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.

Hugh B

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


Tele pow turns on Smugglers’ Alley


Morse Mountain Fun

Yellow Cat’s Lair

I skied a few runs with my family midday on Morse Mountain. We had a blast playing in the fresh snow in the glades. My youngest daughter Hayleigh says that Evaporator was her trail pick of the day. We went through Yellow Cat’s Lair, King Billy Bob’s Den, and the Sugar Woods. The kids were excited to stop by Father Winter’s Teepee. There was a Mitey Mites group visiting Father Winter when we got there. They were having so much fun playing with some of the games and asking questions about the different things that Father Winter brings to the Teepee.


Visiting Father Winter

We learn something new every time we visit Father Winter.


You never know what will be in Father Winter’s Teepee

Headed into Sugar Woods

Evaporator at Morse Highlands


Snowmaking on Madonna tonight


Madonna, Sterling, and Mount Mansfield seen from the Village Lift

Playing in the powder

Today was another beautiful day here at Smuggs. I skied this morning on Sterling and stopped by the Practice Slope to watch some of the U 10 Team Race that was going today. I was really impressed with the skill level of these young racers. I headed to Morse Mountain midday to snowboard for the first time this season. My edges were not the only thing that were a little rusty. It took a few turns to get my groove back. My confidence level started to rise with each run I made. I switched back to my skis later in the afternoon to make some runs with my son Hugh after his Mitey Mites lesson.We decided to go searching for fresh snow in the glades. Our mission was successful and we found some untracked snow.

Morse Highlands Lift Mascots

We popped out the woods back onto the trail and then Hugh stopped. He looked at me and said “We are going to that again right?!” I then said “You know we are!”

Tomorrow we plan to have top to bottom skiing and riding on all 3 mountains with 6 lifts operating, including the Madonna 1 lift. We have 99 percent of our terrain open with 77 out of 78 trails open. Freefall is open from the Black Hole. 34 trails will be groomed for tomorrow, including Upper FIS and Snake Bite for a grand total of 125 acres of freshly groomed terrain. Tomorrow’s forecast is partly to mostly cloudy skies with flurries and a chance of a snow shower an inch of accumulation possible with temperatures between 6 and 18 degrees.

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Tonight we plan to make snow on Lower Madonna Liftline, Lower FIS, Lower Chilcoot, Link to Sterling, McPherson’s, and Birch Run.

Snow Reporter testing the product







Upper Madonna Liftline


T.J. White making a nice turn

I was heading for the Madonna I Chairlift when I saw Matt McCawley in front of the Base Lodge. I stopped to chat for a minute. He was getting ready to take his class up Madonna Mountain. Matt has a level nine group from the Smuggs Mitey Mites program. Mitey Mites is a Snow Sport University program that meets on Saturdays or Sundays for 8 weeks from 10am till 2pm.This is a really fun program for kids to meet up weekly with the same group. They have a great time while learning new skills with old friends and with kids who become new friends.





Snow Sport University Instructor Matt McCawley showing how it’s done!


For Monday we plan to have top to bottom skiing and riding on all 3 mountains with 6 lifts operating, including the Madonna I Chairlift. We now have 69 trails open with terrain for all ability levels. 30 trails will be groomed for tomorrow, including Upper FIS and Thomke’s Express for a grand total of 154 acres of freshly groomed terrain. Snowmaking moves to Sterling Mountain tonight. We plan to make snow on Crossover Trail, Treasure Run, Lower Exhibition, and Snake Bite. Tomorrow’s forecast is partly sunny skies early with a chance of flurries later, temperatures between 6 and 14 degrees. There is snow in the forecast starting late on Tuesday with 4 inches of accumulation possible by Wednesday.


Shay White catching some air


Synchronized turn


Snow Snake


harley and hannahToday was just beautiful. It was sunny and the winds died down. Our groomers were out in force last night grooming 183 acres. I had a great time on the cruisers today. My son and daughter are in the Mitey Mites program here at Smuggs. Mitey Mites is an 8 week program for children ages 6 to 12 years old. They meet on Saturdays or Sundays for the 8 weeks with the same group and instructor. My kids have really enjoyed the program and they look forward to it every week.