Birch Run/Bermuda

Birch Run TJ aRockin’ Ron for Hugh. Today Hugh and I were both chaperoning Winter Wellness groups from Cambridge Elementary School. Hugh sent me these photos of his group catching air in Birch Run Terrain Park. To paraphrase a famous saying “to AIR is Hugh-man”.

Meanwhile, I had three snowboarders in my group and we hit all the blue square (intermediate) and black diamond (expert) trails on Morse Mountain. We even did Upper Morse Liftline… twice!! Former Smuggs Patroller and current Cambridge Area Rotary President Tom Lachance was also chaperoning a Winter Wellness group, and we decided to join forces for a few runs.


Birch Run 3aAfter we dropped the Cambridge kids off to catch their bus, Tom and I headed up to Madonna Mountain. The sun was out, there was no wind, and of course all that powder was calling our names. Where would you go when there’s over a foot of fresh snow… the same place we did… BERMUDA! We took Upper Chilcoot to Catwalk to Upper FIS to Lower Doc’s to Ruthie’s to Gary B’s and finally on to Bermuda – one of the great gladed trails at Smuggs. Don’t ask me how it got that name. All I know is that it was a mini-vacation from the world.





We just opened some more trails.

nov-27-liftlineHangman’s is now open along with sections of Upper Exhibition and Black Snake. I had a blast taking some runs with the family today.  The kids were just having so much fun getting their ski legs back on the groomed trails for the first couple of runs. We ran into some family friends midday and started skiing the open natural snow trails.  The kids were finding small jumps everywhere to hit. We all had a great time and decided that we can’t wait to do it all again!


bridgetOur snowmakers are busy once again making snow on Smugglers’ Alley, Thomke’s Express, Birch Run, top of Bootlegger, and the tower fan gun in the Zone.





tower-fan-gunTonight’s forecast is calling for some pretty good snowmaking temperatures with a range of teen’s to low 20’s. Tomorrow forecast is partly sunny skies with temperatures between 24 and 32 degrees.




topTomorrow we plan to have the Sterling Lift operating with 8 trails open.


We are making snow around the clock


Snowmaking cloud on Black Snake

We have been making snow on Black Snake, Practice Slope, and the Birch Run Terrain Park. We are also making snow near parking lot #1 for easy ski in and ski out.





tower fan gun

New tower fan gun on the Practice Slope

The tower snow guns are working their magic. We also have a new tower fan gun on Practice Slope near the trail that takes you back to parking lot #1.  Black Snake is looking good, as I skied by I looked down and all you could was a snowmaking cloud.




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Upper Rumrunner

We have more snow in the forecast with another 2 to 5 inches of accumulation possible by Monday night.  We plan to make snow on Madonna and Morse tomorrow night.


180 off

birch runI had a great time today skiing the soft bumps on Smugglers’ Alley.  It’s early in the season and I need to get my ski legs back.  I hung out in the Birch Run Terrain Park for a while to get some photos.  The soft snow made for sweet landings. If you are wondering about 180 off, it means to do a 180 coming off the rail. The snowboarder pictured here is doing just that.  Tomorrow we plan to have 2 lifts operating and 8 trails open. Sir Henry’s Learning Hill is open for beginners. The Birch Run Terrain Park is open with 6 features, including 2 fun boxes and 4 rails.


Catching some air off the rail

birch air with grab

Going for the grab


It was another beautiful day here at Smuggs. It was warm enough to soften the snow on Smugglers’ Alley.  I really enjoy the neat shapes and contours that are on the Alley. It has not been groomed this season, so it still has the snowmaking whales. There are now moguls on the whales to play on.



smuggs logo rail

Check out the Smuggs logo on this new rail.

I stopped by the Birch Run Terrain Park to check out the action.  There were quite a few skiers and riders hitting the features, hiking, and then hitting them again. The soft snow made for nice landings off the rails.


Snow Sport University

hayleigh terrain parkMy 4 year old daughter Hayleigh took a snowboard lesson with Allison Dawbrowski.  She just had so much fun, especially on the features at the bottom of Sir Henry’s Learning Hill.  I want to thank Mike Chait of SSU for building these features. They are great learning tools. The features really allowed Hayleigh to work on her balance and have a great time. We have 2 lifts operating and 8 trails open. The Birch Run Terrain Park is open with 6 features. 7 out of the 8 trails will be groomed for tomorrow, that’s 31 acres of freshly groomed terrain.


Skiing above the clouds

hugh and cloudsIt was so foggy this morning on my drive to the mountain. I was pleasantly surprised to see beautiful sunny skies when I arrived here at Smuggs. The clouds stayed in the valley all day today. It looked like a sea of clouds and mountain peaks looked like islands.  We have 2 lifts operating the Sterling lift and Sir Henry’s Handle Tow. We have 8 trails open with terrain for all ability levels. The Birch Run Terrain Park is open with 6 features. 7 out of the 8 trails will be groomed for tomorrow, that’s 31 acres of freshly groomed terrain.


Birch Run

birch runThe Birch Run Terrain Park is now open with natural features.  The top section of the trail is open with snowmaking whales.  The snow was pretty soft today and I had a great time playing on snowmaking whales on Birch Run and Smugglers’ Alley. The Alley has soft bumps on top of the snowmaking whales.  The forecast calls for colder temperatures with flurries and snow showers by morning. We are also expecting some more snow on Thursday night into Friday.  We now have the Sterling Lift operating with 6 trails open for intermediates and experts.


Snowmaking around the clock

Nov. 29, 2015 sir henryWe have had some good snowmaking temperatures the past two days. Tonight’s forecast is calling for great snowmaking weather with temperatures in the teens. This photo shows multiple snow guns on Sir Henry’s Learning and Fun Park. We are also making snow on Birch Run, Lower Rumrunner, and Smugglers’ Alley. The Sterling Lift is operating with 4 intermediate trails open. We plan to open more terrain in the near future.


Birch Run Terrain Park

daffyThe blue bird days with corn snow continue! It was 32 degrees this morning on top of Sterling Mountain and it did not take long to warm up. Sterling Mountain is 100 percent open and it skiing great. Smugglers’ Alley was groomed last night and it was nice to carve up some turns on a smooth steep surface. The corn snow also made for some nice soft landings in the Birch Run Terrain Park. This photo shows a good old school daffy off of one of the hits in Birch Run. There are 4 more days of great spring skiing and riding to be had here at Smuggs. Tomorrow’s forecast is mostly sunny skies with temperatures between 47 and 58 degrees. 10 trails will be groomed for tomorrow, including Smugglers’ Alley, Thomke’s Express, and Black Snake for a grand total of 52 acres.