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Another great day

Upper Chilcoot

We received 8 to 14 inches of new snow in the past 24 hours and 29 inches in the past week. The conditions are amazing with all the new snow that we received along with the colder temperatures. The snow is staying light and fluffy. I had great time this morning on Madonna Mountain. I skied Sally’s Alley, Madonna Liftline, the Black Hole, and Freefall. I skied with my family and the Lehouillier family over at the Morse Highlands midday. The Morse Highlands Area has something for everybody with nice big open gentle beginner slopes, glades, a terrain park, an intermediate trail, and a nice lodge. The kids were having so much playing in the powder filled trees. The parents were having fun too! It snowed hard pretty much all day long. The conditions were just too good for me not to go back to the upper mountains for a few more powder turns this afternoon. I was lucky enough to find some untracked powder in the trees. I can’t wait to ski it all over again tomorrow! Tonight’s forecast is flurries and a snow shower another inch of accumulation possible. Tomorrow’s forecast is cloudy skies with flurries and temperatures between 7 – 19 degrees. Tomorrow we plan to have top to bottom skiing and riding on all 3 mountains with all 8 lifts operating and 76 out of 78 trails open. 38 trails will be groomed for tomorrow including Snow Snake and Ruthie’s for a grand total of 136 acres of freshly groomed terrain.

 

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Snowmaking and natural snowfall

It’s adding up fast

We received 2 to 3 inches of nice blower snow in the past 24 hours and 22 inches in the past week.  We are presently making snow on Lower Madonna Liftline, Lower Drifter, Lower FIS, Lower Chilcoot, McPherson’s, and Link to Sterling.  We are 99 percent open with top to bottom skiing and riding on all 3 mountains with 6 lifts operating, including the Madonna I lift. We have 77 out of 78 trails open with terrain for all ability levels. Freefall is open from the Black Hole. Today’s forecast is flurries and a snow shower an inch of accumulation possible with temperatures between 9 and 20 degrees.

Nice light powder snow

We are also expecting 2 to 4 inches of new snow Tuesday night into Wednesday.

Snowmaking on Lower Madonna Liftline

Snow Sport University Snowboard Instructor Lance Pitcher at the summit of Madonna Mountain showing his support of the Patriots

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Snowmaking on Madonna tonight

 

Madonna, Sterling, and Mount Mansfield seen from the Village Lift

Playing in the powder

Today was another beautiful day here at Smuggs. I skied this morning on Sterling and stopped by the Practice Slope to watch some of the U 10 Team Race that was going today. I was really impressed with the skill level of these young racers. I headed to Morse Mountain midday to snowboard for the first time this season. My edges were not the only thing that were a little rusty. It took a few turns to get my groove back. My confidence level started to rise with each run I made. I switched back to my skis later in the afternoon to make some runs with my son Hugh after his Mitey Mites lesson.We decided to go searching for fresh snow in the glades. Our mission was successful and we found some untracked snow.

Morse Highlands Lift Mascots

We popped out the woods back onto the trail and then Hugh stopped. He looked at me and said “We are going to that again right?!” I then said “You know we are!”

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 have 99 percent of our terrain open with 77 out of 78 trails open. Freefall is open from the Black Hole. 34 trails will be groomed for tomorrow, including Upper FIS and Snake Bite for a grand total of 125 acres of freshly groomed terrain. Tomorrow’s forecast is partly to mostly cloudy skies with flurries and a chance of a snow shower an inch of accumulation possible with temperatures between 6 and 18 degrees.

Ski and Ride

Tonight we plan to make snow on Lower Madonna Liftline, Lower FIS, Lower Chilcoot, Link to Sterling, McPherson’s, and Birch Run.

Snow Reporter testing the product

 

 

 

 

 

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Good morning

We have top to bottom skiing and riding on all 3 mountains with all 8 lifts operating with 77 out of 78 trails open. Freefall is open from the Black Hole. 40 trails have been groomed for today, that’s 159 acres of freshly groomed terrain. Today’s forecast is calling for flurries and snow showers 1 to 3 inches of accumulation possible with temperatures between 18 and 29 degrees.

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Mountains of Adventure, Mountains of FUN

Madonna

Madonna Mountain Trails, L to R: Doc Dempsey’s (a small section is visible), Upper FIS, Freefall (with a clump of trees in the middle), and Upper Liftline (featuring the headwall where the Extreme Challenge takes place on March 8th).

Rockin’ Ron for Hugh. Of course I love all the great skiing that Smuggs has to offer, and it has been extremely GREAT lately! I also enjoy the social aspect of our friendly mountain. I ran into SSU legend Sherm White in Green Peppers and he said he was looking forward to reading the Blog. I shared a joke with Fletch and Doug who were holding court in the Black Bear with regulars and irregulars including Larry & Michele from Long Island, Tom & June from New Jersey, and Jean from Vermont (famous for her Maple Cotton Candy). I got to say hi to Steve Wry of Mountain Ops. He told me that Matt McCawley, also filling in for Hugh this week, was in the first group of Mitey Mites kids along with his daughter. I exchanged greetings with Sara, as she was cheerily checking tickets at the Madonna I Lift. My run of the day was the classic Chillycoot > Catwalk > Fizz > Lower Doc’s > Ruthie’s > Curley’s > Meadowlark. This ‘run’ is 2,610 feet of vertical and 3 miles of unadulterated joy and I dedicated it to recently departed friend and former Smuggs co-worker Bruce Tetrault.

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100 percent open

We received 16 inches of new snow in the past 3 days, 32 inches in the past week, and 41 inches in February so far.  The conditions are just wonderful. I had a great time on the steeps of Madonna Mountain today.  Freefall and the Black Hole were so much fun.  I also really enjoyed finding powder stashes with my good friends Tony and Geoff.  Tony is pictured on the left and Geoff is pictured on the right. We are 100 percent open with top to bottom skiing and riding on all 3 mountains with all 78 trails open. 166 acres of freshly groomed terrain for Tuesday. The forecast for tomorrow is skies becoming partly sunny with a high of 25 degrees. I can’t wait to go hunting for more stashes tomorrow.
tony geoff pow

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Sunshine and fresh snow

donnna blue birdWe received 6 inches of new snow in the past 36 hours. This morning started off with flurries and then the sun came out. The conditions are just fantastic. I was skiing the traverse to Freefall with thoughts of heading to the Black Hole. I came out on Freefall and looked down. It was so inviting that I had to ski it. I got to ski with my sister-in-law Donna today. We had a great time taking in the views on Upper Drifter and finding powder stashes in the glades. This photo is Donna skiing Lower Catwalk. We have top to bottom skiing and riding on all 3 mountains with 6 lifts operating, including the Madonna I Lift. We have 75 out of 78 tails open and 2 trails are closed due to the construction of the Boarder Cross course for this weekend. We are presently making snow on Lower Exhibition, Crossover, and Treasure Pitch. The forecast is calling for up to 6 inches of new snow for Friday.

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The view from the top of Drifter

 

drifter.JPG blogToday was another amazing day here at Smuggs. We had partly sunny skies with a high of 28 degrees. Now that it’s spring the sun is higher in the sky. I skied Freefall from the traverse and had a great time chasing my shadow down through the bumps. We received 19 inches of new snow in the past 6 days and the glades are wonderful.