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Snow Sport University

The snow has really been piling up lately and that is setting us up nicely for the rest of the season. We received 62 inches of snow in the past 9 days and 334 inches this season so far. The new snow that we received last night is nice and light due to colder temperatures that we had when is was snowing. It was pretty windy today and it moved some of the snow around. I found many untracked turns in the woods and even on the sides of the trails today. There will be many untracked turns tomorrow on Madonna Mountain, because the Madonna I Lift was on wind hold today.

 

 

 

Fresh turns on Exhibition

We are 100 percent open! Tomorrow we plan to have top to bottom skiing and riding on all 3 mountains with 6 lifts operating, including the Madonna I Lift with all 78 trails open. 28 trails will be groomed for tomorrow, including Upper Drifter, Black Snake, and Curley’s Cutback for a grand total of 111 acres of freshly groomed terrain. Tomorrow’s forecast is mostly sunny skies with temperatures between 10 and 23 degrees. We have many events going on this weekend like the Maple Sugar Festival at the Boyden Valley Winery and Maple Open House Weekend. The Black Bear Tavern Apres Sport Party is featuring Fiddlehead this weekend.

 

 

Thomke’s Express

On Saturday, March 25th it is the Blast from the Past race, hosted by the Smugglers’ Notch Ski and Snowboard Club. I know it is still a few weeks out but you want to start getting ready for the 6th Annual Pond Skimming, the Chillin’ & Grillin’ Annual Tailgate Party, and the 2017 Backcountry Basecamp all happening the weekend of April 8th and 9th.

 

 

Come make tracks here at Smuggs

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Top of the Notch Building at the summit of Sterling, home of the Snowshoe Adventure Dinner

A good bench mark

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Great conditions and great weather

 

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Fat-ypus skis had a demo today in front of the Base Lodge. I stopped by to check it out and see what they had. They suggested that I try the M5 all mountain ski and I did. I had a blast testing it out on groomers and powder in the trees. I headed over to Sterling next to see the George Tormey Challenge which are athletes ages 10 to 13 racing Dual Giant Slalom on Saturday and Dual Panel Slalom on Sunday.  You need to focus on the gates coming at you when you are racing and when someone is right next to you doing the same thing it can be hard to do.  It can also push you to go faster when you see the other racer pulling away from you. It was exciting to watch this head to head competition. I look forward to watching the fast action of the dual panel slalom race tomorrow on the Practice Slope. The Practice Slope will be a busy place tomorrow because there is also the Molly Fund Benefit Rail Jam at the Zone Terrain Park. This special rail jam benefits the Molly Rowlee Fund, which supports families with children undergoing treatment for cancer.

Carving it up on Lower Madonna Liftline

This is the fifth year at Smuggs for this event, and it promises to again be awesome – come out and have some fun and support this great cause! The good times include music, giveaways, and a raffle. Registration starts at 9:00 am at the Yurt in Parking Lot 1, the Jam starts in the Zone Terrain Park at 11:00 am! www.mollyrowlee.org

 

The forecast for tomorrow is partly sunny skies with temperatures between 20 and 33 degrees. We are 100 percent open with top to bottom skiing and riding on all 3 mountains with all 8 lifts operating and all 78 trail open. Robin’s Run is open from the work road down. Tonight we plan to groom 30 trails, including Upper Drifter, Snow Snake, and Black Snake for a grand total of 122 acres of freshly groomed terrain.

Riding down Lower Catwalk

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Schaffer family on Morse Mountain

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Race training

race 3Today’s forecast called for cloudy skies with some showers likely, but we really lucked out and hardly got any rain. I got to ski with my nephew T.J. this morning and we had a blast. We skied Hangman’s Drop, Chute, Black Snake, Full Nelson, Practice Slope, Upper Pipeline, Smugglers’ Alley, Treasure Run, and Lower Exhibition. The snow was fast but very edgeable. We had a great time playing on the huge snowmaking whale on Full Nelson, at the bottom. The backside of the whale is steep and just so much fun. Talk about steep I watched some racers training on Snake Bite this afternoon. They were running slalom gates on Snake Bite and the Practice Slope. Snake Bite deserves respect especially when it has gates on it.

race 1Tomorrow 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. Tomorrow’s forecast is snow showers early then flurries 1 to 2 inches of accumulation possible with temperatures between 16 and 29 degrees.

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Wow what a beautiful day

 

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The view from the summit of Madonna Mountain

 

 

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Looking down Catwalk

Today was pretty amazing with all the sunshine. I headed up Madonna Mountain this morning and I did not want to ski down. There were great views in every direction. I hiked up the stairs to the warming hut and Ski Patrol building. It was fun to watch people as they were taking in all the great views and trying to figure out what the best background would be for their group photo. Upper FIS was so good yesterday that I just had to ski it again. The groomers had done a wonderful job once again. The sun was at my back and I could see the shadow of my spray as it came off my skis.

 

 

 

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Ski Patrol taking in the view

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 57 trails open with terrain for all ability levels. 25 trails will be groomed for tomorrow, including Upper Chilcoot, Hibernator, and Black Snake for a grand total of 100 acres of freshly groomed terrain. Tomorrow’s forecast is mostly cloudy skies with some showers likely with temperatures between 49 and 56 degrees. The rain becomes snow Wednesday night into Thursday with 2 inches of accumulation possible.

 

 

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Snowmaking

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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Here comes the snow

The temperatures were in the 30’s today with nice soft conditions. I had a great time today carving up the corduroy. Black Snake down to the neck and Practice Slope was one of my favorites run of the day. I really enjoy the steeper sections. The soft snow really allowed me to set an edge and let the ski carve. Speaking of snow, it was snowing pretty hard this afternoon with low visibility. The flakes were really big and accumulating fast. Everything was covered in a short amount of time. We received an inch of new snow this afternoon with more on the way. The forecast is calling for up to 10 inches of new snow by Saturday night. The National Weather Service is predicting 9 to 20 inches of new snow by Saturday night. I expect the trail count to rise to almost its maximum by this weekend. Tomorrow we plan to have top to bottom skiing and riding on all 3 mountains with 6 lifts operating, including the Madonna 1 lift. We now have 61 trails open with terrain for all ability levels. 32 trails will be groomed for tomorrow, including Snow Snake and Thomke’s Express for a grand total of 124 acres of freshly groomed terrain. To see this week’s episode of the No Bull Video Snow Report just go to www.facebook.com/SmugglersNotch

Snow falling on Lower Morse Liftline

Heel side turn onto the Practice Slope

Smugglers’ Notch Adaptive Program

A still photo from this week’s No Bull Video Snow Report

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Calm before the storm

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I ran into a couple of friends of mine Matt and Tim in the Upper Parking Lot this morning. Of course, the topic of conversation was just how much snow are we going to get out of this next storm.

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Tim is usually on a snowboard shows that he can also ski.

Everyone put their two cents on what they have heard about accumulation, how it’s tracking, and temperatures. We all decided that we are excited about getting some new snow like always.  We then grabbed our skis and had a great time making some cruiser runs on Sterling Mountain. Black Snake was our trail pick of the day. Yesterday’s warmer air and fog are now gone. The temperatures fell through the night and it made some cool looking rime ice. Rime ice forms when you have freezing fog. A freezing fog occurs when a low-lying cloud is cooled to temperatures below the freezing point of 32ºF.

 

 

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Rime ice on a tree at the summit of Sterling Mountain

Without anything solid to nucleate around, the tiny, suspended water droplets remain liquid, even as they cool to temperatures where you’d expect them to be frozen.  (If it gets cold enough, a water droplet will freeze even without a nucleus, so freezing fogs are unlikely when it’s truly frigid.)  Water droplets can remain in this super-cooled state until they bump into something solid, and then they freeze on contact. If there’s a gentle wind blowing, the first super-cooled water droplets to bump into, say, a tree branch will be deposited on its windward side.

 

 

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Matt having fun on Black Snake

Later deposition continues on the same surface, so that needles or combs of ice grow outward, into the wind.  The rime ice shows the wind direction because it builds up into the wind.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Snowboarding Upper Rumrunner

Tonight’s forecast is calling for snow developing, mixing with some sleet 3 to 4 inches of accumulation possible. Tomorrow’s forecast snow, sleet, and a chance of some freezing rain in the morning another 2 to 4 inches of accumulation possible. The heavier snow will be great because it will bond to the existing snow. This should allow us to open more of our natural snow trails. There are snow and flurries in the forecast throughout the weekend. 37 trails will be groomed for tomorrow, including Upper FIS and Smugglers’ Alley for a grand total of 130 acres of freshly groomed terrain.

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Snowmaking and Natural Snow

 

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Snowmaking at the Zone Terrain Park

We have received 15 inches of new snow in the past 5 days. I had a great time finding little stashes here and there all over the mountain today. The natural snow coverage is better on the upper part of the mountains, so I kept that in mind during the hunt for freshies. We are presently making snow on Snake Bite, McPherson’s, The Zone, Lower FIS, and the bottom of Upper FIS. The snowmakers have moved off of Log Jam and Hibernator. They will be groomed tonight and open tomorrow. We will be grooming 28 trails tonight, including Upper FIS and Smugglers’ Alley for a grand total of 137 acres of freshly groomed terrain. We now have 62 trails open with terrain open for all ability levels.

 

 

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Snowy ride down Upper Drifter

We will be grooming 28 trails tonight, including Upper FIS and Smugglers’ Alley for a grand total of 137 acres of freshly groomed terrain. We now have 62 trails open with terrain open for all ability levels. Tomorrow we plan to have top to bottom skiing and riding on all 3 mountains with 6 lifts operating. Tomorrow’s forecast is mostly sunny skies with increasing clouds later in the day with temperatures between 24 and 31 degrees.

 

 

 

 

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Snowmaking on Black Snake

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Snow flying on Harvey’s Hideaway

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Powder stash on Madonna Mountain

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A sign of good things to come

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Snowboard lesson on Sterling Mountain

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3 inches of new snow today!

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Snowboarding Upper FIS

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Playing in the new snow on Upper FIS

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Shay having fun on Black Snake

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Deep snow on Upper FIS

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Fresh tracks on Doc Dempsey’s Glades

Today’s forecast called for snow showers and flurries this morning with a mix of sun and clouds in the afternoon.  The sun never made it out on the mountain and it snowed all day long.  We received 3 inches of new snow today and 9 inches in the past week.  The big snow storm starts late tomorrow morning and is suppose to hang out for a few days. We could see a foot of new snow by this weekend, which would really change our trail count.  We plan to have over 40 trails open this weekend. Snowmaking continues around the clock on Lower Chilcoot, Lower FIS, Black Snake, and the Practice Slope. 25 trails will be groomed for tomorrow, including Upper FIS and Smugglers’ Alley for a grand total of 133 acres of freshly groomed terrain. Tomorrow we plan to have top to bottom skiing and riding on all 3 mountains with 6 lifts operating and 28 trails open.

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It’s snowing

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Village Lift

We received an inch of new snow this morning and more is on the way. We could see a storm total of 9 inches of snow by Friday night. Today we have top to bottom skiing and riding on all 3 mountains with 6 lifts operating and 28 trails open. We are presently making snow on Black Snake, Lower Chilcoot, and Lower FIS.  The natural snowfall predicted in the next few days along with round the clock snowmaking should allow us to have over 40 trails open this weekend.