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It’s dumping!

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Where are my skis?

I went to the Nordic Center today for the Smugglers’ Notch Snowshoe Festival. I watched the 16th Annual Northern Vermont Snowshoe Race. There was an 8 km race and a 4 km fun run. I was glad the race was early in the day before the snow started falling. The snow was coming down so hard this afternoon that it reduced visibility. I went to my office midday to upload the photos from the Nordic Center. I headed back out to take a few more runs and my skis were already covered in snow. The tracks that I made skiing to my office were also gone. I picked up my son Hugh B after his Mitey Mites lesson and we went in search of fresh snow, which was not hard to find.

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Nice snow in the woods

The wind was blowing pretty good, so we decided to head into the woods. We skied a line that I skied this morning and I could not find my tracks. We received 3 inches of new snow this afternoon and it is still snowing very hard. We could see up to 9 more inches of snow in the next 24 hours. Tomorrow’s forecast is snow early then flurries later with temperatures between 13 and 26 degrees. We plan to have top to bottom skiing and riding on all 3 mountains with 6 lifts operating, including the Madonna I lift. We are 96 percent open with 76 out of 78 trails open with terrain for all ability levels.

 

 

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Catching air off the Spring Roll

Tomorrow is going to be really good, so if I was you, I would call into work, tell them that you have a problem with your eyes and you can’t see coming to work!

 

 

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Photo taken by Hugh B. Johnson III

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Tele pow turns on Smugglers’ Alley

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Nordic Center Fun

 

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18 Km of Cross Country Trails open

This weekend is the Smugglers’ Notch Snowshoe Festival. There was a ½ Km Kid Fun Run, a snowshoe obstacle course, a scavenger hunt, free demos, an 8 Km Race, and a 4 Km Fun Run. A portion of the proceeds from this event will be donated to the Cambridge Food Shelf and the IAN Fund. It was great to watch the snowshoe races. It is pretty amazing how snowshoes have changed over the years. The snowshoes that they race on are smaller than the usual snowshoes. The racers also wear running shoes. I saw a few families who were out cross country skiing. One family had their young child in a covered sled that they pulled behind them. They told me that they were hoping the ride would allow their child to take a nap.

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Hockey Fun

I also went over to the ice rink to see what was happening. There were kids having fun playing hockey. It was fun to watch a couple groups of people who were teaching their friends how to ice skate.

 

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16th Annual Northern Vermont Snowshoe 8K Race and 4K Fun Run

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Thumbs up to learning how to ice skate

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Photo bomb

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Winter storm warning this afternoon through Monday

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Snow Sport University Ski Lesson on Lower Morse Liftline

The forecast is calling for snow to start this morning, 2 to 3 inches of accumulation possible during the day. Tonight’s forecast is snow, with another 5 to 7 inches of accumulation. Tomorrow’s forecast is snow in the morning becoming flurries in the afternoon another 2 inches of accumulation possible with temperatures between 13 and 26 degrees. We are 91 percent open with 72 out of 78 trails open with terrain for all ability levels. 36 trails have been groomed for today, including Upper FIS, Snake Bite, and Snow Snake for a grand total of 132 acres of freshly groomed terrain.

 

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WCAX Channel 3 Snowfall Potential

Today there is a Gilson Snowboard Demo Day in front of the Base Lodge. Today is also the Smugglers’ Notch Snowshoe Festival with the 16th Annual Northern Vermont Snowshoe 8K Race and 4K Fun Run. The races start at 11am this morning at the Nordic Center.

 

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Morse Highlands Lift

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Heading to the Upper Mountains

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Rollers, gates, banked turns, and jumps

roller.jpg smallWe received 3 inches of new snow in the past 24 hours and 21 inches in the past week. We could see up to 12 more inches of new snow by Monday night. We are 95 percent open with 74 out of 78 trails open with terrain for all ability levels. We plan to groom 37 trails tonight including Snake Bite, Snow Snake, and Drifter for a grand total of 136 acres of freshly groomed terrain. Tomorrow’s forecast is calling for increasing clouds snow developing in the afternoon 1 to 2 inches of accumulation possible with temperatures between 22 and 29 degrees.

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Cool, clear, and calm before the storm

 

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View from the summit of Sterling

 

 

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Harvey Wesson Local’s Race

The cold temperatures last night allowed our snowmakers to really pile up the snow last night. There are snowmaking whales all the way down Black Snake. I had fun skiing to the top of each of the snowmaking whales as I worked my way down. I enjoy all the different shapes and sizes of the whales.  The pile of snow our Snowmakers fabricated yesterday and last night in the Zone Terrain Park is huge. I look forward to seeing what our Terrain Park Crew will create with all this snow. The weather is going to change tonight.The forecast is calling for cloudy skies and light snow with 1 to 2 inches of accumulation possible.

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The Zone Terrain Park has a ton of snow

Tomorrow’s forecast is periods of snow, another 1 to 2 inches of snow possible with temperatures between 21 and 27 degrees. We are also expecting 1 to 3 inches of new snow Saturday night into Sunday.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Snowfall for Feb. 12th and 13th

The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Storm Watch for snow, Sunday through Monday. Tomorrow we plan to have top to bottom skiing and riding on all 3 mountains with all 8 lifts operating. We are 94 percent open with 72 out of 78 trails open with terrain for all ability levels. 36 trails will be groomed for tomorrow, including Upper FIS, Snow Snake, and Snake Bite for a grand total of 131 acres of freshly groomed terrain. Tonight we plan to make snow on Garden Path, the Village Courtyard, and Midway.

 

 

 

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Not quite as tall as Madonna Mountain

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Local’s race league

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Harvey Wesson Local’s Race

The Harvey Wesson Local’s Race starts today on the Practice Slope. It is not too late to sign up! Just head up to the Smugglers’ Notch Ski and Snowboard Club building and register. The Sterling T-Bar is operating so it’s easy to get your runs in. The race starts today at noon and goes till 3:45 pm.  There is a weekly race party at a local bar where you can see the race results, enjoy some great comradery and a chance to win some swag.

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Snowmaking on Black Snake

Snowmaking on Black Snake

We are presently making snow on the Zone Terrain Park and on Black Snake. We have some great snowmaking temperatures for tonight and tomorrow. We are expecting 1 to 2 inches of natural snowfall Friday night into Saturday. There is also a snow storm brewing for Sunday night. We have top to bottom skiing and riding on all 3 mountains with 7 lifts operating including the Madonna I lift. We are 94 percent open with 73 out of 78 trails. 32 trails will be groomed for tomorrow including Upper FIS, Snow Snake, and Smugglers’ Alley for a grand total of 121 acres of freshly groomed terrain.

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Tower fan gun at the Zone

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Winter Wellness

Winter Wellness

Cambridge Elementary School 4th graders ready for a great day on the mountain

The Cambridge Elementary School 4th graders were here at Smuggs today enjoying one of their Winter Wellness Days. They get to ski or ride for five days with instruction on the first three and then two days with chaperones. This is a wonderful program that brings many kids to the mountain that might not get the chance otherwise. Backcountry Magazine, Cambridge Area Rotary, and Smugglers’ Notch Resort all work together to make this possible for the Cambridge 4th, 5th, and 6th graders.

I ran into a friend of mine Chris and his son Casey this afternoon who were getting ready to go skiing. Casey had started skiing on Monday with the Winter Wellness Program. He had a great time and really likes skiing. Casey asked his dad, Chris, to take a few runs with him after the other kids had gone back to school. I told them that I was happy for them to get to spend this special time together.