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Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

 

It is always good to ski with a friend

You know that it is going to be a great day when it snows for three days and then the sun comes out! Photographer Dennis Curran was here today to capture images for Smuggs to use in our advertisements. It definitely was the perfect day with tons of snow and a beautiful blue bird day. I had a great time jumping into piles of powder and skiing in the trees. Photo shoots always take more time than you would think, but when you see the photos later it is worth it!  We are 100 percent open with top to bottom skiing and riding on all 3 mountains with all 8 lifts operating and all 78 trails open. Tonight we plan to groom 34 trails, including Lower FIS, Thomke’s Express, and Curley’s Cutback for a grand total of 126 acres of freshly groomed terrain. Tomorrow’s forecast is mostly sunny skies early becoming partly sunny in the afternoon with temperatures between 19 and 30 degrees.

 

 

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Having fun at the Madonna I chairlift

It is going to be a wonderful weekend, so come on up to enjoy the amazing conditions!

 

St. Patrick’s Day fun at the summit of Madonna

Photo shoot in Red Fox Glades

Great day on the mountain with smiles everywhere

John riding some pretty fine powder

Parker having fun on Madonna Liftline

Dennis Curran capturing Parker in air

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It just keeps getting better!

Matt riding the wave

I can not believe that we received another foot of snow last night after receiving 40 inches of snow since Tuesday morning. The snow we received last night was nice and fluffy. The wind moved some of it around last night, but the snow in the trees stayed put. My first run of the day was with Snow Sport University Instructor Oliver Blackman. We skied Upper FIS and the skier’s left-hand side was just fantastic! Most storms that roll through Smuggs load up the skier’s left-hand side of Upper FIS and today was no exception. I ran into Snow Sport University Instructors Matt McCawley and Mike Brainard in the afternoon along with Smuggs Employee Lenny. We had a great time on Black Snake, Harvey’s Hideaway, Full Nelson, and Half Nelson.

Lenny making a powder turn

I love the combo of Harvey’s to Full Nelson. If you do this run always be aware of people coming down Jolly Rodger as you come off of Harvey’s and head up to Full Nelson. I found some great snow on the skier’s right-hand side of Full Nelson, especially at the bottom. We all headed to Madonna for our next run and hit up the Headwall.

It skied fantastic with tons of snow, especially on the sections where there is less of a pitch and the wind does not get to it. We jumped into the bottom half of Red Fox Glades after finishing the Headwall. I was pleasantly surprised with all the snow that was in the trees. It was all

Snow Sport University Instructor Matt McCawley enjoying the deep powder

so good that we headed back up Madonna and this time we went for Freefall. Freefall is not open from the top, but you can get to it from the traverse on Upper FIS. We cut into the Black Hole and I was floating through the trees in powder up to my waist! It’s hard to beat good times with great friends.

 

 

 

We are 100 percent open with top to bottom skiing and riding on all 3 mountains with 7 lifts operating, including the Madonna I lift and all 78 trails open. 39 trails will be groomed for tomorrow, including Goat Path, Wanderer, and Bootlegger for a grand total of 134 acres of freshly groomed terrain. There is a chance for another inch of accumulation tonight. Tomorrow’s forecast is flurries

Snow Sport University Mike Brainard loving the powder conditions

early, then skies becoming partly sunny with temperatures between 11 and 25 degrees.

 

Hey did you see the photo of my ski pole?

Lenny taking on the Headwall

Mike catching some air on the Headwall

Matt finds the good in the woods

Mike goes deep into the powder

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It is still snowing!

Oliver Blackman checking the trail conditions on the Black Hole this morning

We received another 10 to 12 inches of new snow overnight and 52 inches of snow in the past 3 days. We are 100 percent open with top to bottom skiing and riding on all 3 mountains with 6 lifts operating, including the Madonna I lift with all 78 trails open. Snow surfaces are powder and packed powder with average base depths of 20 to 60 inches. 40 trails have been groomed for today, including Upper Drifter, Jolly Rodger, and Snow Snake for a grand total of 146 acres of freshly groomed terrain.

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Best day of the year!

 

Syd goes for it on Black Bear

The snow that we received yesterday was just fantastic, but the amount of snow that fell overnight was unbelievable. We received about 2 feet of new snow overnight and then it snowed all day long today. We received 40 inches of new snow in the past 2 days. My first run of the day was with Alex Martin of Smuggs TV. We were filming this week’s “No Bull Video Snow Report.” We skied Upper FIS, Lower Doc’s, Dan’s Ford, and Lower Chilcoot. The video can be seen at www.facebook.com/SmugglersNotch/.  I have been skiing here at Smuggs for quite some time now and today was one of the best that I can remember. The snow was very

Phil finds the good in the woods

deep, but the quality of the snow was just over the top. You were floating through the snow with a big cloud behind you like a smoke screen. I would have to say that some of the deepest consistent powder was on Dan’s Ford. You had to ski in someone else’s track to get speed and then you could cut out to make some fresh powder turns. The snow was so deep that it was hard to move on lower angle trails. It is still snowing and the conditions tomorrow are going to be amazing all over again! We are 100 percent open with top to bottom skiing and riding on all 3 mountains with 6 lifts operating, including the Madonna I lift with all 78 trails open. The 24-hour forecast is calling for periods of snow and flurries with another 1 to 3 inches

James goes really deep

of accumulation possible and temperatures between 8 and 21 degrees. 40 trails will be groomed for tomorrow, including Upper Drifter, Snow Snake, and Jolly Rodger for a grand total of 146 acres of freshly groomed terrain. I can not wait for tomorrow so that I can do it all over again!

 

Bridget enjoying the fresh snow

Jim having fun on Harvey’s Hideaway

Mike making tele turns on Black Bear

Phil having fun on Black Bear

Some people were flipping out over the great conditions

T.J. cutting through the powder

Sophie enjoying all the new snow

Syd loving the powder on Black Bear

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This is a still shot from this week’s No Bull Video Snow Report

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100 percent open!

We received 30 – 36 inches of new snow in the past 24 hours! We are 100 percent open with top to bottom skiing and riding on all 3 mountains with 7 lifts operating, including the Madonna I Lift. Best conditions of the season!

 

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10 to 12 inches of new snow so far!

Harvey’s Hideaway

Today was pretty amazing with the snowfall rate increasing throughout the day. We had about 3 to 4 inches of accumulation by midday. It really started to snow hard later in the afternoon and now it’s pretty much white conditions. We have now received 10 to 12 inches of new snow by 4:30 this afternoon. The snowplows are having a tough time keeping up with the snowfall and the roads are snow covered. I would have to say that it is easily falling at a rate of an inch an hour and it is suppose to snow even harder tonight. We could see another 10 to 14 inches of accumulation in the next 24 hours. The snowfall total could be up to 27 inches by Thursday night. The conditions just got better all day long.

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The new snow was getting blown around and it is filling in all the low spots. The snow in the trees was not as wind blown and should be quite amazing tomorrow. Our groomers will be out tonight packing down all the new snow and mixing it in with the old snow to make some beautiful groomer runs tomorrow.  The corduroy will be under a good bit of new snow especially on the upper mountains because they get groomed first. We plan to open more terrain with all the new snow that we have been receiving. Tomorrow we plan to be 100 percent open with top to bottom skiing and riding on all 3 mountains and 6 lifts operating, including the Madonna I Lift and all 78 trails open.

The bottom half of Harvey’s Hideaway

29 trails will be groomed for tomorrow, that’s 116 acres of freshly groomed terrain. Snow surfaces will be powder and packed powder conditions. Tomorrow’s forecast is snow most of the day with another 3 to 5 inches of accumulation possible and temperatures between 12 and 25 degrees. It is time to grab your powder skis or powder board and head to Smuggs tomorrow for some amazing skiing and riding!

 

Harvey’s Hideaway

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Stella has been upgraded

stellabombBombogenesis, a popular term used by meteorologists, occurs when a midlatitude cyclone rapidly intensifies, dropping at least 24 millibars over 24 hours. A millibar measures atmospheric pressure. This can happen when a cold air mass collides with a warm air mass, such as air over warm ocean waters. The formation of this rapidly strengthening weather system is a process called bombogenesis, which creates what is known as a bomb cyclone.

The snowfall totals have now been increased to 27 inches of accumulation possible by Thursday night!

 

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Calm before the storm

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Sterling and Mount Mansfield seen from the summit of Madonna Mountain

The day started off a little cool, but the sun worked its magic and warmed things up nicely. I really enjoyed the blue sky and great visibility. I even took my skis off at the summit of Madonna Mountain, so that I could walk around to take in all the wonderful views.Upper FIS was groomed last night and I had fun spraying snow side to side as I worked my way down the smooth steep edgeable surface. I decided to head over to Sterling next and to get a photo of the pond. It was just too nice out not to take a pic from one of my favorite spots. The image is at the bottom of this post. The sunny skies will not last long, because a snow storm is rolling in tomorrow and staying around for a couple days.

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Ski Patrol headed down Catwalk

I’ve seen multiple predictions with a range of 16 to 24-inch storm total. If I said that I wasn’t excited I’d be lying. The snow coverage that we already have is great and 1 to 2 feet of new snow would really be icing on the cake! Tomorrow we plan to have top to bottom skiing and riding on all 3 mountains with 6 lifts operating, including the Madonna I Lift. We have 54 trails open with terrain for all ability levels. 30 trails will be groomed for tomorrow, including Upper FIS, Hangman’s Drop, Snake Bite, and Snow Snake for a grand total of 125 acres of freshly groomed terrain.

 

 

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Top of the Notch building at the summit of Sterling Mountain

Tomorrow’s forecast is snow 4 to 7 inches of accumulation during the day with temperatures between 13 and 24 degrees.

 

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Upper Chilcoot

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Upper FIS

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Sterling Pond with Mount Mansfield in the background

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Here we go!

image1A Winter Storm Warning is in effect from March 14, 2017, 7:00 am till March 15, 2017, 8:00 pm with snowfall rates of 1 to 2 inches an hour possible.

Tuesday
Snow, mainly after 10:00 am. The snow could be heavy at times. High near 16. Chance of precipitation is 90%. New snow accumulation of 5 to 9 inches possible.
Tuesday Night
Snow. The snow could be heavy at times. Low around 6. Chance of precipitation is 90%. New snow accumulation of 7 to 11 inches possible.
Wednesday
Snow. High near 13. Chance of precipitation is 80%. New snow accumulation of 3 to 7 inches possible.