Today was a classic spring skiing and riding day. The snow set up last night so I started my day off with groomers.I ran into my good friend John Farrell a.k.a. Dr. John of 3 Mountain Equipment. We had a blast cruising down Upper Rumrunner, Black Snake, Practice Slope, Upper Chilcoot, Mulcahy’s Link, Lower FIS, Thomke’s Express, Crossover, Treasure Run, and Lower Exhibition. The snow was getting softer with every run. I ran into my good friend Chris Diegel of C.H. Diegel Photography in the afternoon and we made some sweet corn-ocopia turns on Sterling. The snow was soft all the way to the top of Sterling in the afternoon. Everyone is getting spring fever and we are ready for some Chillin’ & Grillin’, Backcountry Basecamping, Drench Trenching, and live music filling the Upper Parking Lot.
Tele turns on Upper Exhibition
This is happening next weekend here at Smuggs! Tomorrow is Free Cone Day at Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream Shops. Swing by the Smugglers’ Ben & Jerry’s Scoop Shop, 12:00 noon – 8:00 pm. This year, we are accepting donations for the Cambridge Food Shelf, so bring a food or money donation, and bring your sweet tooth!
Tomorrow we plan to have both the Madonna I Lift and Sterling Lift operating with 62 trails open. The Birch Run Terrain Park is open. 15 trails will be groomed for tomorrow that’s 68 acres of freshly groomed terrain. Tonight’s forecast is calling for an inch of new snow.
Tomorrow’s forecast is rain, freezing rain, sleet, mixed snow early then some freezing rain and rain in the afternoon with 29 and 37 degrees.
Black Snake with Mount Mansfield in the background
Tele turns on Black Snake
Brendan and Dale go with the floe.
Rockin’ Ron for Hugh. My friends the Carrs from the Philadelphia, PA area are making one of their frequent visits to Smuggs, and Brendan is checking out colleges in Burlington. Over the past 10 years, I’ve seen them at the Resort in summer and in winter, but we’ve never skied together. Before we took our runs, Brendan stopped by 3 Mountain Equipment to get a pair of demo skis. We did warm up runs on Morse (Garden Path, Snow Snake) then took Midway to Sterling (Upper & Lower Rumrunner, Thomke’s). There were flurries and snow showers the whole time as well as some thick fog at the summit. The inch of fresh snow on the trails made it fun to carve as we were flying down the mountain. A good time was had by all.
SNSC racer slicing Chilcoot
Matt McCawley for Hugh. I want to start off by saying that skiing is always fun. Obviously, some days are more fun than others, but it is always fun. For me personally, I take this for granted, being able to ski on a regular basis, and I forget that not everyone gets to be on snow daily. I sometimes find myself criticizing the conditions if it is not all-time epic or I can’t be skiing in the woods all day… so I have found myself recently trying to maximize the fun that can be had every day despite non-powder conditions.
Don’t trip on that trench on Black Snake
That being said, with our very consistent firm and fast snow (thank you snowmaking and grooming!), along with pleasant temps and great visibility, I went back to some racing roots and carved up our 130+ acres of groomed terrain. Carving is one of the fastest and smoothest ways to get down the hill, it can also make a ho-hum trail a lot more fun. There is nothing like the feeling when your skis or snowboard lock onto edge and send you into a high-paced turn while leaving a trench in your wake.
Women’s Demo Skis
One key to being able to carve is having sharp edges. If it’s been a while since your last tune, stop by 3 Mtn. Equipment and have the boys there get you a fresh edge and some hot wax to improve your experience on the hill. Another option is to take one of their brand new pairs of demo skis out for the day. Tomorrow happens to be ½ price demo day too, so again swing into 3 Mtn. Equipment and have them set you up with something that will slice into that snow.
Men’s Demo Skis
Style points in the Birch Run Terrain Park
My first run of the day was Upper FIS. It was smooth and the snow had turned to corn snow. I had a blast making GS turns in the soft snow. My second run was Smugglers’ Alley, I figured if Upper FIS was soft then Alley would be too. The Alley was also skiing great with the soft corn snow everywhere. I then meet up with Alex Martin of Smuggs TV to shoot this week’s No Bull Video Snow Report. We skied Madonna and Sterling Mountain. The spring conditions were most enjoyable! I ran into my good friend Dr. John from 3 Mountain Equipment after Alex left to edit the No Bull Video Snow Report. Dr. John and I had some great runs this afternoon. We skied Upper FIS, Smugglers’ Alley, Upper Pipeline, Snake Bite, and Bootleggers multi times because it was too much fun.
Dr. John enjoying the soft conditions on Bootlegger
Tomorrow we plan to have top to bottom skiing and riding on all 3 mountains, with 6 lifts operating and 38 trails open. 28 trails will be groomed for tomorrow, that’s 145 acres. Tomorrow’s forecast is a chance of showers early becoming mix and snow with 1 to 2 inches of accumulation on top possible. The forecast is also calling for another 1 to 3 inches of snow Thursday night and Friday.
Nice air in the Birch Run Terrain Park
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”.
December 1st, 2015: Smugglers’ Alley has excellent coverage.
Rockin’ Ron for Hugh. Actually Hugh got this photo for me. I wanted to get out, but I realized my skis had not been tuned or waxed, so I dropped them off at 3 Mountain Equipment. Hesi told me my skis would be ready tomorrow. I can’t wait to take my first runs of the season!
Rockin’ Ron for Hugh. Proving that Smugglers’ Notch Suspenders (aka hold-em-ups) are a fashion statement are Fletch, Peter, and Yours Truly. We also prove that suspenders are not just for old guys, they’re for… um… middle-aged guys too.
These fancy accessories are available at 3 Mountain Outfitters, and they’ll never let you down.