All in the Family

3 JohnsonsThis is Harley Johnson for Hugh Johnson (Editor’s note – her husband). The kids and I had a great time filling in for Hugh today. We got to the office just in time to watch the groomers doing a late groom. Sometimes they groom early in the morning after we get new snow to give our beginners on Morse mountain some fresh corduroy. Once I was done with the morning report the kids and I hit the slopes to enjoy the 3 inches of new snow we received last night. We had a blast. It started to rain but we love skiing in the rain. The snow is so soft and easy to turn in. We met up with Alex Martin to do the No Bull Video Snow report. It is so much fun to ski with all three kids.





Burton Riglet Park and beginner learning area

burton riglet

Riding the ramp out of the tree house

The Burton Riglet Park has been moved from the top of Sir Henry’s Learning Park to behind the Meeting House at the base of the Village Lift. There is also a new beginner terrain area next to the Burton Riglet Park. This is a fantastic place for kids to learn, because it’s just so much fun. There are many features and tools that the Instructors can use to teach the kids like balance, rotation, bending their knees, and much more. This area is so neat, I felt like I was watching kids at a playground just having fun.




Working on turning the ski

We now have top to bottom skiing and riding on all 3 mountains with 7 lifts operating and 63 trails open.  24 trails will be groomed for tomorrow, that’s 138 acres of freshly groomed terrain. The Birch Run Terrain Park is open with 13 features. Snowmaking continues around the clock on Snow Snake. Tomorrow’s forecast is partly to mostly sunny skies with temperatures between 18 and 28 degrees.




beginner terrain rider

Working on balance


Family fun

hannahI went skiing today with my son Hugh B and daughter Hannah.  Skiing or snowboarding is a wonderful family sport. It’s something that we can do together from the time they make their first turn until and beyond the time they leave the nest.  We get to spend quality time together while getting exercise and fresh air.  We had the best time today finding jumps on the side of the trail. They also really enjoyed the fun boxes in the Birch Run Terrain Park.  Tomorrow we plan to have 2 lifts operating and 8 trails open. 7 out of the 8 trails will be groomed for tomorrow, that’s 27 acres of freshly groomed terrain.


The Mitey Mites


“The Knuckleheads”


View of Smuggs at 6AM this morning

Today I got to spend the 6th Sunday this season with my Mitey Mites group, known as “The Knuckleheads.” This group of chargers has been so much fun to ski with, we might not be pretty, but we can make it down anything. I have taken a unique approach with this group, instead of bombarding them with drills to perfect turns, I have been pushing mountain awareness. (note: I do teach skills too) The goal with this is to develop all of these local kids into lifelong skiers, who have a passion for the sport, and can conduct themselves in an appropriate manner on the hill. We have looked into such topics as weather, equipment, conditions, safety, and group or team camaraderie. I have enforced these ideals through homework assignments like knowing the weather, equipment upkeep, knowing the responsibility code, and watching ski videos. For a final project I am having each student lead the group down the entire mountain for 1 run, and in doing so they will have to make an appropriate trail choice, manage the group, and know where they are going. This might not sound like the toughest task, but for a child to be responsible for 8 others at one time, really will be nothing short of a miracle, but I have faith. I’m really excited for our last two weeks, to see where these “knuckleheads” drag me. To the right you can see six of the members of our group at the top of F.I.S.  Normally there are three more, but because of the school break we have a few members on vacation, to places such as Colorado, California, and British Columbia.

I also grabbed this picture on my way to the mountain to do the morning report. Pink sky in the morning, skiers and riders aren’t taking warning, we are getting our gear ready because snow is in the forecast!

Tomorrow look for 77 trails to be open, accessed by 6 lifts. Snow should be falling out of the sky with accumulations adding up to around 5″. Temps again should be in the 20s, but probably will be dropping during the day. 36 trails will be groomed, or around 175 acres total.

-Matt McCawley


HOOP – there it is

Hoop there it is

The Discovery Course at the Cookie Race on Sir Henry’s on Morse Mountain at Smuggs in Vermont, USA, indeed.

Rockin’ Ron for Hugh. All week long, vacationing kids make their parents jump through hoops. At the COOKIE RACE its payback time – kids ski through hoops and around gates for their parents pleasure. Thanks to our Wyndham friends, all the kids get a cookie at the finish line. I have a jolly good time announcing the race as my alter-ego Rockin’ Ron the Friendly Pirate. Bruce from smuggsphoto.com is also on hand to take photos of all the racers. The Cookie Race on Sir Henry’s is a long standing Thursday tradition at Smuggs. Elsewhere on Morse Mountain, I was bouncin’ on the bumps of Upper Morse Liftline, navigating the glades of Whitetail Woods and cruisin’ down Garden Path. For intermediates and experts who are on Morse because a family member or friend is a beginner, know that there are blue-squares and black-diamonds on the green-circle side of the Resort. So, you can HOOP it up on Morse!


Nordic Ninjas

DSC03978 (1)The Smugglers’ Notch Nordic Centered hosted the Smuggs Nordic Ninjas today. The Nordic Ninjas is a fun obstacle course event for kids ages 6-12 on cross country skis or snowshoes. There were hoops, rollers, a teeter totter, fun boxes, flags, and poles that the kids had to get through. This was a great way for kids to get outside, have fun and also get some exercise. The atmosphere was very festive. PK, Zeke, the Friendly Pirate, and everyone else at the Nordic Center did a wonderful job with this kid friendly event. We have 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. We received 2 inches on new snow today and 16 inches in the past week. We are also expecting another 7 inches of new snow by Tuesday night. 170 acres of freshly groomed terrain for Monday.


Tutu Tuesdays are too much to believe


Mar 4, 2014 TutuRockin’ Ron for Hugh. Snow Sport University Instructors Larry and Chad, as well as their campers, are dress-ed for success. When they ski down the Mountain, they skirt all obstacles. People have kilt to get a picture of them. Thanks to Shay for risking life and limb to get me this one.