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We have top to bottom skiing and riding on all 3 mountains with all 8 lifts operating. We have 74 trails open with terrain for all ability levels. 45 trails have been groomed for today, including Upper Drifter, Smugglers’ Alley, and Snow Snake for a grand total of 156 acres of freshly groomed terrain. Today’s forecast is partly sunny skies early then increasing clouds with temperatures between 31 and 41 degrees.

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8 inches of new snow in the past 24 hours.

pat airtimeWhen you get 8 inches of new snow on Groundhog Day chances are pretty good that there will be 6 more weeks of winter. Today was a sleeper storm with only 4 inches of snow predicted to fall last night. The forecast was updated from 2” overnight to 4” overnight yesterday afternoon. I skied Upper FIS for my first and second run. It was groomed last night and with the 8 inches of new snow on top it was just heavenly. Everything I skied today was amazing. The wind was blowing straight up the mountain creating a constant refresh.

cloudOur groomers did a wonderful job on Drifter packing in the fresh snow. Our snowmakers are also back at it on McPherson’s and Playground today. They plan to move to Lower Madonna Liftline and Mulcahy’s Link tonight. 37 trails will be groomed for tomorrow, including Upper FIS, Thomke’s, and Snow Snake for a grand total of 146 acres of freshly groomed terrain. Tomorrow we plan to have top to bottom skiing and riding on all 3 mountains with all 8 lifts operating. We now have 67 trails open with terrain for all ability levels.

dave 2Tomorrow’s forecast is partly sunny skies with increasing clouds, chance of flurries and a high of 14 degrees.

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New snow

 

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Upper Drifter

We received 2 to 4 inches of new snow overnight. We 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. 29 trails have been groomed for today, that’s 123 acres of freshly groomed terrain.

 

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Sunny Sunday

 

Upper Chilcoot

Today started off a little cool but, it did not take too long for the sun to work its magic. The sky was blue bird early in the day and the clouds started to roll in this afternoon. I went skiing today with all 3 of my kids. We started here in the village and skied our way over to the upper mountains. The views from the Madonna I Lift were just amazing, especially when the Headwall is open. We skied Lower Catwalk to Drifter and then to Red Fox Glades. My daughter Hannah really likes Red Fox Glades and it was her trail pick. It’s nice with the birch trees and the sun filled open spaces. We also had a great time in the Shire.

 

 

 

Gotcha!

The Shire is low angle glade run, which is nice because you don’t have to check your speed very much and you can just cruise in between the trees.

 

Tomorrow we plan to have top to bottom skiing and riding on all 3 mountains with 4 lifts operating, including the Madonna I lift. We are 94 percent open with 73 out of 78 trails open. Madonna and Sterling are 100 percent open. 32 trails will be groomed for tomorrow, including Ruthie’s, Snow Snake, and Smugglers’ Alley for a grand total of 127 acres of freshly groomed terrain. Tomorrow’s forecast is freezing rain early becoming rain later with temperatures between 31 and 37 degrees.

Beautiful view from Lower Catwalk

Wear something waterproof and enjoy the soft conditions.

 

Little Ripper on Lower Madonna Liftline

Family Fun in the trees

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Bluebird Day

When I got to work this morning it was still pretty cloudy out, but that did not last long. The sun burned off all the clouds and we ended up with a bluebird day.  I rode the Madonna 1 lift this morning with a gentleman and we were talking about all the great views. All the new snow with the sunshine on it made for great contrast against the deep blue of the sky. I decided to make my first run a cruiser so I headed down Upper Chilcoot. One of the neat things about Upper Chilcoot is that you go on the backside of Madonna after Catwalk and then you work your way back to the front side. Chilcoot is a nice long intermediate trail with fun turns like the S turn before Waterfall.  I love how you make a hard right hand followed immediately by a hard left hand turn. I also find it fun to swing out wide before you catch air as you dive in to Waterfall. As you flow down Waterfall always be aware of people crossing Waterfall to get to Ruthie’s.

We are 100 percent open tomorrow we plan to have top to bottom skiing and riding on all 3 mountains with all 8 lifts operating and all 78 trails open. 31 trails will be groomed for tomorrow, including Drifter, Snow Snake, and Thomke’s Express for a grand total of 121 acres of freshly groomed terrain. Tomorrow’s forecast is flurries and a snow shower an inch of accumulation possible with temperatures between 26 and 38 degrees.

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Sterling and Mount Mansfield seen from the Village Lift

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Super Deep

geoff deep Wow what a day today was! I know that I said that Monday was the best day of the season, but today was amazing also. The snow pack is deep and just getting deeper. We received over 3 feet of new snow in the past week and it is all beautiful powder. I had a great time this morning with my good friend Teo on Doc Dempsey’s. There were some great drifts on skier’s left at the top that we really enjoyed flying through. If you would like to see a video from this run just go to facebook.com/SmugglersNotch/  Later in the day I meet up my good friends Geoff and Dave. We were powder hounds on the loose looking for fresh tracks anywhere we could. We found the goods in the woods on Madonna and Sterling. I can’t wait to do it all over again tomorrow.

daveWe are 100 percent open with top to bottom skiing and riding on all 3 mountains with all 78 trails open. 34 trails will be groomed for tomorrow, including Upper Drifter, Snow Snake, and Thomke’s Express for a grand total of 134 acres of freshly groomed terrain. Tonight’s forecast is a snow shower then flurries ending with another inch of accumulation possible with temperatures between 10 and 21 degrees.

 

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It’s really adding up

 

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Upper Drifter

I was skiing down Upper Drifter today and I just had to stop.  I was in a tuck trying to keep my speed up for the small uphill section of Upper Drifter when I noticed some big drifts. I was surprised how big they were and I had to get a picture. The ski poles in the photo of the drifts are 50 inches tall.  When I was riding the Madonna I lift today I also noticed that the bottom of the Headwall is now filled in and there is no drop. We received 4 inches of new snow in the past 24 hours and 31 inches in the past week. There is also more snow in the forecast with up to 11 more inches by Thursday night.

 

 

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Freefall is open from the top

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The bottom of the Headwall

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Blue Sky Ski Day

Moguls on Steriods?

Rockin’ Ron for Hugh. Today was a beauty! The sun was out for the duration. Riding up the Village Lift, I had to do a double-take. Where did those moguls on steroids come from, I wondered. They weren’t moguls but snowmaking whales. Despite nearly 2 feet of snow in the past week, our snowmakers are still busy making the white gold. Speaking of moguls, Mogul Mouse’s BFF Billy Bob Bear has been working out at the gym. So, I want to deny the rumors that Billy Bob is on bear-roids.

 

 

 

 

No other Mother like Madonna

Cruising to the upper mountains on the Midway trail, I stopped to get what I think is an “artsy” shot of Madonna Mountain as viewed looking over a pile of snow near one of the snowmaking reservoirs (known in the summer as Rumrunners’ Hideaway). On the ride up the Madonna I Lift, I marveled at Patrol and others negotiating Upper Liftline.

 

 

 

 

 

Blue Sky Liftline

I  enjoyed a sunshine-guided run on Drifter and sailed on more snowmaking whales – this time on Lower FIS. My last run of the day I took in all 2,610 feet of Smuggs vertical: Upper Chilcoot > Link > Waterfall > Ruthie’s > Midway > Curley’s > Meadowlark. At 3 miles long, I believe this is the longest run on the mountain. Can anyone other than Hugh or Steve Wry confirm that? If you can – respond to this blog post in the comment section below.

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A little new snow goes a long way

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Upper FIS

It started to snow this morning and it came down pretty hard for a little while. The new snow was heavy and stuck to everything. It covered well and skied well. We groomed quite a few of our steeper trails last night and with new snow on top they were fantastic.  I had a great time on Upper FIS. Smugglers’ Alley, Bootlegger, Drifter, Shuttle, and many more.

 

 

 

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Bootlegger

We have top to bottom skiing and riding on all 3 mountains with 6 lifts operating and 63 trails open. 38 trails will be groomed for tomorrow, including Upper FIS and Bootlegger for a grand total of 162 acres. Tomorrow’s forecast is calling for increasing clouds with a chance of afternoon shower and temperatures between 36 and 49 degrees.  Expect some nice spring conditions for tomorrow.

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Catchin’ AIR!

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Catchin’ AIR on Birch Run! L to R: Kristina prepairng to drop in, Ava in mid-flight, Chris carving it up

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Ava, me, and Kristina enjoy a moment on top of Madonna Mountain.

Rockin’ Ron for Hugh. Joy Kyle sent me a message on my Rockin’ Ron the Friendly Pirate facebook page asking if I could ski with her family this week. I replied in the affirmative. I’ve known the Kyles for many a year – they are summer regulars, but this is their first winter at the Mountain. Chris, Kristina, and Ava met me at the Mogul Mouse Lift and we took Midway over to the upper mountains. The trails conditions were packed powder which was very carve-able and made it easy to keep up our speed. On the way we saw the one of the Resort’s snowmaking reservoirs (which serves as Rumrunner’s Hideaway swimming and boating area in the summer). Trail picks were Catwalk, Drifter, Shuttle, and Poacher’s Woods. The girls wanted to do Blue Glades. I suggested a Red, White and Blue Glade… RED FOX GLADES (Red is in the name, Blue is the level of the trail, and white is the snow). Other trail picks included Lower Pipleine, Treasure Run, and Birch Run Terrain Park where we caught some air. It was a joy (even without Joy) to ski with the Kyles from CT.

While having lunch on the deck of the Black Bear I had a nice conversation with the Godfreys of NJ, another family I’ve know for many years. It was great to catch up.

In conclusion, with sunshine, spring conditions, and friends, it was a great day to catch some fresh air on the slopes of Smuggs!

Ava Kristina Chirs RedFox

Ready for Red Fox!