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Shoveling the snow out to put the water in

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThe 8th Annual Pond Skimming starts at noon today and goes till 2 pm! Registration in the Yurt at Parking Lot 1 beginning at 10 am. Chillin’ & Grillin’ Tail Gate Party and prize give-away to follow the Pond Skimming in Lot 1. Jammin’ Sam will keep us rocking from 2 pm till 4 pm in Lot 1! See you there. Pond Skimming and Chillin’ & Grillin’ being sponsored by Sierra Nevada.

 

 

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Here comes the snow

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Snow Sport University Ski Lesson on Lower Morse Liftline

Today started off with beautiful sunny skies, which lasted most of the morning. The clouds rolled in early in the afternoon and we went from flurries to snowing hard in a short amount of time. The snowflakes got really big for a while reducing visibility. The photo of Lower Morse Liftline shows the low visibility.

We received an inch of new snow this afternoon and we could see another inch of accumulation tonight.

We have top to bottom skiing and riding on all 3 mountains with 4 lifts operating. We have 42 trails open with terrain for all ability levels. 33 trails will be groomed for tomorrow, that’s 136 acres of freshly groomed terrain.

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Smugglers’ Alley

Tomorrow’s forecast is calling for cloudy skies early then partly sunny skies in the afternoon with a high of 32 degrees.

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Mogul Mouse’s Magic Lift

 

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Summit of Sterling

 

 

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Another beautiful day

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View from Upper Drifter

Sunshine this morning followed by snow this afternoon.

We have top to bottom skiing and riding on all 3 mountains with 4 lifts operating. We have 41 trails open with terrain for all ability levels. All 41 trails have been groomed for today, that’s 140 acres of freshly groomed terrain.

Today’s forecast is calling for increasing clouds with snow developing this afternoon and a couple inches of accumulation possible with a high of 37 degrees.

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Snow in the forecast

StormTotalSnowWeb1Today
Snow showers, mainly after noon. High near 30. South wind 10 to 17 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80%. Total daytime snow accumulation of 1 to 3 inches possible.
Tonight
Snow showers, mainly before 8 pm. Low around 21. Breezy, with a west wind 14 to 24 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80%. New snow accumulation of 1 to 2 inches possible.
Today we have top to bottom skiing and riding on all 3 mountains with 4 lifts operating. We have 41 trails open with terrain for all ability levels. All 41 trails have been groomed for today, that’s 140 acres of freshly groomed terrain.

 

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If you build it

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digging out the pond

We are getting ready for the 8th Annual Pond Skimming! I stopped by the Zone Terrain Park this afternoon and the pond is really starting to take shape. Grooming Manager Arlo Pouliot and Director of Mountain Operations Mike McAdoo were shaping the pond.  I am not sure what Mike or Arlo will make for the entrance to the pond. Will they make it smooth or will there be a jump?  They might even make both; who knows. I do know that it will be very exciting, entertaining, and a ton of fun!

Tomorrow we plan to have top to bottom skiing and

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Looking down from the top of the start ramp

riding on all 3 mountains with 4 lifts operating. We have 42 trails open with terrain for all ability levels. 42 trails will be groomed for tomorrow, that’s 155 acres of freshly groomed terrain. Tomorrow’s forecast is calling for snow to develop in the afternoon with an inch of accumulation possible and temperatures between 24 and 33 degrees.

 

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Freshly groomed terrain

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Lower Morse Liftline

We have top to bottom skiing and riding on all 3 mountains with 4 lifts operating. The Madonna I lift will have a delayed opening due to grooming. It should be open by 10 am. We received a dusting of new snow last night and 2 inches in the past 5 days.

Today’s forecast is increasing sunshine with a high of 25 degrees. We have 51 trails open with terrain for all ability levels.

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8th Annual Pond Skimming and Chillin’ & Grillin’

chllin posterSaturday, April 7th

Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. and Smugglers’ Notch have come together again for the annual Pond Skimming event in The Zone at Smuggs. Skiers and Riders will be dressed in ridiculous garb, all competing for gear, prizes, and the prestigious title of “Pond Skim Idol”!

CATEGORIES:
• Best Skim Style
• Best Dressed / Costume
• Best Digger (fall)

MORE PRIZES THAN EVER THIS YEAR!
On3P Skis – Jessies 171s
Brewfest Weekend for up to Four
2018/2019 Bash Badge
Arbortrek Canopy Tour for Two
Snow Goggles by SCOTT
Two Dead Session Lite tickets
Summer Daycation Tickets
2018 Brewster Ridge Disc Gold Membership
2018 Smuggs Youth Summer Pass
Hearth & Candle Gift Certificate
Brewster River Pub & Brewery Gift Certificate
Martell’s at the Red Fox Gift Certificate
Cheese Boxes (whoa)
$20 Fun Card to the FunZone 2.0
Smuggs Country Store Gift Basket
Brewster Ridge Disc Golf Discs
Two Free Tunes at 3 Mountain Equipment
T Shirts

POND SKIM REGISTRATION: 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!

SKIMMING RULES:
– Ages 8 & older
– Up to 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

ENTERTAINMENT: Our very own MC Hugh Johnson and Jammin Sam will be lighting it up from 12:00 noon – 2:00 pm at the Pond. Jammin’ Sam keeps the party going in Lot 1 from 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm while our Chillin’ & Grillin’ party and prize giveaways heat up, directly following the Pond Skimming event.

CHILLIN’ & GRILLIN’ TAILGATE PARTY: All day Saturday in Parking Lot 1!
Kick back with a refreshing Sierra Nevada brew and refuel at the all-day-long Chillin’ & Grillin’ tailgate party. This year, we’ve changed the format up a bit to focus on how you tailgaters own your setup. Impress us with your bumper side party planning skills and you could win the official Chillin’ & Grillin’ prize! Furthermore, drawings will be held throughout the day for cash and prizes. Enter our Chillin’ 50/50 raffle where proceeds will benefit a local charity of the winner’s choice.

Get here early for a good time!

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Spring conditions

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Ski Patroller Chris Heimert enjoying the soft conditions on Black Snake

The mild temperatures today made the snow nice and soft.  I had a blast carving up Black Snake and Practice Slope. I love how the Practice Slope is nice and wide so you can lay out some huge GS turns.  The knob on skier’s right above mid point of the T-Bar is always fun to fly off.

Tomorrow we plan to have top to bottom skiing and riding on all 3 mountains with 4 lifts operating. We have 51 trails with terrain for all ability levels. 38 trails will be groomed for tomorrow, that’s 140 acres of freshly groomed terrain.

Tomorrow’s forecast is calling for partly to mostly sunny skies with a high of 26 degrees.

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Sir Henry’s Learning Hill

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Snow Sport University Snowboard Lesson

We have 60 skiable trails and 37 lift accessible trails open today. The Madonna I lift is presently on wind hold. We have 3 lifts operating today Sterling, Mogul Mouse, and Sir Henry’s Wonder Carpet. 27 trails have been groomed for today, that’s 111 acres of freshly groomed terrain.