total of 143 acres. Tomorrow’s forecast is calling for a chance of an early shower and rain in the afternoon with temperatures between 41 and 54 degrees. The Zone and Birch Run Terrain Park are both open with 20 features.

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Jump for JOY!

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Chase is chasing the JOY in this action shot.

Rockin’ Ron for Hugh. Today I was a chaperone for Cambridge Area Rotary’s Winter Wellness Program. It was the last day of this five day program for the 5th and 6th graders of Cambridge Elementary School. I was was with a group of level four skiers. Our first run was “Around the World” (Midway > Curley’s Cutback > Meadowlark). We then headed over to Morse Highlands, where we joined forces with school board member Mark Stebbins’ group. We enjoyed several runs on Log Jam, Hibernator, and Dixie’s Knoll. Taeghan – one of the kids in my group – told me that on her first day she didn’t know what to do, but today she had fun going really fast. She was so joyful, she didn’t want to stop for lunch. Thanks go out to SSU, 3 Mountain Equipment, CES, Rotary Members, and Volunteers for making this program so successful! BTW – Skiing conditions were awesome – plenty of coverage and easily carvable. As a bonus, the sun came out from behind the clouds. You mighta heard me singin’ “Joy to World, all the boys and girls, joy to the fishies in the deep blue sea, joy to you and me”.

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A little new snow goes a long way

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Upper FIS

It started to snow this morning and it came down pretty hard for a little while. The new snow was heavy and stuck to everything. It covered well and skied well. We groomed quite a few of our steeper trails last night and with new snow on top they were fantastic.  I had a great time on Upper FIS. Smugglers’ Alley, Bootlegger, Drifter, Shuttle, and many more.

 

 

 

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Bootlegger

We have top to bottom skiing and riding on all 3 mountains with 6 lifts operating and 63 trails open. 38 trails will be groomed for tomorrow, including Upper FIS and Bootlegger for a grand total of 162 acres. Tomorrow’s forecast is calling for increasing clouds with a chance of afternoon shower and temperatures between 36 and 49 degrees.  Expect some nice spring conditions for tomorrow.

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Extreme Skiing Challenge

iceflowI want to thank the Smugglers’ Notch Ski and Snowboard Club for hosting the competition today. I also want to thank all the sponsors, volunteers, and the Smugglers’ Notch Ski Patrol for all they did to make this event happen. The weather was just fantastic with sunny skies and temperatures in the 20’s.  There were 115 competitors this year. The competition showcased Upper Exhibition and  all the wonderful features it has to offer.  It was very exciting to watch these athletics catch big air and pull off amazing tricks!

We have top to bottom skiing and riding on all 3 mountains with 6 lifts operating and 63 trails open. 37 trails will be groomed for tomorrow, including Upper FIS and Smugglers’ Alley for a grand total of 172 acres. Tomorrow’s forecast is snow and mixed 1 to 2 inches of accumulation possible on top with temperatures between 30 and 41 degrees.