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Upper Madonna Liftline

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T.J. White making a nice turn

I was heading for the Madonna I Chairlift when I saw Matt McCawley in front of the Base Lodge. I stopped to chat for a minute. He was getting ready to take his class up Madonna Mountain. Matt has a level nine group from the Smuggs Mitey Mites program. Mitey Mites is a Snow Sport University program that meets on Saturdays or Sundays for 8 weeks from 10am till 2pm.This is a really fun program for kids to meet up weekly with the same group. They have a great time while learning new skills with old friends and with kids who become new friends.

 

 

 

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Snow Sport University Instructor Matt McCawley showing how it’s done!

 

For Monday we plan to have top to bottom skiing and riding on all 3 mountains with 6 lifts operating, including the Madonna I Chairlift. We now have 69 trails open with terrain for all ability levels. 30 trails will be groomed for tomorrow, including Upper FIS and Thomke’s Express for a grand total of 154 acres of freshly groomed terrain. Snowmaking moves to Sterling Mountain tonight. We plan to make snow on Crossover Trail, Treasure Run, Lower Exhibition, and Snake Bite. Tomorrow’s forecast is partly sunny skies early with a chance of flurries later, temperatures between 6 and 14 degrees. There is snow in the forecast starting late on Tuesday with 4 inches of accumulation possible by Wednesday.

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Shay White catching some air

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Synchronized turn

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Good morning

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Grooming Lower Morse Liftline with Madonna Mountian in the background.

We have top to bottom skiing and riding on all 3 mountains with 7 lifts operating, including the Madonna I Chairlift. We now have 68 trails open with terrain open for all ability levels. 32 trails have been groomed for today, including Upper FIS and Smugglers’ Alley for a grand total of 150 acres of freshly groomed terrain. Today’s forecast is increasing clouds with snow developing this afternoon 1 to 2 inches of accumulation possible. Knight’s Revenge Gladed Park is now open.

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Snowmaking piles at the base of the Village Lift

 

 

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Snowmaking continues around the clock on Morse Mountain

Last night we made snow on Lower Morse Liftline. We are presently making snow at the base area of the Village Lift and Snow Snake. We have top to bottom skiing and riding on all 3 mountains with 6 lifts operating, including the Madonna 1 Chairlift. We now have 65 trails open with terrain for all ability levels. 31 trails have been groomed for today, including Upper FIS and Thomke’s Express for a grand total of 161 acres of freshly groomed terrain. Today’s forecast is partly sunny skies with temperatures between 6 and 16 degrees. We are expecting 1 to 3 inches of new snow during the day tomorrow. The Birch Run Terrain Park is open with 15 features and was groomed this morning.

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Snowmaking cloud over Morse Mountain

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Powder and Sunshine

 

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The Village Lift with Madonna Mountain in the background

Believe it or not we received another sleeper storm last night with 3 to 4 inches of beautiful powder. It was pretty cold last night, so the new snow was really light and fluffy. My first run of the day was Upper Chilcoot to Upper FIS. They had both been groomed and were powder covered.  The snow was so deep and light that you could not see if you were behind someone. On a powder day, you want to be first anyway.  Tonight our snowmakers are moving back to Morse Mountain. They will be firing up snowguns on Snow Snake and Lower Morse Liftline. 31 trails will be groomed for tomorrow, including Upper FIS and Thomke’s Express for a grand total of 161 acres of freshly groomed terrain.

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Fresh snow on Upper FIS

Tomorrow’s forecast is partly sunny skies with temperatures between 5 and 16 degrees. We plan to have top to bottom skiing and riding on all 3 mountains with 6 lifts operating and 61 trails open.

 

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World’s Largest Ski and Snowboard Lesson

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Approximately 80 U.S. resorts are hosting “World’s Largest Lesson” events for skiing and snowboarding. We were going for the Guinness record and were joined by our neighbors in Canada. All lessons took place simultaneously in seven different time zones – 9 am Alaska time,  10 am Pacific time, 11 am Mountain time, 12 noon Central time, 1 pm Eastern time, 2 pm Atlantic time and 2:30 Newfoundland time (with the last two time zones in Canada-only). This World Record event is brought to you by the organizers of the Learn to Ski and Snowboard Initiative, the National Ski Areas Association, Professional Ski Instructors of America-American Association of Snowboard Instructors, SnowSports Industries America, the National Ski Patrol, many state and regional resort associations and SNOW Operating.

 

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Powder Day

 

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Ski Patroller Rob enjoying the fresh snow on Upper FIS

We received 4 inches of new snow last night and 9 inches in the past 2 days. We have top to bottom skiing and riding on 3 powder covered mountains with 6 lifts operating, including the Madonna I Chairlift. The conditions are just amazing! Snowmaking continues around the clock on Madonna and Sterling.

 

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Help us make history in the Guinness Book of World Records

wllDo you or anyone you know want to learn how to ski or snowboard for free and make history at the same time? Smugglers’ Notch is going to be a part of the World’s Largest Ski Lesson and World’s Largest Snowboard Lesson tomorrow at Sir Henry’s Learning Hill at 1:00 pm. This lesson is for people who have never skied or snowboarded and want to learn how. To register just go to smuggs.com/wlsl your registration includes a complimentary Morse Mountain lift ticket, lesson and ski or snowboard 1-day rental package. The lesson starts at 1:00 pm on Sir Henry’s Hill on Morse Mountain. Please pick up your tickets and rental equipment at 3 Mountain Equipment. Please arrive by 12:00 noon at the latest.

This event is a bunch of fun and I’m looking forward to watching history be made here at Smuggs!

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Sleeper Storm

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Tele turns in the fresh snow on Hangman’s

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Charging down Upper Exhibition with your friends

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Cool light over Mount Mansfield this afternoon

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Still photo from this week’s episode of the “No Bull Video Snow Report”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Tower guns on the bottom half of the Zone Terrain Park

 

We received 3 to 5 inches of light fluffy snow in the past 24 hours and 14 inches in the past week.  I headed up Sterling Mountain this morning with Alex Martin from Smuggs TV.  We were filming another episode of the “No Bull Video Snow Report”. We were both excited about the amount of new snow that we received overnight. It was pretty cold when it was snowing last night, so the new snow was a nice powder. When you would ski through the new snow it would just hang there like a cloud. To see this week’s “No Bull Video Snow Report” just go to www.facebook.com/SmugglersNotch/

 

 

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Tower fan gun in the middle of the Zone Terrain Park

The Madonna I chairlift was on wind hold today, so tomorrow might be the day to head over to Madonna. Tomorrow’s forecast is calling for cloudy skies early then partly sunny skies later with temperatures ranging from 5 to 17 degrees and lighter winds.  Snowmaking continues around the clock on Madonna and Sterling. Lower Madonna Liftline will be closed tomorrow for snowmaking. Tomorrow we plan to have top to bottom skiing and riding on all 3 mountains with 6 lifts operating, including the Madonna I Chairlift and 54 trails open.