Morse Highlands

kyleThe 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.


Smugglers’ Notch Adaptive Program

blind riderToday was just amazing with beautiful sunny skies and temperatures reaching into the low 30’s. I was skiing with my two daughters over at the Morse Highlands Area. We skied the Log Jam Terrain Park seven times in a row. The girls were having too much fun on the rollers and funboxes. We were doing one of our laps in the terrain park when I saw this blind rider and guide. My hat is off to both the blind rider and guide. This relationship takes a great deal of trust. It was impressive to watch them work together as they rode down the mountain. We have top to bottom skiing and riding on all 3 mountains with all 78 trails open.


Log Jam Terrain Park

hannah flying off funboxI had a great time at the Morse Highlands area today. I was skiing with my son Hugh B. and my daughter Hannah, pictured here. My kids were having so much fun in the Log Jam Terrain Park. They could not get enough of the funboxes. The Morse Highlands lift is a short ride, so the kids could be back in the terrain park in no time. We also enjoyed a hot chocolate break at the Morse Highlands Lodge before doing more laps in the terrain park. We have top to bottom skiing and riding on all 3 mountains with 77 out of 78 trails open. 6 lifts will be operating on Monday, including the Madonna I Lift. 35 trails will be groomed for tomorrow, including Drifter, Snow Snake, and Jolly Rodger for a grand total of 116 acres. Tomorrow’s forecast is partly to mostly cloudy skies with a chance of flurries and a high of 20 degrees.


Flying Sam in Log Jam

Sam Laporte
This is local ripper Sam LaPorte in the Log Jam Terrain Park at Morse Highlands. The crazy thing is that Sam is a better skier then he is a snowboarder. Cambridge Elementary 4th graders were here today at Smuggs for one of their Cambridge Area Rotary’s Winter Wellness Days. This is a wonderful program that helps students experience the world of snowboarding and skiing, especially for the students who have never been on the mountain before.


Great conditions

harley bootleggerOur snowmakers have been doing a wonderful job! They have been busy on all 3 mountains allowing more terrain to be opened for us to ski and ride. The Log Jam Terrain Park opened today at the Morse Highlands area. This terrain park is great for beginners and it has some wonderful features. There are many features that are made of snow like rollers and a small serpentine half pipe. All of these different shapes are just so much fun and also super teaching tools. My 3 year old daughter Hayleigh had a blast skiing through the serpentine and the rollers this morning. We have been making snow on Upper Pipeline, Bootlegger, Chute, Snake Bike, Smugglers’ Alley, and Hangman’s Drop the past 2 days. Now that these trails are blanketed with snow, our snowmakers are focused on Madonna Mountain. I took a few runs with my wife Harley this afternoon on Sterling Mountain. She is pictured here enjoying the great snow on Bootlegger.


Butcher, Baker, SNOWMAKER!

Dec 30th 2014 snowmaking highlandsRockin’ Ron for Hugh.  We’ve been making snow around the clock and temps look good for continued snowmaking throughout the week. Last night it was Lower Madonna, today it is Morse (pictured here) and tomorrow it will be Sterling. More trails will open soon. To commemorate this flurry of flurries, I have fashioned this verse:


Smugg-a-dub-dud, Three Mountains we lub

Sterling, Madonna, & Morse

the Bucher, the Baker and all the Snowmakers

make snow for our skis and our boards 


Snowshoeing on the Wire Road


snowshoe blogI was skiing at the Morse Highlands area today. I wanted to see the Log Jam Terrain Park that just opened a few days ago. The Log Jam Terrain Park is designed for beginners with rollers and fun boxes that are low to the ground. I was skiing back to the Morse Highlands lift when I ran into Keith and Beth from Toronto, the couple pictured here. They were out snowshoeing on the Wire Road and were going to check out the Fox Trot Loop. We chatted for a while about how beautiful and peaceful it is to go snowshoeing through the snow covered woods. The Smugglers’ Notch Nordic Center has 30 km of cross country skiing trails and 24 km of snowshoeing trails. The Nordic Center has cross country, snowshoes, and ice skate rentals. They also give tours and cross country ski lessons. For more information go to smuggs.com or you can call them at 802 644 1173.