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April Fool’s Day

 

Justin getting some air on Chute

The new snow that we received last night and today was just perfect. It was heavy and stuck to everything, which allowed us to open so many trails today. Robin’s Run, Madonna Liftline, Black Hole, and Freefall from the traverse were all open. I skied Freefall this morning and it was wonderful. The new snow held me back nicely and I did not have to work as hard controlling my speed. I would have to say that the best snow was at higher elevations, especially later in the day when the temperature came up a little. My son Hugh B and I got to ski with our good friends Ken, Justin, and Loic. We skied Upper Fis, Lower Doc’s, Goat Path, Dan’s Ford, Chute, Hangman’s Drop, Black Snake, Lower Chilcoot, Upper Chilcoot, and Lower Pipeline.

Ken having fun on Hangman’s Drop

I would have to say that Upper FIS was one of my favorite runs of the day. It was groomed on Wednesday night, but it was not groomed last night. It was still pretty flat from Wednesday night’s grooming and with the 8 inches of new snow on top it was amazing. The bumps were soft because they were made of the new snow. Tomorrow we plan to have top to bottom skiing and riding on all 3 mountains with 4 lifts operating, including the Madonna 1 Lift. We have 71 trails open with terrain for all ability levels. 30 trails will be groomed for tonight, including Upper Drifter, Snow Snake, and Thomke’s Express for a grand total of 123 acres of freshly groomed terrain.

 

 

Ken on Chute

Tomorrow’s forecast is calling for flurries early then partly cloudy skies later with temperatures between 28 and 39 degrees

 

Hugh B finding some fresh

April Fool’s Day Fun

Justin on Hangman’s Drop

Loic having fun in the new snow

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Powder Day

 

Ski Patroller Mike Duncan on trail check

We received 8 inches of new snow in the past 24 hours and more is on the way. We have top to bottom skiing and riding on all 3 mountains with 4 lifts operating, including the Madonna I lift.  We now have 67 trails open!

 

Ski Patroller Ethan Costello trail checking Freefall

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Blast from the Past

The forecast called for the snow to turn to rain late yesterday afternoon. It snowed all day long and then after we closed for the day it rained lightly for just a few minutes before turning back to snow. It continued to snow into the night with another 4 inches of accumulation falling. The snow that fell overnight was pretty heavy with the warmer temperatures. It filled in very nicely giving us some great coverage. I skied Freefall from the top this morning and I have not done that in a little while and I found some untracked snow in the Black Hole. Robin’s Run was open from the top today and the Headwall was also open. This afternoon I headed over to the Practice Slope to check out the Blast from the Past race. It was very exciting to watch the head to head dual panel slalom races. They have bull gates at the start of the race. Yes, they are similar to the gates that let out the crazy bulls that are spinning, twisting, and jumping to try to remove the rider on their back, because everything is under control until the gate opens! Both ski racers wait behind the swinging doors that are spring loaded and are being held closed by a rod. The race starter will ask if the blue course is ready and if the red course is ready, then they pull the handles which allow the bull gates to fly open. The racers are holding themselves back with their poles waiting to dive through the gates the split second they open. A hundredth of a second could determine the race so timing is everything at the start. I want to thank the Smugglers’ Notch Ski and Snowboard Club for hosting this fun event every year.

We are 100 percent, 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. 30 trails will be groomed for tomorrow, including Ruthie’s, Garden Path, and Smugglers’ Alley for a grand total of 118 acres of freshly groomed terrain. Tomorrow’s forecast is increasing clouds throughout the day with a chance of snow and sleet, temperatures between 22 and 34 degrees.

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Great conditions with more snow on the way

Hannah loves Strawberry Fields

I can’t believe that we had another blue bird day! The temperature started off a little cool, but the sun worked its magic and the temperature rose from 3 degrees to 26 degrees at the summit of Sterling throughout the day. The wind had moved the snow around some but there is plenty of light fluffy snow in the trees. My son Hugh B and daughter Hannah only had a half day of school today, so we skied together for the afternoon. We had a great time on Hangman’s Drop, Chute, Exhibition, Bootlegger woods, Alley woods, Highlander Glades, Crossover, Treasure Run, Birch Run Terrain Park, Lower Exhibition, Lower Rumrunner, Thomke’s, and Strawberry Fields. Strawberry Fields’ was amazing with the sunlight and all the fresh snow in between the trees.

Hugh B finds some nice untracked snow

We all spread out looking for fresh turns anywhere we could. We would give out a hoot and a holler every time we found freshies. We are 100 percent open with top to bottom skiing and riding on all 3 mountains with 7 lifts operating, including the Madonna I Lift and all 78 trails open. Robin’s Run is open from the work road down and Freefall is open from the traverse on Upper FIS. Tomorrow’s forecast is calling for snow early 1 to 3 inches of accumulation possible, a chance of some mix late in the day with temperatures between 29 and 37 degrees.

 

Birch Run Terrain Park

35 trails will be groomed for tomorrow, including Lower Catwalk, Hangman’s Drop, and Snow Snake for a grand total of 126 acres of freshly groomed terrain.

One cool helmet

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Picture Perfect

 

The top of Madonna Mountain with Mount Mansfield in the background

We are 100 percent open with top to bottom skiing and riding on all 3 mountains with 6 lifts operating, including the Madonna I Lift and all 78 trails open. Robin’s Run is open from the work road down and Freefall is open from the traverse on Upper FIS. Today’s forecast is mostly sunny skies with temperatures between 13 and 25 degrees. Enjoy the beautiful sunshine!

 

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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.