It’s snowing hard


Ski Patrol getting ready for another great day

We have already received a dusting of new snow this morning. The forecast is calling for up to 3 inches of accumulation today. We have 37 skiable trails and 21 lift accessible trails open today. The Mogul Mouse Lift, Madonna I Lift, Madonna II Lift, and Village Lift are presently on wind hold.


Smuggs Family


Victoria in front of the Madonna I Lift

I would like you to meet Joyce Vandersommen and her daughter Victoria. They both work here at Smugglers’ Notch. Joyce works at the Morse Highlands lift and Victoria works at the Madonna I lift. These two wonderful ladies are some of the nicest people you will ever meet. They are originally from South Carolina. A family tragedy caused the loss of their husband/ father and son/brother. They felt that they could no longer stay in South Carolina.  Joyce put her house on the market and set out to find a new place to call home. Joyce and Victoria visited Smugglers’ Notch and fell in love with the people and this beautiful place.  They both got jobs


Joyce loading chairs at the Morse Highlands Lift

as lift operators and bought a townhouse here in the Village. They knew that they had found their new home and their new family. Joyce has a son Collin who is active duty in the Army. Collin visits frequently and considers Smuggs his home base.  Joyce also has a military background. She is a combat war veteran. She retired in 2006 with 20 years in the Air Force Reserves. She plans to return to her nursing career as Director of Surgical Services in the near future, but Smuggs will remain her home.  Victoria is a recent graduate from the University of Alaska in Anchorage where she received her degree in Environmental Science.  This summer Victoria plans to resume her position as a wilderness guide for a tour company in Prince William Sound. If you see Joyce or Victoria make sure to say hello!



Picture perfect



Retro outfits

Today was just amazing with new snow and beautiful sunny skies. I had a wonderful day skiing with my daughter Hannah. We did a three mountain tour.We started on Morse and then skied over to Madonna Mountain. We took a run on Drifter which was groomed last night. The snow was great and the views were even better. We found a bunch of fresh snow on the side of the trail to play in. We headed to Sterling Mountain next. Hannah really likes Thomke’s because of the way the trail cuts back and forth. We also like to check on the beautiful ice flow, which is on skier’s right before the short cut to Bootleggers. We then headed back to the Village for lunch. Hannah wanted to go to the Log Jam Terrain Park next located over at Morse Highlands.


Lori from Connecticut and I on the Mogul Mouse Lift

My son Hugh B joined us and we rode the Mogul Mouse Magic Lift. I rode single and was lucky enough to meet Lori from Connecticut. Lori and her family are homeowners here at Smuggs.  Their children are in our Mitey Mite Program. They make the trip up from Connecticut every weekend! I want to thank Lori and her family for their commitment.  I also want to thank them for choosing Smuggs. Lori told me that there are many resorts that are, of course, a lot closer to them, but they just love Smuggs and it worth the drive!






Sterling and Mount Mansfield seen from the Madonna I Lift

Tomorrow we plan to have top to bottom skiing and riding on all 3 mountains with all 8 lifts operating. We have 62 trails open with terrain for all ability levels. 42 trails will be groomed for tomorrow including Upper Drifter, Bootlegger, and Magic Learning Trail for a grand total of 152 acres of freshly groomed terrain. Tonight ‘s forecast is calling for up to 2 inches of new snow. Tomorrow’s forecast is flurries early then partly sunny skies with a high of 32 degrees.



News & Reviews from the Snow Report Desk

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You’re my blues sky, you’re my sunny day. Madonna as seen from Midway.

Rockin’ Ron for Hugh. Lots of things are happening here at the Resort and I couldn’t come up with a theme. So, this’ll be a grab bag blog.

CONDITIONS UPDATE: Mark Delaney of Mountain Operations says “Wednesday afternoon through Thursday brings another warm-up. This may allow us to get more skiing open if it softens, especially Thursday afternoon. Friday brings falling temps and maybe some snow, and we’ll be working nonstop Friday night to deliver plenty of groomed terrain for this weekend.”

CELEBRITY SIGHTING: While delivering this morning’s report I ran into former Smugglers’ Notch President Bob Mulcahy. He skies every Wednesday with the 55+ Club. He’s always got a smile to share and a hearty hello. He even has a trail named after him on Madonna Mountain called Mulcahy’s Link.

VALENTINE’S DAY MOMENT: Waterville Elementary School had one of their weekly Learn-to-Ski/Snowboard sessions today. I often visit the school and perform as the Friendly Pirate. I saw our head snowmaker Justin’s daughter and she said “Happy Valentine’s Day Rockin’ Ron!”

WONDER BACK WEDNESDAY: After cruising down Upper Drifter in the sunshine, I called Stacy of IT/PR. We skied it together many years ago with our friends Carol and Nadine. I told her it brought back fun memories. She sarcastically told me “thanks” because she was sitting in the office and not skiing on the mountain.

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Join the Club that all the Kids are talking about!

RESERVATIONS REQUIRED: I was able to get a run on one of my other favorite trails… Ruthies. This winding trail has some great views and is the best was to get back to Village. I used to be in an office with the Reservations Department in the Sycamores building, which is alongside the Meadowlark trail. I stopped in to see the friendly faces of Cheryl, Kendall, Kristie, and Lanaea. It was a great way to end another beautiful day of skiing.

KIDS’ CLUB: If your family is staying at the Resort this coming weekend, check out Kids’ Club. Stickers, Coloring Book, Coupons and more great stuff for the KIDS!



Groomers are working their Cats off!


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Good Morning Morse Mountain – it’s time to get groomed for the day – you always want to look and ski your best!

Rockin’ Ron for Hugh. A major shout out to our Grooming Crew: Arlo, Casey, David, Dickie, Donnie and his other brother Donnie, Jason and his other brother Jason, Mike, Nelson, Rich, and Robert!!! They’ve groomed over 140 acres of terrain overnight and this morning. Grooming tip #1 – white corduroy is always in fashion. In addition to their efforts, warmer temps could help surfaces soften up, and OPEN UP MORE TRAILS.

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On top of Madonna / All covered in snow / I lost my poor ski pole / In the Black Hole. Photo from Tue, Feb 13 at 3:30 pm.


Another powder day



Ski Patroller Lee Anderson on Upper Madonna Liftline

We received 10 inches of new snow in the past 24 hours and 30 inches in the past week. We are 99 percent open with top to bottom skiing and riding on all 3 mountains with 6 lifts operating. Powder and packed powder surface conditions! The Headwall is open for now.



Dave enjoying the great snow on the Headwall



pose 3There is always tons of Smuggs Love, but this past weekend was extra special. Three separate happy couples got engaged right here at Smuggs! These photos are from two of the couples which were taken by Kim Martin Photography.  These are memories they will never forget. I am sure that these are not the only couples that met each other, got engaged, or married here at Smuggs. As a matter of fact it was over twenty years ago that the lovely lady who taught me to do the Snow Report years later ended up becoming my wife.

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Powder Day

powderWe received 9 inches of new snow in the past 24 hours and 18 inches in the past 5 days. We are 99 percent open with top to bottom skiing and riding on all 3 mountains with 6 lifts operating, including Madonna I lift. We have 77 out of 78 trails open with terrain for all ability levels. 31 trails have been groomed for today, that’s 130 acres of freshly groomed terrain. Fantastic conditions!



Great start to the day


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View from the summit of Madonna Mountain

The view from the top of Madonna Mountain this morning is just beautiful. Clouds are down in the valley making mountains look like islands.


Today we have top to bottom skiing and riding on all 3 mountains with 6 lifts operating. We have 39 trails open with terrain for all ability levels. We received a dusting of new snow overnight. Currently it is 20 degrees at the summit of Sterling with flurries and winds of 0 to 5 mph. 34 trails have been groomed for today, that’s 137 acres of freshly groomed terrain. Today’s forecast is calling for partly to mostly cloudy skies with a high of 28 degrees.


Sunday Fun Day


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Kevin Friend and Earle Pitt of the Mountain Report here at Smuggs this weekend

I had a great time today out skiing with Kevin, Earle, and Zack from the Mountain Report.   The Mountain Report is a weekly ski & ride travel program and is the #1 ski and ride travel television series in the east. The show airs today at 4pm, every Saturday at 6:30, and every Sunday at 4pm on NBC Sports Boston.


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 have 44 trails open with terrain for all ability levels. 34 trails will be groomed for tomorrow, including Upper FIS, Smugglers’ Alley, and Snow Snake for a grand total of 137 acres of freshly groomed terrain.



Sending it off the Spring Roll

Tomorrow’s forecast is calling for partly to mostly cloudy skies with a chance of flurries and temperatures between 13 and 28 degrees.



Do you believe in unicorns?


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Spread Eagle