Another great day

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Father Winter tells a story in his teepee

It was a little warm today, but the spring conditions sure were fun. I had a great time helping out Snow Sport University by shuttling little ones up the Mogul Mouse’s Magic Lift. Every ride was different and entertaining at the same time. I made a quick stop to see Father Winter in his teepee on one of my runs. His teepee was full of kids listening to another one of his great stories. I want to thank the employees of 3 Mountain Outfitters, especially Jessica and Adrienne. They were very helpful with picking out the right goggles for me and my wife. They also went the extra mile when it can to dealing with some older gift cards that I had. It was great to be wearing my new goggles with the bright sunshine today.



Snowmaker Justin Thoelke does some air boarding at the Mogul Mouse’s Magic Lift

Tomorrow we plan to have top to bottom skiing and riding on all 3 mountains with all 8 lifts operating and 77 out of 78 trails open. Tomorrow’s forecast is partly sunny skies early becoming mostly cloudy skies in the afternoon a chance of a shower with temperatures between 40 and 49 degrees.



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Morse Mountain


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Happy birthday to long time employee of Smugglers’ Notch Howard Wells who turned 70 years young yesterday!

Today started off with some flurries and then the sun came out for the rest of the day. Everyone seemed to love the nice sunshine. I was riding Mogul Mouse’s Magic Lift today. It was pretty cool to watch the Snow Sport University Instructors work their magic with their beginner students.  Having fun with their class while they teach them how to turn and stop. The best part is when someone has a break through and they link a few turns or make a parallel turn for the first time.


Tomorrow we plan to have top to bottom skiing and riding on all 3 mountains with all 8 lifts operating and all 78 trails open. Some trails will have a delayed opening until they soften up. 49 trails will be groomed for tomorrow, including skier’s right on Upper FIS, Smugglers’ Alley, and Snow Snake for a grand total of 161 acres of freshly groomed terrain. Tomorrow’s forecast is mostly sunny skies early with increasing clouds later in the day and temperatures between 29 and 39 degrees. We should have some nice spring skiing and riding tomorrow.

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Snow Sport University lesson on the Magic Learning Trail

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Snow Sport University Instructor Princess Pam with her class on Wanderer

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This hat is designed to look like the Scottish Highlands Muckle Coo Cow. I think it goes great with his beard!


Freshly groomed

groom-light30 trails were groomed for today, that’s 145 acres of freshly groomed terrain. We have 69 skiable trails and 42 lift accessible trails open today. The Madonna I, Madonna II, and Village Lift are presently on wind hold. We have 4 lifts operating Sterling, Mogul Mouse Magic Lift, Morse Highlands, and Sir Henry’s Wonder Carpet. Snow and colder temperatures are in the forecast for tonight and tomorrow with 1 to 2 inches of accumulation possible. Today’s forecast is occasional rain likely with temperatures between 38 and 45 degrees.


Another member of the Smuggs Family



Jane at mid station on the Mogul Mouse Lift

This is Jane Van Landingham; she is originally from North Carolina and now lives on a Shetland Sheep Farm in Richmond, Vermont. Jane is a member of the Smugglers’ Notch 55+ Club. Jane said that she really enjoys the 55+ Club because of the skiing, but also the interaction with other 55+ Club members out having fun on the mountain. She is also a retired social worker, mother, and grandmother.  She started skiing back in 1959 at the age of 15. She took a break from skiing for many years, but at the age of 40 she decided that she really wanted to start skiing again. She took some ski lessons to refresh her skiing skills and to boost her confidence. The lessons worked, she has been skiing ever since and absolutely loves it.




Jane skiing the Magic Learning Trail on Morse Mountain


I asked Jane what her favorite trail at Smuggs was and she told me that she use to ski all 3 mountains at Smuggs. She said that she has a knee that bothers her sometimes so what she really enjoys now is skiing on Morse Mountain. “Skiing for me is about fun and if you are out on the mountain at 72 years old, you don’t have anything to prove.” She then added, “I don’t have to ski from the summit of Madonna Mountain to feel good about what I’m doing, because I love what I’m doing!” I then asked Jane what she liked the most about Smuggs. “Smuggs is wonderful to its seniors, it’s wonderful to all family members, and I can’t say enough good things about Smuggs!”



Soft conditions today

Hayleigh and SnowsnakeThis is Harley Johnson filling in for Hugh Johnson.  Today was Hayleigh’s day to lead us around the mountain.  I love riding the Mogul Mouse lift with the kids.  We talk about all of the different characters as we ride up the chair.  After we said hello to Snowsnake on tower 5 we decided we should ski the trail Snowsnake.  We all followed Hayleigh down the trail.  The snow coverage was great and soft, making for easy turns for the kids and me.  Tomorrow’s forecast is for partly sunny skies.  We are expecting some snow showers on Tuesday night starting around midnight.

Hannah and Hayleigh on Snow Snake


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.


Top to bottom skiing and riding on all 3 mountains

tony and snow ghostsWe now have 5 lifts operating and 34 trails open. The Madonna I Lift is now operating with Upper Chilcoot, Link, and Lower Madonna Liftline open.  The Village Lift and Mogul Mouse’s Magic Lift are now both open to the top. Last night we made snow on Upper Chilcoot, Waterfall, Midway, Sam’s Run, and Meadowlark.  16 trails will be groomed tonight for a grand total of 91 acres of freshly groomed terrain.


The Village Lift is now open to mid – station.

villageWe now have 4 lifts operating and 16 trails open. Lower Morse Liftline opened today also.  The 6 to 9 inches new snow that we received in the past 3 days has really made a difference. We have some natural snow trails open on Sterling Mountain.



father winterI was riding the Mogul Mouse Magic Lift with my daughter Hannah and we were talking about Father Winter. She spotted the Tee Pee and we could hear some people inside. The Tee Pee is located between Magic Learning Trail and Lower Morse Liftline.  We skied down and stopped by to say hello.  Father Winter has a new Tee Pee this year and it looks great. Father Winter is in his Tee Pee on Wednesdays and Saturdays.


signThe forecast is calling for colder temperatures and snow showers right through the weekend. Our snowmakers are ready to fire up the system as soon as we get the temperatures.  The lines are charged on Madonna and the upper half of Morse Mountain.


Sterling and Morse

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Riding the Alley

Smugglers’ Alley was skiing great today with soft moguls covering the snowmaking whales.  The whales make it interesting and fun.  The back sides are steep and fun to play on.






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We opened more beginner terrain yesterday on Morse Mountain.  This afternoon I rode the Mogul Mouse Magic lift to mid station and skied Wanderer and the Magic Learning Trail.






Smugglers’ Notch Adaptive Program



Talking about magic it was great to watch the Smugglers’ Notch Adaptive Program and Snow Sport University Instructors doing what they do best.


Colder temperatures are in the forecast for this weekend and some natural snow on Tuesday.


Learning Magic

Magic Learning TrailRockin’ Ron for Hugh. The Magic Learning Trail and Wanderer were open today. As I rode Mogul Mouse’s Magic Lift, I saw an SSU Instructor sharing the wonder of the skiing with a trio of beginners. On Sir Henry’s, I smiled upon seeing one of the new on-hill props – it featured a snowboarding feline. Yellow Cat is a winter mascot that can be spotted in coloring books at the Morse Mountain Grille, and as dancing critter (along with Mogul Mouse, Billy Bob Bear, Sam the Snowsnake, Bill the Bald Eagle, Frosty the Snowmaker and others) at Thursday’s Showtime Characters Dance Party.  At Smuggs we try to make learning and everything else magical!

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P.S. That cat can seriously shred!