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Blue Sky Ski Day

Moguls on Steriods?

Rockin’ Ron for Hugh. Today was a beauty! The sun was out for the duration. Riding up the Village Lift, I had to do a double-take. Where did those moguls on steroids come from, I wondered. They weren’t moguls but snowmaking whales. Despite nearly 2 feet of snow in the past week, our snowmakers are still busy making the white gold. Speaking of moguls, Mogul Mouse’s BFF Billy Bob Bear has been working out at the gym. So, I want to deny the rumors that Billy Bob is on bear-roids.

 

 

 

 

No other Mother like Madonna

Cruising to the upper mountains on the Midway trail, I stopped to get what I think is an “artsy” shot of Madonna Mountain as viewed looking over a pile of snow near one of the snowmaking reservoirs (known in the summer as Rumrunners’ Hideaway). On the ride up the Madonna I Lift, I marveled at Patrol and others negotiating Upper Liftline.

 

 

 

 

 

Blue Sky Liftline

I  enjoyed a sunshine-guided run on Drifter and sailed on more snowmaking whales – this time on Lower FIS. My last run of the day I took in all 2,610 feet of Smuggs vertical: Upper Chilcoot > Link > Waterfall > Ruthie’s > Midway > Curley’s > Meadowlark. At 3 miles long, I believe this is the longest run on the mountain. Can anyone other than Hugh or Steve Wry confirm that? If you can – respond to this blog post in the comment section below.

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Another beautiful day at Smuggs

 

Harvey’s Hideaway

The forecast called for an inch of snow last night and another inch today. We ended up with 4 inches of new snow in the past 24 hours and 22 inches in the past week. The new snow is so light and fluffy that you just fly right through it. Upper FIS had been groomed last night and it had the new snow on top. It was wonderful to have your skis ride the smooth corduroy as the light snow flew around you. I also had a great time playing in the woods looking for fresh snow. Tomorrow’s forecast is increasing clouds, snow developing later in the day with temperatures between 8 and 19 degrees. Tuesday night into Wednesday we are expecting 2 to 4 inches of new snow. Tomorrow we plan to have

 

 

Sun trying to come through the clouds at the summit of Sterling

Tomorrow we plan to have top to bottom skiing and riding on all 3 mountains with 6 lifts operating, including the Madonna I lift. We are 99 percent open with 77 out of our 78 trails. 35 trails will be groomed for tomorrow, including Ruthie’s and Snow Snake for a grand total of 125 acres of freshly groomed terrain. Tonight we plan to make snow on Lower Morse Liftline, Garden Path, Sir Henry’s Learning Hill, and Meadowlark.

 

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Ticket Checker Steve Goodkind at the Madonna 1 Lift

 

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Beautiful view from the Sterling Lift

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Family Fun on Morse Mountain

 

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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.

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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!”

 

 

 

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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.

 

 

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A look inside of the teepee

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Hannah and Hayleigh having fun on Wanderer

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Powder and Sunshine

 

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The Village Lift with Madonna Mountain in the background

Believe it or not we received another sleeper storm last night with 3 to 4 inches of beautiful powder. It was pretty cold last night, so the new snow was really light and fluffy. My first run of the day was Upper Chilcoot to Upper FIS. They had both been groomed and were powder covered.  The snow was so deep and light that you could not see if you were behind someone. On a powder day, you want to be first anyway.  Tonight our snowmakers are moving back to Morse Mountain. They will be firing up snowguns on Snow Snake and Lower Morse Liftline. 31 trails will be groomed for tomorrow, including Upper FIS and Thomke’s Express for a grand total of 161 acres of freshly groomed terrain.

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Fresh snow on Upper FIS

Tomorrow’s forecast is partly sunny skies with temperatures between 5 and 16 degrees. We plan to have top to bottom skiing and riding on all 3 mountains with 6 lifts operating and 61 trails open.

 

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Snowmaking and grooming

groom-and-snowmakingLast night we made snow on Lower Morse Liftline, Sir Henry’s Learning Hill, Black Snake, and the Practice Slope. Snowmaking continues today on Black Snake and Practice Slope. Today’s forecast is mostly sunny skies with temperatures between 1 and 11 degrees. There is snow in the forecast from Tuesday night through Thursday night. Today we plan to have top to bottom skiing and riding on all 3 mountains with 4 lifts operating and 21 trails open. 19 trails have been groomed for today, that’s 117 acres of freshly groomed terrain. The Madonna I Chairlift will have a delayed opening this morning.

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Magic Learning Trail

 

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Snow Sport University Instructor Kyle Ebbett with his student

The weather was a little crazy today with warmer temperatures and rain this morning. The temperatures fell throughout the day and the rain became snow. We received a dusting to an inch of accumulation this afternoon. Tonight’s forecast is clearing skies with temperatures between  -8 and +2 degrees. Our snowmakers are ready to make snow on Black Snake, Practice Slope, Sir Henry’s Learning Hill, and Lower Morse Liftline tonight. Tomorrow’s forecast is partly to mostly sunny skies with temperatures between 1 and 11 degrees. We have some great snowmaking weather coming in the next few days along with snow in the forecast for Thursday. 19 trails will be groomed for tomorrow, that’s 117 acres of freshly groomed terrain. Tomorrow we plan to have top to bottom skiing and riding on all 3 mountains with 4 lifts operating and 21 trails open.

 

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Whale Watching

sledding-hillThe snowmaking whales are getting bigger on Morse Mountain. The Sterling Lift and Glider Wonder Carpet at Sir Henry’s Learning Hill are operating today with 25 trails open. Snowmaking continues around the clock on the Riglet Park, Meadowlark, Garden Path, and Lower Morse Liftline. The forecast is calling for up to 6 inches of new snow by Monday night with the majority of the snowfall happening tonight.  Flurries, snow showers, and good snowmaking temperatures are in the forecast for the rest of the week.
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Snowmaking top to bottom on Morse Mountain

sledding-hill-fan-gunWe are presently making snow on Garden Path, Lower Morse Liftline, Magic Learning Trail, the Sledding Hill, Meadowlark, and the Riglet Park. We have some great snowmaking temperatures in the forecast and our snowmaking staff is ready to take full advantage. Sir Henry’s Learning Hill is now open with the Wonder Carpet operating. These colder temperatures will allow us to open more beginner terrain in the near future. There is also 3 to 5 inches of natural snowfall predicted for Sunday night into Monday. We have received 30 inches of snowfall in the month of December so far! rigletTomorrow we plan to have the Sterling Lift and Wonder Carpet operating with 25 trails open. The forecast for tomorrow is partly sunny skies early then increasing clouds later in the day with temperatures between 12 and 23 degrees.

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Fun on Morse Mountain

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Photo with Mogul Mouse

I was at the Mogul Mouse’s Magic Lift today. I was riding with students of Snow Sport University who are too young to ride the lift by themselves. I got to ride the lift multiple times with Pam and Tamara’s purple group. The lift conversation was entertaining every time. We had fun finding the characters Sam the Snow Snake, Billy Bob Bear, and Mogul Mouse on the lift towers. We were also able to find Father Winter’s Tee Pee in the woods between Lower Morse Liftline and Magic Learning Trail. It was great to see some soldiers from the US Army learning how to ski today on Morse Mountain. They skied the Magic Learning Trail and it worked! I want to thank Head Snowmaker Justin Thoelke for introducing me to Ally. Ally is a 6th grader from Pennsylvania, who is here at Smuggs with her family. She was a little nervous about riding the lift and was looking for someone to ride with. We had a great lift ride with no problems getting on or off the lift.  We unloaded at mid-station and Ally snowboarded over to her Dad and gave him a high five. Ally’s family thanked me for riding with the lift with her, but I should thank them. Watching Alley overcome her fear and celebrate with giving her Dad a high five really made me feel good.  The Mogul Mouse’s Magic Lift worked again.

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Snow Sport University Instructor Pam and her class

We have top to bottom skiing and riding on all 3 mountains with all 8 lifts operating and 51 trails open. 32 trails will be groomed for tomorrow, that’s 156 acres of freshly groomed terrain. Tonight’s forecast is 2 to 4 inches of snow. Tomorrow’s forecast is a chance of freezing rain early then rain with temperatures between 38 and 42 degrees and windy.

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Great conditions with more snow on the way

The Smugglers’ Notch Extreme Skiing Challenge is tomorrow on the Madonna Liftline from Catwalk down to the bottom of the Headwall.  My son Hugh B and I are both entered in the event, so we were on Madonna today getting in some practice.  The Madonna Liftline is filled in very nicely and is in great shape for the competition!  We skied from Catwalk down to the work road checking out our lines for tomorrow.  It was skiing great and the forecast is calling for 2 to 4 inches of new snow in the next 24 hours.   The competition is going to be amazing with 100 competitors taking on some of the gnarliest terrain on the East Coast! We have top to bottom skiing and riding on all 3 mountains with all 78 trails and all 8 lifts operating. 29 trails will be groomed for tomorrow including skier’s right on Upper FIS, Snow Snake, and Black Snake for a grand total of 163 acres.
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