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A visit with Father Winter and more

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Father Winter

Today I did a 3 mountain tour. I started with Sterling, then headed to Madonna, and finished my day down on Morse. The conditions are just fantastic right now. I found some wonderful snow in the glades of all 3 mountains. I got to take a run with my son Hugh B after school this afternoon. We had a blast playing in the fresh snow that we found in the trees. Hugh B asked if we could stop by and see Father Winter on our way back to my office because it is Wednesday. Father Winter is at his teepee on Wednesdays and Saturdays. It’s is always fun and educational when you visit Father Winter.

 

 

 

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Father Winter’s Teepee

The 24-hour forecast is calling for snow 5 to 8 inches of accumulation possible with temperatures between 16 and 26 degrees. We are 100 percent open with top to bottom skiing and riding on all 3 mountains with all 78 trails open. 32 trails will be groomed for tomorrow that is 135 acres of freshly groomed terrain.

 

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Polar Bear Skull

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Mount Wry in the Village Courtyard

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Great Conditions

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It’s really adding up

 

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Upper Drifter

I was skiing down Upper Drifter today and I just had to stop.  I was in a tuck trying to keep my speed up for the small uphill section of Upper Drifter when I noticed some big drifts. I was surprised how big they were and I had to get a picture. The ski poles in the photo of the drifts are 50 inches tall.  When I was riding the Madonna I lift today I also noticed that the bottom of the Headwall is now filled in and there is no drop. We received 4 inches of new snow in the past 24 hours and 31 inches in the past week. There is also more snow in the forecast with up to 11 more inches by Thursday night.

 

 

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Freefall is open from the top

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The bottom of the Headwall

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It’s dumping!

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Where are my skis?

I went to the Nordic Center today for the Smugglers’ Notch Snowshoe Festival. I watched the 16th Annual Northern Vermont Snowshoe Race. There was an 8 km race and a 4 km fun run. I was glad the race was early in the day before the snow started falling. The snow was coming down so hard this afternoon that it reduced visibility. I went to my office midday to upload the photos from the Nordic Center. I headed back out to take a few more runs and my skis were already covered in snow. The tracks that I made skiing to my office were also gone. I picked up my son Hugh B after his Mitey Mites lesson and we went in search of fresh snow, which was not hard to find.

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Nice snow in the woods

The wind was blowing pretty good, so we decided to head into the woods. We skied a line that I skied this morning and I could not find my tracks. We received 3 inches of new snow this afternoon and it is still snowing very hard. We could see up to 9 more inches of snow in the next 24 hours. Tomorrow’s forecast is snow early then flurries later with temperatures between 13 and 26 degrees. 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 96 percent open with 76 out of 78 trails open with terrain for all ability levels.

 

 

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Catching air off the Spring Roll

Tomorrow is going to be really good, so if I was you, I would call into work, tell them that you have a problem with your eyes and you can’t see coming to work!

 

 

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Photo taken by Hugh B. Johnson III

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Tele pow turns on Smugglers’ Alley

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Snowmaking and more

Upper Chilcoot

We received 3 inches of new snow in the past 24 hours and 24 inches of snow in the past week. I had a great time today playing in the glades on Madonna and Sterling Mountain. I also enjoyed taking a few cruiser runs on Chilcoot and Black Snake. Tomorow’s forecast is snow in the morning with a chance of mix and sleet later in the day with 1 to 2 inches of accumulation possible, temperatures between 17 and 24 degrees. We are presently making snow on Lower FIS, McPherson’s, and the bottom of Upper FIS. We are making snow on Lower FIS for this weekend’s USASA Boarder/Skier Cross. This is an exciting head to head race with banked turns, gates, and jumps.

Freshly groomed terrain

This weekend is the Smugglers’ Notch Snowshoe Festival.
Saturday
 – Atlas Snowshoe Company, Tubbs Snowshoes, and Marmot present the inaugural Smugglers’ Notch Snowshoe Festival. Bring the whole family while we celebrate winter in Vermont with a weekend of snowshoeing and outdoor fun! Saturday kicks off with a 1/2K Kids’ Fun Run, a snowshoe obstacle course, scavenger hunt, and more! This event is open to all levels and all ages, with free demos and trials as well as discounted guided tours.

 

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Smugglers’ Notch Snowshoe Festival
Sunday
 – 16th Annual Northern Vermont Snowshoe 8K Race. Not racing? Come as a spectator! Call the Nordic Center directly to pre-register at 802-644-1173. A portion of the proceeds from this event will be donated to the Cambridge Food Shelf and the IAN Fund. Register Today!

 

 

 

 

Snowmaking on Lower FIS

Gilson Snowboards will be having a demo this Saturday and Sunday in front of the Base Lodge. Fatypus Skis will be having a demo on Saturday in front of the Base Lodge.

 

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Good morning from the summit of Madonna Mountain

 

Ski Patrol headed to the harming hut for their morning meeting

We received 2 to 3 inches of new snow overnight and 24 inches in the past week. We have top to bottom skiing and riding on all 3 mountains with 6 lifts operating including the Madonna I lift. We are 97 percent open with 76 out of 78 trails open. Lower FIS is closed due to snowmaking. 38 trails have been groomed for today including Upper FIS and Smugglers’ Alley for a grand total of 135 acres of freshly groomed terrain.

 

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Good morning from the summit of Madonna

We received 3 inches of new snow in the past 24 hours and 15 inches in the past 6 days. The forecast is calling for another 4 to 7 inches of new snow by Saturday night. 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. 35 trails have been groomed for today including Smugglers’ Alley and Snake Bite for a grand total of 140 acres of freshly groomed terrain.

 

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Powder Day

 

Upper FIS

2 to 4 inches of new snow in the past 24 hours and 14 inches in the past 5 days! We are 99% open with top to bottom skiing and riding on all three mountains with six lifts operating including the Madonna I Lift. Fantastic conditions!

 

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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.