Steve Wry out on the mountain today enjoying his retirement
I ran into Steve Wry today in the Upper Parking Lot. Steve recently retired from Smuggs where he was the Vice President of the Guest Skiing Experience. We had a great time taking a few runs and catching up on the lift rides. We skied Upper Rumrunner, Black Snake, Practice Slope, Upper Chilcoot, Upper FIS, and Smugglers’ Alley. I want to thank our snowmakers for their hard work last night on Midway, Dixie’s Knoll, Meadowlark, Garden Path, and Lower Morse Liftline. I also want to thank our groomers for their hard work to get all these trails ready to ski and ride today. Tonight we plan to groom 35 trails including Upper FIS, Smugglers’ Alley, and Snow Snake for a grand total of 135 acres of freshly groomed terrain. The 24 hour forecast is calling for flurries and snow showers with 1 to 2 inches of accumulation possible with a high of 34 degrees. Tomorrow we plan to have top to bottom skiing and riding on all 3 mountains with 6 lifts operating. We have 42 trails open with terrain for all ability levels. Log Jam, Birch Run, and Zone Terrain Park are all open.
It was a wild weather day with sleet, mix, freezing rain, rain, wind, and most importantly SNOW! I want to thank out groomers for freshening up the trails early this morning. The early morning groom mixed in the new snow nicely and made for a wonderful snow surface. It snowed pretty hard for a while this afternoon and we picked up a few more inches of accumulation. We received 4 inches of new snow in the past 24 hours and 27 inches in the past week. Tonight’s forecast is periods of snow 1 to 3 inches of accumulation possible. Tomorrow’s forecast is partly to mostly cloudy skies with temperatures between 14 and 25 degrees. There is also snow in the forecast Sunday Night into Monday with up to 4 more inches of new snow possible. 26 trails will be groomed tonight, including Log Jam and Hibernator for a grand total of 114 acres of freshly groomed terrain. The Birch Run Terrain Park is open with 7 features. Tomorrow we plan to have top to bottom skiing and riding on all 3 mountains with 7 lifts operating and 64 trails open with terrain for all ability levels. We plan to resume snowmaking tomorrow on Link and Lower FIS.
Snow covered Mountain Ash berries are nature’s holiday decorations
The snow is adding up fast
The Black Hole, Freefall, Robin’s Run, and Upper Madonna Liftline from Catwalk to the Headwall are now open. We now have top to bottom skiing and riding on all 3 mountains with 5 lifts operating and 53 trails open with terrain for all ability levels. Snowmaking continues around the clock on Log Jam, Hibernator, and Curley’s Cutback. We have already received 2 inches of new snow today and we could see up to a 15-inch storm total by Saturday night. Birch Run Terrain Park is open with 7 features.
Freefall, Black Hole, Robin’s Run, and part of Upper Madonna Liftline are now open
Madonna Mountain seen from Midway
Our snowmakers have shut down snowmaking on Upper Chilcoot and the Practice Slope for now. We are presently making snow at Morse Highlands on Log Jam, Curley’s Cutback, and Hibernator. We have some great snowmaking temperatures tonight and our crew is ready to take full advantage. We hope to have the Morse Highlands area open this weekend. For Friday, we plan to have top to bottom skiing and riding on all 3 mountains with 5 lifts operating and 54 trails open. 22 out of the 54 trails will be groomed for tomorrow including Thomke’s and Smugglers’ Alley for a grand total of 95 acres of freshly groomed terrain. Birch Run Terrain Park is open with 7 features and is groomed daily. Tomorrow’s forecast is calling for periods of snow with 2 to 4 inches of accumulation possible with temperatures between 17 and 23 degrees.
Snow Sport University Snowboard Lesson on Magic Learning Trail
We are 86 percent open with top to bottom skiing and riding on all 3 mountains with all 8 lifts operating and 67 out of 78 trails open. Log Jam, Birch Run, and Zone Terrain Parks are all open and were groomed this morning. 125 acres of freshly groomed terrain for today. Great spring conditions!
Snow Sport University Ski Lesson on Magic Learning Trail
Father Winter’s Welcome sign
I had a blast today playing on Madonna and Morse Mountain. The views from the Madonna I chairlift were just fantastic with the beautiful clear skies. I started my day off with skiing Upper Chilcoot and FIS. The freshly groomed terrain was nice and edgeable. I really enjoyed the steep smooth surface on Upper FIS. This afternoon I headed to Morse Mountain to ski with my daughters Hannah and Hayleigh. We rode the Mogul Mouse Magic Lift which is designed for kids. The chairs are lower for loading and unloading, which makes it easier for the kids. The towers are also lower, so you are never that high off the snow. Dave and his staff at the Mogul Mouse Magic Lift are very friendly and always seem to be having a good time.
Father Winter serving up some hot cider
Dave and one of his crew members were dancing to the music playing as we loaded one time. The girls decided that they want to visit Father Winter’s Tipi on one run, so we stopped by. Father Winter’s Tee Pee is located between Lower Morse Liftline and Magic Learning Trail. It’s a real tipi with a hole at the top for the smoke to escape and Father Winter had a fire going. He had some cider in a pot on the fire and gave us all a nice warm cup of cider to enjoy. There are so many different things that Father Winter has in his tipi like games, furs, skulls, and more. Every time I visit Father Winter the items inside the tipi are different and I learn something new. The girls were having such a good time that they did not want to leave. I had to bribe them with another run on the Mogul Mouse Magic Lift and a trip to King Billy Bob’s Den to get them to go. It sure does make you feel good when your kids say ”Daddy that was really fun! We can’t wait to do it again!”
Another guest at Father Winter’s teepee
Tomorrow we plan to have top to bottom skiing and riding on all 3 mountains with all 8 lifts operating and 38 trails open. Snowmaking continues around the clock tonight on Garden Path, Sam’s Run, Lower Morse Liftline, Log Jam, Midway, and Meadowlark. Tonight’s forecast is calling for an inch of new snow. Tomorrow’s forecast is flurries and a snow shower early then partly sunny skies with temperatures between 5 and 16 degrees. 34 trails will be groomed for tomorrow, including Upper FIS and Snake Bite for a grand total of 135 acres of freshly groomed terrain.
A look inside of the teepee
Hannah and Hayleigh having fun on Wanderer
Signs that point to FUN!
Rockin’ Ron for Hugh. I’m a Lumberjack and I’m OK – I work at Smuggs and I ski all day!
Seriously, I’m not a Lumberjack, but I did “log on” to write this blog about skiing on the Log Jam trail at Morse Highlands. Today’s mixed precip was a blessing as it softened up the snow and made for some sweet turns – my first of the season at the Highlands.
I usually visit the Highlands when I’m teaching a class of Level 3 skiers for SSU. It has a little bit of everything: cruisers, glades, and a terrain park.
Did you know that the second word in blog is log?
We received 14 inches of new snow in the past 4 days. We could see another 4 inches of new snow in the next 24 hours. We have top to bottom skiing and riding on all 3 mountains with 7 lifts operating and 61 trails open. We have been making snow on Log Jam and Hibernator. Our snowmaking crew is now going to make snow on Snake Bite, The Zone, McPherson’s, and Lower FIS. 25 trails will be groomed for tomorrow, that’s 135 acres of freshly groomed terrain. My son Hugh B. and I had a great time skiing with our good friends Ken and Justin. It was a father and son ski day. We were powder hounds searching out the next stash.
We worked the mountain over leaving tracks everywhere we could. The new snow that we are expected to receive tonight will freshen things up quite nicely. I am really forward to doing it all over again tomorrow. The forecast for tomorrow is flurries early then partly sunny skies in the afternoon with temperatures between 16 and 28 degrees. Happy New Year!
Snow Sport University Instructor Neal Leach making it look easy as always.
We received a storm total of 13 inches in the past 3 days and we are expecting another 2 to 3 inches of snow by Sunday.The Ski Patrollers were very busy today dropping ropes. We now have 60 trails open for your skiing and riding pleasure. Tonight we plan to resume snowmaking at the Morse Highlands Area. We plan to make snow on Log Jam, Hibernator, and Lower Morse Liftline.Tomorrow’s forecast is a partly sunny sky early with snow developing in the afternoon an inch of accumulation possible with temperatures between 12 and 24 degrees. We have quite a bit planned for the last day of 2016. Tomorrow we will have
Mark Stritzler enjoying the fresh snow
Tomorrow we will have top to bottom skiing and riding on all 3 mountains with 7 lifts operating. There will be a Black Bear Tavern Après Sport Party featuring Switchback. Beginning at 2:00 pm, Goodtime Charlie hosts with trivia, bar games, prizes, and music. It’s a great place to meet other riders and skiers and some of the locals. There is also a New Year’s Celebration Bonfire, Torchlight Parade & Fireworks starting at 9pm near the Gazebo.
Snow Reporter meets snowdrift at the bottom of Doc Dempsey’s Glades
Bird’s eye view of Red Fox Glades
Justin Rule having fun in new snow
Freefall was open from the top today
The Morse Highlands area is a great place for kids and beginners. Dixie’s Knoll is a wide trail with a low angle pitch. Skiers and riders learning to turn have plenty of room and they don’t have to worry about picking up too much speed. I saw Snow Sport University Instructor Kyle Ebbett giving a lesson on Dixie’s Knoll. This trail was perfect for his student to learn how to make turns and stop. Log Jam is also a great trail for beginners. It is a little steeper than Dixie’s Knoll, but is also nice and wide. There are many trails through the woods that the kids just love to play in. The people who work the Morse Highlands Lift are very nice and helpful.
For Thursday we plan to have top to bottom skiing and riding on all 3 mountains with 6 lifts operating and 33 trails open. We plan to groom 30 trails tonight, including Upper FIS for a grand total of 153 acres. The Birch Run Terrain Park is open with 15 features. Tomorrow’s forecast is partly to mostly cloudy skies with temperatures between 22 and 35 degrees.